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  1. I just heard that, wow!
  2. My husband, “We didn’t get to watch basketball yesterday, we won’t get to today, and we will really miss it tomorrow! I feel like I do every time Kentucky doesn’t make it to the Final 4.” I‘m not a super fan but I miss all the excitement that March usually brings. We don’t go to Keeneland other than to watch practice but cancellation of the sales and races will definitely hurt restaurants in this area.
  3. I got flowers from Trader Joe’s this week because having fresh flowers sometimes just makes things better. My daughter finally seems to be remembering her math facts, and not complaining about them. It was supposed to rain today (and the next several days) but the sun is out!
  4. As the other recommended, I suggest getting a speech evaluation. Call today, in many areas in can take awhile to get in. It took 6 months to get a call back from two different places in my area and I’m not in a rural area. My then 5.5 year old was having difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, it is common to have difficulty with the particular sounds he struggled with, but he was correcting in an unusual way. Most people told me he would grow out of it, I trusted my gut and got him evaluated. Speech therapy made an incredible difference. Just getting the evaluation gave me comfort.
  5. From a hike last week, it was so cold, but we all really enjoyed it.Sound asleep during a read aloud earlier this week.
  6. I have a Bamboo ink stylus that I use with my laptop. I have not specifically tried it in PowerPoint, but it works well in other programs. It works with Windows 10. I’m sure Mac has something similar.
  7. My husband’s company had a habit of not immediately processing HSA contributions, so sometimes the money isn’t deposited until a week or two after payday. So on occasion I’ll pay a doctors bill and learn there isn't enough in the hsa account. If there isn’t enough money, the amount that is available is deducted from the balance and then I can pay the rest with another method. In other words it seems to be an instantaneous process much like using a debit card. I’d just go online or call, and pay the bill from the new account. If you are in the blackout period, the payment will likely be rejected. Then pay with the other account. If you are sending in the payment for the bill then that is when I think things may get crossed up.
  8. Normally I tend to only buy exactly what I need from the grocery store. If I’m having a soup that requires beans and there are already beans in the pantry, I don’t buy more. I don’t tend to buy cleaning supplies or toilet paper until we are getting near the end. We do have a freezer full of beef, a couple turkeys, and some venison. This week I went ahead and bought everything I needed whether we had it already or not. I bought some extra frozen vegetables just in case trucks are limited to our area and we can’t get produce. I also bought extra flour, sugar, and yeast. That comes from many years ago working in a grocery store during a blizzard when the interstate was shut down for 3 days. The shelves were bare and we didn’t even have supplies to sell so people could make bread themselves. Not that my family eats tons of bread, but the ingredients are versatile. For now I will probably adjust my shopping habits slightly just so we can handle a couple weeks without trucks arriving at our grocery store. I didn’t see anything completely gone on the shelves yesterday other than the big jugs of Tide. I heard the nearby town was limiting quantities of certain cleaning supplies but didn’t see it personally. I will also probably be refilling meds as soon I am able instead of a day or two before I run out. My husband really does need his blood pressure meds, he can miss a couple days without feeling bad but not much more than that.
  9. I prefer Birkenstock’s, you can get them with or without a strap behind your heal. Obviously the ones without the heal strap are easier to kick off. You can also find Chacos without a strap between the toes, they don’t slip off as easily (unless you adjust them loosely) but definitely have plenty of arch support. I have hiked in them although I do prefer a closed toe shoe for hiking. I have found both types of sandals work well on days I am on my feet all day. Both styles can be resoled as well. Teva makes some dressier styles of sandals that fit your requirements, but I got mine several years ago and don’t see them or anything similar currently on their website. My kids have some more athletic looking Teva sandals that are similar to Chacos but with Velcro closures that have been working very well for them.
  10. I admire your resilience and I’m glad you are putting yourself out there for people who may find themselves in similar situations. It would be easy to hide and let people forget what you and your family have been through. A few years ago I read Sue Klebold’s book, she is the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. It was really eye opening. She lost her son but was also horrified by his actions. Few people offered her support and now she supports other parents who find themselves in similar situations. I haven’t watched it but she has a TED Talk in addition to her book.
  11. I showed her picture to my 10 year old. She says she wants our next puppy to look just like her.
  12. I agree though that at younger ages I don’t have specific questions.
  13. Sarah Mackenzie addresses this in Read Aloud Family. Here is a link to a video where she touches on it briefly:
  14. What about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver?
  15. It sounds normal to me, but I am not an expert by any means. Our current pup is a about 18 months old, we got him at 15 weeks. He did really well using the bathroom when we took him out, but like you if we waited too long, he had accidents inside. By the time we had him a month he was only occasionally having accidents inside, almost always our fault. It wasn’t that he didn’t understand that he should use the bathroom outside, but us not reading his cues. By 6ish months he was doing fine. She is beautiful! What did you end up naming her?
  16. What part of the country do you live in? There are so many wonderful places for backpacking, what about trying a less ambitious family trip first? I assume the child wanting to do the rim to rim has done some backpacking in the past?
  17. We get cash every paycheck to keep our spending in check. Every time we stop getting out budget cash, we start spending more than we should. Although my compromise is gas. I hate having to guesstimate how much gas I need, go inside to pay, go back to get change (or not get a full tank). We used to get gift cards so I could pay at the pump, but I can no longer pay at the pump with gift cards at the two stations I use most frequently. Biweekly budget meetings help. My husband is handy too. He can do most of our vehicle maintenance which allows us to drive cars longer. When our ac quit, he fixed that, when our 7 year old microwave quit last week, he was able to replace the switch with a $10 part instead of us having to replace the whole thing. Every time he fixes something like that we should set aside what it would have cost to hire someone. I don’t use it, but lately I’ve been hearing about the app Fetch, which gives you money back on certain items you buy.
  18. At my local Kroger the click list people just do the shopping. There are shopping people and then people who take groceries to the car.
  19. I’ve hiked 22 miles in a day, not at elevation, without a mile increase in elevation. It is exhausting. My kids are good hikers. We hike about weekly, but not at elevation. I’ve been hiking with my kids since before the youngest could walk. A couple years ago my then 6 and 8 year old hiked 9 miles in a day and were absolutely worn out. it was cold that day and it was challenging terrain, but I decided I wouldn’t push them like that again. 5-6 miles in decent weather is our sweet spot. If it’s hot or rainy or cold 3-4 miles is better. I have an acquaintance who regularly hikes double digit hikes with her similarly aged children and they enjoy it. I guess part of it is personalities of the family. I have a 12 year old who wants to do similar backpacking trips. He is motivated and with training I think he would be fine doing a 3 day trip like that. Exhausted yes, but ok. I would want him to wait until he’s older though. What about compromising? You or your husband and the interested child do the backpacking trip while the rest of you do day hikes or picnic in the area?
  20. Congratulations! I hope your SIL’s labor goes well. How exciting to have same aged cousins!
  21. I wish travel wasn’t expensive too! I’m scratching the bug with my kids by attempting to visit all the state parks in our state this year. There are 47 (some are historic sites run by the state park system). It‘s taking us to parts of the state we have never been and we are learning a lot. The planning is a little tough, a lot of the little museums, visitor centers, and camp grounds are closed for the season. I have a couple camping trips planned with friends too but no big family trips this year. We went on three trips last year visiting family in various parts of the country. But it isn’t feasible to do that every year.
  22. I think stevia tastes best, but even a small amount upsets my stomach.
  23. I would check into getting base layers. I’ve gotten them for my kids from Walmart. I believe Costco sells them for kids too. This time of year all the outdoor brands are clearing out winter stuff so you may find them on clearance at REI, LL Bean, Sierra Trading Post, or any other outdoor retailer. There are some brands that sell them as 3/4 zip or v neck so they hopefully wouldn’t bother him. For fleece 3/4 zip tops, Childrens Place often has them for under $10, the fleece tends to be thinner than other brands but have held up well for my kids. I have found wool socks are much warmer than any other socks (my kids each have a couple pair and I keep track of them since they are pricey). If your son thinks they are too scratchy, get some thin socks or sock liners to wear underneath.
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