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  1. Kingdomino Blokus Set Fish Eat Fish Jenga Snorta! Guacamole! Rummikub Cranium Cadoo
  2. I have a big age gap like that between my first two (6 years) and I'm also very shy. Anyway, I was running into the same problems that you are. When oldest was 13 yo I ended up putting him in year round swimming. It really did the trick for us. He was in the same activity, with the same kids, every day. He ended up with friends, I ended up with friends, my younger children ended up with friends. Thirteen years later we still have some of these friends, even though we're all in different states and even countries.
  3. I have a double, non-gas oven. I love, love, love it. It came with our house (previous owners), so price wasn't an issue. It has a smaller oven on top, fits one tray, and a larger bottom oven that fits three trays. The only thing I don't like, is how close to the ground the larger oven is. However, that's a minor inconvenience compared to how much easier it has made it to cook for our large family. I think this is what I have http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/appliances/electric-range-reviews/a26726/maytag-gemini-double-oven-electric-range-met8885x-256/ eta: I think I would super, super love this oven if it was gas.
  4. I am not a yogurt lover. In general I just don't enjoy sour foods. I've found that full fat plain yogurt (I think the kind I get is 13%) is much sweeter than the regular plain yogurt. I can actually eat it straight... if I'm forced too. I can't even get regular plain yogurt down. I do also always pour off the whey before eat it. I'm probably pouring away some of the benefit, but my taste buds would disagree ;)
  5. It's been so cold here that it made my eyeballs hurt. They did finally lift our extreme weather warning this afternoon :) It's up to -4F...... It's not like it's anything new, these extreme temperatures happen every year. It's just that you forget how cold -40 feels. Maybe we block it out, kind of like child birth :lol:
  6. We're experiencing the same kind of temperature range in my neck of the woods. Two to three years ago we had this kind of weather for more than a month straight, so I'm comforting myself with the fact that this years fall weather lasted for more than two weeks: bonus if we end up having an early spring. Fingers crossed!
  7. I'm like that too. I wish I that wasn't, but I am. I'm so bad with dates. I forget birthdays all.the.time. I even forget my own sometimes! But my grandson in February? I'm especially bad at that one. I just don't have any other date to tie it to, to remind myself. So I'll remember too early to send something, and then forget by the time it gets here. I sure hope that my grandchildren and in-law children give me grace.
  8. We watched two great movies the other week. I don't know if they're on America Netflix (I'm in Canada). They're both PG-13 Hunt for the Wilderpeople What We Did On Our Holiday
  9. Even with the current exchange rate? It's really bad right now. Not as bad as it was a year ago, but still bad.
  10. fall/winter/ spring: 64 at night, 68 during the day Once it warms up a bit outside (June?) we turn it completely off. We don't have AC. The average daytime temps here in the summer are between 70-80.
  11. You can usually rent them from the grocery store.
  12. that it's big enough for my family. After spending 5 years in a way-too-small-for-us apartment, the quirks of our current house seem like small potatoes.
  13. For me it's not the heat, and it's not the humidity. When I lived in AZ the heat only bothered me when it was really hot, like I just stepped into an oven hot :) so above 105F? When I lived in FL the humidity bothered me, but not because it was coupled with the heat. It was because it felt like I was never completely dry. It always felt like my skin was damp. But maybe that's why humidity bothers everyone :lol: I've never actually asked anybody... Even the winter bothers me if there are too many sunny days in a row. It doesn't matter that it's actually -20F outside. It's the sun's brightness and intensity, independent of temperature, that lead to my SAD symptoms.
  14. You just helped me realize why I've been so glum lately :lol: Next week is summer solstice. :svengo: I can't believe that I didn't think of this sooner. Our days are almost 17 hours long atm.
  15. Maybe weekend trips to the White Mountains or Sedona? I have to say though, that going up Mt. Lemmon never really helped me, it was still just as bright and only a little bit cooler. When the water was running in Sabino, that was lovely :) and a wonderful reprieve. Maybe Flagstaff....
  16. I used to get so very depressed during the "summer" when I lived in AZ. I put summer in quotes because let's face it, summer there is most of the year! The endless sun, the endless heat, the endless brightness of it all. I just wanted some clouds, and some rain, and some cooler weather! Don't get me wrong I loved AZ. I loved the open expanse, the mountains, and even the brown, just not the everlasting sunshine!!! Now I live in the land of never-ending winter, LOL, and I still get depressed if it's sunny for too many days. I do get tired of the snow come March/April (this year it was May!) but it doesn't effect me the same way that the sun does. I loved living in the PNW. Unfortunately, my dh couldn't take it. He's my exact opposite when it comes to climate.
  17. That's kind of what's happening at my house, too :) We moved into this house right after the first snowfall, so I had no idea what was going to come up this spring. It's been so much fun to see. The previous owners were avid gardeners, he loved his fruit and she loved her flowers. I've only identified about half the flowers at this point, and I still have three fruit trees that I "think" will eventually bare some kind of stone fruit (because of the leaves). None of them flowered this year, too young I guess. Because of all the fruits trees, only my front yard gets full sun. I have "landscaped" in between the flowers beds with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and watermelons ;)
  18. I think we've lost most of our apple crop. We had a very late spring, and then when the apple trees finally bloomed we had a massive wind storm that blew off almost all the blossoms before they got pollinated :( However, our pears and cherries are going gang busters. They bloomed slightly earlier than the apples. My raspberries, strawberries and grapes also have fruit showing. I finished getting the rest of my tomatoes into the ground just yesterday. And the peppers and eggplants the day before. I pretty much had to start everything inside because it was cold for so long. I'm glad that it no longer looks like we live in a greenhouse :p I'm hoping that the fact that we over 16 hours of daylight during the summer will make up for the short growing season.
  19. I've went to Disney multiple times growing up. I took oldest there as a child, and he visited with his grandparents as a teen, but my younger children never showed any interest. However, even if they did, Disney's hiring practices (H1-B visa abuse) really bother me, and I no longer feel comfortable giving them my money.
  20. I haven't yet. But thank you for starting this thread, because it reminded me that I have to get new ones before flying in a couple of weeks!
  21. My experience, too. We just moved and our new bathroom has a shallow sink. What a mess! The counter is constantly covered in water. It's nasty.
  22. Yes. I realized that I'd made the leap this year when I started categorizing anything above freezing (32F/0C) as warm, as long as it's not snowing or raining. Yesterday it was negative something or other, and my son couldn't even be bothered to wear a jacket. I, on the other hand, was still wearing three layers ;) Cold is when your nose hairs freeze, and your eyeballs hurt, as soon as you walk out the door :laugh: Thankfully, even though it's currently snowing, :glare: I shouldn't have to experience cold cold again, until next winter :hurray:
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