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  1. Meriwether

    8 Seater mid-size SUV?

    Would an expedition work for a family of bigger people, too? We will drive our van until it dies, but it is getting a little tight now. Dh is 6'3". Dd15 is 5'10". Ds14 is starting to grow and is about 5'7" now; I think he'll be 6' or more a year from now. Both Ds12 and Dd9 will probably grow significantly in the next 2-3 years. The could both easily be close to 6' a year or two into our next vehicle (which I hope we don't have to buy for at least a year), if Dd9 starts her main growth spurt when Dd15 does. Then we will have Dd4 to fit in somewhere. So I'll need something that can basically seat 6 adults and a child comfortably and have enough cargo space for when we travel to TKD tournaments with luggage and 6 gear bags.
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    Is requiring this "to be fine" reasonable?

    Depending on where you are, I think a heavy duty spray that works on animals would be a good idea. My brother and his wife are in a pretty isolated area. She carries spray to go to the mailbox. I don't know if she always did, but at least since a mountain lion got their pigs.
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    Any can't miss books for SOTW3?

    There is a nice audio book for Madeline Takes Command.
  4. How kind of you to take the time to answer my question. I hope your Mom is doing well.
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    Anyone doing a Whole 30 this month?

    I ate peas two days ago. I completely forgot they were verboten as it has been a long time since I read the book. Oops. I'm not concerned. I think I'll be on a restrictive diet for a good while, so it doesn't matter what day I'm on.
  6. Meriwether

    Article: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

    As my dad tells it, during drills the kids would say, "Put you head between your knees and kiss your * good-bye."
  7. Meriwether

    Anyone doing a Whole 30 this month?

    I'm doing (kind of) Whole 30. I'm mostly trying to reset my eating patterns and not doing it as an elimination diet. So this afternoon when I got home at 1:00 and couldn't eat the meal that I had prepped for the family (ham and potatoes in a cheese sauce), I ate a salad. A head of romaine lettuce, a cucumber, a pepper, and a third of an avocado. I didn't have a protein source and didn't want to wait until I hard-boiled some eggs, so I got out some precooked grilled chicken that I purchased for just such an occasion. I noticed that it had one gram per serving of some kind of sugar. I had to decide at that moment whether I was going to worry about that kind of thing. I decided to eat it. I am better off with one gram of added sugar than eating ham and cheesy potatoes, so I'm going to compromise if it means eating better overall. I will try to meal plan better, though. This morning for breakfast I had ground turkey with peppers, onion, and spinach. Supper will be something simple like eggs, since I can't eat what I want to make for my family for supper and I don't want to cook two meals that take prep.
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    Grandparents and teenage kids

    My teens rarely speak on the phone with their grandparents. We see my parents (6 hours away) about 10 times per year for at least 3 days at a time. We see my in-laws a couple of times per year. Phone conversations tend to resemble real life interactions, nice with my parents and awkward with my in-laws. So I think there needs to be some kind of happy relationship before the phone calls will be easy and fun.
  9. @tuesdayschild We just played Escape From Colditz. One of my kids tried to move another player's pawn using a Move Fast card. I assumed the card could only be used for a player's own pawns. I couldn't find a definitive answer anywhere, and I was hoping you could tell us.
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    Gifts that missed

    We made it down to my family's Christmas. I told my sister this morning about the rest of my Christmas. By the time I got down here, she had a large gift bag full of stuff for me. It did not occur to me when I was talking to her that she would do that, but once she did I realized that it should have occurred to me. If that makes sense. It is very like her. And my parents gave us money, which will mean a gift for me eventually. And Dh and the kids are trying. Just being with my FOO has been really nice. I think I am mostly over my funk.
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    Gifts that missed

    I got an old chicken box and a fake egg to put under a chicken to encourage brooding from my in-law gift exchange. MIL knows I like chickens and these were family pieces from each side of my husband's family. But they aren't display pieces and I can't ha e chickens where we live. Dh and the kids got me nothing. This is typical, and I usually don't mind. This year I did. My family decided to spend a day together doing something instead of exchanging gifts. It was my idea actually, so it is definitely okay. But overall, I am feeling unappreciated this year.
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    What do you serve for Christmas breakfast?

    This year it will be fruit salad, bacon, french toast (for everybody else), and funny cake (for me). If I am hungry, will make myself scrambled eggs. I think everyone else will be happy with the other stuff.
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    Anyone else ready for Christmas/Winter break?

    We finished Friday and spent yesterday not doing much of anything. We played board games, and I let kids play on screens, too. I did some laundry and sewed more gift bags, by that is it. Today, we have church and friends coming over. I want to get some gifts wrapped and baking done, but that is it. No lesson planning. No working on kids' activities.
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    Package thief vs glitter bomb

    I'm really disturbed by how many people are willing to steal from others.
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    This. We got Dd8's clipped this year, but I wish we'd done it sooner. We'll do Dd4's before she loses baby teeth.
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