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Noreen Claire

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  1. Me, too! We did this with the Kura, and currently have DS7 and DS4 in that one. We are going to move DS7 into the new bed, DS4 & DS2 can be in the Kura, and can have a bottom bunk to himself eventually... The coupon came in the monthly mailer; it's good until the end of January. They often have an extra book at the service desk if you ask nicely! Thanks for the info! I'm actually afraid that the older boys would try to shove the 2yr old into the drawer... Ugh. That's great to know, thanks!
  2. I'm buying another set of bunk beds tomorrow. If you had to choose, would you go with the Ikea MYDAL, $169, (here) or the BJs bunk bed, $189 w/coupon (here). Both are made of pine. The BJs bed can be separated into two twin beds (we don't have room for that) and has a drawer underneath (I don't need). We currently have two boys in an Ikea Kura bed, and have been happy with it. I don't have any real style preference - they both look nice to me. What say you?
  3. Give more hugs. Even when they are so *&^%ing annoying/frustrating/aggravating that you can't stand the site of them, GIVE MORE HUGS. I screwed this up and, now that he's 21, I'm trying to repair it before he moves out/on...
  4. My mother bought Amazon Kindle Fire tablets for each of the middle boys, (7, 4, & 2) for Christmas. I'm looking for recommendations on good educational apps for those ages. So far, we have DuoLingo, ScratchJr, and ABC Mouse added to what is provided already by Amazon FreeTime. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
  5. My boys are younger, but the got Fires today from my mother. We have the Amazon FreeTime app - it is a monthly subscription, but comes with really good parental controls and filtering.
  6. I have 7, 4, 2, and baby. We do audiobooks on PlayAways that I borrow from the library. They are self-contained little digital books, slightly larger than the size of an old iPod shuffle. Each of the older two get their own book and their own headphones to use during quiet time while the younger two nap (hopefully).
  7. You don't sound bratty at all. I'm right there with you on the stocking thing...
  8. I have an A/B week split cleaning schedule, as well as a schedule for doing laundry. (During A week, the vacuum stays upstairs; during B week the vacuum stays downstairs.) I've got a crappy memory, so I have this hanging inside my kitchen cabinet and look at it multiple times a day.
  9. I wasn't familiar with either Cindy Rollins or Charlotte Mason, except by name, when I decided to order the book. I finished it last month. It wasn't what I expected, not really realizing that it was more memoir than homeschool text. That being said, I enjoyed her stories!
  10. It's here! It's here! My Leuchtturm and my pens are here! Woohoo!
  11. All I can think of right now is art (actually 'doing' art... we will cover art appreciation along with history). I'm just not artsy. If they show interest (pretty sure my 4yr old will want it) I will farm it out to a tutor.
  12. My grandmother (nearing 90) gets a chocolate bar and a gift certificate to her local supermarket. (DS21 will buy her lottery tickets.) My father is getting a shirt, wool socks, and a flashlight. My mother is getting a weaving loom. (She's going to be so excited!) My father-in-law is getting Celtics tickets (husband and DS7 will go with him). My mother-in-law is getting a membership to her local art museum, as she just moved there last month. Hope that helps!
  13. I tried this idea... no one besides myself would put their shoes/boots on it. All the shoes would end up on the floor in front of it. Grrrrr..... I have hand-me-downs in plastic totes lined up & stacked in the basement. I have one bin for each size, and clothes have been passed down from DS7 to DS4 to DS2 and now DS baby. I buy brands for DS7 that I know will last with minor mending (lots of knee patches). I do not keep shoes/sandals, but I will keep winter/rain boots and soccer cleats. Everything that they currently wear is in their closets, using hanging shelves and extra rods. I have the same problem with toys... I feel like there are too many and they can't/won't put them away themselves. I move toys into boxes in the basement and purge routinely. I *rarely* buy them toys... I'm not looking forward to all the crap they will get this Christmas.
  14. Have you tried just plain probiotics? All the benefits of yogurt without the dairy! Or sauerkraut, kimchee, or kombucha? Don't they all have the same good microbes?
  15. I second this. My 7yr old started with something like this over the summer (compulsive hand washing, intense separation anxiety, fear of germs/disease/poisoning, etc). We treated with antibiotics right away (he tested positive for strep without any obvious symptoms) and he seemed to get better. My husband is absolutely against therapy of any kind (long story) so my son is still living with OCD issues, though the high anxiety/fear stuff subsided after the antibiotics. He still cradles/hides his right hand (the one he eats with) when doing some dirty tasks, but it is a lot less noticeable now. Good luck.
  16. Does your son finger knit or use knitting needles? I think my 7yr old would like to learn to knit - I think it would be good for getting him to sit and focus.
  17. I found a lump at 32 and had a mammogram at that time. After using more than one online assessment tool, I have decided to delay starting regular mammograms until *at least* 45. I should be finished breast feeding by then, at least...
  18. I had never heard of this before...can you elaborate for me, please? Thanks!
  19. From the American Cancer Society: " Breast cancerWomen ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so. Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year." You can use an assessment tool like the one at to see if you have any risk factors, if it makes you feel more comfortable about waiting.
  20. Following! My sons, ages 2, 4, and 7, are already making me nuts this winter! It's hard to get them outside when I have a baby in the house...
  21. I like the idea but I'm notorious for saying I'm going to do things and not ever doing/completing them. I think I'll kick this around for a bit before I list them here...
  22. I ordered the same! (Well, no pen loop.) Happy birthday!
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