26 May 2011

Why I Love Verizon Fios

As a Mom of four children,  I can say for sure that all kids are different.  Personalities can be molded, slightly, buy nurturing and environment, but when it comes down to it, really, personality is biological.  Plus, there are some things that are the same for all kids.

As a military spouse, I have had to do a lot of parenting solo.  My husband works long hours.  He often leaves before dawn and returns after the kids have gone to bed.  He has also been deployed for 2 years over the course of our boys' childhoods.  We have moved 10 times and have never lived close to family, so, as I've said in my blog many times, I often have to use television as a babysitter.

Over the years, the kids' tv viewing has evolved.  For Zack, age 12, I recorded Teletubbies on an 8 hour videotape so that I would not have to rewind again and again.  When Dwight came along, I had the tapes that I'd made for Zack and dvds had become commonplace, so no more rewinding.

When Bob was small, we purchased a dvd player with a built in dvr.  I thought I'd gone to heaven.  What a great convenience, I though.  We could record his shows, and ours, and watch them when we wanted to watch.

When we moved to Northern Virginia in 2009, our realtor said, "You have to get Verizon Fios.  It's amazing."  I have to admit that I wondered what the big deal was, but I made the call and had it installed.  I liked the idea of having phone, internet and tv all under the same service.

Little did I know about how fabulous the service is.  I'm glad I didn't know what I was missing before we moved here.  What I love about Fios, and can't imagine living without now,  is the multi room dvr. 

I love the fact that I can record my three year old's programs and he can watch them on any tv in the house.  I recorded an hour long episode of his favorite show 15 months ago and it's still there, on the dvr.  He can watch it in the kitchen while he eats breakfast and I clean up from his brothers' breakfast, or he can watch it in the master bedroom while I take a shower.  I love it and he loves it.

I also love the fact that, since, as a busy mom of four with a deployed husband, I usually miss my favorite shows when they are on in the evenings, I can can watch them in the basement while I run on the treadmill the next day- or 3 weeks later- whatever the case may be.

Fios also has great customer service.  With their in home agent and the ability to chat live via the internet, if a problem arises, their friendly customer service agents always help me solve the problem quickly, so I don't lose the features I love.

I really hope the Navy doesn't move us again, or at least not to an area not served by Fios.  I'd really miss it.

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Verizon FiOS blogging program for a gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

25 May 2011

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08 May 2011

Mother's Day- slightly different

So, as a married single mom, for 5 months, with at least 14 to go, I didn't expect much on mother's day this year.  My darling, devoted, husband is busy and the email I received two days before Mother's Day asking if there's anything I want for the day, was more than I had hoped for.

I have been pleasantly surprised, though.  When I offered to reschedule a canceled play-date for Dwight for Sunday, he said, "that's mother's day, mom, how about Monday?"  I knew that Dwight and Bob have been working on gifts in art class at school, and they eagerly presented the results to me AFTER letting me sleep in.  Dwight has repeatedly asked what I want to do for mother's day.

Harold has joined the crowd and enthusiastically wished me a happy day again and again.

Even Zack has asked what he can do for me.  This, after watching his brothers present me with their hand made gifts and saying, "Your gift is ME."  He has a point.  After all, he's my first.  He made me a mom 12 1/2 years ago.

So, while I still had to make breakfast, empty the dishwasher, do 4 loads of laundry, etc., it is shaping up as an enjoyable, happy mother's day.