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  1. A tall plant and umbrella stand or coat hook to the left would also help fill out the space and make it fit in more with the space. On top, I agree with the ideas for baskets for entryway needs--keys, sunglasses, etc.
  2. Sorry, no. No one at my house has taken this course, yet! I just became aware of it. But I will say that it looks fantastic and we are seriously considering it.
  3. You might also want to check out Roy Speed's Writing Course, which is completely different from something like BlueTent. Check him out at
  4. I don't think this is crazy at all--I think it's very sweet of you to consider hosting a celebration for them. A post-practice brunch sounds perfect, too! A friend and I threw a shower for someone in my children's lives and it was very well received. The couple was Christian, so we asked each family to bring a Christmas tree ornament, so that the couple would not only have ornaments for their very first tree, but that the ornaments would be meaningful because they had been selected by people who cared for and loved them. The shower was in August, so obviously they wouldn't be used for months. This couple still talks about their first Christmas and how meaningful it felt to them. I say go for it!
  5. You can roast a can of regular tomatoes to get the flavor.
  6. I, too, workout hard and sweat my hair fairly thoroughly. Shrug. I wash my hair daily--sometimes twice a day. I use quality moisturizer and don't worry about it. I also blow dry each time. It works for me.
  7. I have a caboose child at home who will be here 5 more years. I changed career trajectories a few years ago and got a master's degree last year. I'm now doing consulting work so that I can mostly work from home and be here to supervise. I did a lot of volunteer work during my busiest home school years so that I would have things for my resume and people to use as references who truly knew my capabilities. I knew I didn't want to retire and be at home alone once I finished schooling my kids. That's just not who I am. So I planned ahead and made sure it worked out for all involved. I feel better when I'm busy and have things on the calendar. As for energy, I do notice a change from 20 years ago, but I am active and I take good care of my health. I do cardio and weight lifting and I exercise our dogs a lot, so lots of walking/hiking and fresh air. I have two book clubs that I attend regularly and continue with a few volunteer activities that have nothing to do with school or my children. My husband and I have a dinner club and friends that we are intentional about seeing on a pretty regular basis. I have older children to go visit and I keep up with them via social media. I think all of this actually gives me energy--if I am bored, I eat more and exercise less. Go figure! Your caboose is younger than mine, but I think you'll find a good rhythm. Someone upthread said different parenting is still good and I wholeheartedly agree with that. Being a different parent to different children in varying phases of life is what it is all about. Best wishes!
  8. Your kids are still fairly young and there are a lot of things you list that would have been deal breakers for me when looking at the house. If you can afford to move, it does sound like there may be a better house out there for your family. And the expense? Well, sometimes we make mistakes that cost us money and this might be one of them for you. Can your finances take a hit?
  9. May I ask what brand you have? The slicing/shredding option is appealing to one of my grown dc and i don't know where to start looking!
  10. Silky pajamas are a wonderful to wear after c-sections, as then one can scoot to the side of the bed, roll over onto one's side and push up to get out of bed easily. Getting her a pair would be a terrific birthday gift!
  11. Quill, I could have written your post. I am overly sad about Christmas cards going away as a tradition, but it does seem we've reached the end of an era. We still write our end of the year letter, because those letters are our family record for us to look back on and enjoy one day. Who knows, maybe my children will even read them, or show them to their children! We've got a password protected family website where they are all kept, so there's no clutter! I have photos from throughout the year along with the letter. But last year was the last year for us to send cards. Booo....
  12. My husband got flexible paternity leave, too. I wanted him home around the witching hour. It was easy for me to be up in the morning, as there's no way I could sleep in with 3 littles, let alone a newborn, but I was worried I would be fried at the end of the day. He took some full day vacations right after I had given birth, then came home at 3:00 every day for quite a while. I knew I could schedule a 3:15 doctor appointment (he actually left work at 2:30). I would focus on the things you can do easily with a newborn and not worry about the rest as far as school goes. I'm thinking read a louds, creative things like art projects they can do without much assistance from you, even listening to books on tape. Congratulations!
  13. EMDR---Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  14. I'm so sorry you are feeling this way. It does sound very lonely without much respite in sight. You can't change your sons, but you can talk to your husband. You may be experiencing some of the same feelings, separately.
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