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Noreen Claire

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  1. DH and I will be going to Portland, ME for a weekend getaway next month. I haven't been away from my children since my 2-night babymoon before DS10 was born. We will be staying in Old Port, driving in around 7pm Friday night and leaving after lunch on Sunday. Are there any restaurants, museums, shops, or experiences that you can recommend? We are hoping for maybe a museum, a show of some kind, a bookstore, a yarn store, a nice walk or two, and lots of good food. Any recommendations greatly appreciated!
  2. My kids like Because of Winn-Dixie, Odd and the Frost Giants, Fortunately, the Milk, The Ice Dragon, and The Jungle Book for car rides.
  3. DS10 will be finished with BA5 this June; the plan is to start AoPS Pre-A in September. I have requested Jacobs MHE from the library to check it out, thanks for mentioning it!
  4. Are you a member of AAA? When I got my letter telling me that I can renew my license, they said that I could do it through the AAA office instead of waiting at the RMV. I believe that you can also renew your registration, etc through the the AAA office.
  5. SWB has an excellent audio lecture (recorded from a conference) on teaching writing in the elementary years: . She also has a similar lecture on the middle school years. I try to listen to both of them every few months or so, just to remind myself of the big picture and the steps to get there.
  6. Thanks for reminding me that DS23 needs to legally drop his last name. He was born [first] [middle][father's last name] and, after our divorce (21yrs ago) I had it changed to [first][middle][my last][father's last]. If I had known that ex-DH wouldn't even open the certified letter telling him of the name change, never mind contest the change, I would have dropped his name completely. DS23 has always used just my last name, and that's what's on his license. His SS card, bank accounts, and expired passport have both last names. It's time to change that!
  7. The theatre button was gone when DS10 was working this morning. I just signed back in to look, and it's back again. Weird!
  8. No, just once a week baths, for now. His only issue is his hands, and the frequent moisturizer is starting to work. I ordered some foaming hand soap and I'm hoping that helps, too.
  9. We had our house painted in the late fall, and the workers absolutely decimated parts of my garden beds. I just noticed that my hydrangea, which was completely flattened, is sprouting, as is the peony next to it. If the clematis also comes back, I may just have to forgive the painters after all!
  10. He's washing his hands after using the bathroom and before dinner (if he's been playing outside). I can't say, "You don't need to use soap," after finally getting him to remember to wash after every time he used the bathroom! Now, if I could get him to remember to flush each time...
  11. DS4 has worsening eczema on his hands. I think it's a combination of the soap we use (regular SoftSoap, not the antibacterial kind), the frequency that he washes his hands, not washing all the soap off, and not drying them completely. I am trying to treat it with Aquaphor twice a day, but it's not getting better. He has a physical in May (he'll be 5 by then), and I know that the pedi will recommend a prescription if we haven't gotten a handle on it by then. Can anyone recommend a gentle, non-irritating, easy-rinsing hand soap that might help? I'm thinking I should change to a foaming hand soap, at the least, so that it will rinse off easier.
  12. My crocuses were eaten by bunnies. The tulips that I planted in the fall are starting to come up, as well as some irises in a warm corner garden. Other than that, it's weeds and mud as far as the eye can see.
  13. No, there is no option to download or print the guidebooks. I have heard some people have had luck with finding them through interlibrary loan - that might be an option.
  14. They are the same presenter and style as the AoPS video tutorials, as far as I can tell. We've only looked at a few in level 5 so far.
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