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Noreen Claire

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  1. I've asked for activities, rather than gifts, for my middle boys (7, 4, &2)... museum/aquarium passes, movie tickets, bowling passes, etc. I also bought Catan Junior as a board game for my 7yr old (we don't play a lot of board games here).
  2. I could, once the co-sleeper and the changing table are out of the room.
  3. No attached bathrooms here. The we have three of the *tiniest* bathrooms ever in this house! I failed to mention that we also have a finished basement which my 21yr old currently uses as his bedroom. In a few years, when he moves out, that will become a study/quiet area for the other boys, possibly with a daybed for guests. The toys will likely stay on the main floor, where they are now.
  4. We moved into this house just about a year ago. There are three bedrooms upstairs, one large and two small. Currently, my husband and I have the large room (with the newborn in bed with us), the three little boys share one small bedroom (one bunk bed, no toys in the room), and the other small bedroom is set up as an office/craft/sewing space (though it is used rarely and often a complete disaster). If money/furniture was no obstacle, how would you arrange the people into the rooms so that it makes the most sense to you? Additional information: The boys currently all go to sleep at the same time. There is plenty of closet space in each room, though the largest room does have a walk-in closet. The boys currently spend very little time upstairs in their room - only for quiet time, naps, and bed. All the toys live downstairs.
  5. My oldest DS's levels were once measured at three (3). THREE. (Last doc visit, it was 15.) He's on seizure meds for epilepsy, and a side-effect of long-term seizure med use is decreased vit D levels. When he has a week or two of mega-doses under his belt, the improvement in his mood is amazing.
  6. We are taking the week off from school. My husband will take the boys (7, 4 & 2) to school with him on Wednesday (it's tradition that the HS teachers take their kids to school with them that day - they all go to the pep rally and it is only a half day). I am going to use next week to try to start a morning symposium time (30-45 min), and then continue it when we pick school back up the week after. We may go to the aquarium and/or the museum of science Monday/Tuesday, since they should be pretty quiet those days.
  7. We don't have screens for the littles at home. I have tried to borrow tablets from the library for the 4 & 7 yr old for quiet time (with headphones), but they end up fighting over them after the 2nd day. Grrrrr.... Oh, how I wish that my kids could play together quietly. Pick any two kids, put them together over any toy (legos, blocks, trains, play dough, whatever, and a screaming fistfight will break out in under 20 minutes. *sigh* This is my husband. He has a second job so, on the days that he is home in the evenings, he is usually napping before dinner and in bed right after the kids go down. Poor guy.
  8. 7yr old loves to listen to books with headphones! 4yr old is hit-or-miss with headphones, but I'll try to find some new playaway books from the library. I have two hours of active time (recess!) built into our school day, but it's been really hard to get 4 kids, one a newborn, dressed and outside. I'm too tired and it's been too dreary outside to make it happen. They've been following along with yoga dvds instead, but it's just not the same thing!
  9. My 4yr old used to be great at quiet time- he would play for hours by himself -until we brought the 7yr old home to homeschool. They want to play, but that is never quiet! We will be transitioning after the holidays to using quiet time for the 7yr old to do history/language arts work (had a baby mid-oct, so we've pushed these subjects off until then), so I need the 4 & 2yr old to be able to be quiet on their own during that time.
  10. My 2.5yr old seems to be dropping his nap. He only naps once every couple of days now. I've always nursed him down to sleep (he only nurses at nap & bedtime) and don't have another method (besides car ride) to get him to sleep. Any BTDT moms have recommendations on how to keep him napping? My 4yr old gave up his nap just shy of 3, and he suddenly seems like he needs to nap again! Afternoons are killing me - I *need* the quiet that naptime brings and the boys' *need* the rest!
  11. *sigh* I read her first book and thought it was amazing. I laughed, I cried. I laughed some more. I borrowed her 2nd book from the library and as soon as I got it I heard about her separating from her husband. I returned the book without reading it... It just didn't feel right to read a book written about saving her marriage when the marriage actually ended. I hope her kids are doing okay. Male or female new partner, this must be a stressful time for them.
  12. My 4.5 yr old hasn't really been interested in school so far. I printed out a daily preschool notebook but he is only interested in it about once a week. However, when he is tracing the letters/numbers he writes them from bottom-to-top and from right-to-left. I asked him if he would like a handwriting workbook to learn to write the letters properly and he said yes. However, he wants to learn to write like his brother is learning (cursive), not like the letters in his daily notebook. So, is there a cursive book out there for lefty 4.5yr old who know all their letters in manuscript but doesn't yet read? His brother is using Zaner-Bloser 2C - should I just get him his own copy? I'm not sure that he has the fine motor skills yet to really 'do' handwriting, but he wants to try...
  13. Ah, sorry. I quickly cut/paste it into my browser and it sent me to the Western MA Homeschoolers page. :-/
  14. Thanks, I was looking for blue hyperlinks, so I missed them the first time. Just an FYI - Western MA Homeschoolers has a statement of faith so, not secular.
  15. Please, where can I find these lists? I've just joined CHIME (Catholic Homeschoolers in MA East), but I haven't really found much else for resources (besides groups that require a signed statement of faith, which I'm not comfortable with). I'm struggling to find groups/classes for my boys (ages 7, 4 & 2) in the Merrimack Valley.
  16. My husband works in Burlington, in the high school science dept (and I worked there for 1 year, a decade ago). I looked for a house there, but there was no way we could afford even a small condo. My husband used to live in Manchester and work in Nashua. He said the commute (drive) into Boston during rush hour was routinely upwards of 2 hours. We live in Methuen, approximately 30 minutes north of Boston. It's plenty sunny, except during the shortest days of year (which are coming quick). I only had to fill out a 1-page form to homeschool in Methuen, no hoops to jump through.
  17. A leather 'catalog case' (essentially, a large suitcase to carry all his school grading back and forth). His current one is literally falling apart.
  18. We are using SM CC 2A right now, and have just started subtraction with renaming. We are using pennies, dimes, and dollar bills on a homemade hundreds, tens, ones chart. We haven't needed base 10 set yet.
  19. When I call pantry I guess should really be called the kitchen cabinets. I don't know why I call that the 'pantry', sorry if I confused anyone! I have 2 above-counter cabinets for food (12 linear feet, total), one 2ft wide drawer for canned goods, and a tiny built-in cabinet in the dining room that holds the overflow flours/baking goods. My fridge is average-sized (though WAY bigger than the one I grew up with) but the freezer on the bottom seems pretty tiny to me. I'm hoping for a chest freezer or a second fridge/freezer some day, but we haven't been able to figure out where to put it because this house was built in 1947 and just doesn't have enough electrical outlets!
  20. I guess that my complaint is that I have too many different things in the pantry/fridge/freezer (mostly in the pantry/fridge). I would like to have a pantry/fridge/freezer that is stocked with items that I can get the most bang for my buck in terms of flavor/number of recipes I can make/cost/space/etc... I guess I just feel the need to simplify, if that makes any sense? I *do* stock up on things that we use a lot if I can get it at a good deal (flour, chocolate chips, oats, goldfish crackers, cheese sticks, granola bars, canned goods, etc.). We've only lived in this house for a year, so I am still moving things around in the kitchen/dining room storage, trying to figure out where to best keep the overflow items. Honestly, just this last week did I finally find a suitable place to store my potatoes - it will only fit a 5lb bag, though, so no stocking up there.
  21. The baby is 3+ weeks old now, and we've eaten through all the foods that I had made/freezed before he was born. My kitchen (and dining room, as the kitchen lacks sufficient storage space) is FULL of convenience food! Frozen chicken fingers and bagel bites, boxes of cereal, instant mac&cheese cups, pretzels AND crackers (we usually only have one kind at a time), refrigerated canned biscuits, etc... Once this food is all eaten, I need to get my kitchen back down to a (more) manageable state. I usually cook about >80% of all our meals. I would like to add some variety to our meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) while also pairing down my ridiculous pantry/fridge/freezer. (Does anyone else have 6 different types of vinegar in their pantry? Why do I have this much vinegar?) What are the absolute 'must-haves' for your pantry/refrigerator/freezer? What are the ingredients that you have to have that are the most versatile? (FWIW, I used to make my own yogurt - the kids refused to eat it, so I went back to buying it. I would prefer to make homemade sandwich bread (the kids eat 2+ loaves/week), but with a newborn in the house, I don't think I could swing it again right now.)
  22. THEIR ADDRESS IS 15 OLD HOUSE LANE. From this page: http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/g3549/hillary-clinton-chappaqua-house/?slide=1 I was thinking of doing the same thing, and I'm 42!
  23. We currently (jokingly) refer to our homeschool as the Wayside School for Wayward Boys... Maybe we should rethink sooner, rather than later! :lol:
  24. When my mother was my age (42), she was a grandmother. :ohmy: I have a newly 21yr old and a newborn.I can't decide if I'm getting old or still young. (I do have a LOT of grey hairs, though...)
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