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  1. My oldest goes to public 8th grade. Our neighbors generously invited me to carpool, but I never take or pick up, so it isn’t much of a carpool. For Christmas I feel like I should get them something. I was thinking just a gift card. Does $50 for each driver seem right? We don’t have a ton of extra money right now, but I also want to be appreciative of them.
  2. I’m not trying to be controversial, but my dad has put it in my son’s head that evolution isn’t true and God created the world in 6 literal days and people who believe in evolution don’t know what they are talking about. We are a Christian family, so I would prefer a book that doesn’t bash Christians. Maybe if there is one written by a Christian that would help. My ds is a Christian and the whole thing really bothers him. I think he got the impression that you can’t be a Christian and believe in evolution. Obviously, my education on the topic is not sufficient. If he, as an adult who has had access to actual facts on the issue, wants to decide to not believe in evolution, then whatever. But, my job as his educator is to give him the facts-which I am defining as the accepted belief of the vast majority of the scientific community. Thanks for any suggestions.
  3. My kids (well 2 of them) complained today that we “always” eat the same things. When I was growing up, we ate homemade pizza on Fridays, roast on Sundays, and tacos on Tuesdays. I’m not sure if that was every week, or if we did that every year, but I know it happened regularly. I never would have dreamed of complaining to my mom about food she cooked. Today we had tacos and one of my kids said he is sick of them (we eat them about once every 2 weeks). Then, I was making granola bars and a different kid asked why we always have those (again, I make them about every 2 weeks). The granola bars thing bothered me because it used to be something everyone would eat and love, but I guess at least one of them is getting tired of them. Anyway, how many different breakfast and dinner meals do you rotate through? Do you eat some things weekly or close to it? I feel like I spend so much time feeding my family-thinking about meals, shopping, cooking, cleaning the kitchen, etc. I don’t really want to spend more time doing it!
  4. I have been doing Walmart grocery pick up and I think it is saving me money-for sure it is saving me time. I don’t know why I have been resistant to doing this before. I spent $150 on Sunday and I am hoping it lasts until next Sunday. Usually we need a second trip for produce and milk, bread, and eggs. My 2 in public school are still buying lunches, but we have been doing really well on homemade breakfasts and dinners. I’m going to start having them bring lunch 2 days a week and then work up from there.
  5. This year was not good on the goals front. We weren’t planning to move, but found out we were moving in March. Dh moved in May and the boys and I moved in July. So, from about March-October I was kind of in a funk. I’m still not happy about the move, but I am out of the funk. On the bright side, my house is almost perfectly clean and organized. We moved in organized and have been able to maintain it. I have read 25 books this year, which has been my goal for the last few years. I usually end up with 27 or 28, but I am not ready to push to 30. This next year my main goal is to make this area my community. Also, we put pretty much all of our savings into our down payment for this house. We told ourselves we would cut back and build savings back up. We didn’t do that this year-some of it was unavoidable as moving is expensive in ways we didn’t anticipate. But next year we really are cutting back and rebuilding our savings. Like everyone else, I am wanting to exercise more too. One other problem area has been news. I get most of it from twitter before I go to bed. I didn’t realize it was affecting me until recently, but now that I know it is, I really need to drop the habit. I’m thinking about giving myself 10 minutes at lunchtime to look at it. Before bed it just makes me mad before I sleep. I stayed away from news for 10 years completely and it was very good for my mental health. When we went overseas Twitter made me feel connected to home and I haven’t dropped it. I really liked my life better when I didn’t know every terrible thing happening.
  6. This thread has given me some good ideas for ds13. I really was stuck on ideas for him. And I will have to look into the switch games and make sure they can all 4 play the games they get. I remember my parents kind of stopping giving gifts at some point and just giving me money. I think that is what I wanted, but I am just not ready to do that. I know Christmas isn't about the gifts, but I do want to get my kids special gifts still. This year our budget is a little tighter, although I think doable. It is harder with teens. I could give my 7yr old a Christmas he would love for $50 very easily- not so easy with ds13.
  7. I’ll have to look at organ attack. We have exploding kittens and he likes that. We played telestrations and cash n guns at a board game cafe and he likes those. I had forgotten about that.
  8. He loves his ripstik and does that a lot. Baseball is his favorite thing. We have a basketball hoop in our driveway that the old owners of our house left. He does like to shoot hoops, but we only have a junky basketball, so maybe a better basketball would be an idea. He used to have more interests, but lately it has been all sports/active stuff-baseball, basketball, ripstik, trampoline, and roller hockey. He loves listening to audiobooks, so I could get him one, but it still isn’t something to “open.”
  9. Up until now, I have had a fairly easy time keeping the “wow factor” pretty equal at Christmas for my kids without breaking the bank. Part of the problem this year may be that we have less to spend. But, also, my oldest is a 13yr old boy and for the first time I have no good ideas for him. We are doing a family gift of a Nintendo switch and then each kid will get a game in their stocking. They are also getting their needed baseball equipment and winter gear (just what they need, so not necessarily equal). Then I have a few ideas for my younger kids that didn’t cost much and they will love-the new Dog Man book and plush, the little Harry Potter LEGO sets, a LEGO idea book, tinker crates I got on sale, etc. The problem is I can’t think of anything in this price range to get my older son. I think I could get him some baseball lessons and he would be fine with it, but I still think he would be disappointed to not have much to open on Christmas. Part of me thinks I should take the little stuff back and just do the needs and family gift for everyone. But, otoh, my little kids will love that stuff and it was like $25. They are still at the magical Christmas age. I could give ds $25, but I think it won’t be as wow for him as the stuff his brothers are getting. And, yes, ds would understand, but I still think he would be disappointed.
  10. If it helps, we once decided to drive through bad roads and ended up in a ditch. I called 911 and they said it was taking an average of 5 hours to get people. I burst out crying and maybe they had sympathy because we were rescued 20 minutes later. But, it was the longest 20 minutes of my life. A semi truck almost slid into us and both dh and I really thought it was going to hit us and everyone was going to die. Then, we got to spend 5 nights in a hotel without any of our stuff. We were really happy to be alive, but it wasn’t exactly pleasant. All that to say, I think it is better safe than sorry. I’m sure your kids are very disappointed, but the alternative could be much worse. I hope your day improved!
  11. Well, the puppy will be coming. I am deciding to just be fine with it. None of the guests will mind-they are all either parents, siblings, or niece and nephews of dh. I think we are the only family without a dog. Sixteen of them are children (including mine). I don’t believe dh for a minute that I won’t know the puppy is there. I just don’t imagine it going well with all the kids, but maybe they will all be very entertained with the puppy. I will update with how it goes.
  12. I am one who is a big believer that the way the world should work is that people are free to ask others for favors and the people being asked are free to say no. However, that is actually really hard. My ILs are coming for thanksgiving and just got a puppy and they asked if they could bring it. I know that only horrible people don’t like puppies, but I am one of them. I really don’t like dogs at all. I think they should be treated well, I just don’t like being around them. Anyway, they asked if they could bring the puppy with them and I really want to say no, but how can I without being the bad guy? We are going to have 30 people here including our family for two nights. I am fine with that, but I feel like it is enough to host an extra 24 people for 3 days without also having a puppy. Dh assures me I won’t even know the puppy is here, but I am just really aggravated by it. And yes my ILs know how I feel about dogs, but I think they just don’t get it because they are “dog people.” Update: a family member is going to watch the puppy so it isn’t coming. I think they either realized it wouldn’t be good for the puppy or they read between the lines that I was not happy about it.
  13. This is what is happening in our house with 2 of the 3 sick kids anyway. I don’t think it is the real flu because I called the pediatrician and they said they haven’t really seen flu yet, but it is the fever, chills, cough, sore throat, etc. Today everyone is fever free, but I still just feel so tired.
  14. We played a game and finished our audiobook. Both boys are napping now so I think that is enough. Maybe tomorrow we will be a little better.
  15. For the first time in 7 years, our whole family (except one ds) came down with a flu like illness this past week. My fever broke overnight and I do feel better today, but I still don’t feel like I can get out of bed. Some of this may be that my youngest is 7, so I have that option. How long after you are no longer sick does it take to feel well? Also, my two homeschooled ds (ages 7 and 9) had fevers yesterday, but seem to be fever free today. They want to lay around and watch the inbestigators on Netflix. I think I am going to let them even though they have been mostly doing that the last 5 days. I feel a little guilty because my ds11 was also sick and he went to school today and dh went back to work. Maybe the other three of us should suck it up and do some math?
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