How the Dad Stole Christmas

As a dad, I am saying no quite a bit. No, you can’t go outside in the thirty degree weather sporting a shirt and shorts. No, you can’t have pancakes for dinner after feeding them waffles for breakfast. No, simply because you bathed yesterday doesn’t mean you don’t need to bathe tonight, although you find yourselfcoated in dirt and smell. No, no, no!!

Sometimes, it feels off to say yes.

Yes, you’ll be able to have that computer game. Yes, you’ll be able to get that stuffed animal. Yes, I’ll purchase you that toy.

Unfortunately, several oldsters aren’t able to say those yeses, very much like they will need to. And there’s no time that’s tougher to face than throughout the holidays.

toys r us logoFor the last 10 years, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to unfold vacation cheer to a number of the sixteen million kids living in impoverishment within the us. Through in-store and on-line fundraising and awareness campaigns, Toys“R”Us has raised over $31.6 million and picked up three.75 million toys for Toys for Tots. The program is additionally supported by the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a charity connected with Toys“R”Us, Inc.

This year, NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal joins the campaign, donning his vacation friend – Shaq-A-Claus – to encourage client donations and facilitate create even a lot of needs return true for youths in want. As a part of this year’s program, Toys“R”Us has introduced a series of #NoWishTooBig initiatives designed to inspire families to hitch Shaq-A-Claus in paying it forward through Toys for Tots. It’s simply fantastic, and that i encourage you to induce concerned.

Now for the very superb part…

Inspired by the various stories of the Thanksgiving Project candidates, Toys“R”Us, Toys for Tots and that we at shuddery mamma have joined along to assist still create this season easier for mothers and families in want. to assist them create their kids’ needs return true, together, we’re providing 100 $250 gift cards to shuddery Mommies World Health Organization want it most. that may create associate awful ton of youngsters terribly, terribly happy return Christmas morning, and that i want I might be altogether a hundred homes to envision their faces.

Even a lot of surprisingly, 3 terribly special Thanksgiving Project families are going to be the unbelievably lucky recipients of a once in a very life $1,000 Toys“R”Us searching expertise. ONE THOUSAND bucks — are you able to imagine the impact that may wear those kids and their parents? i buy chills when i feel concerning it.

Each of the a hundred $250 gift cards can arrive within the mail at intervals consecutive week (recipients have already been notified to air the lookout), and next week, the 3 families are going to be receiving the searching expertise of a life. I will hardly wait. If you haven’t detected from U.S.A. and wish facilitate with a gift for your kid, you’ll be able to apply for a present through Toys for Tots here.

A million give thanks you’s to Toys“R”Us and Toys for Tots for his or her support of shuddery mamma Nation and their commitment to serving to youngsters and families in want. you’ll be able to learn a lot of concerning the program here, get your youngsters concerned here, or establish a way to present a toy here. make certain to follow along side their social media channels below, too, and facilitate unfold the word. as a result of each kid deserves a Merry Christmas, and each mother ought to be able to offer one.

Christmas is around the corner!

TheGriswoldFamilyChristmasTree

There’s time enough, but none to spare

-Charles W. Chesnutt

iMac or MacPro?

After a very long absence, I am back with my (hopefully more regular) updates and musings regarding technology, travels and my photography. For those of you who used to read my posts back in 2008, welcome! For those newcomers, I’m glad that you have found this site. I hope that it is a fun and exciting place to frequent and learn new things.

I’m going to jump right in talking about a new Mac. I was wondering whether or not to wait and purchase the MacPro or if I could get a top-of-the-line iMac for the same price. I copied my results from today’s price check and GeekBench results below.

mac comparison

I think I am going to wait until the MacPros release. I can’t afford the 6-core, but if I save all of my shekels; I think that I can manage the quad-core, which should be unbelievable!

What are your thoughts, given the specs above? If you had $3k and (for the sake of argument were to purchase a Mac) which model would you go with?