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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I can't imagine being in school with kids. It was hard enough to get through school when it was just me and DH. I was working part time and in school full time and I still barely had time for sleep after homework. (I often took a nap on the 4th floor sofa before my first class in the afternoon!) Maybe grad school is different?
    Well, I have done most of the caretaking of the kids for this exact reason. Between working full time and grad school, my DH rarely got more than 4 hours of sleep a night, and I can recall several all-nighters in our 6 years of marriage. When he quit his job last summer to finish this latest degree full time, he still studied a crazy lot, but had a little more time to get more involved with the girls.

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    Carrie, my Dh has received 2 masters since we got married and is now contemplating a PHD. Not sure if he will or not, he is not eager to write a dissertation. I have a feeling he will do it though because he is so excited about his field of study. If he decides not to I may get my masters, we may always have one of us taking classes!
    I feel for you! LOL I made DH promise he would not go for a PhD, at least not until these kids get a little older and more independent! He has 2 or 3 friends that have gotten their PhD's in the past year or two, and I don't want him getting the itch! He would like to teach some university courses in his field toward the end of his career so I wouldn't mind him pursuing it a few years down the road. I'm just looking forward to some family time first!
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    Stacey I think that it depends what the degree is in and how you do it. I've seen lots of people get their masters in teaching or a related degree (my sister and BIL did it, they said that just showing up and a paper or two was really required of them in most classes) while teaching, its pretty fluffy. The program that my DH just finished (executive MBA) was 21 months of intensity. a week long stay in the beginning, a 12 day trip abroad, and every other friday and saturday with an overnight stay. He studied every night but Sunday, for hours ~ and he has an intense job with lots of travel. It was crazy. I am so, so glad that its over with. Parenting for sure took more of a backseat (as did golf, and working out, and pretty much everything but work and school).....it was hard on our family but there are only so many hours in a day, you know? The alternative was a flex degree, which would have taken him like 3 years and been less intense, or just taking a class or two at a time, which takes like 6. I'm glad he did it like he did it, as the relationships and friendships that formed amongst the 30 people in his class were important and awesome, and I'd rather take the pain all at once rather than stretch it out for years, but man, I will forever look back at those almost 2 years and remember how hard it was.

    I just got the call that I have an interview on Tuesday morning ~ I think that that is a hoop before I can get an official offer. Crazy. Tomorrows my birthday and I have a hot date with a handsome guy tonight to celebrate
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    (I confess to skimming a few pages)

    Stacy - I hope day is going better today

    Melissa - Happy Birthday! Good luck with the job decision.

    AFM - My parents came in town Sunday. They stayed with us for a few days here and then we went to Gatlinburg/ Pigeon Forge. We had a very nice time. The girls loved spending time with their grandparents. We stayed in a beautiful cabin up in the mountains. It was quite a ways out of town and in the middle of no where. There was no internet or cell service. Yesterday we went into Cades Cove (part of the Smoky Mountains National Park). We saw lots of wildlife. One of the first things we saw was a mother bear and her cubs. DH went in closer to take a picture. Scared the life out of me and I was quite upset with him. He was fine though. Later on, we saw a bear up in a tree, and there were several people around the tree. DH said he never would have gotten that close. (He was still half a football field away). We also saw another bear in a field. During that drive we also saw a field of horses, 11 deer, and several turkeys. While we were in Pigeon Forge we went to a place where you can see bears and feed them. That was really neat. It was like the zoo in that there was glass in between you and the bears. You could throw food to them (That they provided) through a tube. Overall it was a fun and relaxing time. I am glad to be home though.

    ~Bonita~

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    Happy belated birthday Melissa!

    Bonita, that sounds like a great trip...although the bears would freak me out!

    My dad and I made it back home this afternoon. It was a wonderful weekend! The wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and the reception was a lot of fun. Unfortunately I've come down with a cold, so I wasn't 100% last night and feel even worse today. Flying was hell on my ears. I'm just ready to take a nice bath and go to bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommydearest View Post

    My dad and I made it back home this afternoon. It was a wonderful weekend! The wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and the reception was a lot of fun. Unfortunately I've come down with a cold, so I wasn't 100% last night and feel even worse today. Flying was hell on my ears. I'm just ready to take a nice bath and go to bed.
    I hope you are feeling better soon.

    ~Bonita~

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    We had a nice weekend. I invited a new friend of mine over for dinner and she brought her 11-year-old son and everyone got along great, my husband made a wonderful meal (salmon & roasted potatoes), and I made peanut butter cookies which we turned into ice cream sandwiches and rolled in sprinkles. Yum!

    My husband invited a friend over yesterday so he got to have some pre-birthday beer drinking fun, his birthday is this Friday. (He wants my 2nd-prize-winning Toffee Vanilla Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce.)

    My sister & her husband arrived in NYC last night from Bangkok and will be here for a week! So we get to spend some time with them too, I'm very excited.

    So...lots going on, and just waiting to hear from all these place where I've interviewed to see what happens next.

    And it looks like I've lost almost half of the 20 pounds I gained while my mom was sick. I've been thinking about her so much lately, but it's not driving me to eat, it's just make me even more acutely aware of how much I miss her. I email her husband a lot, we all are staying connected to him and we know she wanted that. My brother's in-laws were out in BC recently and had lunch with him, and asked him how he has managed to deal with all the losses in the past year, and he said, unhesitatingly, "Cindy's kids." That would make her so happy.

    So that's it. Trying to feel strong and appreciate all the small things as we head towards the summer. I can't believe the kids are almost done school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    And it looks like I've lost almost half of the 20 pounds I gained while my mom was sick. I've been thinking about her so much lately, but it's not driving me to eat, it's just make me even more acutely aware of how much I miss her. I email her husband a lot, we all are staying connected to him and we know she wanted that. My brother's in-laws were out in BC recently and had lunch with him, and asked him how he has managed to deal with all the losses in the past year, and he said, unhesitatingly, "Cindy's kids." That would make her so happy.

    So that's it. Trying to feel strong and appreciate all the small things as we head towards the summer. I can't believe the kids are almost done school.

    ~Bonita~

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    Tiven's been out of school since the 31st. I'm taking the kids, and a friend, to a county fair tomorrow. I bought the carnival passes in an online pre-sale & saved $10 each. I was going to buy discounted admission tickets, too, but then I noticed that Tuesday is $2 admission for everyone before 3pm so that's even better than the online pre-sale price! I'm taking the day off work and the kids are so excited. Weston reminded me to not wear a flowered skirt because the baby goats in the petting area thought my skirt was something good to eat! That was two years ago and he remembered it!
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    Laurie I'm thinking of you as you miss your Mom, friend. I'm sure Mothers day was a difficult day for you, and I'm sorry. Congrats on your weight loss friend, that is an awesome accomplishment and I'm sure you must feel so proud of yourself.

    I had a lovely birthday and am actively looking into au pairs and whatnot, truly considering this going back to work thing, its really insane! I can't even believe it!

    The US Open is in our town this week, its crazy with all of these pros around. My Dad was at his club and Adam Scott and 3 other big time pros were on the driving range with him on Saturday. I just finagled 4 premium tent passes as a surprise for DH for Saturday as his fathers day present, I am SO EXCITED!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    My brother's in-laws were out in BC recently and had lunch with him, and asked him how he has managed to deal with all the losses in the past year, and he said, unhesitatingly, "Cindy's kids." That would make her so happy.
    It makes me happy that he's sharing with others how much you all mean to him, and that it's gotten back to you to hear, kwim? It seems that far too often step-families lose one another when the connecting person dies.
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