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It's been a crazy 6 months for me and I've let all these fun threads fall to the way side.

I think it's time for a check in. I want to see how many of you are still lurking about.

What's going on with YOU?

What's going on with your KIDS?

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate?

mommyvolc's picture
Joined: 03/22/07
Posts: 1296

What's going on with YOU? Working, renovating, looking forward to foster parenting. I need a holiday very badly.

What's going on with your KIDS? Alicia is blossoming in terms of language, she's really become a girl, rather than a toddler, in the last 2 months. DJ is very busy. He is talking up a storm, very into trains and the water.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. My sister won't let us use the baby's name before birth.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I hope to have some pics for the holiday to share. No promises on tomorrow though, they're on DH's phone.

Nicole

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Joined: 08/06/07
Posts: 2190

What's going on with YOU? Summer is always so busy for us .. for me I am just trying to keep up with them both.. some days I think I might lose my mind. We are going camping and then to visit the IL's in a week.. before I know it, it will be August!

What's going on with your KIDS? Owen is in swimming right now, and we be starting Karate in August! Everly is talking up a storm and is in the "copy everything Owen does" stage.. it's very annoying Smile and cute at the same time. I need to start her in some play things with kids her age.. but I will wait till Owen is in school for that.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. You all know my IL's drama.. check back in 2 weeks for my post visit report

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I haven't done it in a few weeks cause nobody plays and then it's just me spamming you all with pics of my kids. So Yes I would like to play .. but I want others to as well

YooperGirl8's picture
Joined: 10/24/08
Posts: 1095

What's going on with YOU? I am enjoying being a SAHM for the summer. I made my 4th of July wreath from Pinterest and now am trying to decide on my next craft. I've been reading and trying to decide what to tackle next in the house.

What's going on with your KIDS? Grace is in a "dress like Mommy" phase. I'm talking she is wearing khaki shorts and a plain purple shirt exactly like me. If I wear a dress, she has to wear a dress of the same color. She loves story time at the library and is into imaginative play a lot lately. And she still has her Gracisms.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. just spent a week in Alabama with them..enough said.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? yeppers

Joined: 01/18/06
Posts: 1626

What's going on with YOU? Let's see...I'm beginning teaching piano again, starting in September. Looking forward to it!

What's going on with your KIDS? Violet starts school this fall and I'm a wreck!! lol. I am excited for her though. Fiona has the best sense of humour. I'm really loving the easy routine we have and the sister dynamic they share. Life is very good right now.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. My IL's are amazing. My family is nuts, but nothing lately! Though my brother is moving home from England in a month and is bringing home his fiancee. Her mom is already planning their baby nursery. lol

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? Yeah I could!

StateChick's picture
Joined: 03/22/07
Posts: 3629

What's going on with YOU? Life is good. But I've been in about a 6 month funk. Tired, depressed, sore, dirty house, fat...blah. But started dieting and trying to get off my butt and do a little more each day and I am snapping out of it. The beach helped a ton. Was great to have dh around and not at work. We needed that.

I have a small surgery scheduled next month to remove my port, have my first appt with the oncologist gynecologist to begin my ovarian screenings at the end of July. Also meet with the plastic surgeon for the first time in August to discuss my options. I am DREADING it...but with the state of healthcare, gonna try to push through and get everything I can done in this calendar year while we have good insurance.

Sorry for the novel! ^

What's going on with your KIDS? The are great. Cadence is so sweet (most of the time). Ella is a trip. She still seems to be a little whinier/clingier than the average (almost) 3 year old...I can only imagine what I am in for during the next 6 mths with her. Wade is a mess. Playing in his poop, hand down his pants, etc...BY FAR, he has the most attitude of the three, and he throws temper tantrums just for the fun of it, I think. But he is adorable and sweet when he isn't screaming. Smile

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. Don't get me started on this. :roll: Just returned from a week away with them and will have another long weekend with them at the end of July. Suffice it to say I would prefer them not to be in my business. I love them and we have a good time when we're together, but dh and I are adults and we can make our own decisions.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? Duh.

Joined: 06/29/08
Posts: 1096

What's going on with YOU? Not much. Only taking one class this semester so pretty easy in that regard. Two semesters left and then I will have to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. I'm excited for this class to end though so I can do some pleasure reading though I have no idea what I'm going to read.

What's going on with your KIDS? Miles is good. Started camp this week. It seems to be going okay though apparently he beat up someone kid right at pick up time today. Something about playing Shark though no one was able to get the whole story so that is discouraging. He is just going to do a half day at camp on Friday.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. Don't have to deal with that anymore. But G and his family are going to Australia at the end of the summer. So I'm trying to think of ways to keep us busy the last few weeks of summer after camp ends.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? Sadly, probably not, but I do always look at them even if I don't comment! (I haven't taken any pictures lately plus I hate photobucket.)

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Joined: 02/20/06
Posts: 4578

What's going on with YOU? exercising, and trying to get as much boating in as possible......i think i may try waterskiing this year....i'm trying to sike myself up.......

What's going on with your KIDS? lucy and abby are taking swimming lesson and they loved it(today was the 1st lesson) it's in a local pond....lucy started tubing behind the boat....like real tubing, 20 mph behind the boat with sarah or max....jack is too cute, sarah got her 1st job, and max....well, i wish he had his 1st job...LOL!!!!!

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. my MIL is awesome.....my brother out in cali is opening up his 2nd juice it up, and is in the process of buying another....he's making insane amount of $$....he has my other brother, his wife, and now my nephew employed for him out there.....so they are awesome, awesome, awesome......and i'm just the little sister that lives in a friggen shoe......all i hear all.day.long is how awesome my brothers are, how hard working they are, how awesome, awesome, awesome they all are......

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? all i have are pics of boating.....like every summer.....so boring....

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Joined: 08/28/07
Posts: 4148

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What's going on with YOU? same old same old...have been crazy busy lately that's for sure...can't wait for Hilton Head in august

What's going on with your KIDS? Lyssa has become the neighborhood stalker....she stalks the 2 little girls on one side of us and tyler stalks the little boy on the other side of us because he has a tractor LOL......tyler got potty trained this weekend...he's doing great in the pee department...still having some poopy accidents but meh...i'll take it.....they are both getting so big right before my eyes i can't stand it......

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. my lazy BIL started work at the casino dealing black jack about 2 weeks ago but already is quitting because the physical demand is too much...he'd rather go back to driving a school bus :roll:

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I haven't posted in a while :(...haven't been taking many pics on my phone....and haven't had much computer time other than on my phone....but I will try Smile

shefrn1's picture
Joined: 08/28/07
Posts: 4148

and wait...why does mel always post this thread but then never answers the questions herself...huh

Jumarse's picture
Joined: 02/27/07
Posts: 5219

What's going on with YOU?
Just been really busy with trying to get the house sold, still getting rid of stuff, packing, and trying to buy a house long distance. Don't feel like I can keep up here even if it is slow! We found what is pretty much our dream home, it has all of the things we wished for in a house. We put a contract on it, inspection was yesterday. Most major thing is the roof would need replacing in 4 years or so....the seller is a whack job, so who knows if she'll agree to fix anything we plan on asking her to. If all goes well closing will be August 7. Dh will stay here to finish up the landscaping season and til we are done with this house.

What's going on with your KIDS?
Colby is at summer camp at school. He'll start school late when we move, they start August 8. He is a great big brother 85% of the time. The other 15 he's trying to run Daphne over or push her down. Daphne is jabbering away, it's amazing to me.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP.
Oh just the SOS. Mil is laying it on thick with the move. Boo HOO. But she's already said they want to come down for Daphne's birthday and stay thru Christmas. Daphne's birthday is December 16. You can shoot me now.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate?
I don't think I've taken any pictures lately.

kristimcw's picture
Joined: 08/03/07
Posts: 1914

What's going on with YOU? Been kid free all week. Helped DH load and unload 280 bales of hay today. Going to try on a bridesmaids dress for my cousins wedding in OCT this weekend in TX. Been really busy trying to get the garden going. Had tons of rain this past week.

What's going on with your KIDS? They are at FILs this week. Next week for the boys: baskeball camp, in August football camp. Cheyenne is just trying to keep up with her brothers.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. My MIL wanted me to stick all three on a commercial flight so they could go spend some time at the lake with her......I do think she might be somewhat crazy. I didnt let them go. Zack yes I would consider him flying by himself, the other two not on your life. LOL

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I would if I had any new photos. Been kinda bad about photos lately. I will get photos this weekend of Cheyenne in her flower girl dress.....I could post that on Monday.

HalcyonMama's picture
Joined: 08/21/07
Posts: 176

What's going on with YOU? Wow it's crazy how much can happen in 6 months. As some may know I started working out last Spring at a boxing gym. Was really enjoying it and finding a new purpose for myself (to get healthy) when I got sidelined by some medical drama. In December I started feeling completely exhausted and just "ill"; I knew something was up. Several months, many blood tests, many appointments, and a biopsy later I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease affecting my liver. I was devastated at first because the prognosis is uncertain. But now I am back to feeling "normal" and am staying as optimistic as possible. I can really only worry about one day at a time and am hoping that my healthier choices will allow my body to keep functioning well for a long time to come. So I am back to feeling good most of the time and so I've redoubled my efforts at the gym. Am doing crossfit now as well. It's fun and challenging. Have lost 25lbs over the last year and want to lose another 20-25 more. I also have some secret athletic aspirations that I am not sure I will achieve, but will see how close I can get. Since my energy level is better again I've also been playing more oboe. Joined a local amateur orchestra (in addition to my regular woodwind quintet) and I am LOVING it!!! Playing great music with others brings me unparallelled joy. I feel so fortunate to have that in my life. Even called up my teacher to try to fit in monthly lessons again. So excited! Work is stable. It is what it is. At least I am no longer hating myself over my failed career change back in 2008. I feel pressured to play the corporate game sometimes and try to move up, but am treading with caution because I don't want to get in over my head and then have another sick episode and be too tired to keep up. For now I am doing better in terms of completing my tasks, which helps my overall mood. DH and I are doing better than we were a year ago. Even though we're both quite busy it helps that the kids are no longer babies and that we can spend some time together in the evenings/nights without being interrupted by crying. Looking forward to a possible family trip to CA next year!

What's going on with your KIDS? Alanis had tongue tie surgery last Monday. What a trooper!!! I was worried sick about her but everything went smoothly. She does still have a kinda scary looking hole under her tongue but the doc reassured us that the way it looks is normal. She has to do some tongue exercises every day now and the doc thinks it will take about 3 months for her to be fully healed. At that point we can start speech therapy so that she can gain the sounds she was unable to produce before. She did a week of art camp already and will be doing two weeks of nature center camp soon. She is also going Tae Kwon Do over the summer. She likes everything we put her in, but the clear favorite seems to be swimming. DH was a competitive swimmer as a teen so he's very excited that it may be her sport of choice. I hear them talking about the Olympics sometimes haha! Come Fall she will start PreK in her new school, which is PreK-8, and which may end up being her long-term school. She will also be starting Suzuki Cello in October, which I can't wait for! Overall, she is doing great. She's about done with the whiny phase from last year and has really matured a ton over the past few months. She's a joy to be around most of the time and is even starting to eat a little more. She's still tall and thin, almost 42" and only 35.5 lbs. Little Leyla is probably going to catch up to her weight wise over the next year. She's already at 28 and eats anything and everything in sight. She is 2 going on 6. She's been copying everything that Alanis says or does so she too matured a ton recently. Definitely very little baby left. She's even doing moderately well with the potty training. Number 1 is pretty consistent at this point and she has been waking up dry. But poop is another story. Leyla talks a ton. It's very amusing to hear all the things she says. Alanis talked at her age but wasn't quite so eloquent. Leyla has a strong personality and will let you know what she likes/doesn't like and why. She is very musical too and has been gravitating towards the piano so DH may start informal lessons at home since she can't take any for another 2 years. For the summer she is doing gymnastics, which she really loves so far. She is a fearless tumbler, which is scary for Mommy. In the Fall she will start a preK program just one morning a week (the same one Alanis did). She will also be starting Ballet. DH and I will have to split in different directions on Saturday mornings to accomodate their activities. We already got a booster seat for our second car and Alanis loves to ride in the "big girl" car seat. Lastly, I am happy to report that both my children FINALLY sleep through the night in their own beds consistently. Holy hell did that take a long time to get to here in this house!!!

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. Oh I could go on forever. Let me pick the best pieces. So my Dad's 25 year old lover in the Dominican Republic just gave birth to a baby girl. He thinks it's his, most of the town is not so sure. So I may o may not have a baby half-sister. Second story: my MIL's live-in boyfriend is probably cheating on her. But at least it's with someone his own age.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I will get off my lazy butt and participate!

StateChick's picture
Joined: 03/22/07
Posts: 3629

Hilda, hands down, I think your family gossip wins! lol

chefkel's picture
Joined: 08/06/07
Posts: 2190

Wow Hilda! So happy to see you in here Smile and happy to hear we will see pics of your little ladies.. I posted the thread ladies so go post pictures!

regdahl's picture
Joined: 05/05/07
Posts: 777

What's going on with YOU? Just trying to get ready for baby, stay cool and have a great summer with C. So far my pregnancy is going well. It's flying by. I'm willing swelling, pre e and all other bad ju ju to stay away from me. So far so good. LOL!

What's going on with your KIDS? C has been busy this summer, first with soccer, now with "blastball" (tee ball) and Monday starts swimming lessons. He is getting more and more excited about being a big brother. We're already talking about what he wants to be for Halloween since the baby will be here early/mid Oct. and it will be a challenge to get a costume together after that.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. Hmmm.....our family/in-laws aren't so bad. We live at least an hour from them and don't see them very often. Really nothing crazy to share - that I can think of anyway.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I would like to. I always look at them and think I should but the process to post pictures on this site annoys me. I hate that I have to load them to another site first then post the link here. Is there an easier way I'm missing?

Karrie5's picture
Joined: 05/29/08
Posts: 2993

What's going on with YOU?

Not much. Just quit my job and am staying home with the kids. Wink I am LOVING it! The only problem is the days are going by way too fast.

What's going on with your KIDS?

Ethan is potty training and doing awesome! Day 3...no accidents yet today. Mikayla is super excited about going to school in the fall, she's very into trying to write right now. Logan and Joey are being boys. Smile

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP.

Hmmmm...I don't really have much right now.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate?

Eventually, if I have a chance. I'll definately look though!

mbowman's picture
Joined: 08/22/07
Posts: 1063

What's going on with YOU? I have less than 4 weeks of summer left Sad Nothing exciting going on...I've been trying to do a few little projects around the house, need to do some work at the school to get ready for another year, and want to just enjoy myself a bit with what's left of vacay

What's going on with your KIDS? Delaney just finished her first year at Vacation Bible School...loved it! Bri just go home from church camp and has been busy working (and saving her money...good girl!!) Allison is babysitting Satan's spawn children and has spent nearly every penny she's earned. I never see her...she has too many social obligations!!! Smile Nate went to summer school in June. He's been battling seizures. He's had one a week for about 4-5 weeks. This week he had 2 in 24 hours. Fortunately they aren't lasting a long time. But still scary nonetheless. This morning we gave him ativan. In the past, those have knocked them out for a good length of time, so I'm hoping that's the case. If not, back to the neurologist we'll go.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP.
I'm pretty sure my cousin has become Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. At least that how it looks according to her fb posts.

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Joined: 08/12/07
Posts: 4019

What's going on with YOU? Applying for jobs. Waiting to see if I will be packing up my house and moving or staying. Running the school age summer program at work and loving it. I am so busy always though.

What's going on with your KIDS? We have spent most of the summer at the pool. I love the hot! Landon has really conquered plenty of his swimming fears and I think I am going to get him lessons in the fall. It is awesome there and they have lifeguards stationed everywhere.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. My family is naturally crazy lol.. thinking.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I will for this Thursday

EmilyC3's picture
Joined: 10/27/07
Posts: 1170

[INDENT]What's going on with YOU? Still just hanging out at my parents house, waiting for DH to get back home. It is nice to know that a month from today we will be driving back to San Diego Smile

What's going on with your KIDS? Kids are doing well. They are having fun here playing with their cousins, but I can tell they are ready to be back home and to see their dad again. Especially Gweny. She keeps asking when we get to go back home to pick up Daddad

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. Nothing too crazy to report here. They are actually all pretty stable right now, lol.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I wish I could Sad This computer just takes too dang long to upload anything and usually ends up just freezing up. I have a ton on my phone but I do not know how to post them on here from it. [/INDENT]

brandifawn's picture
Joined: 05/28/07
Posts: 348

What's going on with YOU? So busy! I never actually have time on my computer anymore for leisure, if I'm on the computer it's for work. Besides my typing any time I don't have kids under my feet or screaming across the house to one another I am in the midst of planning baby showers, three of them, and just keeping up with these kids! I am trying to get myself motivated to get back to working out, but it's so hot I just can't bear it and I need to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon, but excuses excuses...

What's going on with your KIDS? They are great! Nicholas has grown 2 inches in the last 2 months, probably less than 2 months, but that's how long it's been since I had measured him. He's growing into such a KID! This summer he learned to swim and is quite the fish, he swims back and forth across the pool with ease, can dive and has been off the big diving board, can do multiple sommersaults in a row under water and can beat his 6 year old cousin in a race across the pool. He'll be old enough for Swim Florida next summer so we may be looking into that. He has also started reading in earnest and is a little sponge! He starts preschool August 8th and although he's ready I am going to be sad to have him in school 5 days a week Sad then, after school starts, he will start soccer.
William is his brother's shadow and he thinks he's the same age too. He has also learned to swim this summer, although he's not as strong as Nicholas and his language has exploded! He has an amazing vocabulary and his expressions crack me up. He has really changed from a baby to a little boy this summer! A few weeks ago we took a minivacation to Tampa and he managed to walk the entire zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with no stroller, go back to the hotel and swim in the pool with no puddle jumper, share the pull out couch in the suite with his brother while wearing underwear to bed and then skip his nap for a second day in a row with no meltdowns. It was like traveling without babies for the first time and gave us much more confidence in traveling with them, so we have more vacation plans in the works Smile I am excited I get him home with me for one more year, though, before starting school!

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP Not too much right now, SIL and her family are probably moving in the next few weeks since BIL lost his job about 6 months ago now and has been offered a job in Jacksonville and another in New Jersey, so waiting to hear where they're headed. MIL and FIL are going to go through the roof if they move all the way to NJ, so we'll see how that goes

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I haven't put pics on photobucket in forever and I doubt I'll have time to any time soon, I should actually be putting stuff together for the beach right now, but I'm procrastinating...

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Joined: 03/29/08
Posts: 1220

What's going on with YOU? Not too much...working all the time to replace our roof and now the water heater.

What's going on with your KIDS? Josh is growing up to fast. He loves the water, but unlike a number of the blossoms seem to catching on to, doesnt not have a clue about swimming. He can finally peddle a little bit on a tricycle, but is afaid of a bike with training wheels. He talks tons, but still can not be understood very often. He is really making stides in all areas, we just still have a ways to go.
Sofia is finally potty trained at 3 years old. She took to it after one day. I dont know why she was so stubborn in the past. She is in dance class and loves it. She was really nervous at her first recital, but I bet the next one she will do great. She is my little peanut, growing slow but maturing quicker than Josh. LOL.

Give me some In-law/crazy family member GOSSIP. My sisters still are not talking to each other after one almost ruined the others wedding. It is hard to stay neutral and talk to both of them, but I am doing my best.

If Kelly posted a picture thread tomorrow, would you participate? I keep forgetting to get on and post some pictures, but I will try for the next on.