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  1. 2 hours ago, KungFuPanda said:

    Wait! But she had a Target! (I vaguely remember a bullseye painted on a tiny shed.) ?


    Yes! We do have one! It's about 90 miles away, but still! (And the newest development... there's now a Target shopping cart out front!)


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  2. On 9/14/2018 at 12:21 PM, school17777 said:

    How long have you been there now?  Are you down to just one kiddo at home?  Is he excited?

    Good luck with your move!


    The kids and I have been here for over two years.  DH has been here for three years.  I still have two kids at home.  The kids are excited to be moving, but like me they will miss it here too.


    On 9/14/2018 at 12:26 PM, Lady Marmalade said:

    Is this good or bad? 

    I imagine the ice cream opportunities will now be plentiful.  ?


    I think overall it will be a good move for our family.


    On 9/14/2018 at 1:13 PM, Mothersweets said:

    Amarillo By Morning

    This is all I can think of now. ? Good luck with your move!


    We've had this song on a continuous loop for several days.  LOL


    On 9/14/2018 at 2:57 PM, ScoutTN said:

    Is this a good thing, with regard to your dh's job?


    He is leaving the National Park Service.  And yes, it's a good thing, in this case.


    On 9/14/2018 at 3:00 PM, Arctic Mama said:

    So the real question: how do you feel about moving?  What will you miss?  What will you be totally happy to never deal with again?


    I'm okay with it.  I love the tranquility of living here and being so close to nature.  I will be happy to not have to drive two hours each direction to get groceries. That gets old.


    On 9/15/2018 at 7:48 AM, Ottakee said:

    Palo Duro Canyon state park was wonderful when we visited Amarillo.  I have loved your stories throughout the years of your adventures.  Will you have much better services/opportunities for your youngest for school/vocational training, etc?


    Well, considering that we get absolutely NOTHING for him here, I'm sure it will be a step in the right direction.  LOL


    On 9/15/2018 at 8:18 AM, Lady Florida. said:

    Was this a surprise or did you know it was coming? Or did you know you'd be moving but not sure where (kind of like military families)?

    I had a friend from high school who lived in Amarillo for years. Her kids grew up there. She liked it well enough and only came back to Florida after her husband died unexpectedly (and young). 


    DH applied for the job at the end of July.  He interviewed for it THREE times in August, and the job offer finally came last Thursday.  He is transferring from one federal agency to another, and I think he'll be much more comfortable in the new position (in the Veterans Administration) than he is here.  The National Park Service and being a military veteran... well, those two things can't be on further ends of the spectrum.  LOL

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  3. Forgot to mention about our trade-in. They offered us a price for it over the phone before we got there. Their offer was, again, right in the middle of where KBB said it should be. I thought they'd try to talk us down once we arrived and they looked it over, but they didn't.  They just offered us the agreed upon price, never really even looked over the trade in. Just kept their word and did what they said they would. 

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  4. Hi! Yes, it was a great experience.  We found what we wanted on the website and "ordered" it. They transported it from Tennessee (?) to San Antonio where we picked it up.  Most of the details were taken care of over the phone (including a 3-way call with our bank)  before we got there.  We arrived a week later and signed the papers they already had ready for us. No haggling, no negotiating.  It was great.  The car price was right in the middle of where Kelley Blue Book said it should be, so I'm confident we weren't snookered. We had time to look over the car and take it for an hour long test drive before we signed the papers.  Seven day no questions asked return policy for any reason whatsoever.  Three months free maintenance if a problem is discovered.  Plus, we even got travel money from them since we came from a far distance.  As far as we could tell, we had nothing to lose.  The van has been a gem. So happy with the entire experience, I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. 

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  5. When my husband was in Iraq, the USO was phenomenal in helping the service members stay connected with families.  They would video record dh reading a bedtime story, then mail the video along with the book home to us.  They would set up VTC (video tele-conference) links for us.  They had XBOX stations set up so dh could play live video games with our kids, complete with audio connection. 

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  6. My sons applied to and were accepted at:

    Univ of TX of the Permian Basin (for dual credit)

    Univ of TX at San Antonio (ds#4 currently attending) 

    Texas State University (ds#3 currently attending) 

    In all instances we submitted 1-pg transcripts arranged by subject. We also included many nontraditional courses. You don't need to list awards etc on the transcript. Those will be detailed on the Apply Texas application.

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  7. I live in an extremely rural area.  No doctor - none of any sort - for over 100 miles.  Mental health services are even further away, approximately a 4 hour drive one direction. Incidentally, I also live in a high suicide rate area, too. I've known several just in the few years I've lived here. 

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  8. 17 hours ago, Chris in VA said:

    I love follow-ups! 

    I am still waiting to find out what really happened to that mysterious recorded sounds at night situation. 

    Seriously, people. 




    Ohmygosh, YES! I've been waiting for YEARS to find out about that one (assuming we're talking about the same one)!

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  9. My 7th grader will be studying Texas state history for social studies this year, and I want to coordinate his reading/literature with it.  The only one I know of is "The Boy In The Alamo" by Margaret Cousins.  Does anyone have  other literature suggestions for me?

    ETA: I just realized that I could potentially use "Old Yeller" or "Holes".

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