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  1. Contact Mary's broker if Mary doesn't respond appropriately or gives you any trouble whatsoever. STBX always makes things fun, doesn't he?
  2. The Easter Bunny is DONE. Baskets: For the olders, I went with MLB tickets, exotic potato chips, dark chocolate bunnies, and a greatly reduced number of peeps. The caboose has a few tiny chocolate lambs, paint, brushes, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk. Egg Hunt Eggs: Jelly beans and Robin's Eggs for the olders(those are the candies they get excited about every year, so EB is simplifying to those) sponge stamps for painting and stickers for the caboose. The Easter Bunny feels great about her choices this year. 15 minutes in World Market, 15 in Target, 5 minutes online for MLB. The children also receive a spiritual gift from us each year. Instead of buying something, I'm going to write out a prayer of thankfulness for each child. I'll do them on pretty paper and tie up in scrolls.
  3. I'm sorry it didn't worked out, but I think you are very wise to walk away from this one!
  4. At some locations, Frontier is so understaffed that they do not have a person at the checkin desk until a time that is uncomfortably close to flight time. They also may not have a kiosk. Make sure that you either print a paper boarding pass or put their app on your phone for a mobile boarding pass. Otherwise you will be standing there with rising blood pressure, wondering if you'll make it through security in time. Frontier used to be so wonderful and we flew them all the time. I agree with all of the above remarks regarding discomfort, etc. I avoid flying with them unless the price difference is *enormous.* ETA: their there they're. Not the same. Whatevs, I'm on an iPad
  5. The Easter bunny is very tired, very behind schedule, and very uninspired this year. The Easter Bunny is also *very tired* of all the candy. So. Much. Candy. The Easter Bunny's brain cannot retrieve the information about what the Bunny gives to two year olds. I think the Easter Bunny is having a midlife crisis, actually. The Easter Bunny is giving very serious consideration to putting MLB tickets (and little else) in the baskets.
  6. I like to make Rosemary's Pink Diamond Fizz, but I use pink champagne. My grandmother Rosemary loved pink, loved diamonds, and loved champagne, so it's a family favorite for many reasons. http://www.finecooking.com/drink-recipes/rosemary-pink-diamond-fizz-cocktail.aspx If the weather is warm, I like to make a champagne punch like this one: http://www.beautyfrosting.com/tag/pink-champagne-cocktails Mimosas are expected. My other grandmother loves variations with pomegranate, and DH and I like elderflower.
  7. Happy Birthday!!!!! ETA I don't know why that double posted, but you are definitely worth ALL the Happy Birthday wishes.
  8. Thank you for sharing this wonderful update! I'm so happy to see it! Congratulations!!!!
  9. We enjoy mild, non harmful pranks. The gelatin milk and frozen cereal have been great successes here. I've done nothing so far today.
  10. I've switched from California Baby stick to Babo stick. It's still on the whit e side, but not geisha like, and it applies much more easily.
  11. The design doesn't bother me at all. You have a bedroom and bath on the first floor which gives you what you need for aging in place (I'm assuming the hall is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair and the bedroom door is also wide enough or could be made so). It looks like you could have a chair lift on the stairs. It has so much of what you want (even the sauna!), and sounds like it would make a great lure for grown children and grandchildren. It doesn't need that much work, so it's still within budget. The location does trouble me. I drive in the DC area sometimes (hate, hate, hate doing that!), so that colors my thoughts. 27 minutes from church is too much for me. What is likely to happen to traffic over time? Would changing churches break my heart? That's what I'd be thinking about.
  12. I like to use herbal tea (cold, obvs). I'm a Colorado girl so I love Celestial Seasonings. I like the Zinger varieties for smoothies.
  13. It's beautiful, move in ready, and the photos are great. I'm praying for a bidding war, a cash buyer, and a fast, contingency free contract!
  14. I haven't been around and so am late but very heartfelt in saying... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rosemary is just beautiful! ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜
  15. I'm so happy to read this update! PTL!
  16. Especially given your dad's response to your sister, I think you've behaved beautifully. You've been gracious and respectful in challenging circumstances. I see the red flags too. The short one/homeschooling conversation makes me think she's already trying to drive a wedge between you. All you can really do is continue to be polite. Leave the door open. I'm glad that you have your mother's books, and I will be the one billionth poster to say that if you, your siblings, or children want anything else, do it now. I'm sure that it would be very helpful to your dad if you all help him pare down before his move. I'd go to the mat for pictures. If he doesn't want to give them up, copy them. I'm so sorry this is happening. I hope that the fiancÄ—e turns out to just be awkward and clueless rather than as awful as she seems.
  17. After your follow up post, it seems like baseball is actually just one of your major concerns. Visualize each decision: 1. Stay 2. D.C. 3. Germany Does one *feel* right?
  18. This would be a terribly difficult decision for us, for exactly the reason you are struggling. We have an 11 year old who is passionate about baseball, and the idea of taking it away from him makes me feel ill. DH may be asked to make an international move and I pray that we don't have to choose. The benefits of an international move can be tremendous. The rest of our family would love to move to Germany. I think middle child's heart would shatter if he had to give up baseball. In your shoes, I think that I would be researching my little heart out to try to find a way to move to Germany without losing baseball. I'm guessing that you are already into club/travel/tournament ball, so you might try networking with coaches and families to find out what others in similar situations have done. I'd also talk to the high school coaches I know. I would be asking for very straight answers about my son's potential, and ideas about how to do both. It may not be possible, but it's worth trying to figure out. Perhaps he could get *enough* baseball between whatever you can rustle up in Germany and summers at home to keep him competitive. I don't know what that would look like. I know we practice beginning in November and our season goes into July. I'm thankful Fall Ball is optional for us. If he can keep his skills up for the next 3-4 years, perhaps he could return to the U.S. for high school. Somebody upthread mentioned that baseball will still be here when he comes back for college, but that's not necessarily true. You can't check out of baseball for six or seven years and then compete at the college level. You can't fully develop as a player without a team, so even if you are working on skills, you probably won't be at the level to play in high school or college. Nor will you have the relationships with coaches or be on the radar of the scouts. I don't care for the whole year round nature of youth sports these days, but it is what it is. I wasn't a big athlete in school, and sometimes it's hard for me to comprehend the level of dedication DS has for his sport. Seeing the *work* that this otherwise playful and normal 11 year old puts forth for his sport is kind of humbling, sometimes a little scary! This isn't just a hobby or game for him. All of this is to say that I don't think you're crazy for really weighing this.
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