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  1. We have an beagle mix we got as an older dog and he is so good with kids. He’s really quiet and chill which possibly comes from whatever he’s mixed with. He does randomly get into trouble though, last week he ate a bag of grapes which required an emergency visit to the vet.
  2. We have a one year old lab, he’s a sweet guy who is occasionally quite rambunctious. He’s 70 pounds and scrawny as all get out, but he’s got long legs. Despite our wishes he rests his chin on the table when we are eating! Anyway, I can’t wait to hear what kind of dog you end up with.
  3. I would let everyone in your family pick the gift themselves. Just make sure the little kids understand it’s for a game. My kids would be on board with getting a grownup item if they understood ahead of time it was just a game. I think the tortilla blanket is hilarious and would be a fun item in the mix. I think a Lego set and the duct tape idea are great too. As far as gift ideas: chocolate, $20 bill, batteries, nice stocking cap, games, gift basket. Not candles or lotions.
  4. Uno, Uno Flip, Dos (by makers of Uno) Dutch Blitz (AKA Nerts) Pyramix
  5. About halfway through last year I switched to Memoria Press. If I hadn’t put my hands on it, I’m not sure I would have tried it. It is a completely different approach, instead of covering a bunch of different topics, it focuses on one topic at a time, usually a year. Last year we did insects and I feel like my kids really learned a lot. This year we are doing birds. My 7 year old isn’t reading and barely writes, so I have him narrate back to me. My 9 year old does answer questions in the book. Both my 9 and 12 year old do extra reading. When the kids want to do experiments, I pull out a Jean VanCleave book and let them pick something. It’s totally unrelated to what we are actually doing for science, but that’s ok sometimes. My 12 year old is a voracious reader, he will read up on other science topics. Memoria Press Science
  6. If you can remember any of the line from that song, do a google search with those words in quotes. If not go to amazon music, click on the Hot Country station and skip through the songs until you hear it.
  7. I wanted to add that I had to be on Magnesium something to help with my blood pressure. It made me really loopy and gave me short term memory issues. I kept asking my husband the same questions repeatedly. The meds prevented me from being able to hold my son without a nurse present until the meds more off. I also couldn’t breastfeed him for a few days. Despite him being full term, he spent about a week in the NICU. He was kept on a regimented eating schedule and given formula and glucose even though I also pumped. Despite this, he learned to breastfeed just fine. He was kind of a lazy eater at first because breastfeeding was more challenging than the bottle for him, but he adapted. I don’t necessarily tell you this to scare your daughter, more for your own info if she has to be on the Magnesium or if the baby goes to the NICU. He’s a healthy happy 7 year old now and has had few health problems.
  8. We have a local and state historical society that has a lot of information. See if you have something similar in your area. Even if they don’t have the information you are seeking, they may be able to put you in touch with someone who can help. If you have a local Facebook page, you can sometimes get information or pictures that way too.
  9. I think it’s normal to be a bit nervous right before having a baby. It’s especially nerve wracking it it’s your first or if things aren’t going according to plan. My first two children were delivered vaginally and then I had a c-section with my third. It was unplanned but I developed pre-e during labor and didn’t have a choice. I was terrified of having a c-section, but I actually bounced back more quickly (probably because I labored half as long). They gave me a little pillow to press on my cut to help with the pain of sitting up, use it or something similar. It does take awhile for ab muscles to recover, but they do. I would encourage your daughter to ask any questions and address worries with her doctor ahead of time. Ask how long is typical to stay in the hospital, how long will she need to wait to hold the baby, can you as the support person be in the room. A plus if the c-section is scheduled is that you know when the baby will arrive. Congratulation on the grand baby!
  10. We have a dog constantly leaving nose prints on our windows and doors. I recently got a window squeegee, you just use water and a drop of dish soap, my windows look way better than when I was trying to use glass cleaner. They have several kits on Amazon, I went with the Ettore brand and got the one that came with a 5’ pole so that I can do the outside windows too. Window cleaning kit
  11. At the college I attended I was required to take a semester of PE, I actually took archery because it was the class that fit my schedule. So yes, it could count it as physical education. My oldest is only in 6th grade so I’m not looking at this from a high school transcript perspective. My kids have done archery and target shooting (BB & .22), but I don’t consider those to be exercise. So from an exercise standpoint it isn’t enough for my kids but a case could be made for it being a class.
  12. Yes! Tea and Mini Boden are my splurge clothes for my daughter. I use to sew for her quite a bit but don’t really have the time as much now, instead I buy the occasional dress I would have liked to have made for her. They are very good quality but pricey. I am on Boden’s email list and they do offer 20% discounts regularly, I also shop clearance. I can’t remember if Tea does discounts, I get their catalogs but not the emails.
  13. So if an emergency occurs, the attendant has permission to move other vehicles? Or do you just find another mode of transportation? I can see that more cars can park in the same sizes lot when you park like this, it just seems complicated to work out leaving.
  14. I agree! He got in late last night and is coming home today so I don’t know if he will have a chance to go ask. I was hoping someone on here was either from Albany or was familiar with the area who might know how it works.
  15. I zoomed in to see if the fence was removable, but it doesn’t seem to be. One of the no block spots appears to be handicapped parking. My guess was everyone takes a train or some sort of public transportation. I feel like you would really have to trust the other people in your row. I find it a pain when my husband parks behind me in the driveway and I have his keys and know his schedule pretty well.
  16. I really like LandsEnd jackets for my kids, they have lifetime warranty which I’ve used. The styles are semi-timeless so I can pass them between kids. However, ask the parents what brands they prefer. My inlaws are wonderful people but the style of clothes they pick are not what I would pick for my kids even when they choose a brand I like. What I would have loved for my kids instead of toys when my kids were that age was a zoo or children’s museum membership. I definitely didn’t want more toys even though that’s what the kids wanted.
  17. I thought maybe there was an attendant he just didn’t notice but he said he was watching quite a while and never saw anyone. I’ve never seen parking like that except on a ferry and usually there is a crew of people directing traffic.
  18. Can someone explain how this parking lot works? It’s across from my husband’s hotel in Albany, NY. He says individuals are parking there, not valet attendants. How do you get your car out at the end of the day? Do you park by time you are planning to leave? Does an attendant have everyone’s keys if you have an emergency? It looks like everyone is blocking everyone else in, except in a very small handful of places.
  19. My South Dakota family has a very similar menu, but it’s regular stuffing not cornbread. There might be pheasant with the turkey if it’s hunting season. The bread is different and there would definitely be 7 layer salad. Usually there were more kinds of pies, because Grandma likes mince meat. I don’t know if that’s all family tradition or unique to the region though.
  20. Denim couches were in our church’s youth room 15 years ago. They are now out at camp. They do look faded, but nothing is torn. We bought inexpensive (for a couch) couches that came with a lifetime warranty on the frame and 15 years on the cushions. 6 years ago we bought 2 identical that were $550 each. We don’t let the kids jump on them or climb over the backs, and no food or drinks (even water) is allowed in the living room. We have 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 cats plus regular company with kids and until we got a dog that slobbers a lot, they looked pretty new. I would say visitors don’t notice the dog slobber, just me. I don’t know what at the fabric is but some sort of low nap velvet type, the brand is England. They have more expensive couches, but we decided to go with something that was less expensive because of kids. We also have a couch from Ikea with a tweed type fabric in our school room. So far it’s holding up well too, it’s only about two years old and it doesn’t get used near as much as the living room couches. It was a display couch so we got it at a discount, I’m not sure which model it is.
  21. I think part of this would depend on what part of Texas. Based on what my dad grew up with in east Texas, their basic Thanksgiving would be: Turkey with brown gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce from a can, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, ambrosia, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie. There would be some sort of dinner roll too. My bio mom grew up in the panhandle and their traditional meal is pretty similar, no ambrosia though, and there would be sweet potatoes casserole or something similar. My cousins of a younger generation serve slightly different foods. Cranberry sauce tends to be fresh, instead of green bean casserole, fresh green beans. I don’t think anyone still does ambrosia. It’s interesting that you brought up Texas specifically because initially I thought traditional Thanksgiving is about the same everywhere in the US, then I remembered that where I live now there tends to be lots of little differences and Thanksgiving with my in-laws use to make me very homesick because although the foods were similar, they weren’t what my (step) mom and her family fixed. I think this is a very sweet thing for you to do for your husband!
  22. It’s 67 and pouring now, supposed to fall to 40 by trick or treat time and into the upper 20’s overnight for our first freeze of the season. Couple that with 20mph winds gusting to 40, I’m trying to convince my kids to skip trick or treat tonight and go Saturday afternoon in a neighboring town. At least the rain is supposed to stop so we won’t be wet and cold if we go tonight.
  23. Shouting, hollering, using “outside voices” are fine with me, the ear piercing scream annoys me, it seems some kids are more prone to it than others. I don’t mind the occasional gleeful scream when you are about to be tagged in tag or whatever. One day my daughter seemed to be screaming just to see how loud she could be, I told her, “hey save that kind of screaming for emergencies so I know if there’s a problem.” She isn’t much of a screamer so it wasn’t a huge ordeal, just me saving some of my sanity. A couple years ago the cousins were all over and one of them is a screamer. My daughter, age 7 at the time, told her “you need to save that scream for when you really need your mom.” My SIL was amused but also amazed that it worked. She has since used that statement for her one daughter who likes to scream a lot.
  24. Our local lunch counter in a similar town does chili dogs, pimento cheese sandwiches, and soups. They also have ice cream and coffee.
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