Did you have a toy you drove your parents crazy with as a kid, 10 Astonishingly Annoying Toys

The Good Friends Question of the Day: Worst noise making toys kids could get for their birthday?  Did you have a toy you drove your parents crazy with as a kid?
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10 Astonishingly Annoying Toys (parentables)
Sing A Ma Jigs
Zhu Zhu Pets
Polly Pockets
Fisher Price Corn Popper Push Along
Alphie the Robot
Toy Lawnmowers
Finger Paint
Toy Microphones
Chicken Dance Elmo

Happy Birthday to our son – Ben!


121010 – Chronicles of Narnia, Strict Rules? Not!, Fun Family Events,

Power Thoughts:

  1. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  2. Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabi
  3. Remember, this December, that love weighs more than gold. ~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Strict Rules? Not! Many people think being a Christian means following a strict set of rules to keep you obedient. But being a real follower of God means cultivating a loving relationship with him.

Jesus replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 NLT

Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Our movie expert Bob Waliszewski, with Plugged In Online, roars about the latest film version of a C.S. Lewis book. Read the review at this link and hear the review after 7:50 am… Click on the arrow.

How To Buy Safe Toys For Your Kids: What to look for to ensure the toys you give your kids are safe. (Consumer Reports)

  1. The most important thing you can do to make sure the toys you bring home are safe for your child is to buy age-appropriate ones. Young children can choke on small parts, so take those age guidelines seriously.
  2. Look for “no phthalates” on labels. Phthalates are chemicals that are found in some plastics (they smell like a plastic shower curtain). They can be toxic if a child ingests them.
  3. Buy American products. Toys that are made in the U.S. have a better safety record than many imports.
  4. Watch for recalls. As we saw with the recent Fisher-Price toys recalls (more on page 83), any recalled toys should be removed from store shelves. But some may fall through the cracks, so check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s ongoing list of recalls, at http://www.cpsc.gov. It’s especially important to check if you buy used toys on eBay or at a yard sale or consignment shop.
  5. Don’t buy toys at the dollar store. When we went shopping with our safety expert, Donald Mays, he found a number of cheaply made toys that could be dangerous to kids.

Looking for a Fun and Family Safe Events This weekend?

  • Evening in Old Bethlehem 25th Anniversary – Bring family to visit the night Jesus was born in the old city of Bethlehem – Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 6-8 p.m. at George H. Henderson Expo Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Dr., Lufkin
  • Lufkin State School Christmas Workshop – Gift Wrapping from 8-5, Monday thru Friday til December 24th – Please call (936)853-2759 for more information.
  • Carpenter’s Way, Lufkin Concert of Lights – Now through December 31, 6 p.m. til midnight – Please call (936)632-6599 for more information.
  • Gold City in Concert – Saturday, December 11. 6:00 p.m. – Trinity Baptist Church, 2909 E. Lufkin – Please call (936)632-8450 for more information.
  • Nacogdoches Tour of Homes – 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes benefiting Historic Nacogdoches – Saturday, December 11 – Tickets available at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main, Nacogdoches
  • Sara Groves O Holy Night Christmas Tour – Sara Groves “O Holy Night” Tour – Saturday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. – Carpenter’s Way, Lufkin
  • Apostolic Lighthouse Fundraiser – Huge Truckload outdoor, outlet sale. Cash only. All proceeds benefit the Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal Church Building Fund. December 11, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Apostolic Lighthouse Pentecostal, Hwy. 259 N,, Nacogdoches, TX
  • German Christmas Service – Angel Of Joy Lutheran Church, Lufkin – All readings and hymns will be done in German, sermon will be in English – Sunday, December 12, 3:00 p.m.

Hope, Update On Prayers, Local Job Fair, Chuck E. Cheese recall,

Power Thoughts
“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” Fred Shero
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Harry S Truman
“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” Unknown

Hope: Do you ever feel alone, Like no one knows you are there, or Like you don’t have the help you need for what your are facing?

Well, You are not alone and you are not going unnoticed. You have a place to go that offers shelter, protection, comfort, resources and assurance. You have the ultimate safe place. From a loving, caring, God – Who knows every detail of your life. You do have to do something though. I’ve found that you have to be willing to stop trying to control the situations and circumstances around you, and you have turn to Him when everything around you seems unsteady. Remember what the ministry says often, God Hears and He answers.
“O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!” ~ Psalm 61:1-4

Praying for Bowen Matthew… His father is the lead singer for Sanctus Real – Meet his mom Sarah, his two sisters in this beautiful story

Yesterday morning’s update: The doctors told us this morning that they believe Bowen is strong enough to start weaning him off life support today. They don’t know for certain that it’ll work until they try, but the worst case scenario (for today) is that he’ll have to stay on it for a while longer. All of the doctors seem very optimistic about his condition in light of what he’s been through. They’re going to start the process at 10am this morning, and we should know how it’s going by this evening.

Unemployed? Employees, job-seekers to meet at job fair Today from 10a-2pat the Pitzer Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin, TX! More than 20 employers will be available Thursday at “Job Fair 2010” to offer local job-seekers information on employment opportunities. There are employment opportunities in retail, the medical field, and manufacturing. Sandra Hopson, business services specialist at WorkForce Solutions, said many of the organizations have several openings.

Sandra Hopkins went on to say, “The fair is a good way for people to meet different employers, and it’s a good way for employers to find people who match their openings,” Hopson said.  There are many different variables.” Anyone who plans on showing up for the job fair should have copies of their resume to give to prospective employers. They should also dress appropriately and be prepared to ask questions to potential employers. Rather than become frustrated at the amount of competition or lack of success during a job fair, Hopson encouraged job seekers to attend one of WorkForce Solutions’ workshops to brush up on their skills. Hopkins said, “It’s all about keeping a positive attitude and projecting that to the employer.” ~ (Lufkin Daily)

Chuck E. Cheese recall: More than 1.2 million Chuck E. Cheese light-up rings and toy eyeglasses were recalled Wednesday over concerns that children might swallow the small battery inside the toys. The 1.1 million light-up rings were part of a promotional offering between April 2009 and June of this year or were offered during parent-teacher association conventions. They came in blue, green, purple, yellow and pink. The 120,000 toy glasses, shaped like stars, were part of birthday packages. http://bit.ly/caSznm

Your Life & Water Cooler Stories


Packaging Guidelines General packaging guidelines that will help you prepare your package for shipping. (UPS)

Steps to worry-free holiday shopping online If you are worried about an online snooper peering at your keystrokes and stealing your credit-card number, Follow these guidelines… (KTRE-TV)

Spirit of giving: 5-year-old Lufkin boy donates toys to Salvation Army. (Lufkin Daily News)

Credit Cards Getting New Rules? The new rules will be a challenge to the business.” (Yahoo News!-Reuters)

As Christmas Nears, Expect More Discounts Toy stores, electronic outlets and clothing shops under pressure to get people to loosen their purse strings offer steep discounts. (FOX NEWS-The Associated Press)

GREAT IDEA: A car ignition key that prevents teenagers from talking on their cell phones or texting while driving. (University of Utah)