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    Nathan has been in TKD for a little over a year, and just had his testing for his brown belt. It's really helped with is focus (he has ADHD), improved his responsibility, and he's much more respectful now.

    Lisa, glad to hear the family pics went so well!

    It's so cold here ...we actually had snow showers yesterday! I did get out to run a little bit yesterday when the showers stopped. It was the first time running since the marathon. Sadly my hip is still not happy, so I think it's time to get it checked out by an ortho.
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    My little man just started Karate this september, and he is one of the youngest in the class at 3. They just run one big kids class though, and I love how it is like a big family and the big kids help out the littles all the time. I am hoping it helps him learn some control, but mostly, being the middle child, I really wanted him to have something that is just his. DD wanted to do it too, but I told her she cant, at least not this year. It is on the same days as ballet anyways though, so I probably would have said no anyways.

    My littlest one cried himself to sleep for the first time tonight (he is 15 months). I hated to do it, but he has become impossible to but to sleep in the last few weeks, and I just need him to go to sleep on his own, an hopefully it will help him learn to sleep through the night too. I dont really believe in CIO though, so it was super stressful, and I must have been in there every 2-3 min to help him calm down. He went for just over an hour and then it was like someone hit the mute button. I have never had a kid just fall asleep like that before, so of course I panicked Stood with my ear pressed to the door and then snuck in a few minutes later and he was sound asleep, still cry breathing, poor baby.
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    Kyla, I am sorry you had to do that. We did with 2 kids, and it was terrible. The other 2 just put themselves to sleep easily.

    Just saw a sneak preview of our family pictures and they are amazing. My oldest is not photogenic at all and the picture of her is BEAUTIFUL. She has been so hard on herself lately so this is huge, she almost cried. She kept saying that she didnt think she would ever like a picture of herself.
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    Kyla, I remember having to do the same thing. It's so hard, but I remember my Mom telling me that I was giving my kids a gift by teaching them to self-soothe. She was right.

    Lisa, that's so nice about your daughter. I feel the same way and on the extremely rare occasion that a nice photo of me is taken, I have the same reaction.

    I had a fun day today with 3 friends, we all used to work together and now we are all between jobs so we got to hang out. Got a few nibbles about potential jobs but nothing concrete. I'm making the most of my paid time off, that's for sure! Tomorrow after school we're carving pumpkins. Fun!
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    I know there are a few of you out there that decorate cakes. Do any of you have experience with making Royal Icing from scratch using merange powder? I can not seem to get it right. What should it feel like? One youtube video said the consistancy of tooth paste. Touching it I think it is, but but trying to work with it is impossible. My hands are just not strong enough to pipe it out.

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    Sorry -- I'm a baker but not a decorator. There's no frosting in healthy baking.

    After we scooped out the pumpkins I actually roasted the seeds for the first time ever. I don't know why I've never done that before. (Probably because it's so time-consuming.) Anyway it was fun and I added some spices and even Juliet loves them. Then I did another kitchen-y thing last night and whipped together some homemade salad dressing. I'm sure this is nothing to all of you who are kitchen-savvy but ALL I do is bake. I don't cook anything. Ever. I am not useful in the kitchen in any way except baking, so it was a neat thing to do and it tasted delicious and made my salad excellent.

    We're off to see Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 today in NYC with a friend and then there's a Halloween parade and then I'm going to meditation for the first time in 3 weeks, we've been away two weekends in a row. Should be a fun day.

    Oh, and my latest recipe came out in our local paper and they gave me a half page again! Love it.
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    Well, thank goodness we had a free class on Saturday for Claire's taekwondo, because she absolutely hated it. And holy @#$% - you throw a 6 y.o. into an open class with all belts and expect her to keep up???? The owner told one of the instructors to take her to a separate room and give her one-on-one. I could tell she was not liking it. She kept putting her fingers in her mouth and chewing on her hair - the dead giveaway she's not happy and very nervous.

    After it was over she said "I am never coming back here ever ever again." Fair enough. She then begged to go back into gymnastics.

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    I'm making these cupcakes for Claire's class. I made them three years ago for a Halloween potluck at work. They are a PITA, but totally worth it. If any of you try them, don't bother trying to make the pretzels stay in place with icing. Use mini marshmallows between the pretzels (squish them a bit so they're flatter), and then secure with a bit of icing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Well, thank goodness we had a free class on Saturday for Claire's taekwondo, because she absolutely hated it. And holy @#$% - you throw a 6 y.o. into an open class with all belts and expect her to keep up???? The owner told one of the instructors to take her to a separate room and give her one-on-one. I could tell she was not liking it. She kept putting her fingers in her mouth and chewing on her hair - the dead giveaway she's not happy and very nervous.

    After it was over she said "I am never coming back here ever ever again." Fair enough. She then begged to go back into gymnastics.
    Thats too bad she didnt like it. I think it really depends on the instructors. My 3 year old is in an open class with all belts (kids). He cannot keep up The first day they paired him with an older kid who stayed beside him the whole time. After that they no longer pair him, but he never gets left behind. If he cant keep up, one or two of the older kids will go back and do the drill with him after they finish on their own. The class is split occasionally into 3 (there are 3 instructors) so he is put with the other white belts then, and when they all work together on skills the older kids are expected to still do the simple skills as an exemplar to the littles. I love how they make the older, more experienced kids help the youngers. It makes them all feel like they are working together and they all seem to love it. DS loves the attention from the big kids, and they feel like they are 'teachers' too.

    Anyways, moral of my huge long story , If you still want her to do it, try a new place, and it might go better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    Thats too bad she didnt like it. I think it really depends on the instructors. My 3 year old is in an open class with all belts (kids). He cannot keep up The first day they paired him with an older kid who stayed beside him the whole time. After that they no longer pair him, but he never gets left behind. If he cant keep up, one or two of the older kids will go back and do the drill with him after they finish on their own. The class is split occasionally into 3 (there are 3 instructors) so he is put with the other white belts then, and when they all work together on skills the older kids are expected to still do the simple skills as an exemplar to the littles. I love how they make the older, more experienced kids help the youngers. It makes them all feel like they are working together and they all seem to love it. DS loves the attention from the big kids, and they feel like they are 'teachers' too.

    Anyways, moral of my huge long story , If you still want her to do it, try a new place, and it might go better.
    lol...No matter how much I might want her to do it there's no point in me trying to change her mind. I wouldn't normally just go along with her so easily when I can tell that she wants to do something, she's just a bit shy about it, but this was the most adamant I've ever seen her about NOT doing something. It was like 'no way, no how are you gonna make me come back here.'

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