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  1. 37 points
  2. 34 points
    UPDATE: dd’s bf, who is like a son to us, got the fees reversed! He got an Affidavit and stood in dh’s place at the Show Cause hearing, and, though he reports the hearing did not go well and they rushed him and acted like they didn’t understand, nonetheless, they sent him a message that they were reversing the fees! I feel like this was an unlikely outcome and I am just electrified that it turned out so well!
  3. 30 points
    This is one you absolutely, 100% want to get. It's out there, extremely fatal, extremely fast.
  4. 29 points
    They've jumped on the "I'm looking for something online that my kid can work on independently" bandwagon. From a business perspective, they're keeping up with what consumers want. Honestly, it kinda looks like Time 4 Learning. There is so much junky homeschooling out there now, it bothers me. My son has several friends who homeschooled up to high school and then the parents put them in public school. They were educated with the "just teach yourself online independently so your parents can do other stuff" technique and they were complaining so much to my son about it. They felt like they didn't get a very good education and they're a little resentful. And I think it's one of the reasons this forum has a fraction of the traffic it used to have. Classical education is something the parents have to put together and be interactive with. I'm not changing the way we homeschool. 😞 I have one starting college in January and one starting Kindergarten in January. So, I get to start all over. It just seems lonely, now, because no one homeschools like we do anymore.
  5. 29 points
    I am so excited I am shaking. Some of you may remember I have been working on Ancestry . com to find my former MIL's birth family. She was adopted in 1930 and did not have a birth certificate. Through DNA and a lot of detective work and a lot of help along the way from helpful relatives we have been able to positively identify both her birth mother and birth father. She has 3 living half siblings on her birth father side. Neither mother or father or any of their family are people my MIL has ever heard of. In 1930 when she was born the birth family lived in TX about 90 miles away from where my MIL was raised up in LA. It was a long journey. I have been working on it for almost a year. I just can't believe it.
  6. 26 points
    this Thanksgiving if my sil says she is going to bring her dressing. There is no way I'm going to serve that mushy, sluicey, gooey goop this year. Last year son in law could barely stand the smell of it on the table. It's nasty, got oysters in it. Her mother made it too. Enough years of this. It reminds me of cat hairballs. "No, thanks but someone has already asked to make the dressing this year." I guess it won't really be a lie because I'm asking to make it myself!!!
  7. 21 points
    If schools were a private company, they would refuse to serve a large chunk of their students. They'd cherry pick the ones with no learning disabilities and supportive parents. Then they'd tout their awesome test scores and brag about what a great job they're doing. Unfortunately for their statistics, public schools have to take everyone. I honestly doubt that even a third of students were "college ready" in the class of 1949 or 1979. But there were other options so no one was particularly worried about that.
  8. 21 points
    I don't know how I would actually handle it but I would probably feel bristly and defensive. But, it might be best to keep it light while also standing up for your dd . I can envision something like, "Now, now, let's keep it positive! Remember, she's my daughter!" smile smile with very slight side eye. Or you could pull him aside and be sincere and tell him you know he'd never in a million years seek to hurt either you or your daughter, but it does indeed sting when he is saying those things. Don't apologize for being "sensitive" or anything, just tell him how you feel, as if he surely must not realize how he is being hurtful. This gives him room to apologize and be more aware. Even if he is being a little jerky.
  9. 20 points
    I thought my son was upset with us for saying he couldn't go over to BFF's house ever again AND the kid wouldn't be coming over for a long while, and even then, only in the open parts of our home (no closed doors). But last night he told my middle son all about it and said he thinks we are being fair. He didn't admit that to us! 😂 But it made me wonder if he was really looking for a way out of dealing with it.
  10. 19 points
    Finished my radiation treatment yesterday. Mine was 15 treatments so time went by fast compared to the chemotherapy stage. Now all I have left is echocardiogram every 3 months, oncologist visit and herceptin (trastuzumab) IV every 3 weeks. For autoimmune blood tests, only my ESR was slightly elevated. The ANA, C3a and C4a are all in standard range while the RH factor is negative. I have joint pains that started a few weeks before lumpectomy so those blood tests were done four weeks ago but the C3a and C4a results came back after more than three weeks.
  11. 19 points
    I don't think she could have gotten what he's worth. And he'll be worth a lot more in four years. Here he is as a lanky two yr old.
  12. 18 points
    I am not a big fan of the whole 'I'm going to take some time to work on myself' spiel. How hard is it to know that you shouldn't harrass women ? Does it really take a whole lot of introspection ? I'd rather hear that people like this had decided to volunteer for organisations support domestic violence or something. Couldn't he do some shows and donate the proceeds to rape crisis centres or something ? Or could he go visit schools and talk to boys about how not to be a d*ck to girls ? Or even, ya know, just go and make amends to the women he harmed without any publicity ? Anyway, being Christian has nothing to do with it. Christians aren't hypocrites any more than people in general are hypocrites, and religious men don't behave any better/worse than secular men. It's not as if you wouldn't find areligious or atheist men doing the same type of things.
  13. 17 points
    It says it is for interns, people working at the polling station. It is not directed at voters.
  14. 17 points
    So, here's an idea to try. When he comes home for the weekend, sit him down & explain that this week, you will be available on Wednesday from 1 pm to 3 pm (for example, insert your own times) to check his work. If it is not ready for checking, you won't be doing it at the last minute like you normally do. You can add a half hour to the evening if you know he will need a second check, but the important part is to lay out what time you will give him 100% attention and STICK TO IT. (This is the most important part.) And then let him deal with getting 0% this week if it comes to that. If his procrastination & last minute work means he's not ready, don't budge from your stated schedule (but if you told him he could have 30 min Wed night, give him exactly 30 & that's it). If he works hard during the week & needs a few extra minutes, I'd give him those. I would expect that this decision will be clear to make this week. I would likely give him clear hours he should work on Saturday (and/or Sunday) and not allow gaming/friends on those days if he doesn't work on his schoolwork. I would have a morning & afternoon meeting with him each day to see where he is on all his work and help him figure out what he should be doing each school day. But otherwise, do NOT nag or mention the Wednesday time deadline outside of those meetings. Evaluate how it went once he leaves for his co-op next week & decide what you will do for the following week. One thing separate from the above, if his dad had undiagnosed LDs, it is possible he does too. What you see as laziness & bad time management might actually be something else. Now, maybe not. But he might have been able to get by in the past because he's bright and able to get around poor executive function issues. The level of these classes could be making those issues really pop to the top, and it bothers him so much that he is avoiding/putting off the work and making things even worse. Something to keep in the back of your mind.
  15. 16 points
    Wee Mousie went for a ride in a car. Wee Mousie has a tail to tell.
  16. 16 points
    Thank you all for your responses - they really helped as we were trying to sort out the situation. Trying to not let our imaginations run away with all of the "what if's" and "what could be's"... There is an update, Yes. This. Seems like the most likely explanation. Turns out, he has not put any stalking apps on her phone. This has been a mixture of a lot of things just coming to a head. David is leaving in a few weeks because his job is sending him to Europe for 6 months. He has apologized. Profusely. We believe him. He leaves in November for 6 months. DD has learned to be careful when sharing her location with anyone at any time for any reason in any app. DD already carries pepper spray, but has enrolled in a self-defense class that begins in November. It's something that's been on the "to-do" list for a long time, but she just never forced it into her schedule. She has now.
  17. 15 points
    It becomes normalized to the point that even middle class families with a SAHP send their preschoolers off for hours a day to a preschool. Full day kindergarten isn't just for kids who "need" additional instruction time. Last I heard, none of our regular elementary schools in our city even offered half-day because there isn't enough demand. If schools are open for additional child care hours for the at risk kids, more and more parents will choose it just because it's there and because child care (even for your own kids) is hard. As a society we need to put more value on in-home care and the benefits of a stable, loving 2-parent home where children can learn valuable life skills. When 5 year olds spending 10 hours a day in a government institution becomes "good enough" we're all screwed.
  18. 15 points
    NOW is the time to break out your therapy light box!!! I've been more and more exhausted, grumpy, and plain miserable lately and finally realized that although it is still super hot and humid here in florida the days have already gotten shorter. Yup, my SAD is flaring up, bigger and better than ever. So I half heartedly got out the light box but forgot it has to be within 2 feet of your eyes, and so just set it on a shelf in the kitchen and it didn't do squat. Today is day 2 of having it in the right place, and I'm hoping the end of my "must hibernate! Leave me alone so I can eat ALL the food and then hide under a blanket until spring or I will bite your head of" phase.
  19. 15 points
    We are in the process of tramsitionjng my son to a new piece of medical equipment that has the potential to make a significant difference in his quality of life, but has also been triggering a lot of anxiety. Last night was the first time we tried using it overnight and it was, as predicted, hard, there were lots of tears, but we made it through. We’re trying again tonight, but with the added challenge that my husband won’t be with us, as he’s working tonight. My kid consistently responds best to Dad when he’s scared, so tonight is probably going to be harder for for him. My father in law is coming which is an enormous help, but still not quite the same. So, if anyone has a moment to pray or send positive thoughts his way, please ask that he finds some peace tonight.
  20. 14 points
    I'm not sure you understand what we do here.
  21. 13 points
    I want to address the bolded particularly. Extending the school day for this reason smacks of the school system becoming an orphanage in all but name. I'm not sure that helping kids in bad home situations by putting them in school for longer days is the way to fix that problem. I'm not saying you thought it was an okay reason either, I'm speaking to society as a whole.
  22. 13 points
    Dd16 tells me that 90% of her dreams involve karate. This is not surprising as 90% of her waking thoughts also involve karate. Speaking of dd16 we met the Arabic tutor yesterday and liked her.
  23. 13 points
    Knowing that if he doesn't finish in several weeks there will be a consequence WILL NO WORK for a kid with ADHD/Executive Function issues. It has to be daily. Seriously, i you don't have the discipline to sit with him and make him do it how do you expect him, a child, to have the discipline to do it with no one making him??? At this point, I don't care what time he wakes up. He does wake up. So after he wakes up and eats, have him do his school work, whenever that is. Also, have DH watch TV in your room at night and lock the door so DS can't wander in and watch. keep other screens off, rooms dark. You can be on your laptop or read a book or whatever. But for that hour at bedtime have it be boring as heck so he will sleep. Oh, and I'm not above giving kids a low dose of melatonin an hour before bedtime. Makes a HUGE difference for my kids. HUGE. But even if he sleeps until noon, do school work right after that. One has nothing to do with the other.
  24. 13 points
    Both Harry and Meghan are focused on mental health issues. Part of that requires honesty and transparency about their own issues, I think. It might not be the cultural norm, but that’s part of the point. Showing how the cultural norm isolates people and keeps them from getting help. I don’t get some of the animosity towards them. If their approach, personalities etc don’t speak to you then ignore them. But they do speak to some people. They do inspire some to have difficult but honest conversations. And they do a lot of work for the benefit of others.
  25. 13 points
    I think it's unclear about who has the dietary restrictions. Are you saying that YOUR family has dietary restrictions? FWIW, when my kids were very little, and all *four* were diagnosed with celiac disease, I angered off a lot of people by declaring or home gluten free. I did it for two reasons: 1. The transition was hard for my kids. They remembered special holiday foods. I am a decent cook and I've been able to create new traditions over time, but it would not have helped for them to sit there and watch everyone else eat their favorite foods, especially at first. 2. Cross contamination is a serious issue, for a family with children who have celiac disease or true allergies. The rest of the eating world is a minefield. Home should be safe. So when I was backed into a corner about hosting holidays, I said that I would be happy to host but if I did, I would need to do all the cooking. It would be a gluten free Thanksgiving, and they were very welcome to come and share the meal. This went over just fine with one set of grandparents and one other family, but the rest threw an absolute fit. They "needed" their favorite foods, and they didn't want their children restricted from walking all over the house, trailing wheat cooky crumbs, or "it won't feel like a holiday." (Which is fine! I don't question that people should have the holiday they want. I just thought they should have it at THEIR house, if they were not interested in accepting my hospitality. Although...I did have cookies, including delicious, crumbly ones, and I did have all categories of beverages, meats, vegetables, condiments and sauces, appetizers, cheeses, fruits, desserts, breads, so I was hoping that if I was almost commanded to host, they might be willing to try new things for one meal, just once...) The conflict continued to be a problem in the extended family for years. They resented that my children couldn't just eat everything. We started gravitating toward events where everyone just brought their own food - camping trips, for example, or an outing where there were restaurant or picnic options. A few times, I managed to bring a large cooler and ice, and my own cooking gear, to someone's house (with their total permission and welcome), and I just sneaked into the kitchen to prepare my children's food. Of course, that's not practical, and there's only one relative that I would have even asked to allow it. But at those times, it was the simplest solution because she was hosting the family in a different state, in a very rural location. Her tiny local grocery store didn't even have safe foods, so I had to bring food all the way from home. She could trust me to work quickly, and clean up promptly. The large family reunions were even worse, because nobody wanted to allow "special diet" foods on the collaborative menu. Even though there were multiple families dealing with dairy or soy allergies, or wheat allergies, or celiac disease, the people organizing wanted the dinner to be "easy" and "traditional," and they wanted to assign or approve what everyone brought. So all the families that were excluded, just brought their own picnic hampers and coolers. I'll tell you when this strategy fell apart: As my kids got older, and began to be invited to friends' homes for everyday dinners and holidays, their friends' parents were SO easygoing about food restrictions! A quick text or phone call, happy to accommodate, thrilled that I do always have easy solutions. Many people have a relative who eats gluten free or dairy free or whatever, so they'd say something like, "Aunt Susie always brings XYZ dishes, I'll tell her to make a little extra!" Or they'd ask what they could pick up from the store that would be ready made and safe, or tell me that I was welcome to send along favorite foods. What a contrast to all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who made life so hard. I noticed that the other families with allergies also stopped attending the reunions, eventually. All this to say, I don't know what to tell you about the family dynamics. You'll decide when you've had enough. But if you are trying to camp out on the boundary of keeping your own home gluten free for your children, that is your RIGHT. You are a hospitable person and you have invited friends and family to share in your hospitality. It's a kindness to share your home, your food, your don't have to allow others to contribute to your dinner menu. And likewise, any invited guests have the RIGHT to politely refuse an invitation, if they don't care for the hospitality offered. The conflict comes when a hostess is not clear and confident about what exactly she is offering, or when a guest tries to dictate to a hostess.
  26. 13 points
    A teen who is inclined to do something is going to find a way to do it no matter how strict a parent is. I mean I guess the parent could give the child absolutely zero privacy 100% of the time amd then maybe they can control their actions. But really that is impossible. From my experience, the super strict parents thought they knew their kids well but they didn't. Or the compliant kids put up with it and then went crazy wild in college and they really went down bad paths real fast once given freedom.
  27. 12 points
    Thanks everyone! It’s morning and we’re still home and in one piece! He slept more than he cried last night, which was an improvement over the night before! So, he’s clearly moving in the right direction.
  28. 12 points
    I've been reading along, but haven't written yet because everyone else has been saying all the things I would say, but I wanted to tell you how happy I am that you and your DH had that conversation. I could've written a lot of your posts even as recently as tue beginning of this year. Two years ago I was writing here, and receiving a lot of the same responses you've received. I want to encourage you, in this crossroads you're in right now, that there is most definitely hope. As previous posters have said, there will be times that it feels like you're not making progress or even going backward. Keep your plans in mind, and keep working on your goals. But I think you're brave and kind to keep trying despite the hurt and the amount of work required to relearn positive behavior patterns in your relationship (for you and him). My details aren't important (though I'm happy to share if you think it would be helpful - send me a PM), but I will say that my husband had to realize I was serious before any changes happened. For us, that meant I actually left, twice, over a two year period. He did eventually realize I meant what I was saying, and he has put in a tremendous amount of effort to make our marriage and family work. He's now my best friend and a truly wonderful husband and father. We've even decided to have another child together, and our fifth baby will be born next month. There is hope. I'm praying for you and your family.
  29. 12 points
    So, did I mention my husband is out of town? Last time he went out of town I cut down a tree. This time I bleached my hair. Poor man is going to be afraid to leave town!
  30. 12 points
    Minors. This case is about denying nutrition to minors, terminal or otherwise. I am strongly of the opinion that you keep going with palliative care and hospice (so food and pain meds) until a child’s body passes on it’s own. This is something we had to think through and talk with the hospital about, and even with a child in a vegetative state nutrition won’t sustain them forever if the brain isn’t functioning, organs do deteriorate and autonomic function gets progressively worse. Our brains aren’t all we are. And NG/G/JG tubes just aren’t particularly bad. Even parenteral is hardly the end of all good things. Like, at all. As a tube feeding parent I hate when they’re cast as some horrible affliction that makes life not worth living just because you have a condition and are NPO. Even with multiple other things going on, starving/dehydration is a horrible way to go. And I’m absolutely not in favor of child euthanasia. Withdrawing life support in a situation with brain death is one thing, but otherwise it’s worth it to keep trying. I cannot tell you how many children I have seen in the past few years regain some good quality function after the machines are turned off. Enough that I’ve entirely changed my perspective on how much you try with a child, anyway. Adults have more perspective and autonomy on this, and generally less fight in them when it comes to organ recovery and neuroplasticity, so that’s a separate discussion. But nutrition should have NEVER been stopped on a grade schooler who was still responsive prior to the feeds being discontinued, and showed A responsive EEG. I can’t even.
  31. 12 points
    Oh dear! Unless the 20yr old is going to rave over supper, I might give that a minute. Poor thing won’t know what hit him, lol!
  32. 12 points
    Re the herb garden: I think it's none of his business (or anyone else's, for that matter), if she chooses to spend money on herbs. She is not doing drugs. Her children are clothed; they have a roof over their heads; no one is going hungry. There are plenty of people who would spend that on a dry-clean-only sweater. Spending money is worthy of criticism if someone is being abusively deprived (like children going hungry) or if they are racking up large unnecessary consumer debts that bring them to the brink of bankruptcy. Other than that, it's really not anyone's business. That type of scrutiny and nitpicking are what kills relationships.
  33. 11 points
    I AM ALL DONE WITH THE DOGS!!!! (Neighbor/ dog boarding business owner gets in tonight from her trip.)
  34. 11 points
    Hello there! I visited here a long while ago before life took a series of crazy turns. I’ve been catching up a bit and was pleased to see so many familiar faces. This still seems like the happiest place on the internet. I hope to be checking in more frequently. It’s nice to know there is a friendly place to go when I need a quick break from the crazy.
  35. 11 points
    I’ll start! My ds went to a new church this week without a worker and did ok!!! I had scoped it out several weeks and lined things up but still it was amazing. And he made a little friend and wants to try Awana! We’ll see how that goes. That’s a harder stretch with his language disability. He now has a friend for play dates and is beginning to ask for breaks really well. Good stuff! Dd is taking 5 classes, 14 credits, so that’s going well too. It’s better living through chemistry, haha, but she’s doing it! Checking out a new BCBA today, so we’ll see how that goes.
  36. 11 points
    Oh I think something small would be a nice gesture and I would send just a little something like a hostess gift. A plate of cookies, a bottle of wine, something consumable or handmade with a card. Here's hoping Christmas 7 is a winner! LOL.
  37. 11 points
    I would personally struggle with this so hard if it were my child getting judged and shunned. I will always pick my kids over over other relatives including my parents. Assuming no one is breaking any laws or anything like that. So I can understand the sister's point of view too. It's hard to know without knowing how sound of mind they are. If they wouldn't tolerate a wedding over this, will they tolerate the holidays? I wouldn't necessarily want to bank my holidays with my own kids hoping that it works out either. I think it's more hurtful they just didn't show than had reached out prior and talked to your sister about it. I would not want to do holidays with them without a pretty deep conversation prior. I was raised in a family where the elephant in the room was just ignored and the most meek in the group were taught to stuff their feelings. That is so emotionally unhealthy. Anyway Quill, so sorry you're in the middle! I would definitely not be volunteering to host both sides at the same time! I think choosing not to attend a wedding you really could easily attend sends a loud message. Be sure you're ready to live with life long ramifications before you chose to do it. 😥
  38. 11 points
    it's like, the end of an era. I had it for nearly 20 years and there are a lot of memories of long car trips (stopping at the rogue river on our first trip to yosemite - and getting back to the car to find the only open seats were the 3rd row bench. 2dd had parked herself in the driver's seat and she wasn't budging. stopping at Costco and getting tapes of the HP book, to listen to while we drove, that came out the day after we left home.), the boys repeatedly reclining/sitting up the rear bench when I'd pick them up from school . . . all the things I hauled in it. trees . . . . . 4x8 sheets of plywood/drywall laying flat. lots of furniture. I bought furniture off craigslist for my mom's condo. the guy had two suvs, including a larger one (smaller than a suburban). he was very skeptical I'd fit it all in, since he couldn't have put it in either of his suvs. "just watch". I need to replace my sofa - 2ds suggested I take a picture with the sofa in the van as a demonstration of capacity (and have them take the sofa with the van.)
  39. 11 points
    Matt (husband) does the leg work and I do the clerical work. We inspect office buildings, apartment complexes and occasional oddities such as department stores or parking garages on behalf of banks, verifying the location's claims. Is it up to code? Did they do the repairs? Is it green (you can get lower rates for low flow plumbing, proper electrical work, etc.)? It was supposed to be his full time job but a few days before our arrival in Texas the company that he worked for decided they no longer needed him so he drives for Uber and Lyft while trying to build this up. Since getting here he's gotten Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae certified and is now getting HUD (housing and urban development) certified. Each certification means that every inspection is at a higher rate and that he's eligible for more inspections.
  40. 11 points
    I discovered I do have a hobby: being on here!! Yea me!
  41. 11 points
    Some of the earliest paintings of Mary with the infant Jesus depict her breastfeeding or with her breast bared for feeding. That is the best direct data we have with regards to how early Christians viewed breastfeeding. More generally, prior to the modern marketing of commercial infant formula it was simply not practical to view breastfeeding as anything other than normal and natural. I am aware of no evidence at all suggesting that any culture prior to the past century considered a woman breastfeeding a child to be something obscene or unfit for ordinary company or public situations. I've seen a contemporary drawing depicting a large conference of my own denomination in the 19th century with multiple women clearly breastfeeding infants in the middle of the congregation.
  42. 11 points
    But, this makes banishing the nursing mother and her baby OK because someone else is uncomfortable? If it makes someone uncomfortable, then HE can leave, he can avert his eyes, or he can just deal. We need to stop putting up obstacles to breastfeeding. If people can't deal then that is THEIR problem, not the nursing mother's problem. I haven't nursed a child in 16 years and I am terribly sad that this is still a conversation. I long for the day when nursing in public is so commonplace that nobody notices.
  43. 11 points
    Hi Robin and thank you, as always, for my favorite thread! I read The Forever House - 5 Stars - This is the second book that I have read and loved by Veronica Henry. I adored this one right from the get-go. It is a chick-lit romance, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s about a family living in a home called “Hunter’s Moon” set in my favorite part of England, the beautiful Cotswolds. Although it’s all a bit predictable, it was a truly heart-warming read. I already miss some of the wonderful characters. Some of my favorite quotes: “So often there was sadness and grief lying underneath perfection.” “If this bloody disease has taught me anything, it's to spend more time with people you like.” “She reflected that there was nothing more satisfying as a mother than to see your children settle with someone who felt right.” Here are some pictures from our time in Ronda, our favorite place that we visited in all of Spain. - MY RATING SYSTEM 5 Stars The book is fantastic. It’s not perfect, since no book is, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. 4 Stars Really Good 3 Stars Enjoyable 2 Stars Just Okay – nothing to write home about 1 Star Rubbish – waste of my money and time. Few books make it to this level, since I usually give up on them if they’re that bad.
  44. 11 points
    I am typically a very modest person, and I do understand where you're coming from. Most of the people I know IRL who breastfeed feel similarly to you, including people in my own family. I do feel uncomfortable when I see someone in public just letting it all hang out. It's just not typically necessary to bare it all to breastfeed successfully and I don't think it's prudish or weird to expect people to keep their private parts covered. But I don't see feeding my baby as an inherently private act. It's providing her sustenance in the way God designed, and I don't think of eating as a private act. Meal times are in many ways a social act, and I think it's normal and natural to feed my baby wherever my life happens to take me. Some people (not directed at you necessarily) seem to think it's inappropriate just to look at someone and be aware that they are bf'ing even if they are covered, which doesn't make sense to me. If they can't see it, why does it bother them just to know it's happening in their vicinity? Usually people who use this argument are trying to lump bf'ing in with bodily functions like using the bathroom, as if bf'ing is gross, and that attitude does really bother me. I don't think the fact that breast milk is leaking out of my body is any grosser or more private than having watery eyes, and nobody expects me to hide myself in a bathroom for that. Again, not saying you think that, MercyA 🙂
  45. 11 points
    I agree...I am so glad we found out now. Our original plan was to move five years after we bought the house, but DH got injured and couldn’t work on the house for over a year and then NICU bills happened. And what we’re looking for is hard find because we’re so specific. I know that. I’d just thought finally all the waiting and saving and putting up with a house I truly dislike had paid off. But I am enormously thankful I have a smart dad with an environmental background and we didn’t sink all of our savings into land we can’t build on or sell.
  46. 11 points
    One day we were driving down our road and there was a knight’s full suit of armor on the curb with the trash at the property a few places down from our. Like the real deal suit of armor. We are not in an area you just drive through so it’s 99.9% the owners of the house put it there. Or at least one of them. 😉 We stop and stare (how often do you see a full suit of armor on the roadside?!) and dh is “we should get it! Let’s throw it in the truck! It’s with the trash so obviously they don’t care.” I told him I wasn’t going to be caught dead rifling through the neighbors trash and maybe there was a reason it was there.....we finally agreed if it was still there the next day he could get it before the trash company came by. Well, it was gone and now it’s on their front porch and has been ever since! I totally want to know the story behind that one because you know there’s got to be one. “Hey remember that time I came home late from the bar and you threw my suit of armor in the trash?!”
  47. 11 points
  48. 11 points
    Can we move around? Like live in the lighthouse for 2-4 weeks and then move to the cabin in the woods for a month or 2 followed by the forest fire observation home on top of a mountain in Montana? Then follow up with a few weeks on the beach, some time on a house boat, etc. I might even take a month in downtown in a big city.
  49. 11 points
    I agree. It sounds like the other parents want a constantly-present babysitter for their teen and that’s unreasonable. I mean, it’s not like Quill was bragging to them about how she keeps a big basket of condoms and porn DVDs in a basket in the front hallway for the kids! (Quill, you weren’t bragging about that, right? 😉 )
  50. 11 points
    I think this is getting harder for some dads - especially older dads (as is the case for David - he is the baby of the family & considerably younger than his brothers) - to do with the rapidly changing technology. AT this point, many boys/young men around this age seem to think that as long a they're not sending d!c+ pics, they're pretty much Prince Charming. Hm. I'm very glad that he's going away for 6 months. Get thee to Europe, boy!!! Give this 6 months to sort yourselves and your emotions out independently of one another! "Raising" very young adult children is a roller coaster. God bless us and keep us all. lol (oh, and I say "Europe," but he's going to work in one specific country. I'm just choosing to not mention it here)
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