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  1. Hi. I just finished reading a book called "Make it Stick". It was about how to make learning stick in a kid's brain. We have an issue with that. Anyway I thought the book was very interesting, but the focus was more on learning in college and for adults. It didn't have a lot of ideas, but the ideas that it did have were well presented and supported. Anyway for anyone who seems to have a kid who forgets things as soon as they learn them, they might be interested in the book (it is new so only in hardback, but check for it at the library). (just fyi I haven't been around
  2. Camping takes a lot of gear. Are you driving to your location? If you are in Virginia, there are lots of places that aren't too far away in the Mountains. We used to camp a lot in the desert in Nevada when I was a kid. Where we camped you had to bring your own water and dig your own toilet pit. Beautiful sunset. Now live in midwest and we only go camping within about a 2 hour radius from home (too much gear to haul across country). There are also places that have cabins you can rent. It is not tent camping, but still fairly rugged. Also think about what you wan
  3. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think of around Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Southwest Desert and the Great Smokey Mountains all as areas with natural beauty, but very different. I would ask if you can tolerate some wet or want dry. Do you want trees/mountains or sunsets? I would suggest you and your DH write down your top 3 ideas and see if you have any matches.
  4. I would have the kids visit all the facilities you can find and then narrow them down to the ones you think would work. Only take your parent to see at most 3 choices. You don't want to confuse them with choices. If possible, just have one picked out. If possible immediately move them in. Once you get them moved in, then make sure you all visit them a lot. Send them lots of cards. Make their rooms comfortable. Take old and new pictures of family. These are usually very hard transitions, because most people don't want to give up their independence. Make sure al
  5. Wow popping balloons is really spiteful.
  6. Don't you need different grass for shady areas? I know some people even grow moss as a ground cover in shady damp areas. Maybe she could do some shady planting around the trees so that there wouldn't be such a need for grass.
  7. HGTV used to have shows on frugal decorating Design on a Dime, etc. For a while they only did house flipping shows even when the housing market had gone bust. I think they have some of those old shows or ideas on their website.
  8. Have you asked her optometrist? Or maybe she has an eye infection?
  9. oh if only it was a Star Trek special mythbusters.
  10. We always get carry out from Olive Garden. The wait time is usually over 30 minutes even at 5:00. Last time we tried to go there they gave us a 'call ahead' card. Basically you can call and get your name on the waiting list even without being there. It isn't a reservation and if you aren't there when they get to your name, then you are out of luck.
  11. Are you putting in about that he has been there within the last few months and list the dates? Is there anyone that he does work with that can vouch for him as a good worker?
  12. We will add garlic, onions, mushrooms, oregano depending on the sauce. I've also seen some add grated Parmesan cheese into the sauce to make it richer. We usually don't add meat as it is one of our meatless meals, but Italian sausage would kick it up a notch.
  13. My DD when she was around 2 or 3 would answer a "would you like an apple?" type question with "yes, eventually". Unfortunately at that age she didn't speak clearly. My aunt or someone kept asking "what is she saying?" When I translated it as 'eventually' she totally cracked up. She said she had never heard of a little kids saying eventually.
  14. It doesn't matter whether they want ie to see the kids. You put your family first. If it is upsetting and unhealthy for your kids, then they shouldn't be going there or should only be going for short visits.
  15. You can split up the responsibilities. If one person is great with kids, but would be a nightmare with handling the finances and another one would be very responsible with the money, but knows nothing about kids... then you can split things up that way. I would not wait to figure that out. Get a will as soon as possible. You can always add/change it later.
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