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  1. Dear Parents-in-law, Y'all are lovely, but two weeks is too long. Seriously. Love, Wilma Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  2. That is so lovely! What a sweet gift request, and bless you for going so far to honor his wish. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  3. Don't rule out the photography! A cool book a out photography, a cute camera strap from etsy, maybe a camera bag, a gift certificate for a photography workshop or online class... I think showing a teen that you see value in their hobby is cool. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  4. I have always wanted to put my four girls in the master bedroom, have the hubs and me in one of the two small bedrooms and have a guest room / office situation. He's always balked at giving up the master bath, though. So for a while it was baby in one room, three others in the other room. And whenever the baby got big enough to be a good roommate (2ish?) we put a big kid and a little kid in each room for bunk bed purposes. Nowadays it's two bigs in one room and two Littles in the other (though the "littles" are now bigger than the bigs used to be...). Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  5. We put 3 together (they were 6, 4 and 2) for a while when the baby was too little to be a good roommate. The bedroom was smallish, but it worked out! Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  6. I just kept sticking them in their beds. I put a small lamp on a timer, such that it turned on at the time I selected (usually an hour). The kid was welcome to get up when the light turned on, but not before. And the light didn't wake a sleeping tot, so that was great. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  7. I do laundry in sets of two people, as per the bedrooms. So mine and the hubs', the two big girls, and the two little girls each have a separate load. I do not sort or put away (except mine and the hubs'). Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  8. This is all so wise and good! Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  9. Okay, y'all. I talked her out of the clown. We have seen the news stories and things, but this kid was sure everyone would know she was the nice kind of clown. So. Is a Jester too close? That's her next pick! I'm lobbying for a banana costume we already own. :) Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  10. At this point would you let your 9 year old kid choose a clown costume for Halloween, or encourage a different choice? Is the clown mess adequately over to make this a not-insensative option? Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  11. Run. And pray. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  12. Wilma


    Alas, so am I. (so far)
  13. Wilma


    I have been oogling them, too! So cute! I'm imagining silver, to go with everything. But good grief, that's a lotta money for a pair of shoes. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  14. I'd ask. "I'm usually finished with the tasks you've assigned well before the end of my work day, is there some other way I can be of service?" "No? If anything arises, please do let me know. In the meantime, I hope you won't mind if I bring my Russian grammar book to study when I'm finished with the other work." Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  15. I would email, "hey, we're y'all wanting Timmy, Tommy or both for Johnny's party? Either or any of those is doable, I just want to make sure we send the right kid!" This would happen at my house (except girls) and that's what I'd do. And if the other mom makes it awkward, that's on her, right? :) Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  16. I do CrossFit 3x per week. It's really hard and really fun. I'm way strong after 2 and some years of this stuff. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  17. I sometimes pay my kids to babysit themselves. They're 11, 9, 7 and 4. So the big kid gets $1, for babysitting herself and three sisters, the next kid gets $0.75, for herself and two sisters, then $0.50 and the littlest gal gets $0.25 for babysitting herself. They take this job opportunity pretty seriously, and I often add household jobs they can optionally complete for extra pay. Almost always this is when one parent or the other is home but unavailable, so there is a responsible adult, but they tend themselves while on the payroll. Could that work at your house? It's cheap babysitting. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  18. Have you read SWB's Well Educated Mind? She deals with how to read. I found that I'd become a bit of a skimmer, without ever trying (maybe wanting to squeeze in more pages before some kid catastrophe struck?). She advocates rereading, taking notes even in a narrative work and has lots of generally useful reading ideas. Plus a killer reading list. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  19. I sign people up for seasonal sports - not year round stuff! - and we do AHG. Somehow this fall all four of my girls are playing soccer (same league, same fields, 4 teams, 4 age groups), but because it's only 8 or so weeks, I'll handle it even if we wind up at the fields 4 nights a week for practice plus all day Saturday for the games. Same deal for swim team this summer, they all swam and it was intense but shortish. Sent from my XT1094 using Tapatalk
  20. You're right. I'm trotting her back into the pediatrician's office tomorrow. My feeling was that having information about what causes the headaches would help throughout the kid's life. If I knew, for example, that eating or doing XYZ would cause a headache, I could make a choice about it. But not knowing means there's no power in the choice. Or if there is some sort of underlying issue, I'd really want to get that sussed out and dealt with rather than covering up the symptom, kwim? But I hear what you're saying. We'll sign up for some preventative medicine and see where that takes us. I hope your headaches get better, too.
  21. Would it be rude to ask what your son is taking for the headaches? If it is, please forgive. If it's not, I'd be interested to know. Did y'all figure out what was causing the headaches, or get right to the getting rid of them part?
  22. Okay, yeah, it makes sense to check up on this stuff, doesn't it? I'll find someone. We're in a major metropolitan area, so I'm sure there's a doc that could screen for vision issues. Thank you.
  23. That sounds brilliant!! Thank you for mentioning it!
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