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    Octavia Mattea Phaedra Deirdre Cassandra Elowen Anwen Helena Theodora Thais Boys Orion Jasper I love Violet and Freya.
  2. I'm boring. I have white corelle dishes for lunch, kids husband to grab. Dinner dishes are White Villeroy and Boch I got from TJ Maxx and Home Goods, they are nice, thin, but strong dishes. This set. I just picked up pieces as they would show up in the stores. I now have 16 plates and 12 bowls. They were about + or - $5 a piece.
  3. I have wanted to cancel but a friend convinced me not to cancel. I went and had fun. First day or two a bit anxious but then I settled down and enjoyed it
  4. My son came home with a beautiful female kitten he wanted to be his cuddle buddy. She is the most athletic, energetic, wild cat I've ever met. The vet even commented on it, pretty sure she's from feral parents. She has to be outdoors most of the time to be happy. She refuses to use a litterbox. Before we finally allowed her out she would run through the house screaming and jumping from things for hours. She has shredded carpets, window sills, doors, etc. She needs to be outdoors to be healthy and happy. We have shelters for her and she has access to garage, sheds and barn but just declawing her ( which we considered) would not have taken care of her needs. I do live in an area with barn cats and not a neighborhood so she has plenty of area to patrol. She is now 4yrs old and thriving. Good luck with your decision. We also have a cat who is 100% outside/garage (she's 14yrs old and still hunts everyday) and has panic attacks if brought indoors. She is feral but friendly. We also have a cat who is now 6 who is 100% indoors and is a couch potato. He was from a litter we rescued at 1 week old and bottle fed. Kimberly
  5. I'd like an invite please. Mine are now, 24, 22, 20, 18, and 13
  6. When kids sizes no longer work we move to American Eagle skinny line. It's expensive but truly what fits. Right now my 13yr old is too tall for 12s(ankle showing) but 14slim is a very difficult size to find and they are still a bit big around the waist. In shorts he's wearing a size 8 boys. He's been wearing levis and they say 25x27 for 14s. I'd rather find a 24x 28. My 21yr old son wears a 28x30
  7. I haven't dealt with these decisions personally but my mother and her four sisters all had breast cancer within a two year period and I helped my mom decide how to proceed. Each sister did something a little different. Mom mom who was 68 at the time just did unilateral mastectomy with no reconstruction. We ultimately decided to go this direction because she couldn't do the less invasive reconstruction option that her sisters did due to having breast cancer at 45 with lumpectomy and radiation as the treatment then. So that only left the much more invasive approach with the more extensive healing times. My dad didn't want her to go through all that so his vote was no. It sounded like it really added to the amount of time healing and she didn't want to spend any more time than necessary. She wanted to heal and move forward and not dread the future surgeries required and longer healing time. We found that each time she had breast cancer that it took about two years to fully get back to "normal". Removing a healthy breast didn't sound necessary. I will say though that dealing with a prosthetic breast is a pain at times. My mother(and her sisters) is very small an A/B cup and so it always seems a bit bigger and sometimes swimming it doesn't stay in place. She isn't comfortable going with out and being lopsided though. Make sure you do physical therapy after your mastectomy heals though to get full range of motion back. That is something we didn't realize at first and she struggled until we did that as she's was/is a very active person who plays tennis, walks, does curves, etc. My aunts who did reconstruction are happy with it but the process wasn't pleasant and one continually seemed to deal with infection and things that would delay her, the other breezed through it. One aunt did bilateral mastectomy in hopes she wouldn't have a re occurrence since watching my mom she felt it was definitely a possibility. ( my mom had it in the same breast twice, the other breast is still fine) Some did chemo and others did not. My mom was fortunate that she never did chemo. I'm sorry you're having to go through this, it is a lot of information and decisions all at once and they want you to decide so quickly.
  8. I've been on both sides. I put oldest in school K-2 then brought him home due to school struggles. I home schooled kids from then until oldest was ready for high school. At that point I told my husband I could either teach him or the other four kids, that is how much of my time he required. He wanted to go to the high school with all their music and theater options so off he went. Other kids stayed home until they were in 11, 10, 9 and 6th grade. So slowly one by one they went off to school depending on when I felt they were ready. I wasn't actually ready to send youngest in 6th but he and his dad decided it was time. He didn't like being the only one home. I didn't realize how exhausted and burnt out I was until he was in school that first year. I so needed the break. He loves his school and is now a thriving 8th grader. I was never the mom who thought they'd home school the whole way through high school as I don't have the temperament and self discipline. This year I have a senior and an 8th grader attending charter school, a college junior and two older sons working. Letting go of homeschooling did lead to a bit of a identity crisis and who am I now type thing. Also friends are either homeschooling still or they have started working so I'm working on building new friendships, interests, etc. It can be a bit lonely but I'm enjoying this phase of life too.
  9. My daughter has a digital art tablet and she loves it. Well worth the cost, though it wasn't horrible. We started with a small inexpensive one first to see how she liked it. This past Christmas we bought her a more elaborate model. GAOMON M106K 10 x 6 Inches Painting Digital Graphics Pen Tablet with 12 Express Keys This is the one.
  10. Our family has Toyota, Honda, and Ford cars/trucks. I love my Toyota vans and I now have a Highlander. These have been very reliable cars for us. Kids all have Honda and Toyota older cars which have for the most part been great. We drive them until they die or somewhere around 250,000 miles. My husband is a Ford Truck fan (he's had a F150, F250, and F350). He uses it for work, camping, etc so it really gets used. They have all been reliable as well, not quite as amazing as the Toyota vans but they also work much harder. He also drives them for about 250,000 miles before replacing. For a small truck thought he likes the Toyota Tacoma, he'd like to get one of these for his personal use at some point. I do read a lot about different cars reliability and what are most often needed repairs when searching for cars for my teens.
  11. This happened to my daughter twice in the past, she was so swollen and red. (she had multiple allergies already and has now been diagnosed with a genetic autoimmune type disease) but we found a couple that were safe for her Elta was the one she used the most. It's expensive but it worked and didn't feel as gross as some of the others the allergist recommended.
  12. I haven't done the official crush but I do use her recipes often and they are popular with my family. I signed up for challenge but haven't done it as we have been traveling too much recently but I hope to start soon.
  13. I have just done this after driving a van for last 20yrs. It has been an adjustment and feels small, though driving the minivan empty seems so large. I'm down to a 13yr old at home that I drive and a 17yr old with her own car and sometimes college dd when she doesn't want to drive herself. (two adult sons don't ride in our car anymore) I do feel I've lost a lot of space (I got the Toyota Highlander). I love the car but sometimes I miss the extra space in the van. We still have the van though so I can always use it if necessary. I can't imagine going down to a car like I considered for a bit. I assume with time I"ll adjust to the smaller space, just like I'm adjusting cooking for four or five instead of seven. Just takes time.
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