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Can we have a general chat thread? All of the boards I used to chat on have died off. Anyone interested in a board wide chat thread?

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Sounds like fun. Smile Thanks for starting this!

This week has been a busy one. We had "birthday week" with 3 kids and my dad's birthday crammed into a 6 day period. *whew* We had one big party at my parents' for all -- plus then every child gets their own special day. (Heck, so did my dad!) Funniest prize, however, went to our youngest who truly grasped the fact that she was THE birthday queen for the day. She was soooooo excited (turning 3) and spent the day wearing a perm. grin plastered. I shared with Julie (Jules) that she did not want to go to bed because she didn't want her birthday to end. LOL

Do you have any plans for the weekend? Here I'm not sure if the weather will cooperate but we are supposed to have soccer all day tomorrow. Tonight, we're having "make your own taco/taco salad" night and possibly a movie (or so my teens would like.)

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How fun! My youngest will be 3 on Tuesday. She is also very excited about it. For now I am just going to make and have a few presents. Then next month we are taking the family to Disney on Ice and that will be her gift.

I am hoping my weekend plans include resting. I have a slight fever. Not feeling too bad though.

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I really want tacos now Missy:)

Our weekend will be spent at the NICU, doing some cleaning around the apartment, hanging out with Sebastian and tonight is movies and pizza.

The hubby is napping right now so I am trying to chat up on the internet. One can only do so much via the phone.

I did put a cute picture (if I can be that mom:) of Sam up on the blog I have of our NICU journey if anyone wants to see him ( link in my siggy)

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Adorable picture!!! I am you will be so happy once he is home and in your own arms. Caitlyn being in the NICU for 2 1/2 weeks just about did me in. I can not imagine a long term experience like you are going through.

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For anyone interested, I video taped my middle daughter reading today. It is so neat to me that I am the one who got to teach her to read.

Brianna - YouTube

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Adorable picture!!! I am you will be so happy once he is home and in your own arms. Caitlyn being in the NICU for 2 1/2 weeks just about did me in. I can not imagine a long term experience like you are going through.

thanks.

Yeah I am looking forward to the day he comes home but it will be a while more. They were going to transfer him to a closer hospital but with his PDA being open they want to keep him at the current hospital. Which makes sense being if something happened after they transfered him closer he would have to go back.

Yeah the 3 weeks that Sebastian was in the NICU was rough, this has a been a total different experience but has been rather long and draining already.

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that was great
Thanks for sharing it. She did a wonderful job

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"~scifigal~" wrote:

thanks.

Yeah I am looking forward to the day he comes home but it will be a while more. They were going to transfer him to a closer hospital but with his PDA being open they want to keep him at the current hospital. Which makes sense being if something happened after they transfered him closer he would have to go back.

Yeah the 3 weeks that Sebastian was in the NICU was rough, this has a been a total different experience but has been rather long and draining already.

How long has it been so far? When was your due date? I can not even imagine what you guys are going through. 2 1/2 was all I could take.

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that was great
Thanks for sharing it. She did a wonderful job

Thank you. She loved seeing herself on camera.

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Bonita, Disney on Ice sounds like fun. It was MANY years ago since we have been. Let me know what you think of the show and whether you feel that it keeps your little one's attention. I didn't realize that we had our dd's so close together. Smile That's neat!

I loved seeing Brianna's video of reading! What a wonderful world you have helped open for her to discover! WTG Brianna (and mom!)

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Nicky!!!! What a sweet, sweet pic of Sam!! Thank you for sharing! (((((((HUGS))))))))) I must admit that your latest entry brought tears to my eyes. I know you will figure it out but I'm so very sorry that this is your reality for now hon. Being a NICU parent is incredibly hard on a "good" day -- but having to dive back into work while trying to be there for Sam, make time for your family at home... etc. That's a tremendous load for you. Please know you all remain in my thoughts and prayers daily and I hope you know you are welcome to share here too -- ANY time.

"Taco night" was an adventure. The whole "relaxing" idea went out the window, although the kids claim that it was all good. LOL I am appreciating having this chance to unwind a bit now that (almost) everyone is finally settled.

What movie did you end up with Nicky? Ours was delayed 'til tomorrow night as I got tied up taking care of other things.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

How long has it been so far? When was your due date? I can not even imagine what you guys are going through. 2 1/2 was all I could take.

Thank you. She loved seeing herself on camera.

A little over 5 weeks

I was due11/4

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"MissyJ" wrote:

Bonita, Disney on Ice sounds like fun. It was MANY years ago since we have been. Let me know what you think of the show and whether you feel that it keeps your little one's attention. I didn't realize that we had our dd's so close together. Smile That's neat!

I loved seeing Brianna's video of reading! What a wonderful world you have helped open for her to discover! WTG Brianna (and mom!)

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Nicky!!!! What a sweet, sweet pic of Sam!! Thank you for sharing! (((((((HUGS))))))))) I must admit that your latest entry brought tears to my eyes. I know you will figure it out but I'm so very sorry that this is your reality for now hon. Being a NICU parent is incredibly hard on a "good" day -- but having to dive back into work while trying to be there for Sam, make time for your family at home... etc. That's a tremendous load for you. Please know you all remain in my thoughts and prayers daily and I hope you know you are welcome to share here too -- ANY time.

"Taco night" was an adventure. The whole "relaxing" idea went out the window, although the kids claim that it was all good. LOL I am appreciating having this chance to unwind a bit now that (almost) everyone is finally settled.

What movie did you end up with Nicky? Ours was delayed 'til tomorrow night as I got tied up taking care of other things.

Thanks. When I saw him snoozing like that I just melted.

I go back to work on 9/19 and it just has me out if sorts really wondering how to manage everything. I plan on talking to my boss to maybe work out longer lunches or something so I can hop on a bus and go see him.

We watched aliens as the hubby is on an aliens kick at the moment. I really only watched some of it as Sebastian kept waking up and I ended staying in his room rocking him back to sleep

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"MissyJ" wrote:

Bonita, Disney on Ice sounds like fun. It was MANY years ago since we have been. Let me know what you think of the show and whether you feel that it keeps your little one's attention. I didn't realize that we had our dd's so close together. Smile That's neat!

I loved seeing Brianna's video of reading! What a wonderful world you have helped open for her to discover! WTG Brianna (and mom!)

Thank you. Your Sweet.

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A little over 5 weeks

I was due11/4

"~scifigal~" wrote:

Thanks. When I saw him snoozing like that I just melted.

I go back to work on 9/19 and it just has me out if sorts really wondering how to manage everything. I plan on talking to my boss to maybe work out longer lunches or something so I can hop on a bus and go see him.

We watched aliens as the hubby is on an aliens kick at the moment. I really only watched some of it as Sebastian kept waking up and I ended staying in his room rocking him back to sleep

Aww. I just wish there was something that could work out that you would have more time with your little one. Do they think he will be in the hospital up until his due date? Can you visit in the evenings after work? Thinking of you much.

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Does anyone here have a Kindle Fire? If so, is there any way to put a password on it so that my kids can't buy things? I is so easy to buy something without even realizing that is what you are doing.

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Thank you. Your Sweet.

Aww. I just wish there was something that could work out that you would have more time with your little one. Do they think he will be in the hospital up until his due date? Can you visit in the evenings after work? Thinking of you much.

So far that is what they are saying but it depends. They gave us the leaving on his due date with Sebastian but he left 3 weeks before that. So we will see.

We are trying to figure out a way to go in the evening. When I go back to work I work till 5, except on Mondays I work till 7. thankfully the night I work at 7 I am at home but the 5 I will be downtown so I won't get back home till close to 6. So then dinner, feed Sebastian and go to the U which is a 20-30 minute drive. So it will be around 7-7:30. we will have to figure something out.

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Yikes. I know it was hard on DH when he went back to work after Caitlyn was born, but at least he knew I was there with her. Is your DH able to visit the baby some while you are at work?

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If we can find a sitter for Sebastian he can go while I am at work

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

For anyone interested, I video taped my middle daughter reading today. It is so neat to me that I am the one who got to teach her to read.

Brianna - YouTube

Your daughter is so cute! Good job in her reading! It is so neat to have such an active role in our kids' education.

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Aww, thank you. When you work with someone every day, it can be hard to see the progress made.

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"~scifigal~" wrote:

If we can find a sitter for Sebastian he can go while I am at work

I had a NICU baby but only for 10 days. He was born 8 weeks early and was ok for the most part. He came home on a monitor and was hospitalized for a few days again due to true bradycardias. Finally everything was normalized around 3 months old. It is really super stressful. Hugs for you!! Do you have any idea how long Samuel will have to stay in NICU?

If you can afford it, I think you might be able to take (unpaid) leave or paid if you have accrued time so you can keep visiting Samual and even care for him some after he comes home. He might come home on a monitor and need your extra loving kangaroo care. And I really really believe Kangaroo care works miracles. In any event, I am sorry your sweet baby and you all are going through this. It's so hard to leave your baby there day after day.

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As for around here, the weather was beautiful today after LONG days and months of triple digit heat. I just gave the kids some home made Popsicles. Due to this mosquito issue in Dallas I'm so double minded about what to do with the kids when the weather isn't hot. I hate mosquito repellent. They always end up rubbing their eyes and putting their fingers in their mouths. I just don't feel good about it, yet I don't want them to take a chance in WNV either and yet I don't want them to stay locked up inside! ughhh. Maybe someone can share what they do because I don't have much experience with mosquitos and the outdoors. All of my kids are little, like 6 and under.

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Ah....... I hate dealing with the mosquitoes for any of our family but particularly for the little ones. We try to limit exposure during peak mosquito hours (early morning and dusk / early evening.) As the weather isn't as hot that opens up more time outside to play. We also are trying to avoid being near the river/creeks where mosquitoes appear to more heavily populated.

Unfortunately, both of those aren't always possible as the older kids have practice at dusk and the fields are by the river. The mosquitoes were HORRIBLE the other night. ARGH.

You may want to read this article: Protect Your Family from West Nile Virus. It offers some natural tips that you may prefer. (This site is great for offering safe / green alternatives for your family.)

HTH!
~Missy

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I have a hard time taking my kids outside because of the mosquitoes too. The girls pediatrician told me it was much better to deal with bug spray that the sicknesses bugs carry.

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Mind if I join in here?

I'm Meg and I'm a SAHM to 3 daughters ages 9, 11, and 12. DH and just celebrated our 5 year anniversary. I'm mostly active on the IVF board even though I've come to peace at not TTC. DH's first wife passed away very suddenly and left him with his 3 daughters. After we got married I adopted them. I've come to the realization that I don't need biological children to be a mother and I was brought into DH's and the girls' life for a reason and they were brought into my life for a reason.

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Welcome! So sorry your TTC journey has been so rough. :bigarmhug:

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Thanks! It was rough but I definately learned a lot about myself and DH and how strong I really am. If our marriage can survive all our IF trials, we can work through anything.

We've been in a major drought in our area. One good thing about no rain is no bugs or mosquitos. We had more of the annoying black picnic bugs this summer. We didn't spend much time outside this summer since it was so darn hot.

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Today was my youngest's 3rd birthday. We went to the zoo and lots of other fun, but busy things. I am ready for a nice long NAP. She had a lot of fun though.

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Happy Birthday to your LO. Sounds like you had a busy and fun day.

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Thank you. It was a fun and busy day.

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Where did you all go?

Today I was excited to find a meat market in my area. It was nice to have fresh meat at a reasonable price.

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Hi Alyssa!

I tried to start a thread like this a few weeks back but no-one took me up on it, boooo! haha.

I haven't had chance to read through all the replies, sorry.

Things are stressful here. I'm currently working 0730-1500 so I can pick DD up from school at 1530, so I am tired! Also trying to organise a holiday which is also turning out to be a nightmare. DBF is on board one minute and then not the next..... driving me mad. I'm trying to get myself a new job but no-one wants me, waaaaah. I leave my current role in Dec which will be here in no time. Panic stations here I come!

xx

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Sorry Bonita! I was not able to grab some "me" time to participate! Happy belated birthday for your 3 yr old! Smile We did the zoo (have a family pass), for another birthday girl a few weeks back. It was a lot of fun but forget a nap! I think we were all exhausted for the night! HA! Our most *interesting* moment came from a cougar! They have a natural area but are behind a tall fence and glass barrier. My 3 yr old wasn't paying attention and was with her 12 yr old sister dancing in front of her a little further down the sidewalk than where I was standing. I watched one of the cougars crouch down and begin creeping down the hill at an angle towards the 3 yr old. As she ran back to me, the cougar changed directions and followed. One of my teens was also watching. He came and physically picked her up and walked her away. AGAIN that cougar crouched and followed! For the barrier, it certainly seemed that he was eyeing her for dinner! (and "mama bear" was eyeing him back to be clobbered! LOL)

Outside of here Smile -- we have been busy with kids' / family activities (school, sports, work, church, volunteering) and caring for family members. Dh just got home from an extended visit to his mom and other family out west. I wish we could have all gone but it wasn't possible this year due to a # of other obligations.

Kristi - sorry your DBF is going back and forth on the holiday. That is frustrating -- and generally costly as then you have to make arrangements at the last minute. I hope that you are able to get away -- even if it is just you and Leia. As for the job hunt, I KNOW that is stressful! What type of work do you do? Not that any of us would try to lure you here to the U.S. :whistle:

Meg, I did not know your story with your dh and kiddos. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad that you are joining in here! Are they transitioning 'back to school' time well? It seems that things are extra hectic during the start of the new year as everyone gets back into a routine!

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Bonita...We get meat fairly fresh here. My dad is a pig farmer so we get the benefits of that every now and then.

Kristi...good luck with the job hunt. It's always stressful starting a new job.

Missy...your zoo story sounds so scary.

My girls are transitioning back to school. They've been going for 4 weeks now. Next week is homecoming so our oldest will be in the marching band in the parade. The younger two started dance classes last week. Got them there late though because I had the time wrong...oops. Piano starts on Monday and I'll start violin lessons then. Somehow I managed to get rid of all my kids for the night without trying. They are all spending the night at their best friend's houses. It just so happened all on the same night. Tomorrow we have a wedding so that should be fun.

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"Minx_Kristi" wrote:

Hi Alyssa!

I tried to start a thread like this a few weeks back but no-one took me up on it, boooo! haha.

I haven't had chance to read through all the replies, sorry.

Things are stressful here. I'm currently working 0730-1500 so I can pick DD up from school at 1530, so I am tired! Also trying to organise a holiday which is also turning out to be a nightmare. DBF is on board one minute and then not the next..... driving me mad. I'm trying to get myself a new job but no-one wants me, waaaaah. I leave my current role in Dec which will be here in no time. Panic stations here I come!

xx

How did it ever work out with your DD's daycare? (I think I have the right person with the right story) With no one to talk to all day but my LO's, I really wanted a chat thread somewhere, but all of my boards are very slow.

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Sorry Bonita! I was not able to grab some "me" time to participate! Happy belated birthday for your 3 yr old! Smile We did the zoo (have a family pass), for another birthday girl a few weeks back. It was a lot of fun but forget a nap! I think we were all exhausted for the night! HA! Our most *interesting* moment came from a cougar! They have a natural area but are behind a tall fence and glass barrier. My 3 yr old wasn't paying attention and was with her 12 yr old sister dancing in front of her a little further down the sidewalk than where I was standing. I watched one of the cougars crouch down and begin creeping down the hill at an angle towards the 3 yr old. As she ran back to me, the cougar changed directions and followed. One of my teens was also watching. He came and physically picked her up and walked her away. AGAIN that cougar crouched and followed! For the barrier, it certainly seemed that he was eyeing her for dinner! (and "mama bear" was eyeing him back to be clobbered! LOL)

Outside of here Smile -- we have been busy with kids' / family activities (school, sports, work, church, volunteering) and caring for family members. Dh just got home from an extended visit to his mom and other family out west. I wish we could have all gone but it wasn't possible this year due to a # of other obligations.

Kristi - sorry your DBF is going back and forth on the holiday. That is frustrating -- and generally costly as then you have to make arrangements at the last minute. I hope that you are able to get away -- even if it is just you and Leia. As for the job hunt, I KNOW that is stressful! What type of work do you do? Not that any of us would try to lure you here to the U.S. :whistle:

Meg, I did not know your story with your dh and kiddos. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad that you are joining in here! Are they transitioning 'back to school' time well? It seems that things are extra hectic during the start of the new year as everyone gets back into a routine!

Sounds like an interesting zoo time!

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Bonita...We get meat fairly fresh here. My dad is a pig farmer so we get the benefits of that every now and then.

Kristi...good luck with the job hunt. It's always stressful starting a new job.

Missy...your zoo story sounds so scary.

My girls are transitioning back to school. They've been going for 4 weeks now. Next week is homecoming so our oldest will be in the marching band in the parade. The younger two started dance classes last week. Got them there late though because I had the time wrong...oops. Piano starts on Monday and I'll start violin lessons then. Somehow I managed to get rid of all my kids for the night without trying. They are all spending the night at their best friend's houses. It just so happened all on the same night. Tomorrow we have a wedding so that should be fun.

Have fun at the wedding. I was in Marching band in HS. It was fun.

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Thanks for starting this chat. I started one on the IVF board also that goes in spurts. This one is nice because I can talk more about my children and family here. A lot of times I sit at home and have no one to talk to since all my kids are in school all day.

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I just found out that DH gets off work at 8pm tonight instead of 8am tomorrow. Looked at his schedule wrong. That was a nice surprise. I think we'll go out for dinner when he gets off since all the girls are gone. Too bad Finding Nemo's at the theatre, otherwise we could go to the movie.

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Your zoo trips sound fun! Happy belated bdays! I love this weather for a change. It's cloudy and cooler, high of 70s in Dallas where we've been hitting triple digits non stop all summer. Thanks Missy for the info.

I think I'll try to find something for the kids this weekend, but it's supposed to rain. So far only sprinkles with all of this cloudiness but it's our luck we'll be at the zoo and the bottom will fall out.There is an open safari zoo a few hours from here that I'd love to take the kids to. I went to one somewhere else once and a lion attacked a car in front of us and was standing right next to our car growling. We loved it and felt slightly scared at the same time. They were definitely having some attitude problems Smile

Happy weekend!

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"meggyrn" wrote:

Thanks for starting this chat. I started one on the IVF board also that goes in spurts. This one is nice because I can talk more about my children and family here. A lot of times I sit at home and have no one to talk to since all my kids are in school all day.

I completely understand. DH is gone at work all day. I am home with my girls, but adult conversation is nice too. I read recently that woman have 10,000 words to use a day and men have 5,000. DH uses all his words at work and when he gets home I still have all my 10,000 left.

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I just found out that DH gets off work at 8pm tonight instead of 8am tomorrow. Looked at his schedule wrong. That was a nice surprise. I think we'll go out for dinner when he gets off since all the girls are gone. Too bad Finding Nemo's at the theatre, otherwise we could go to the movie.

Have fun with your DH.

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Your zoo trips sound fun! Happy belated bdays! I love this weather for a change. It's cloudy and cooler, high of 70s in Dallas where we've been hitting triple digits non stop all summer. Thanks Missy for the info.

I think I'll try to find something for the kids this weekend, but it's supposed to rain. So far only sprinkles with all of this cloudiness but it's our luck we'll be at the zoo and the bottom will fall out.There is an open safari zoo a few hours from here that I'd love to take the kids to. I went to one somewhere else once and a lion attacked a car in front of us and was standing right next to our car growling. We loved it and felt slightly scared at the same time. They were definitely having some attitude problems Smile

Happy weekend!

Yikes, I might have peed my pants if that happened to me.

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Meg -- *all* the kids gone for the night AND dh is home early?? Sounds like you will have an opportunity for a wonderful evening together! (PLUS the wedding tomorrow!) Smile I hope you have a fantabulous weekend!

Bonita -- that is a really interesting theory (about the word count of men vs. women / day!) It sounds about right though! LOL

Your sharing reminded me of how dh and I got in a habit of him calling me on his breaks. Super short conversations but those quick phone calls help us feel connected during the day... (and prevent him from being bombarded with my 10000 words as soon as he walked through the door. ROFL!!)

I know that most of us are busy with juggling a number of responsibilities (parenting, work, home, and 1,000,001 other things on an endless "to do list".) At times, it can get tricky to carve out time for your relationship. Dh and I do ok but will both admit it absolutely takes WORK! How do you all try to meet that challenge?

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I really believe that about the amount of words for men vs. women. I always have so much to say. When DH is gone I make lists in my head, or if it's too much write it down, of things I want to tell him next time I see him. He is home off and on during the day since he's on-call for the ER so he comes and goes as he has pts in the ER. Even when the kids are home it's nice to have some adult interaction.

DH and I do pretty well with our relationship. It's pretty easy for us to go out and do something alone since our girls are old enough to stay home by themselves. Since I'm home all day and he helps me out a ton around the house and with everything else that helps. I am always still exhausted by night though (if you know what I mean). That's our biggest issue right now and we're trying to work on it.

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One thing that I do is I write DH letters or e-mails with all of the things I want to say. That way if it is a long time before we can talk, I will not forget everything I wanted to say. DH and I are able to text on his breaks, so that is nice. I do think that we have a great relationship, but you are right, it does take a lot of work.

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When I told DH about the 5000 vs. 10000 words he said "that doesn't surprise me. I'm surprised women don't speak more than that." I can also text DH anytime I want so that helps.

The wedding we went to yesterday was nice...the reception another story. The reception was nice but once the dance started it was loud and there was way too much drunkeness. I must be getting old because I really can't tolerate that behavior. My girls got beer spilled down them on the dance floor. Glasses of beer were being dropped and broken. We left early along with the rest of my family there.

DH picked up a 24 hour shift for today out of town last minute so he left at 6am to get there. I have the girls still sleeping because they are tired from sleeping over with their friends on Friday and having a late night last night. Plus, I like to have some alone time in the morning to catch up on computer, read paper, drink my coffee, etc. Hopefully sometime today I work up the motivation to go out for a run.

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Today has been the looongest day ever since DH has been gone all day. He'll get home tomorrow morning at 8am and start a shift in town at that time. He's been so busy today I haven't even gotten to talk to him. Thankfully my parents called and invited the girls and I to go out to brunch with them, my sister and her boyfriend and my grandpa. That broke up the long day. I've just been sitting around, watching TV and trying to finish my book. I've done some laundry also. I look around my house and it's picked up so I don't even have that to do. That's what I get for staying on top of my house. I know I shouldn't complain at all about being bored, but it just makes for a long day when DH is gone. I just got back from a run. I kept making excuses for myself and putting it off all day until I ate too much for dinner so decided to go. I'm doing much better with running. I'm training for the Color Run on Oct. 6. This will be my 4th 5K. I just ran my first whole 5K last Sunday so that really motivates me to do better. I ran 1.8 miles today which is 1/2 mile further than what I ran the last two times all at once. Hopefully with each run I'll better my time and increase my distance. I was doing the couch to 5K program but gave up on that and decided to just go out and run.

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"meggyrn" wrote:

When I told DH about the 5000 vs. 10000 words he said "that doesn't surprise me. I'm surprised women don't speak more than that." I can also text DH anytime I want so that helps.

The wedding we went to yesterday was nice...the reception another story. The reception was nice but once the dance started it was loud and there was way too much drunkeness. I must be getting old because I really can't tolerate that behavior. My girls got beer spilled down them on the dance floor. Glasses of beer were being dropped and broken. We left early along with the rest of my family there.

DH picked up a 24 hour shift for today out of town last minute so he left at 6am to get there. I have the girls still sleeping because they are tired from sleeping over with their friends on Friday and having a late night last night. Plus, I like to have some alone time in the morning to catch up on computer, read paper, drink my coffee, etc. Hopefully sometime today I work up the motivation to go out for a run.

I hate weddings like that.

I understand about being bored without DH. Even if there is lots of housework to be done, you can only do it so long before you really want something else to do or someone to talk to.

AFM - DH and I just started teaching the singles SS class at church. We had them all over for dinner tonight. I group of 30. My house just might not ever recover. We are having them over again next month, but outside next time. I think we will buy a fire pit and do marshmallows and hotdogs.

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"meggyrn" wrote:

Today has been the looongest day ever since DH has been gone all day. He'll get home tomorrow morning at 8am and start a shift in town at that time. He's been so busy today I haven't even gotten to talk to him. Thankfully my parents called and invited the girls and I to go out to brunch with them, my sister and her boyfriend and my grandpa. That broke up the long day. I've just been sitting around, watching TV and trying to finish my book. I've done some laundry also. I look around my house and it's picked up so I don't even have that to do. That's what I get for staying on top of my house. I know I shouldn't complain at all about being bored, but it just makes for a long day when DH is gone. I just got back from a run. I kept making excuses for myself and putting it off all day until I ate too much for dinner so decided to go. I'm doing much better with running. I'm training for the Color Run on Oct. 6. This will be my 4th 5K. I just ran my first whole 5K last Sunday so that really motivates me to do better. I ran 1.8 miles today which is 1/2 mile further than what I ran the last two times all at once. Hopefully with each run I'll better my time and increase my distance. I was doing the couch to 5K program but gave up on that and decided to just go out and run.

Ahhh thank you for the exercise reminder! I was hoping to start the couch to 5k program but then I got pregnant and I never feel like exercising or doing anything else! I am feeling better these days so I think I'm going to start now with small slow walks. I've gotten SO out of shape these past few years. New beginnings.

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Meg -- yuck on the reception! Why on earth do so many people take someone's special day and because there is alcohol offered seem to think that is a license to turn stupid? :roll: That doesn't mean that they can't have fun or even a FEW drinks... but the over the top idea of drinking until that point is crazy.

I'm glad that your day got some relief from being home all day. I hope that you were able to enjoy your time with your family! Smile

As for the 5k training -- that's terrific! Kudos for you! My dh and one teen just participated in their first 5k last month and are doing the same as you it sounds as they prepare for another (to best their own time.) I want to try and carve out some time to get in more personal fitness time. I just do not see where it is to come from at the moment!

I do understand your "challenge" of being tired by the end of the day. I believe many of us have that same dilemma. Dh has to get up super early so he goes to bed sooner than I do most nights. I often use late night (after kids settle) to play catch up on my never-ending to do list. I DO try to wake up early as we used that time to pray together before the start of the day but often as I get to bed late, then up during the night with littles, and early starts to most days -- he tries to let me sleep when I can. We have tried to be a bit more creative with our time together. Typically, that means more planning to find time when we aren't both so exhausted that sleep is the priority if you kwim? While not an option for us, I wonder if your dh's schedule allows him to be home any late mornings? With the girls now back in school maybe that would open up some time alone when you both have more energy?

Bonita -- that is truly awesome that you and your dh are doing that class! Years back when dh and I led a group we found that it was a means of enrichment for our own faith AND good for our relationship as well. (Granted, we found that we do when teaching children as well but it was at a different level.) It sounds like your plan for outdoor fun is a great plan for next time though!

This afternoon I took most of the kids to the library. I have such a passion for books and the treasure of words. I truly hope that is one gift that I pass along to my children. For the most part, I believe that they do. I really wonder though, as our world becomes ever more digitized if you see in their future a time when tangible paper books will fade away? My hope is that it won't be in my lifetime. I'm a hold out! LOL

Bonita, did you get an answer to your Kindle Fire question? We don't have one in our family -- yet. We have a teen that is working to save for one. What do you like/dislike about it? (Anyone else with one, feel free to weigh in!)

I am definitely bouncing topics. The week ahead is packed for us! I'll still be peeking in when I can! Smile

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Missy...I've found I enjoy reading so much more as an adult. In HS I struggled to comprehend books but when I can read what I want and what I enjoy, it makes it much more enjoyable. Our oldest two love to read. I have to force them outside in the summer to play because they read so much. Sometimes when I do that I see them sitting on the swingset reading. Our youngest isn't a reader at all and I just have to remind myself they are all different kids. I thought maybe she struggled with it but her tests as school show she is advanced in reading for her age. We don't have any type of e-reader either. I still like to go to the library and look through books and have that book in hand when I read it.

Bonita...that's great that you are teaching the SS class and that you had them all over for dinner. I love hosting dinners but it's so much work. 30 ppl is a lot! The firepit idea sounds great for the next time you have so many ppl over.

Now that I've actually ran a whole 5K it has motivated me to work harder at it. I know now that I can actually do it...I think I needed that.

Missy...DH is home off and on during the days and we have used that time as well. Although at times we have to worry about his pager going off in the middle.

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Thank you. The SS class will be a challenge, but a nice change. Before this I taught 4 and 5 yo's.

I forget what I asked about the Kindle Fire? I do not use the app for pg.org, but rather just the browser. I think most people say it works better. I do love the Kindle though. Not so much for reading, but for all of the games and for being able to take the Internet with me places. It works wonderfully for keeping the girls busy at the doctor or piano lessons or other places.

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Bonita....I'm sure this group is quite different than 4 and 5 yo's. There is no way I could teach any age anything.

We have an iPad that we use mostly for games and internet. We really don't use it much. I use my iPhone a lot for games. I have a slight addiction when I'm bored.

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"meggyrn" wrote:

Bonita....I'm sure this group is quite different than 4 and 5 yo's. There is no way I could teach any age anything.

It is different, but they both have been fun.

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I know I couldn't teach any class because I'm not good with other's ppl children and I'd be too nervous to teach adults.

I got my Hep A shot today for our upcoming mission trip to Nicaragua and holy heck that hurts like crap. It's much worse than a tetanus. I can tolerate shots well since I was having to give them to myself up to 5 times a day when doing IVF. DH is a big baby with shots (but admits it) and I gave his to him and he said it hurt. I thought he was over-exaggerating until I got mine. We'll have to get a booster in 6-12 months. We'll start our oral typhoid tonight. It's 4 pills taken everyother day. I'm glad I refused to have that shot given to our oldest DD when I took her in for her vaccine update. They tried to give it to her because it's recommended by the CDC for her age but the risk of exposure is so low in the US. If she decides to travel she can choose to get it.

I'm in the process of picking out paint colors for our family. It's really hard because the pillows I got have so many good colors in them so it's hard to choose what I like best. I'm leaning towards an orangish color called Aztec Fire.

My violin teacher will be here soon to start up lessons for the year. I'm sure we'll do more chatting this time to catch up from not seeing eachother over the summer. I had to get my violin out to make sure I remembered how to play. I was bad and hadn't had it out all summer.

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