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Home Security System Fiasco

May 19th, 2011 Comments off

As a mother of 3 young children, my sleep and quiet time is priceless.  The other night, I noticed some lights flashing on my home security system.  This was not the first time so I ignored it.  I have never been able to figure out what they are or what they do.  I don’t remember the person that installed the system showing me anything about them.  He did tell me how to arm, disarm the system etc. but I don’t recall him mentioning what these particular lights were.

The following morning I was awoken by this loud, ear bursting sound.  I jumped out of bed (just before 5:00 a.m.) in a panic.  Needless to say, all three kids woke up.  The sound was so loud that we had to go outside.  My 5 year old with sensory issues had both ears covered the whole time.

Soon after going outside, I saw lights being turned on and our neighbors started coming out.  We tried pushing bottoms to make it stop but nothing happened. The lights kept flashing.  The manual was nowhere to be found in the chaos. I could not even think straight.  Neighbors started giving me advice and finally I called up the company and asked them to walk me through troubleshooting the problem.  We finally got the system to shut down.

Today I decided to browse the internet to figure out what the problem could have been. In my search I came across a website for Home Security Systems in Midland, TX.  The first thing I saw was a little remote that looks very similar to a keyless entry for a car.  Apparently ADT Home Security Systems has this awesome little remote control for their systems.

I only wish I had this little gadget a couple of days ago during our fiasco.  I feel like firing my current provider and going with ADT.  I think I could of prevented my neighborhood’s early morning call if I had a more established security company.

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My Son’s iPad Was Delivered and I Get to Play with It

May 10th, 2011 Comments off

My son’s iPad was just delivered and I am “testing it out” to make sure that it is working properly.

The reason my son has an iPad is that he is speech delayed due to autism. He was able to get the iPad for free through some program my wife found. They have developed software that helps kids like my son communicate with the touch interface.

It is so awesome to see something that was intended to play games and edit documents be used to teach someone to talk.

Thank you Apple!

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Water Fun!

May 7th, 2011 Comments off

Yesterday was our first trip to the pool this year. The water was a little cold but the kids did not mind it.

Even though all three; ages 7, 5, and 4 do not know how to swim I worked something out. I am able to take all three to the pool on my own and not worry about accidents. They are well trained. My younger son who has ASD will not go in the pool without his floaties. Amazingly the floaties keep them a float.

There is one thing I always do before we leave the house. Putting sun screen lotion before leaving the house is the best thing. If I wait until we are at the pool, my little ones get inpatient.

The floaties are awesome and they have helped out during the summer months. Walgreens has them and they are very affordable. Check them out.