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    Hi everyone!

    I hope that you all are enjoying your summer -- relaxing as you're able with family & friends! I decided to close the old thread and start anew to allow it to load faster. Please check in as your able even if you don't feel like debating just to say hi and share what's up in your world.

    Our summer has been one (at times 'mis')adventure after another -- but overall good! We just completed running a soccer camp. Now I have a few taking swim class this year. In the past, I taught the older ones but as we no longer have a private pool, I thought that I would enroll a few in a more formal class. Those of you that have had your kids in one -- how many classes did they take and how proficient were they by the end? I had gone through to lifeguard level years ago and I realize that my memory may be foggy (ha!) I just expected more training vs. 'water games' and use of flotation devices. Are my expectations too high?

    Dh managed to have a severe tear in his meniscus. We meet tomorrow afternoon with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss surgery, rehab, etc.

    Life is busy as usual. Beside work, writing and volunteering, we have a couple of home improvement projects going on that I want complete before the end of July! The kids have 'to do' lists to accomplish for their rooms. We're enjoying having 'family time' -- from chasing fireflies, stargazing, playing games and listening to free concerts in the park. Nothing too spectacular but at the same time as I watch the older kids grow and become more and more independent, I want to bottle up all these 'moments' together.

    My personal health goal for the summer: Drink more water and get more walking in. I haven't accomplished a lot towards that goal (see initial chaos/adventures) but thankfully the summer's not over yet!

    Hope to hear from more of you soon! You're missed!

    ~Missy

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    Hi Missy. My summer is buzzing by as well. Tomorrow night I will have a house full of little girls having a slumber party so that should be fun.
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    Slumber parties are so much fun (and exhausting too!) Some of my favorite from my own childhood incl. two of my aunts that stayed over (supposedly to help my mom with all of us) and got dragged in the middle of the fray -- watching 'scary' (for us at that age!) movies, making/eating snacks, playing games and giggling a-l-l-n-i-g-h-t-l-o-n-g. Now with my own, I hope that they create memories to share with their own kids!

    You have such adorable girls! I'm sure they will have a blast! Do you have special activities planned or simply letting the girls lead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissyJ View Post
    Slumber parties are so much fun (and exhausting too!) Some of my favorite from my own childhood incl. two of my aunts that stayed over (supposedly to help my mom with all of us) and got dragged in the middle of the fray -- watching 'scary' (for us at that age!) movies, making/eating snacks, playing games and giggling a-l-l-n-i-g-h-t-l-o-n-g. Now with my own, I hope that they create memories to share with their own kids!

    You have such adorable girls! I'm sure they will have a blast! Do you have special activities planned or simply letting the girls lead?
    Thank you. I am sure they will make their own fun

    ~Bonita~

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    So we had two chickens. They weren't anything more than food eating lawn ornaments at this point. They don't lay eggs, they were just exotics that came with our meat birds.

    Well something came out of the woods this AM and took one of them I guess my father in law saw a bobcat this morning...wouldn't be surprised if thats what took it.

    Not that we would have kept them forever anyway, but can't help feel a little bad. The other one is quite the nervous nelly now. Would hate to keep him fenced in anywhere, they both loved roaming about freely.

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    Kim,

    I'm sorry to hear that you lost one of your chickens -- even lawn ornaments can be wanted. If it does turn out to be a bobcat do you have the option to get it before it gets to your meat birds or other animals / pets you have on your property? I know out where dh grew up landowners were allowed to hunt predators killing livestock.

    When do schools go back for everyone? We're trying to eke out some more free days of summer and still feel like there is much left to do.

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    Missy - I find that often the pool doesn't do a good job teaching any more than the initial get over your fear of water type teaching... especially with boys

    Hope your husband has a great surgeon!

    We school year round.

    Right now we are finishing up state testing.. getting ready for county fair we enter open class... Had a close friend of ours die and are in the midst of working on his estate.. selling everything for his widow...

    Haven't had time to work on my art lately.. migraine is much better (been using Young Living Essential Oils, and they are helping a ton) so enjoying the SUN for the first time in almost 3 years! WHOOT

    After we finish up the sale we will finish siding our home and do some camping in September when all the schools start back up (day after labor day).
    DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissyJ View Post
    Kim,

    I'm sorry to hear that you lost one of your chickens -- even lawn ornaments can be wanted. If it does turn out to be a bobcat do you have the option to get it before it gets to your meat birds or other animals / pets you have on your property? I know out where dh grew up landowners were allowed to hunt predators killing livestock.
    You can hunt bobcats here but i don't know if there are any regulations around what time of year or anything like that.

    I'm not really concerned about it though. The meat birds are already in our freezer and the pigs are big enough now that it shouldn't be a problem. Also we have an electric fense around them. Its just the one lone rooster that it could potentially take. We don't really plan on keeping him around for long anyway. Basically, he will be our dinner sometime in the near future, or a natural predators. I just feel bad for him while he's alive being all alone

    He seems to like it when the kids are outside, so I think he'll be okay for now.

    When do schools go back for everyone? We're trying to eke out some more free days of summer and still feel like there is much left to do.
    Most of my kids go back just before labor day. Emma goes back right after labor day.
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    Just have to say, Craigslist is pretty great. Listed my rooster on there as Free to a good home. I got a taker in less than 2 hours...lives in the next town over. This was last night and they came and got him today!

    They have a bunch of hens, he will be much much happier there!
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    Hope everyone is having a fun summer. We just got back from a trip to London & Paris, it was so great seeing it all through the kids' eyes! We rented flats instead of booking hotels to save some money and it worked out beautifully in both cases. I hadn't been to London in almost 30 years (!!!) and the last time I was in Paris was before I met my husband. Paris is one of my favorite cities in all the world.

    We exposed them to so many things and saw beautiful art and ate wonderful food and spoke French and just had a magnificent time. If anyone is going I have some tips to make your trip smoother.

    My husband hates traveling and was dreading it and he fell in love with Paris too, and enjoyed London. We're all very tired now but it was so worth it. Nice to have a break from daily stresses and just focus on finding great fun things to do. Dinner picnic at the Eiffel Tower, visits to crazy stores, huge cathedrals, long walks, rides on the tube and the metro, double decker buses, high tea, croissants for breakfast, so many wonderful adventures. I was in charge of our plans each day and made the most of it.

    So fun.
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