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  1. Just read the serving food to your husband thread and the 1950's wife statement intrigued me! I have to say that I think I am a bit of a 1950's wife - or at least I try to be!! I really do take pride in serving my husband in all the ways that I can - making things easy for him, cooking food that he likes, not stressing him out when he gets home from work etc etc. He helps me out with my stuff as well, and there is lots of give and take, but in our house he is the leader and he is treated and respected as such. Part of my satisfaction as a wife comes from looking after my husband well. Am I alone in this? Or have I read too much into this?!
  2. I'm curious why people have negative feelings about tattoos. Please explain. :bigear::bigear::bigear:
  3. When I was growing up, my family's tradition was that when we all came downstairs on Christmas morning, we could open our stockings right away. Then we had to eat breakfast before opening any of the wrapped presents. Isn't that a sadistic tradition? I guess it was because we had a large family, and unwrapping could take a long time. We haven't really come up with a good routine to replace it. Stockings are more of an afterthought, an anticlimax after the bigger and better presents have been opened. It kind of makes me wonder why we do them. When and how do your kids get their stockings? Any suggestions for us?
  4. Ok...I think we survived. The jury is still out on a couple of the family members, but others of us are moving in the right direction. I am absolutely exhausted. We have never been sicker in our lives. Between the five of us we have propably lost 20 pounds. So now I am completely paranoid in my home. How will I ever get my house disinfected? It is a disaster and I don't know where to start. I've got laundry going. Do I need to throw away things like stuffed animals and throw pillows? I am considering throwing away all pillows or is it enough just to wash pillow cases? Walk me through this ladies. This is my first time dealing with this. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks. Laurel T.
  5. Alleluia!!!!!!!!! Alleluia!!!!!!!! Happy Easter everyone!!!! :001_smile:
  6. But yesterday I went driving with a bb gun. A neighbor a couple of miles down has two big dogs that have started attacking my ponies when I drive by. Friday they were trying to bite his face and legs. I had to get off and try to beat them away while holding a frightened pony. Big GSH pointer and a boxer type. When they charged me yesterday I stopped Patches and took aim and let loose. The older dog turned and ran when he saw the gun, he's obviously been shot before, the younger one stopped and tried to figure things out. I didn't want to hit either one, just shot a warning and it worked. The owner was sitting on her porch yelling at them. Of course they don't listen. I told her that I couldn't let them attack my ponies and she agreed. Basically she said go ahead and shoot them. She will not pen them up. These dogs used to just bark and chase, but they've gotten bolder and bolder in their anti-pony measures. The young one used to try to kiss the pony noses and it was cute, but somehow he's gotten aggressive. Hopefully a few pops and they'll turn tail when they see a pony cart. I really don't want to hurt them but I've had enough.
  7. I could not *bleeping* BELIEVE it when I saw it. In the winter, there is not much room to put the snow. HOWEVER, this jerk blows 80% of the snow from his driveway against the side of our house and onto our lawn. He has no snow piled against his house at all and you can see how much higher the snow is on our lawn than his. I say nothing b/c I don't want to be a jerk like him. Well, we got about a foot of snow a week ago and since it hasn't been above freezing, it's still around. He uses a snow blower, which leaves a layer of snow on his driveway, which he then drove over for a week. It is now a layer of ice. So yesterday, I heard all this noise from the side of the house. I could tell he was trying to scrape up the ice but it sounded SO LOUD and thumpy. I had to take DS to soccer and when I drove past his driveway I saw him THROW a shoveful of ice against my house! I stopped and yelled to him to stop throwing ice against my house. I said there is no reason to do that and that he was going to damage our siding. He said OK. The nerve. :glare:
  8. Our Pack Leader just got a new job out of state so we're scrambling to plan for our meeting this month. Does anyone know of any fun games having to do with emergency preparedness??
  9. Would you copy educational materials which you bought for another of your own kids if there is a "no copying" policy printed in the book? Edited to add: Errr... Copyright. Don't you hate it when you misspell words in the title of a post?
  10. A Hooter Hider is a snazzy looking nursing cover. Here's a link to where you can buy them http://shop.bebeaulait.com/ and here's a link to where you can sew one yourself inexpensively http://imustnotthinkbadthoughts.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/here-have-a-hooty/ So the question of the day is, if I sew myself a Hooter Hider, will I actually use it?? I had nothing like that with dd but wore nursing clothes, used a sling, etc. This time I'm not interested in buying nursing clothes, but I'm not exactly Victorian (show the skin and lay on a hankie) either. Ok, I don't care a fig about nursing in front of women, but in front of men? But doesn't it seem to you that such a thing draws MORE attention and makes it worse? To sew or not to sew a Hooter Hider, what do you think? :)
  11. when I hit my head and caused my concussion two weeks ago, I also caused the "jelly" in my eye to collapse. This is causing me to see a constant blinking light, like a headlight, in the left corner of my vision field in my right eye. I notice it mostly in dimly lit rooms and at night. My question is this. Does anyone have experience with this? Does the jelly repair itself? I know this can cause my retina to detach and have been looking out for those symptoms. I've been surfing the web but can't determine if this is something that will heal. The eye dr will see me again in a month. He said that either the flashing light will leave my vision field or I will get used to it or learn to ignore it. :001_huh: I will ask in a month if my "jelly" will heal again and if not, what to expect. does anyone know anything about this? I had never heard of such a thing and can find little info about healing.
  12. Dd13 has an assignment to write about a movie or book that had a weak plot. Even DH and I are stumped. We can't think of anything. Really. I told her we're probably looking for a storyline that has boring characters and/or a boring conflict and/or an ending that didn't satisfy the conflict. Do you know of any? My guess is that we haven't read or seen anything that might be suggested. :tongue_smilie:
  13. DH is trying to teach DD7 now. He spent about an hour with her on Monday night and he's going to spend another hour tonight. He said that her balance is just so-so, but that it got a bit better as they went on. She's just not the most graceful child LOL. Any other late bike riders? Anything that really worked for your late rider? I looked on Amazon and I think I'm going to purchase one of those Strider balance bikes for DD4 to ride, and we'll be able to pass it down to our new baby one day as well. I think that if they could start out balancing, then learning to ride would be a breeze.
  14. So here is what I am wondering... many women believe in the health and emotional benefits of extended breast feeding for the child. I agree. BUT princess Natalie is adopted so obviously we have been bottle feeding her since birth with the best formula money can buy here. Yes I know there are drastic measures you can take to be able to breastfeed an adopted baby but those were not an option for me since I only had 12 hours notice before she was in my arms. So let's just let that one go, ok? Anyways... assuming this baby formula is better for her than regular cow's milk (right?) and assuming that the bonding during feeding is another reason for extended breast feeding...would that not also apply to bottle feeding? Since day one I have held her very close during feedings almost as if she were breastfeeding, I wear her, we co-sleep, etc. But now she is 14 months old and people are starting to ask when we will wean her off the bottle and off formula. She should be drinking regular milk in a cup I am told. She is eating solids of course. No problems there. But I guess I am just curious...if you cannot do extended breastfeeding, can you do extended bottle/formula feeding as the next best thing?
  15. I can't think of how to set a poll up for this, but I am curious to see answers. Does your DH play video games? If so, how much? And if you don't mind sharing, how old is he? My husband has zero interest in video games. Several times he has expressed surprise that anyone in his 30s or 40s would be playing video games. I am a little younger than DH (seven years younger) but also went to college before the age when kids brought video games to college. I don't remember ever seeing anyone play a video game when I was in college (1985 - 1989). So DH and I just grew up before that was really on the radar. Anyway, I expect there is a generation thing going on here .... If your DH plays, do you play with him? Do you enjoy it?
  16. One of my dd's, age 15, has a bit of a porcupine like personality. She's moody like most teens and lately has the attitude that my parents don't know anything. Our conversation are verging on the type that if you were to overhear them you would think, that child treats her mom like a dog. Here's an example of this morning's conversation on the way to youth band practice: Me: How you feeling? Her:Fine, I've always been fine. Im not sicksaid in a nee, nee voice (she says as she sniffs and her left side of her face is swollen from sinuses). Me: I was just wondering, you sound like you don't feel well. Her: Well I'm fine hostile tone. Me: slow down (she's driving and approaching a slowing vehicle). Her: I m fine. I know how to drive.more hostile tone You dont have to tell me to slow down. Me: Well, I will warn you when to slow down, I'm your mom and it's my job to teach you to drive safely. Her: I"M FINE! Me: You don't need to talk to me in that tone. Everything you say comes out in a hostile tone. Her: I DO NOT, You're hostile and you annoy me! Me: How would you like it if evything I said to you was in an angry tone or if I acted like I was annoyed at everything you said or did? That was basically the end. Does this sound like a disrespectful attitude? If so what would be a logical consequence? Thanks for any advice!
  17. Well 3 from getting to teh half way point of my goal of reaching 5000 this month. HAve a lot of posting to do to get the next 500 ETA: I needed 1000 ish posts as we got to the last 4 weeks
  18. Glee is on netflix, would it be ok for a ten year old? We don't let her watch Adult Swim, Tosh.0 or shows that used to be cool for kids but suddenly the franchise has tons of sex (Stargate :glare:) Is it ok? I haven't seen it before and we would like something we can watch together.
  19. A friend is struggling with this right now, so I thought I would ask for input. She and dh are in their 50s. They have 4 kids, spaced about 12 years total. They promised all the kids that they would buy them a reasonable used car if they graduated high school with a 3pt GPA. This was told to the kids all the way through high school to keep them motivated to get good grades. First dd graduated, received car valued at about $3000. She got married, they paid about $5000 toward wedding. The wedding wasn't a promise, just something they did for a dd. Second and third child , chose different paths (not important details, but they are doing fine). These kids have not received the car because they didn't graduate. Neither have wed at this point. Both, did get the same $3000 financial contribution as they left the house, just in different ways (ie rent deposit paid, help buying things to set up a house etc). Fourth Child, dd, is graduating with a 4pt and is in a serious relationship, considering marriage in a few years (wants to get degree first). The car was a promise told to the child, consistently throughout the past 4 years. Parents are now almost retired, and due to the economy and unexpected injury, are on a limited income. They absolutely can not afford to buy a car now (not even a $1000 one). Due to retirement, income will not change. There is no savings left. Only the wife can work at this point (her dh is permanently injured and limping along until he can retire) and since she was an at home mom w/ no education, she would only be able to get a minimum wage job. Their situation changed very fast in a matter of a couple of years due to the injury. They didn't expect the early retirement. They don't live in a college town, so they can't switch the arrangement and say something like "live at home for free in lieu of the car, while you go to school". They don't have an extra car around to give to the child. They don't have any other assets of value to try to trade out the 'promise' with. Should the parents add debt, to make good on the car promise, even though they know they will have to pay it off VERY slowly, at a high-ish interest rate? Should they pay for both the car and wedding even it means putting it on a credit card? Should they tell the child, sorry, but we didn't expect this financial situation, and can't help you with a car after all? (or wedding or other expenses like you siblings) Other?
  20. Has anyone read his stuff? I am just learning about him. Seems like I guy I would agree with on a lot of things. Incidentally, seems very intelligent. What are your thoughts?
  21. I do believe I've seen it all now. Individually packaged cups of grape juice and each one has a little wafer enclosed too. Perfect for camping and outdoor events! I guess I didn't realize it was so difficult to fill little cups and break up a matzoh. Okay, I'm done now. Please opine.
  22. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/midwife-pleads-guilty-to-felonies-in-death-of-alexandria-newborn/2011/05/05/AFetRQ2F_story.html Having a stuck baby for 20 minutes and then, after birth, waiting 13 more before calling 911 perhaps hurt her case.
  23. This is going to sound odd. Ever since finding out we were expecting, a csection has been looming over my head. I had a csection w/my first, but all the rest have been VBAC. I honestly don't know *why* its been such a concern...well, I guess I do, since it will complicate the heck out of RSD, but... Here's the thing. Baby keeps flipping btwn head down and transverse. From the time of the u/s yesterday, and exam by the OB, he went from transverse to head down. Not engaged, just head down. The last 3 u/s I've had have shown the cord in front of his neck/chin. And it doesn't move. The OB, when talking of turning the baby (before he discovered baby was head down again) warned me that the cord appeared to be across the neck, possibly wrapped...and if that was the case, turning would not happen. The more I think about it, the more I'm becoming convinced that the cord is around the neck...which, to me, would explain why he keeps flipping transverse when all my other kidlets were head down and stayed that way by now (38 wks tomorrow). I see my OB on Wed. I'm going to be asking to be sent to the clinic to see if they can determine what's up with the cord. If I'm going to end up with a section, I'd rather just get it over with, then be in labour for hours and rushed into one. Emotionally, I'm becoming resigned to this. I don't *want* one, but at the same time, am starting to feel its unavoidable. Really hoping I'm wrong though.
  24. I was in line at Petsmart....and noticed a guy in front of me with painted toenails....they were painted with a very dark color.... Is this the new thing? .
  25. What do you do? It seems like all of my immediate family members on both sides are toxic. Too much to even start explaining. But most are very toxic. I have been dealing with this my entire adult life. This Christmas, things got ugly with my BIL. My dh and I are the point where we feel we just want to be left alone. Do you just come to a point where you give up? Just don't even have contact whatsoever? I am sad because I have two sisters whom I will never have a healthy relationship with. Also another brother. And now one of my husband's step brother's family. And...a meddling MIL.. What do you do?
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