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About annlaura

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  1. We love this one:http://www.amazon.com/Little-Cummings-published-Hyperion-Hardcover/dp/B008Q3YLFS/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383798828&sr=1-10&keywords=little+tree+cummings
  2. If you like The Gruffalo, you must get The Gruffalo's Child. One I haven't seen mentioned is One More Acorn, by Don and Roy Freeman. It might be on the young side, but my nearly 7yo still enjoys it.
  3. DS6 would like a remote control, interactive robot. He'd really love a voice controled robot. I found the robosapien. Any reviews? Or other recommendations?
  4. My prayers are with all Catholics at this time. My SIL shared this with me, and I found it interesting: http://on-this-rock.blogspot.com/2011/12/why-it-might-be-good-if-pope-benedict.html.
  5. I was baptized ELCA, and went to a LCMS school K-8. My DH is Catholic, but we agreed to raise the boys LCMS. A few times I have taken them to mass, and we attend many Catholic services for our extended family. But our home church is Lutheran. I heard about something new (to me) at church a few Sundays ago. Apparently first communion is not necessarily tied to confirmation at our church anymore. Is that common in the LCMS these days?
  6. bzymom, yes to all of your post. Much of it is how I've trained my other dogs with the use of a crate. Good reminder about making the space small. I think the tension gate in the hallway will accomplish that. I took him out last night before bed, as usual, and he pottied but didn't poop. So when we came in I was able to keep an eye on him until I saw him about to squat, and ran him out. He pooped outside and I did the good puppy song and dance. I'll have to go buy tiny yummy treats today. We just have big dog treats that don't interest him much. Easier to follow him around when the boys ar
  7. A bell. Yes. His tags aren't jingly enough for some reason. Maybe his curls muffle them. Haha. But a bell like a little cat is a great plan. A year, huh. I've always had the few weeks, maybe a couple months, types, too.
  8. Treats outside is a good idea. That is not something I'd thought of. I do take him out on a leash. Leashing inside is a good idea too. I may try that sometimes. Shanvan, your link isn't working for me atm, but a small pen might work. Thanks for all the ideas, everyone.
  9. I have an accordian gate in the hallway so we can barricade our dog if we need to, but of course he can get through it. I may still have a tension gate in the basement. This may be our best solution until he does better. One aspect I'm struggling with is times when he is simply not on my lap, but I wouldn't crate him if he were a larger dog since I could just hear where he was. He's like a little furry ninja sometimes. ;) He's a little black poodle mix, but is a bit moustache-y, so probably a bit of terrier in there. Thanks for the pad rec. He does go outside every time I take him ou
  10. My mother's lap dog is staying with us. He potties or poops on the floor when he isn't getting enough (in his opinion) attention. He freaks out in the extreme at crates, and I promised my mother I wouldn't try it. He may be with us for quite a while, maybe even permanently. I have always had big dogs, and I've crate trained them. And when they weren't in their crate, I could hear them moving around and know where they were, what they were doing. This little guy is still pretty young, maybe barely a year, but surely less than two. He's very bright, very sneaky, and very very spoiled. My mother
  11. Just to clarify, I didn't see any fresh organic produce in the flyer. A variety of organic products including frozen organic berries, but no mention of fresh organic produce.
  12. I saw those today, and said, "Eew, gross!'' out loud. Then my sons had to know why, and they thought it was gross too. Blech.
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