Monday, December 30, 2013

Celebrate New Year's Eve Family Style at Knott's

Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
We love Knott's Berry Farm! This family friendly amusement park becomes Knott's Merry Farm for the holiday season, which sadly (or not-so-sadly for some parents) is winding down. Knott's is a wonderful and affordable way for our family of five to be entertained locally.

We're so fond of Knott's, that we've recently decided to get season passes this year. That's a big commitment considering our tight budget. But from my experience, Knott's provides tremendous value for the nominal amount we spend for the day of fun.

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve day and we're looking for a little staycation family fun in Southern California. We're bringing in the new year at Knott's! Au revoir 2013 - bonjour 2014!

#KnottsNYE | Midnight Fireworks
Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
Here are some of the entertainment features we can anticipate at the amusement park tomorrow:
  • Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies musical comedy show
  • The Reflexx 80s cover band
  • DJ REESSO spinning popular music
  • Comedian magician Dana Daniels with his psychic parrot
  • Sharp Turn Ahead teen musical duo
  • Party in the Dance Hall country dancing
  • Salsa Dancing with Louie Angon, DJ JC & Snoopy
  • It’s Christmas, Snoopy encore performances. Snoopy and his pals skate their way through the joys of the holiday season.
  • Snoopy’s Magical Nights of Lights sparkling lights and holiday music throughout Camp Snoopy
  • Midnight countdown with fireworks
  • Midnight Party on the Midway
  • Stilt walkers
  • Party hats & noisemakers
  • New Knott's Sky Cabin with special lighting effects
#KnottsNYE | It's Christmas Snoopy
Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
#KnottsNYE | Dana Daniels and his psychic parrot
Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
#KnottsNYE | Snoopy's Magical Night of Lights
Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
#KnottsNYE | The REFLEXX
Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
#KnottsNYE | Sharp Turn Ahead
Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
Knott’s New Year’s Eve Celebration (#KnottsNYE) is included with regular daytime park
admission and is open for the extended hours of 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

If you're interested in a 2014 Knott’s Season Pass, now is the time! A 2014 pass offers a year of family fun and includes one free visit in 2013 - there is now one day left in the year. Also, for a limited time, you can purchase a Season Pass for as low as six payments of $13!

All ticket and park information about Knott’s Berry Farm can be found at or by downloading the Knott’s mobile app for your smartphone.

Interact with other Knott's enthusiasts on social sites; use #KnottsNYE for the Knott's New Year's Eve Celebration:

I hope to see you there tomorrow! Happy New Year to you and yours!

*Disclaimer: Big thanks to GigaSavvy for providing us with tickets for Knott's New Years Eve celebration in exchange for a written post.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

3rd Grade Grumbles

We're several months into our oldest chickadee's third grade year and a little over a week to go until Christmas break. It can't come soon enough!

What a school year from hell it's been so far. My daughter has been struggling to keep up with her homework, math concepts, reading comprehension... We just had the parent teacher conference with the teacher a few weeks ago and she told us that she was falling behind, is immature for her age, struggles to focus to keep up, we should get her tested, etc. She claims that her second grade teacher didn't do a good enough job moving her forward.

It made me feel sad and frustrated for my daughter, guilty that I'm not able to do more as a mom and kind of mad at the system. I'd already been staying up until 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. some nights to work with her on all the worksheets and assignments. I've been trying to teach the challenging concepts in fun, different ways. It's so demoralizing.

We've scheduled an appointment with a pediatric neurologist, but the appointment is in January. The teacher recommends getting a tutor in the mean time. I've asked her what I should have the tutor work with her on, since I've never hired one before. She said that if I'd like to talk about it, that I can stop by after school sometime. (Unfortunately, work is a hindrance in that idea.)

Although I work full time, I try to do everything in my power (and beyond) to be involved in my kids' education. I get to work late and leave work early to maximize my time with them at home. I send money and supplies and baked goods every time they're requested. I volunteer. I joined the PTA.

I'm so burnt out. I don't like feeling like my daughter isn't succeeding in school. I also don't like feeling like the public school system is killing her creativity and interest in learning. I'm confused about whether or not she has ADD and how I should best help her if she does. I wonder what changes I should make additionally in our lives; like homeschooling, private school, unschooling.

I guess I'll just take it a day at a time. During Christmas break we'll take some quality family time to catch our breath (and review all the math concepts) and try to focus on the blessings in our lives. I pray the rest of the school year goes smoother.