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I put about 20 coats of spray gloss stuff on the little wood drawers, but it's going to need more tomorrow.  It's made of (cheap) pine, so it's sucking up the stuff pretty thoroughly.  However, dh helped me figure out how to attach the number dates onto the drawers using dd16's leftover Fred braces bands, so major free score on that one!

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The wedding was quite beautiful. It was situated with the guests looking out over the river. The river is very low this time of year and is very brushy. But some of the trees are turning color and the whole effect was quite lovely. There are huge oak and cottonwood trees there and there were lights strung between them. And the cottonwoods and oaks are turning color a bit and now and then a leaf would drop. Honestly, it was quite magical. They served a nice dinner and we sat and chatted with some friends. It was a nice evening.

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Good morning!

Busy day today.  Nothing compaired to an average "Maize Day" for sure. Dd13 and I are playing for church services this morning.  Ds14 has a rehearsal at 2 and I have a dress rehearsal at 4.  The Vienna Boys Choir is singing at my rehearsal place tonight, but I didn't think ahead to get tickets.  Oh well.

Coffee!

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16 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

Good morning!

Busy day today.  Nothing compaired to an average "Maize Day" for sure. Dd13 and I are playing for church services this morning.  Ds14 has a rehearsal at 2 and I have a dress rehearsal at 4.  The Vienna Boys Choir is singing at my rehearsal place tonight, but I didn't think ahead to get tickets.  Oh well.

Coffee!

Vienna Boys Choir!  Wow!  Maybe you can crash it?  😱  

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Good morning! I'll post my siggy for Servant later. Right now I have to figure out how to maneuver myself off the couch, since Cheeto is sitting so low it kind of feels like he's trying to crawl out. My coffee is in the kitchen, which may he the only thing worth all the effort.

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My siggy, as promised:

Reader (dd9) - MFW ECC; Singapore Math and Beast Academy; WWE/FLL/SSS; Spanish & art all willy-nilly

Runner (ds8) - MFW ECC; Singapore Math and Beast Academy; WWE/FLL/SSS; Spanish & art all willy-nilly

SuperDude (ds6) - MFW K (extended) & ECC tag-along; Singapore Math; lots and lots of read-alouds; OPGTR

Squishy (ds3) - lots and lots of read-alouds; too many episodes of Magic School Bus and Wild Kratts

Baby Cheeto (due 12/12/19) - soccer

"It isn't where you came from. It's where you're going that counts." - Ella Fitzgerald

"This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." - Neil Gaimon

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Toto, congrats to your daughter! Those pics were amazing. 

Imma go back through and listen to all the things. 

Krissi, the wedding sounds lovely!

Yay for a dryer, Jean!

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Hello all! 
 

Just got home from two nights in a row and need to sleep for night number three.  
 

Toto, your daughter looks like a superhero! Amazing!! 
Fall weddings sound beautiful. 
I need to update my siggy. I forgot it was there.  
Please forgive any errors from my tired brain.

Good night!😴
 

 

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Good morning!  Coffee!  Blankie!  I think I will church online this morning.  Dh and ds12 are going fishing and taking my van, since dh's car has the screw in the tire.  Will start cooking while I'm stuck home.  Then a small grocery run when they get back.

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Morning! I’m making beef stew and maybe a cinnamon cake before Church. I have a friend coming over after for linner. (Lunch and dinner). I will make the biscuits after Church. I need to squish in a shower, too.


Nursery lesson, song chart, and door signs are ready to go. Today is the children’s program during main meeting. This is the last time The Girl will be in it. We can’t be late.

Servie, I posted on the CLE thread for you.

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Good morning.

Insomnia took over at 1:30 AM. I may have gotten a half hour of sleep after that?

You'd think sleep would be easier after the belt test marathon...

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Good Morning!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Sunday!!!

Church!!

Sportsball!!!

I hope I don’t forget to bring my OCC shoe boxes this morning. Collection is this week and next week, but I like to get them in early.

 

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Thank you for all the lovely comments about dd.  I was trying to "like" and something went screwy so "Like" Them All!

I've been placing a lot of orders for my science center this past week.   First session is done so I have a better feel for how many I have in a class and what kind of things will work with them, I've used up some of the stuff I had over the summer, so it was time to order.  

One of the things I ordered was little plastic clip-on label holders for plastic bins.  $15 for 100, no big deal, little plastic things.   UPS marked them "Delivery Attempted" and now I have to go pick it up.  The wouldn't leave it because no one was home.  Except someone was home, all day including at the time they said it was attempted.  But we also have a ton of packages just left outside.  My $100 microscope was just left outside at the gate but these stupid $15 clips couldn't be?   

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I"m tired and cranky.  I stayed up until midnight working on classes but I now have just one more left to do, and some activities to pick out and I'll have everything done for the first two weeks, which brings us to Thanksgiving when I'm off for a week and can work on the weeks from there until Christmas break.

Once I finish the last class, I need to set up school for the next two weeks.  I need the last class to do that, since it's dd math class.

I have to head over to the science center today to reorganize books in the cubes I rearranged and put together a few other things, then it's all ready to go.  My cleaning person will come in tomorrow morning.

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Yesterday dd ordered delivery from Whole Foods for the first time. I was there for the entire delivery window. Juliet was also there and didn’t bark once. At the end of the window I peeked outside and our delivery was sitting there. No one knocked or rang the bell and our frozen stuff was squishy.  Nothing had to be thrown out or anything but I was not amused. 

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4 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

Yesterday dd ordered delivery from Whole Foods for the first time. I was there for the entire delivery window. Juliet was also there and didn’t bark once. At the end of the window I peeked outside and our delivery was sitting there. No one knocked or rang the bell and our frozen stuff was squishy.  Nothing had to be thrown out or anything but I was not amused. 

That is not good. Call them up and tell them!!

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I ordered Domino’s Pizza from the wedding last night for the kids’ dinner. It wasn’t cheap, but the wedding started at 3:00 and I had no idea when we would get home. The best cheap pizza is Little Caesar’s. But they don’t deliver.

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Random question you may ignore if you like:  (🤣)  Is there anything you do in your life now or anything you're engaged in (whether it's a responsibility or a hobby or work or whatever) that is such a natural fit for you that it is easy and effortless and you feel little or no resistance to beginning it or seeing it through to the end?  If not, is there anything which comes close?

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2 hours ago, Where's Toto? said:

I"m tired and cranky.  I stayed up until midnight working....

I'm not tired but I could easily be if I sit still for a few minutes. I'm super cranky, but have no excuse for it at all. I don't even want to be around me today. I wonder if I can play the "hormones" card because it can't just be me.

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6 minutes ago, Another Lynn said:

Random question you may ignore if you like:  (🤣)  Is there anything you do in your life now or anything you're engaged in (whether it's a responsibility or a hobby or work or whatever) that is such a natural fit for you that it is easy and effortless and you feel little or no resistance to beginning it or seeing it through to the end?  If not, is there anything which comes close?

Hmmm. Beyond breathing, drinking coffee, sleeping......

Oh yeah, COOKING! I enjoy it. I'm not always good at staying within specific time constraints but the act itself and creating good food and knowing others enjoy it is rewarding for me.

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6 minutes ago, Another Lynn said:

Random question you may ignore if you like:  (🤣)  Is there anything you do in your life now or anything you're engaged in (whether it's a responsibility or a hobby or work or whatever) that is such a natural fit for you that it is easy and effortless and you feel little or no resistance to beginning it or seeing it through to the end?  If not, is there anything which comes close?

To some degree homeschooling fits that bill. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t struggled with curriculum changes and even burnout at times. But at its core it is an extension of how I parent. 

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35 minutes ago, Another Lynn said:

Random question you may ignore if you like:  (🤣)  Is there anything you do in your life now or anything you're engaged in (whether it's a responsibility or a hobby or work or whatever) that is such a natural fit for you that it is easy and effortless and you feel little or no resistance to beginning it or seeing it through to the end?  If not, is there anything which comes close?

Genealogy is something I do that I enjoy doing and feel drawn to do so that starting isn't hard and stopping is. 

I wouldn't say the actual process of doing is easy, and seeing it through to the end ... well, they're isn't really an end.

 

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1 hour ago, Another Lynn said:

Random question you may ignore if you like:  (🤣)  Is there anything you do in your life now or anything you're engaged in (whether it's a responsibility or a hobby or work or whatever) that is such a natural fit for you that it is easy and effortless and you feel little or no resistance to beginning it or seeing it through to the end?  If not, is there anything which comes close?

 

Leading Bible study.  It's actually a huge study with a team of about 40 women leading it, so I'm just one of many.  I'm not sure I'd say it's effortless?  But the work is a delight, the reward is far greater than what I put into it, and the people are gold.  Plus my kids get tons out of it too, and other people manage them for me so I'm free to do my thing without juggling mom duties.  I come home each week filled instead of drained.

ETA:  Homeschooling kind of fits this, too.  I'd be a terrible institutional-school parent, but parenting/schooling at home is a natural fit with my personality and gifts. That said, it's HARD.  Some aspects of it harder than others (especially since my introverted self has a hard time finding space to recharge).  And the reward isn't immediate so it takes more effort to push through to the finish line.  

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1 hour ago, Another Lynn said:

Random question you may ignore if you like:  (🤣)  Is there anything you do in your life now or anything you're engaged in (whether it's a responsibility or a hobby or work or whatever) that is such a natural fit for you that it is easy and effortless and you feel little or no resistance to beginning it or seeing it through to the end?  If not, is there anything which comes close?

Baking bread.

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Grocery run done.  The beans are cooked, Mac and cheese in the oven, sausages are being browned, and salad is mixed.  I made a gallon of sweet tea and DD unloaded the disheasher.  I just need to load it again.  Now I'm eating lunch.  

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11 minutes ago, myblessings4 said:

I cannot believe Kansas City lost!!!  😥

Spoiler alert!

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Things that come naturally: reading aloud, leading my book club class, and cooking. I love homeschooling (I'm in the "it's an extension of my parenting" camp), but it's often a stretching and challenging experience, so I can't honestly say it's effortless or natural. Just like parenting, I guess.

Dave and the kids cleaned the whole house for me today. 🥰💞🥰💞🥰💞 Well, mostly, anyway. The bathrooms didn't get done, but I'll do them tomorrow. It's a fair trade, since everything else from ceilings to floors were done today. I feel like we're truly ready for both Baby Cheeto and winter.

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My life was simple before I hurt my back. I naturally slept well, naturally got up early, naturally worked out, school followed. It was good. It was me.

Now I struggle with my routine daily, but my role as a mother and teacher is natural. I know when to extend grace, when to tighten the reins, when to push forward and when to let go. I know how to tie our studies into day-to-day living and how to surround them with things that will pique their interest so that they pursue further study.

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I copied, cut, and laminated all of our Jesse Tree ornaments.  And put color or dd's hair.  She's waiting for the timer to ding now. 

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5 hours ago, Another Lynn said:

Random question you may ignore if you like:  (🤣)  Is there anything you do in your life now or anything you're engaged in (whether it's a responsibility or a hobby or work or whatever) that is such a natural fit for you that it is easy and effortless and you feel little or no resistance to beginning it or seeing it through to the end?  If not, is there anything which comes close?

Being a wife and mom.

Being the Nursery Leader. I know what I am doing and have the experience to back it up.

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5 hours ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

To some degree homeschooling fits that bill. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t struggled with curriculum changes and even burnout at times. But at its core it is an extension of how I parent. 

What she said.

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I took a nap.

Then I lay in bed with my phone going through DNA genealogy stuff. My brother is supposed to call today so we can talk about the genealogy brick wall I am working on and see if his background in data analysis can be useful.

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Scotsman is clipping Captain’s nails. You would think he was having his hands chopped off the way he’s carrying on! Typical for one of mine.

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8 minutes ago, Paradox5 said:

Scotsman is clipping Captain’s nails. You would think he was having his hands chopped off the way he’s carrying on! Typical for one of mine.

Ds12 used to be that way.  He's better now that he does his own, buy will put it off as long as he possibly can, dreading every second of it.

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4 hours ago, lots of little ducklings said:

ETA:  Homeschooling kind of fits this, too.  I'd be a terrible institutional-school parent, but parenting/schooling at home is a natural fit with my personality and gifts. That said, it's HARD.  Some aspects of it harder than others (especially since my introverted self has a hard time finding space to recharge).  And the reward isn't immediate so it takes more effort to push through to the finish line.  

And what she said, too.

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