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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!

Smile 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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"MissyJ" wrote:

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 Smile

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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 Sad 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 Wink

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).

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"MissyJ" wrote:

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 Smile

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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Laurie, that sounds amazing. We are talking about doing that next summer so I may have to pick your brain later. We were going to wait until Carson was a bit older, but we want to go before Molly gets to old and has stuff planned for the summers. Staying in flats sounds like a great idea. Love time together as a family, but a flat would give us some space if needed too (my oldest is 14 and I am seeing plenty of more need for alone time)

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

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.

OK, except for the Eiffel Tower, that sounds like it all could have happened right here in San Francisco! Smile

So glad you had a great time, and I might pick your brain later because we're talking about doing a similar trip next summer.

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Not to disparage San Francisco, because it's lovely, but it ain't the same. Smile

I love getting out of the U.S. and to places that have history that began centuries before ours. The most amazing things I've seen were in Turkey, of course, but even in Europe you're talking about going so much farther back, it's incredible. And the food! London has really become a great place for food now and Paris, well, it goes without saying.

Happy to share tips!

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Laurie, that sounds amazing! We went to London when I was 11 - it was our stop-through point when we moved to Singapore.

I can't believe it's already August 4th! Tom, my oldest, turned 16 last Monday, and Nathan turned 11 today. It's been a quick and busy summer for us. My parents are working on selling their house, so they've hired my three kids to help them pack up and organize things for them. It's kept the kids busy, and gave them quite a bit of spending money. They've actually been smart about it - saving most of, and spending it on things they'll use (and need) like good basketball shoes.

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Sounds like a great trip. We just got back from visiting my family in NY for 2 1/2 weeks. It was a great trip, but I really want to move now. They live in the country on 180 acres with a small lake. It was great to be around so much family.

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We just got done with a crazy week and weekend... had an Estate sale for a friend who passed July 4th.. entered items the kids did into openclass at the county fair.. went to fair.. and went and picked up their stuff.. whew!

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That sounds incredible! I've never been out of the US, it's something I want to do someday. Especially before this world gets even crazier than it is! I'd love to be able to take my little guy to see some parts of the world when he's older. Sounds like you had a great time!

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"Vampsdes" wrote:

That sounds incredible! I've never been out of the US, it's something I want to do someday. Especially before this world gets even crazier than it is! I'd love to be able to take my little guy to see some parts of the world when he's older. Sounds like you had a great time!

Welcome!

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Hey everyone! Glad to see people doing well and traveling, etc. Jace and I are having a good summer, we moved not too far away from where we were living and we are living all together with my boyfriend. He is really amazing to both Jace and I. We also have a cat who thinks he's a dog Smile Jace starts 2nd grade on August 25th.. I can't believe it.
Not much else is new, may be getting a new car soon, we shall see. I haven't been active on here like I used to be but just know I think of all of you! I'll be back around later, successful school year to all your kids!

-Deniz

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Deniz! Super happy for you to have so many positives happening for you & Jace! That's terrific news! Smile

To all you travelers -- welcome back! Love hearing all your vacation stories. It is great to have that time to relax and recharge.

Kim - glad your rooster found a good home. Seems that he will be VERY happy there! LOL

Vampsdes - glad to have you. If you're returning and want to have your old stats hooked up to your account just email me at [EMAIL=missyj@pregnancy.org]missyj@pregnancy.org[/EMAIL]. Smile

Dh had surgery on Friday -- but not for his knee! He was trying rehab first to avoid the knee surgery and later ended up falling and breaking his wrist in two places! It has been a fun week. Hopefully once he gets past the surgical pain it will heal quickly! (Rehab for the knee is at a halt. :P)

I have to dive into my day but wish everyone a wonderful Sunday!

~Missy

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Oh no, Missy, that's awful news about your husband, poor guy! I hope he heals well & quickly, and isn't too much of a PITA for you in the meanwhile.

We went camping for a week up at Sequoia National Park. This was the longest camping trip we're ever attempted with kids, and it went really well. The campground we were in had a small store so I was able to get fresh fruit & ice every other day without much trouble, and I didn't have to bring up enough supplies to last the whole week because I could restock. There was also a deli & snack bar, so picked up fresh sandwiches one day for a long hike, and had hot pizza for dinner one night when we didn't feel like cooking. Our site was near a creek with a nice safe & shallow little swimming hole so the kids played in the water most days after our hiking & other adventures. The kids made lots of new friends -- they took walkie-talkies so they could run all over the campground & still be in touch.

School starts again next Monday. It's hard to believe the summer is almost officially over! But we're going to stretch out the fun even though we're limited to weekends. We're hoping to get another short camping trip into September, and we're going with a group from our preschool in early October, even though we no longer have kids at that preschool, it's going to be fun to hang out with them.

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I was so sad to hear about Robin Williams :(...such a talented man.

School starts for my kids in 9 days! Oy, I'm so not ready! I still have to go through supplies from last year to see what can be re-used this year. We have materials pick up tomorrow for Matt and Nathan, then Tom goes on Monday (I think...trying to keep it all straight!). Work is crazy right now, and I'm getting into the tough part of marathon training. I'm running to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities again, although it's going much slower than last year.

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I'm so sad about Robin Williams and I usually don't get so affected by celebrity deaths in this way. He was an amazing talent, made so many people so happy. I saw him do his live show in the 80s, believe it or not, and he went for 2 1/2 hours and I was the one who was exhausted from laughing so hard. (Yes, I know he had a lot of pharmaceutical help back in those days.)

Then he went and starred in the movie adaptation of one of my all time favorite novels, The World According To Garp, and I was SO suspicious, and he knocked it out of the park and breathed new life into a character I thought lived only on those pages and in my imagination.

I loved when he did drama, because all that bottled up energy came through no matter what, and I thought The Fisher King was just astonishing, and then he blew me away again with a simple guest appearance on Law & Order SVU. And I've been planning to show Hook to my kids, because I never cared what the reviews said, I loved that movie.

I know he did bigger things than all of those that had mass appeal, of course, but I remember those the most. And it saddens me that someone with such a rich life -- a big family, immeasurable talent, career success with more to come, artistic genius -- could still be pulled into such a dark and terrible place.

It's a sad, sad thing.

And I still remember when Mork from Ork showed up on Happy Days for the first time.....

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I'm so sad about Robin Williams and I usually don't get so affected by celebrity deaths in this way. He was an amazing talent, made so many people so happy. I saw him do his live show in the 80s, believe it or not, and he went for 2 1/2 hours and I was the one who was exhausted from laughing so hard. (Yes, I know he had a lot of pharmaceutical help back in those days.)

Then he went and starred in the movie adaptation of one of my all time favorite novels, The World According To Garp, and I was SO suspicious, and he knocked it out of the park and breathed new life into a character I thought lived only on those pages and in my imagination.

I loved when he did drama, because all that bottled up energy came through no matter what, and I thought The Fisher King was just astonishing, and then he blew me away again with a simple guest appearance on Law & Order SVU. And I've been planning to show Hook to my kids, because I never cared what the reviews said, I loved that movie.

I know he did bigger things than all of those that had mass appeal, of course, but I remember those the most. And it saddens me that someone with such a rich life -- a big family, immeasurable talent, career success with more to come, artistic genius -- could still be pulled into such a dark and terrible place.

It's a sad, sad thing.

And I still remember when Mork from Ork showed up on Happy Days for the first time.....

OMG, this is almost word for word what I wanted to write yesterday. He hopped -- completely unannounced -- up on stage one night after we'd already seen David Spade & Bobcat Goldthwaite each do over an hour's performance, and Robin & Bobcat together were just freaking brilliant for another 1.5 hours or so, and my ribs hurt from laughing so much for literally hours on end. I also had the pleasure of serving him a few times at a late-night restaurant in San Francisco. Most nights he would just sit quietly in a booth, reading a magazine while eating & no one noticed who he was, but a couple of times he'd be up front at the counter joking around with everyone & pretty much doing an act, and we'd all be laughing so much. It's so sad that he could make us all laugh so much and yet he was so tormented inside. :cry:

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Very sad about Robbin Williams.

We started back to school last Thursday. I am homeschooling again this year, but that is the day that DH started back and I like to keep to his schedule.

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Yahoo First day of school! Wow, it's so easy dropping off both kids at the same place at the same time! Weston was such a big boy walking onto the yard wearing his backpack. I was afraid he might get overwhelmed by the crowd (we're still under construction so much of our playground area is still fenced off, and with all of the first-day parents it was really packed) but he walked right in and knew where to go to stand in his line. Then he stopped and asked me, "Mama, tell me again, what's my teacher's name?" I told him and he nodded & repeated it. And then he asked, "What do I call her if I forget that?" I said, "You could call her 'teacher.'" And he sighed and rolled his eyes at me and said, "But then all the other teachers will answer!" Blum 3

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That's cute!

I can't believe so many of you are starting. We still have WEEKS to go before we start. And now my kids will be in different schools as middle school starts in 6th grade here (which feels so weird to me).

It's been a hectic day, my sitter got in a car accident (she's fine) and called me just as she was supposed to arrive to say she's not coming.

Loooong day over here.

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Laurie, when did your kids get out for the summer? Our last day was May 30 so we had eleven full weeks for summer break, which is the norm here. Winter break is another two weeks and spring break is one week, so that leaves 38 weeks of school time, and the school day is six hours.

Now that I'm thinking about it, this is actually the only year both of my kids will be at the same school because middle school starts at 6th grade here, too. They're five years apart so she'll be in high school before he's in middle school and she'll be in college before he's in high school. Out where my sister lives, they still have "junior high," which is 7th & 8th grades and 6th grade is still in elementary schools. And where my SIL lives, just 30 minutes from my sister, they have "middle school" which is 7th - 9th grades, and "high school" is 10th - 12th. I guess it all depends on the district resources, the sizes of the buildings available, the populations they have to serve, etc.

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Yeah, a lot of it has to do with school size. Our elementary schools are very small, the middle school and high school are big and on the same campus/area.

We didn't finish school until the end of June, so that makes sense!

We have a winter break, a spring break, and some other random week off as well. I think it's December, February, and April that we have time off.

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Its been a while since I've caught up here.

Laurie, I'm envious of your European vacation!

Missy, I hope DH is recovering well from his surgery.

To all the kids back to school or going back soon...hope its a great start to the school year.

I got back this weekend from a crazy busy vacation week with my family in Upstate NY. We had such a good time and we did SOOOO much. My sister dropped her two kids off there for the week as well so the kids had such a blast. I'm pretty sure we packed more into this trip than we heve have before, but it was all great!

On the way home, DH and I stopped in Portland, ME, met up with our summer babysitter who took the kids all the way back to our house and DH and I stayed for a family wedding. It was the perfect ending to a hectic week, to have an evening and the following morning to ourselves and take it a little easy. We stopped and got breakfast and also stopped at the outlets before heading home!

Oh, and I caught GREAT photos of the supermoon while we were in NY. I think they are the best ones I've gotten yet. I'm a moon photography geek so thats really exciting for me Smile

My kids go back to school next week, except for my oldest, who goes back after labor day. Time to get my butt in gear and do some school shopping!

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Kim, I loved your supermoon photos! I tried to get some but I don't have a good lens on my camera so it just looked like a moon. Yours were beautiful!

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I'm so bummed I never saw the supermoon Sad

So I sent off all three boys for their first day of school - Nathan is in 6th grade, Matt is in 7th, and Tom is now a junior in high school :shock: ! I hope Nathan does okay at his first day of middle school...he seems so little to be heading off to a school with 1300 students.