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  1. We have 5 laundry hampers (one in each bedroom) for dirty laundry, and 6 laundry baskets for clean laundry and for sorting laundry into. 7 people live here currently, we also have a 2 story home so lots of carting laundry up and down stairs. We usually only need 4 or 5 of the baskets at once but it's nice to have so many on those days I wash 5 or 6 loads of laundry and have time to fold none of them. We had only 4 baskets for a while but it just wasn't enough. For example I'd wash the kids' laundry, and they'd sort their clean laundry into baskets and take them to their rooms to fold. That gives me only 1 laundry basket to work with, and I do laundry almost every day. I am in full support of purchasing extra laundry baskets. :) Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  2. I did it for 4 cycles after trying for 3 years with no luck. I ovulated each time according to the test, we did what we were supposed to do, but never got pregnant. I also have PCOS. My OB said if we wanted to pursue anything additional she's have to refer us to a specialist but we did not go down that road. Fwiw, about 3 years later I got pregnant unexpectedly, then when that baby was not even 1 year old yet and I'd only had one period post partum, I got pregnant again. I was 30 and 31 when I had my bio babies, I never ever thought I'd have kids. So that's maybe not super helpful, but I just like to tell people because there is still hope even when you've given up. You never know what will happen and doctors don't know everything. The thing I remember about Clomid is just being super sensitive emotionally, I'm not sure if that can be chalked up to the drug itself or just the stress of wanting it to work, you know what I mean? Very best of wishes to you! Good luck in growing your family! :) Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  3. Officially, 29, then 30, then 31. Yeah 6 kids in 2 years (going on adoption and birth dates, not the dates the kids moved in with us). When the oldest 4 moved in with us I was 27 but they weren't adopted for 2.5 more years. Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  4. This will be my first year with 3 kids. Last year I did teach my DD5 to read and write but this year we'll start on math and other things as well. She's sort of in first grade, bday is in October so she missed the official cut off last year but she'll be doing Saxon 1 and LLATL Red (the second grade book). So. I struggle with science. I had been doing TWTM method, with just mostly using library books and not doing any experiments or anything. In the middle of the year last year I just gave up, the kids were bored, i was bored, it was pointless to continue. I started letting them pick books from the library on science-ish stuff, read on their own, then 2 days a week write 2 or 3 sentences about what they were learning or even just copy sentences out of the book and draw pictures if they wanted. They learned about different kinds of bugs, rain forests, habitats, flying, all kinds of things. They enjoyed it. But I just don't know if this will give them the well rounded education I want for them. At the same time, I can't teach 3 different kids science, there's just not enough time. If I taught something to them they'd have to do it together. I guess I'm looking for feedback or ideas on something that would work. I hate science, I really do. Do you think it would be ok to continue this method? Or start doing something a little more concrete, if so then what? Any suggestions are most appreciated.
  5. This is my favorite poem: http://m.sparknotes.com/poetry/frost/section10.rhtml I am not sure why. It's beautiful and simple. I was reading it to my kids a few months ago and actually got choked up during it. As a previous poster said, something in it just speaks to me. I so feel the desire to enjoy the beautiful, quiet things in life but also feel the pressure to skip them to do the things that "need" to be done. More so now that I'm a parent, but I've loved this poem since I first heard it. Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  6. I don't have any super helpful advice, but I think one of the best analogies about trust that I have heard is "Trust is earned in pennies and spent in dollars." Your son's trust piggy bank is empty. It's not your fault if he has nothing to spend, don't let him guilt you into thinking otherwise. Teenagers are tough. Best of luck to you, so sorry you are going through this. :( Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  7. This is the water bottle I use (except I have an older version): http://m.footlocker.com/index.cfm?uri=product&model=200847&sku=4834NLBD&SID=9114&inceptor=1&cm_mmc=SEM-_-PLA-_-Google-_-4834nlbd&gclid=CNXToYHEoM0CFQIKaQodomcMRA I've had it for years and it has held up great. It can hold a key and snacks for super long runs, it's also easier to hold than a standard water bottle because of the hand holder thing. Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  8. My kids clean up all the dishes after every meal. DS6 and DS8 take turns. So for one week one cleans the plates and loads the dishwasher, the other one sweeps the floor after meals and helps clear the table and gets drinks for everyone. DD5 sets the table and wipes the table after meals. I normally clean the big pots and pans just for my own sanity. I also normally cook so I don't feel bad about them doing most of the clean up. :) We tried having each person wash their own plates but that made for a long line and arguing about who was done first and still there were lots of things left to clean up. This system is working pretty well for us. Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  9. I get up and run in the mornings before they are awake. We have quiet time every afternoon, they are able to be in separate rooms and the little ones nap and the big ones read. And I do whatever I want, which is usually working but it's got to be done. Sometimes I sneak a nap in though! Also when my 6 and 8 year olds get up in the morning (while I'm drinking coffee and having quiet time) here is what they are allowed to do: read a book, or work on their kid devotionals. No toys, no talking! They act like they are going to die but seriously, it's 20 or 30 minutes at the very very most. I also started playing soccer again, my hubby fully supports me and watches the kids and puts them to bed while I do that (one night per week). I joined the local beekeeping club. I don't actually keep bees (yet) but I love going and learning about them! Meetings are on the weekends (1 or 2 times per month) during nap time so that works out well. I have been known to take the kids to childcare at the gym on particularly horrid days, just to get a break. I hope you can find something that works for you! Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  10. I really liked the Maya Wrap which is a ring sling. It was perfect for us. I could nurse my wee babe to sleep, then slip the wrap on around him with one hand while holding him with the other. Then he could keep snoozing while I got stuff done! So easy. It was a little pricey but worth it to me. Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  11. It's so fantastic isn't it? I've read so many books since I learned how to do that! Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  12. Lol so funny! Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
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