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  1. Will you have a deck around the pool where you can sit in the shade and nurse the baby? I generally don't (still with the younger two 5 and 3) )get in my pool and swim unless there's another adult. I can keep my eyes on the kids better from the deck. I would take out the little rocker sleeper thing and could put baby in that if I needed to deal with my toddler. I have a comfy patio set, so it was pretty much like sitting indoors. My older two were old enough to not need intervention, and they could sit on the deck with the toddler if I needed to go inside to grab something. Toddler was always in a Puddle Jumper. It was worse the next two summers. In and out for diapers and potty, and the baby wasn't overly independent. This summer is better except for the constant potty breaks for 3. 5 can run in by herself. By 4 mos, we used one of those flat floats that the baby sits down in. Some have a pop up shade. Obviously you have to be standing right by the baby in those, but mine loved it. And yes, there are water slings. Mine is 14 years old (Solarveil), and I have no idea if the company is still around! I know nothing about Dollywood. I'd wait and see on the other two decisions.
  2. That's how you make cheese straws if you don't have a fancy cookie press. :) My grandmother had a version with Rice Krispies in it for a crunch. I've also seen finely chopped pecans.
  3. Mmmmm, cheese straws! They're easy to make if you have a cookie press. You can make them in rounds like sliced sugar cookies too. Make the dough and keep it in your freezer. Aldi's has the Parmesan bites now too. I haven't tried them yet.
  4. I was going to suggest TJs also. Their Unexpected Cheddar is wonderful. Another favorite here is Dubliner. They have all kinds of goat cheeses, Brie, and lots of savory charcuterie options. Grab a jar of the tiny pickles and some nice olives. Sometimes they have fig preserves, but it's fresh fig season, so they might have those.
  5. It will be happening right during elementary dismissal here, so I know one system has moved all dismissals back an hour. Makes sense as that would be pretty chaotic and possibly dangerous to the kids. No way to keep everyone from looking at the sun! The total eclipse in the 1980s happened during the school day for me. My gifted teacher somehow managed to get all of her kids to watch it. We made those boxes, and a local meteorologist came to the school to talk to our class and film a segment.
  6. Was it on FB? The Instant Pot group has crazy spam pop up sometimes. The moderators try to delete it quickly, but I got an eyeful last week. Very glad my kids weren't around when I scrolled past that!
  7. Percocet can cause severe constipation, which can cause nausea. How many days out from the surgery is he? It can't hurt to call the doctor to rule out anything else and to ask for options. Sometimes it's a reaction from the surgery and anesthesia, but maybe phenergan or another pain med would make him more comfortable.
  8. Sewing swim fabric sucks! I'd charge more to make a swimsuit than a dress too. I think for controversy, you have to say that only skinny moms can wear bikinis. Wasn't there a doozy last year over that?
  9. No one smacked her or was crappy to her. If she had come on saying people on her FB feed were angry or sad about her choice to homeschool, she would get support. The point being that this forum isn't homeshool sanctimommy heaven. If there are people on the feed who are genuinely unloving or abusive to their kids, which would appropriately garner an "angry" or "sad" reaction, then do something about it. People here choose a variety of schooling methods for their kids and know that homeschooling is not a purity test of parenting.
  10. This thread happens every year. Some people like routines. Some people like school. I love my kids to pieces but am looking forward to preschool starting back for my youngers. One is so much more fun to be around when she's been at school for a few hours a day. Go ahead, be smug and get angry over how I carefully researched options and found her someplace where she thrives. Sigh.
  11. I don't think the giver is downplaying their gift. It sounds like Aunt Suzie is saying, "Here, Aunt Jane sent this with me for you. It's regifted crap."
  12. They're attempting to manipulate your feelings toward the gift giver.
  13. She should have quit the second week. Run away! I would NOT give two weeks' notice. No way in hell. She owes them NOTHING. She could mail/fax the letter resigning to the big boss and never return. Do not let her go alone.
  14. I'll cook the meat fairly simply seasoned. Example: pork shoulder can be BBQ the first night. I pull out another meal portion to become carnitas later in the week. Beef roast can be flexible that way too. The rest gets frozen in meal portions. Grilled or pan seared chicken breasts can be served as is the first night, then sliced for taco/taco salad/quesadillas or sliced on a big salad. I either try to plan ahead for the leftovers, not make leftovers, or make enough to freeze another meal. A big batch of ground taco meat gets the leftovers frozen immediately after dinner. If there's not quite enough for another round of tacos/taco salads, it gets labeled taco soup meat. I serve side salads with casseroles. Or steamed/roasted vegetables. Sometimes I will season them to "match" the meal (drizzle with pesto or a squirt of lemon and some parm or some sesame seeds and soy sauce), but sometimes they're just along for the ride.
  15. Food on rented carpet would be a worthy fight. The rest? Meh. I'm in the fire path unless we have company coming group.
  16. I though BPA leeched when you heated it. Don't tell me otherwise. Lalalaaaaaaa.
  17. I mean, that kind of stupid couldn't happen at a more appropriate place. Jesus rode the dinosaur and invented the rainbow flag, dontchaknow?
  18. At 15, I'd let him choose. If he chooses to donate, I'd help give him words to use for thanking and tossing. Oh, polyester makes him itch. Horrible hives. So terrible. He has to sleep in 100% cotton. Thank you for thinking of us.
  19. Will they let the child eat it? Even cross contamination may be harmful to the allergic person. That said, look at recipes for Wacky cake. It actually does come out nicely! :)
  20. This made me literally LOL. That about sums up my vacation plans as well! Seriously, anywhere in low 80s with low humidity sounds fantastic.
  21. If it was a work injury and she's an employee and not an independent contractor, you need to call her supervisor. There may be somewhere specific she should go to have this covered by workers' compensation. When the doctor/ER takes the history and notes that it is a work accident, your insurance company can refuse payment for the injury. It's easier to have things covered by the correct insurance from the beginning than it is to try and backtrack later. :)
  22. Not at all. She is dangerous to others, not just herself, on the road.
  23. Chances are she will lash out. You can avoid if you're not into drama right now since she already lives across the country. You may not care about the repercussions, but if she's supremely annoying rather than evil, sometimes the easier way out is perfectly fine!
  24. Could be flushed away in the bathroom. I am so sorry for you, your family, and ultimately the child. What a life. :grouphug:
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