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  1. I feel like it's not so much that you didn't get a gift it's that no one even took 10 minutes out of their day to pause and appreciate you. I get that. I had to have several conversations with DH about this and to be fair to him, it was a bit of a change for me. I was never big on celebrations and technically, I'm still not. But after all these years of giving giving giving and making sure everyone else's days was special - even if just with a small cake and their favorite meal for dinner - it started to hurt a little bit more every year when NOTHING was done for me. Going out and buying my own cake wouldn't solve that problem. DH taking 5 minutes to pause with the kids to put a candle in Little Debbie snack is really all I was asking for. It's not about the actual gift, just the time to remember. Eventually, after many conversations, it's happened. Usually. I do still have to remind quite a bit ahead of time.
  2. I completely understand! We moved close to family 2.5 years ago and I'm still adjusting. It was so strange to me when my MIL wanted to know the soccer PRACTICE schedule, just so she could come watch. However, I'm trying to fully embrace it, especially this year!! 4 children with 4 different sports teams, 4 different lessons for instruments and 4 different levels of Scouts....I'm maxed out. My MIL and DH's step-mom both recently retired and have volunteered to do a lot of the running, so I plan on keeping them busy. Considering all those promises to help were part of the reason we moved here, it's only fitting.
  3. I'm attempting to give all the grandparents/aunts/uncles all the schedules for all the things that are beginning soon. Soccer, volleyball, dance lessons, karate etc. It used to be that I would always be given a printable schedule or list by all of these activities and make copies for everyone. Now, some still do that, but others use apps like Heja or FB to organize. Last year, when I typed up a master list for everyone, I made some transcription mistakes and it took quite a bit of time. Other than giving a copy of my personal calendar that I have synced everything to, has anyone figured out an easy way to do this? I would prefer not to do this because it has a lot of details they don't need. And yes, I want them to know everything from practice times to games and locations because not only to they come to cheer the kids on, but several of them help provide transportation where they can.
  4. I am looking at doing a 12 week co-op class on the same subject! What textbook are you using?
  5. I am also a big fan of Walmart's pick-up system. I just started using it 2 months ago. I do NOT like shopping AT Walmart. The pick-up is a completely different experience. Also, even though overall the prices are a bit higher than Aldi, I find it's worth it. I have an easier time sticking to my grocery budget with it because I don't even go in the store. Their website and the app are extremely user-friendly. Instead of making a list through the week I just add things to my cart in the app. It also made grocery shopping while on vacation so easy! I set it all up three days before we left and my groceries were ready for pick-up our first morning there. Counting travel time, I was there and back with $200 worth of groceries in 15 minutes. I don't like the single-use plastic bags. I have thought about asking them to just bring things out in the crates but I could see how that would make loading my car take quite a bit longer.
  6. I have tried heating vinegar water in there and then wiping it down three times now. There was not a fire (thank goodness!) but it does seem that the interior is permanently discolored. Has anyone experienced the smell eventually going away? For reference, she put it in for 11:45 instead of 1:45. She turned it off when she noticed smoke.
  7. The US Air Force Museum in Dayton is free, if that plays in to your decision at all. You can walk through several old Air Force One planes. While obviously military it's also a lot of information on the history of flight. All the other things mentioned are great as well. Columbus is a fun city, the City Museum in St. Louis is amazing and the Indianapolis Children's Museum is fun, but more for younger kids in my opinion. Not sure what ages you have but my 12 year old mainly enjoys watching her youngest siblings have fun there now more than enjoying it herself. Obviously this will be different with every 12 year old 🙂 If the weather is good and you want something other than a museum experience, Young's is a cute stop. Play put-put, eat delicious ice cream, pet a goat and watch them milk the cows.
  8. We just built two raised beds that are 4x8. I'm hoping they help me have a more successful gardening year. I basically tilled up a part of the yard to make a garden the last time and it was a disaster with weeds - obviously. 🙂 I was a little overexcited. So now I'm on the hunt for various compost sources to fill them up while planning it all out. I'm loosely following the tenants of Square Foot Gardening. I also keep thinking about landscaping the house, which only has a few overgrown shrubs that were planted over 30 years ago. DH wants to pay someone for a plan, which I'm not opposed to, but I also kind of want to plan it myself. We need to get that figured out so we have a master plan to work on. I doubt we would be able to do it all in one year but it's we can't do anything without a plan.
  9. We have the Ikea Hemnes Daybed for my 4 year old. It has drawers so you could even put her clothes in there. I love it because on nights when DH is really snoring I am able to pull it out larger and throw the second mattress on it for myself. My 4yo sleeps through anything thankfully. That makes it as wide as a King size, just not as long. Love it!
  10. In our state if you have a DUI you have to put these bright red and yellow plates on instead of the normal ones. I guess the concept is public humiliation will make you less likely to drink and drive? I have also heard people refer to them as "party plates"
  11. No, we're rural, so no taxis either. There's also many more DUIs, or at least there appears to be based on the number of DUI liscense plates I see.
  12. That's not normal. I installed detectors at my parents house and replace the batteries every 6 months. They have never had one start beeping - which is good because my dad would probably just throw the whole thing away.
  13. We have a reverse osmosis system for drinking water and it sounds like the set-up is just like yours. It has its own faucet at the sink and we also run it to the fridge instead of using the fridges water filter. Our filters are around $60 and say they should be replaced every 6 months, but I know we push that out to more like 9 months. Mainly just when we can tell the taste is starting to change. It is expensive, but nothing like what it would cost for bottled water, it just hurts a little more because you don't usually buy $60 worth of bottled water at a time. It's also way easier to replace a filter than it is to lug bottles of water from the store every week.
  14. I completely get this! We finished up every little last minute project, we cleaned like we had never cleaned before and got rid of boxes and boxes of clutter. When we finally listed our house I wasn't sure I really wanted to. It finally looked the way I always hoped it would!
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