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So sorry about the migraine Margaret :(....I hope you feel better!

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So sorry about the migraine Margaret. Does not sound fun.

Our original plan was to go to Vegas for a few days next year but we're not going to do that (long story). I'm looking forward to eating food that doesn't come with french fries or mandarin oranges on the side ;).

Bonita~side note...saw your fruit pizza pin on Pinterest. I LOVE fruit pizza.

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I left work early today with a bad headache. I realized it was a migraine on the way home. Had to leave my car at the bus terminal (where I park so I can get Robbie in time) and go all the way home on the bus. Ugh! Sean just walked to get my car and get me some ginger ale.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

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Bonita~side note...saw your fruit pizza pin on Pinterest. I LOVE fruit pizza.

Fun. I like to go to the Food and Drink section and just look at food recipes.

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Margaret & Carolyn, hope you're both feeling better soon!

Jessica, that sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary. Our 10th Tiven was just five months old. We ordered food delivered from one of our absolute favorite restaurants, the one where we had salad & dessert on our wedding night, long story there. We pulled a 20-year-old bottle of wine out of our storage room, lit candles, and watched our new baby sleep. And then we moved her into the front room, cranked the stereo, and had a dance party in the living room.

Tiven & DH got home tonight around 6:30pm. It was drizzly here last night and they said it was pretty much like rain on the mountain but they were both up for it so they pitched the tent and carried on. Tiven said she had to keep her soup covered so water wouldn't get in it, but they were able to light a fire and she roasted marshmallows. They hiked for about 6 miles today with an elevation change of about 1800 feet! Tiven took a spill toward the end & was covered with mud, so was the tent. I'm scared to see what the inside of my car looks like in the morning. :shock:

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Hope everyone is feeling better today. This weekend is our towns annual fair and rodeo. It is usually super hot and sunny. We get the same chuckwagons that go to the Calgary stampede, plus the other rodeo stuff (I have only ever watched the chuckwagons), plus there is a big fair grounds with rides, mini donuts etc. The best part is the parade, and the food at the fair grounds. Other than a few things (mini donuts) the food booths are all done by non profit groups (mostly churches). They all have their own buildings with big kitchens on the boardwalk, and all the food is made to order by volunteers and really yummy. Plus, I feel good about giving them my money.

Today is the big parade, which comes a block from our house, so the kids and I will be walking up to watch DH march. He is part of the group leading the parade every year and the kids love to watch him. Our parade also still throws candy, which is rare these days, and the kids come home with bags full. Hopefully it wont rain though, it looks pretty overcast and yucky out there today. It has been really crumby weather this year. They had to pull the top off the chuckwagon track yesterday and bring in 40 loads of sand to make it dry and safe for the rodeo (ended up starting it a day late). We are hoping to hit the actual fair tomorrow as it isnt supposed to actually rain. I just hope that everyone else doesnt have the same idea!

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Hope everyone is feeling better today. This weekend is our towns annual fair and rodeo. It is usually super hot and sunny. We get the same chuckwagons that go to the Calgary stampede, plus the other rodeo stuff (I have only ever watched the chuckwagons), plus there is a big fair grounds with rides, mini donuts etc. The best part is the parade, and the food at the fair grounds. Other than a few things (mini donuts) the food booths are all done by non profit groups (mostly churches). They all have their own buildings with big kitchens on the boardwalk, and all the food is made to order by volunteers and really yummy. Plus, I feel good about giving them my money.

Today is the big parade, which comes a block from our house, so the kids and I will be walking up to watch DH march. He is part of the group leading the parade every year and the kids love to watch him. Our parade also still throws candy, which is rare these days, and the kids come home with bags full. Hopefully it wont rain though, it looks pretty overcast and yucky out there today. It has been really crumby weather this year. They had to pull the top off the chuckwagon track yesterday and bring in 40 loads of sand to make it dry and safe for the rodeo (ended up starting it a day late). We are hoping to hit the actual fair tomorrow as it isnt supposed to actually rain. I just hope that everyone else doesnt have the same idea!

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Today on impulse I stopped at a local farmers market that I had never been to before. I was excited to be able to buy fresh honey for $7. They had a lot of peppers and tomatoes as well, but I already have plenty of those from my own garden. Peppers are what have done the best for me this year. I have enough peppers to last me 5 years and still more in the garden. I will have to give some away as I will never use them all before they go bad even in the freezer. I wish that everything had done as well as the peppers did. This morning I also ripped up one of my garden beds and am starting to get it ready for a Fall garden. It is still much too hot to plant, but I want to get it ready.

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Today on impulse I stopped at a local farmers market that I had never been to before. I was excited to be able to buy fresh honey for $7. They had a lot of peppers and tomatoes as well, but I already have plenty of those from my own garden. Peppers are what have done the best for me this year. I have enough peppers to last me 5 years and still more in the garden. I will have to give some away as I will never use them all before they go bad even in the freezer. I wish that everything had done as well as the peppers did. This morning I also ripped up one of my garden beds and am starting to get it ready for a Fall garden. It is still much too hot to plant, but I want to get it ready.

Are they hot pepper? You could make a big batch of salsa with your peppers and tomatoes and can it. It makes a great hostess, or christmas gift, or even just an easy appetizer (seems a little nicer to serve homemade then pull out a store bought jar). It is even something that the kids could help you with. DH and the kids made a batch last year and they had so much fun.

I planted one each of Tomato, pepper, melon, and bell pepper in pots, but I think I might have put them in too late, cause nothing has produced....and sadly it is getting near the end of our growing season here.

I love the farmers market, but mostly we just buy cookies cause their produce is so expensive Smile

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I have bell peppers, banana peppers, and jalape?o peppers. Almost all of the jalape?o peppers are going to need to go because no one is going to eat them here. I will probably be able to use most of the bell peppers in food and some banana peppers but not a lot. I put in 4 plants of each kind and have gotten probably 30 peppers per plant.

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Good for you on the peppers, Bonita!

I'm still enjoying baking with zucchini this week, and I've been doing experiments with peaches as well. My goal is to make a muffin with fresh peaches but no pieces. I don't like pieces of fruit, so it's pure crumb. I pureed peaches and made peach poppy seed muffins, and they taste great, but they just taste sweet, and not particularly peachy. Everyone loves them, though!

I will try again.

I also want to try some of these recipes that use avocado instead of butter. I hate avocado, but I hate zucchini too and I love the results of baking with it.

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Bonita you could slice up and gently saut? the bell peppers then freeze them in portions and pull them out later for fajitas or sausage and peppers or pepper and egg sandwiches or stir frys. If you use freezer bags they hold up really well. That's what I do as I get too many peppers as well.

laurie you slay me hating avocado and zucchini! Even zucchini bread? I made a peach and blueberry crumble the other night that was a big hit. One of my moms forever family favorites is blueberry buckle, I recently saw a recipe for peach blueberry buckle that I'm going to make this week for the family.

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I like zucchini bread as long as you can't taste the zucchini!

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Laurie, what if you grate the peaches instead of pureeing them? I grate my apples in apple pancakes, and find I get the taste without the chunks.

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Zucchini brownies are awesome!

Hair cutting success today! We took Robbie to get his hair cut today, in the past this has always involved meltdowns as certain noises are triggers for him. We took him to Beaners which is a kids salon and he even let them use the trimmer to go around his ears!! We will be going back for sure!

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I love beaners! They have one where my parents live and I always take my kids there for their 1st haircut. It is such a great experience to start them with.

PS. Can you tell I am bored today? I have commented on here about a million times Smile

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Laurie, what if you grate the peaches instead of pureeing them? I grate my apples in apple pancakes, and find I get the taste without the chunks.

Interesting idea....but can you grate a peach if it's properly ripe? Aren't they too soft?

I have a few other things to try....adding peach nectar, actually cooking the peaches, or adding lemon because sometimes that boosts other flavors.

The muffins I did make are really good, and pretty healthy, just not peachy.

I haven't made zucchini brownies yet but they're on my list. I also just made a spiced zucchini bread but haven't tasted it, just came out of the oven two minutes ago.

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I love beaners! They have one where my parents live and I always take my kids there for their 1st haircut. It is such a great experience to start them with.

PS. Can you tell I am bored today? I have commented on here about a million times Smile

I thought they would cost a lot more. Not sure why I never looked into it but he really needed a hair cut and did not want the stress. I gave them a heads up when I booked the appointment with his issues and that probably helped

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Interesting idea....but can you grate a peach if it's properly ripe? Aren't they too soft?

I haven't made zucchini brownies yet but they're on my list. I also just made a spiced zucchini bread but haven't tasted it, just came out of the oven two minutes ago.

Never thought of that. I dont eat peaches unless they are canned. The fuzz is gross!
I also love zucchini in things, but am not a fan otherwise. My mom used to grate it into pancakes with some cinnamon, and it tastes just like apple pancakes. In fact, she lied to me for years about it cause i wouldn't eat anything I knew had zucchini in it Smile

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I thought they would cost a lot more. Not sure why I never looked into it but he really needed a hair cut and did not want the stress. I gave them a heads up when I booked the appointment with his issues and that probably helped

I honestly think that the part that makes it so good, isn't all the gimmicks (car seats, movies, bubbles etc) though they help, but the fact that all they do is kids hair. They never expect my kid to sit still, they are easily able to work around them on my lap, and it always looks good at the end (plus the sparkles and coloured gel make my kids want to go back). Hmmm, we are going south at the end of Sept. Maybe I will wait to get DD's school cut when we are there Smile

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This was a double post, so I will tell a funny story.

Yesterday we went to the fair. They have barns of animals there and DS1 was determined to look at the giant horses (Clydesdales) in one barn. You could either walk the length of the barn down the middle, but the horses were walked into stalls on either side, so their bums were facing you, with no stall doors, which made me nervous with the kids, or cross it through two side doors. We crossed it a few times through the side doors, but DS insisted this wasnt good enough and he wanted to SEE the horses, so we came in the back of the barn and started up the center. As soon as we got in there and DS saw how big the horses actually were, and I told him to stay in the center of the isle, he started to get nervous. As we got to the center one of the horses neighed. They are a big animal, so it was a loud sound. DS screamed and started running....luckily out the side door. I chased after him, and luckily he is not very fast, cause he was not stopping for nothing. When I scooped him up (in an adjoining barn) he just kept saying he wanted to get out of there, and fighting me for a good few minutes after I took him outside.

OK, when I write it out it doesnt sound that funny, but it really was. Just the way he took off and wouldn't stop running for nothing. He is now insisting he is scared of horses, so we might have to get him out to our friends place soon to love up her gentle friends so he doesnt grow up afraid of them.

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Mine would be stringy and tough.....too skinny Smile

I am trying to pick out or next new carseat for the baby. We already have a rear/front facing, a front/booster, and a booster but they are all in use. With the daycare kids I use both front facers as front facing. I am thinking of getting one of the britax that go up to 65lbs (my biggest only goes to 47). Then baby can use it rear facing, then switch with DS so he can stay in a harness longer, then switch back so baby can stay in a harness longer. Blah! I hate picking carseats though. This is the first time I have the space for a britax, but I'm not sure how all the seats will fit together. Doesnt help that I would have to order it online and then pay return shipping if it doesnt work.
I know it is my kids safety, but 3-4 hundred just seems like a lot of money!

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This was a double post, so I will tell a funny story.

Yesterday we went to the fair. They have barns of animals there and DS1 was determined to look at the giant horses (Clydesdales) in one barn. You could either walk the length of the barn down the middle, but the horses were walked into stalls on either side, so their bums were facing you, with no stall doors, which made me nervous with the kids, or cross it through two side doors. We crossed it a few times through the side doors, but DS insisted this wasnt good enough and he wanted to SEE the horses, so we came in the back of the barn and started up the center. As soon as we got in there and DS saw how big the horses actually were, and I told him to stay in the center of the isle, he started to get nervous. As we got to the center one of the horses neighed. They are a big animal, so it was a loud sound. DS screamed and started running....luckily out the side door. I chased after him, and luckily he is not very fast, cause he was not stopping for nothing. When I scooped him up (in an adjoining barn) he just kept saying he wanted to get out of there, and fighting me for a good few minutes after I took him outside.

OK, when I write it out it doesnt sound that funny, but it really was. Just the way he took off and wouldn't stop running for nothing. He is now insisting he is scared of horses, so we might have to get him out to our friends place soon to love up her gentle friends so he doesnt grow up afraid of them.

I can just imagine how funny that could be Smile

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Home from Fairmont Hot Springs. Long drive....highway closure....ugh. But my kids are the BEST travellers ever. Not a whimper or whack heard from the backseat. Smile I am dirty and slimy with sunblock and sand and chlorine, but we had a fabulous time!!!!

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Sounds like a wonderful trip - minus the construction!

Our new kitty got out tonight, and we can't find her :(. She's a black cat, so it's nearly impossibly to see her outside. I put her food in the garage and left the door cracked open a tiny bit, so we'll see if she comes back.

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"ftmom" wrote:

I honestly think that the part that makes it so good, isn't all the gimmicks (car seats, movies, bubbles etc) though they help, but the fact that all they do is kids hair. They never expect my kid to sit still, they are easily able to work around them on my lap, and it always looks good at the end (plus the sparkles and coloured gel make my kids want to go back). Hmmm, we are going south at the end of Sept. Maybe I will wait to get DD's school cut when we are there Smile

That is actually why I decided to take him there, I figured if anyone could deal with an autistic kid it would be them. They had Treehouse playing and "Timothy Goes to School" was on. Robbie hated that show when he was little but he didn't even say anything about it. I would have loved the coloured gel and spikes but Robbie said no way.

Where do you guys live?

eta: I have meant to say before but I get a smile every time I see Trent's name. I went to Trent University Biggrin

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We leave for DC tomorrow morning! I am scrambling tonight to get everything done so we can be out the door at 8:30.

Any last-minute suggestions? Favorite restaurants? Favorite treats?

I had a private yoga class today to help me correct some of my postures and try some new ones, it was a great way to kick off my holiday.

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Laurie have a great time! My favorite is Neyla in Georgetown if you like Lebanese it's a must do.

Im super grumpy as I broke my big toe early yesterday morning. Instead of playing golf I was in the er. Totally messes up my week. It hurts, too.

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Laurie have a great time! My favorite is Neyla in Georgetown if you like Lebanese it's a must do.

Im super grumpy as I broke my big toe early yesterday morning. Instead of playing golf I was in the er. Totally messes up my week. It hurts, too.

Well, you just need to break one more bone and you should be good for several years.

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While we were away the doctor's office called. He wants to see us about Ben's type 1 diabetes test results. GULP...Appointment is at 1:00 tomorrow. I have to go solo because DH can't get away from work. Please God, hold me together.

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Yes, I've got the biggest and now one of the smallest covered. Maybe a wrist next time? Ah, living on the edge Wink

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While we were away the doctor's office called. He wants to see us about Ben's type 1 diabetes test results. GULP...Appointment is at 1:00 tomorrow. I have to go solo because DH can't get away from work. Please God, hold me together.

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Mine would be stringy and tough.....too skinny Smile

I am trying to pick out or next new carseat for the baby. We already have a rear/front facing, a front/booster, and a booster but they are all in use. With the daycare kids I use both front facers as front facing. I am thinking of getting one of the britax that go up to 65lbs (my biggest only goes to 47). Then baby can use it rear facing, then switch with DS so he can stay in a harness longer, then switch back so baby can stay in a harness longer. Blah! I hate picking carseats though. This is the first time I have the space for a britax, but I'm not sure how all the seats will fit together. Doesnt help that I would have to order it online and then pay return shipping if it doesnt work.
I know it is my kids safety, but 3-4 hundred just seems like a lot of money!

Anyone have any suggestions that wont cost $300? Or a really good argument on why I need one that does:) DH is not convinced that we need that pricey a seat, when we have never needed to buy one before. Maybe I am just buying into all the hype? Arg! I hate this Sad

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Lisa I will be thinking of you today..... That sucks that the dr wouldn't give you any info over the phone!!!!! Remember that you can and will handle anything that comes your way. XoXox owe are having wild weather- mad flooding and thunderstorms and a tornado watch. My poor neighbor and good friend has water pouring into her basement. Ugh.

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Our weather has been possessed as well. I do not know when I have ever seen so much rain. We are over 18" above normal for the year.

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Lisa please let us know how it goes today! Thinking of you and Ben!

Melissa, stop breaking things! A regular old bull in a china shop you are. In all seriousness, hope it stops hurting soon!

Laurie, have a good vacation if you see this!

I had a really productive weekend this past weekend. I did not work for my job at all and i went through yet another purging spree. I switched two of the kids bedrooms around, went through their closets and got rid of a bunch of stuff. And then i went through our playroom and got rid of a TON of stuff.

Seriously there are some days where if i went with my gut...i would get rid of ALL of our toys, every single one of them and just start over.

I have GOT to get back to school shopping. Aodhan starts on the 28th of August. Middle school! Eek.

Weather is supposed to be beautiful all week with the exception of a few T-Storms today.

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Melis, I broke my baby toe about 3 years ago and the xray tech walked back in the room and while she's nodding her head she goes "I'm not allowed to tell you that it's a really bad break." She showed me the xray and says "See that?" and I go "Yeah, the joint" and she says "No, that's the break. You snapped it clean in half." Ha ha. I cannot imagine breaking the big toe though, as it provides so much balance. How did you do it? They make these great sandals especially for people with broken feet and post-surgery stuff. Looks like a Teva sandal but is quite stiff and extends past your toes to protect them. If you have a medical supply store around they probably sell them

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Ouch Melis, stop breaking things. My friends daughter broke both her arms this summer, can that be your 3rd bad thing, so you dont need to do another one Smile

Lisa, hope the results are clear, but if not, remember it is not the end of the world. You can handle anything, and you will for your baby!

The weather has been crazy here this summer too. DH striped the deck and we need 4 days of no rain, with 2 more forecasted to stain it, and it has been over a month without that. Normally we go months with no rain in the summer! Its really annoying cause my BBQ is in the middle of the yard, and we cant eat out on the deck cause anything spilled on it will stain it right now. We actually have another sever thunderstorm watch for tonight.

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Yep....flooding, tornadoes, +30 one day then it drops down to just a few degrees above freezing. Typical summer in Alberta! Well, except for the flood. We don't get those every year Wink

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I just cleaned up at the consignment store for back to school stuff, can't wait to get home and have try ons Smile had the orthopedist for the toe this morning now waiting for the pain specialist for my hip. Never knew that there were drs who specialized in pain management until about three months ago. He's changed my life until I can have the surgery to get this hardware removed.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

I had a really productive weekend this past weekend. I did not work for my job at all and i went through yet another purging spree. I switched two of the kids bedrooms around, went through their closets and got rid of a bunch of stuff. And then i went through our playroom and got rid of a TON of stuff.

Seriously there are some days where if i went with my gut...i would get rid of ALL of our toys, every single one of them and just start over.

I did that once with Tiven. I was pregnant with Weston and she was just not picking anything up. Our apartment is just too small to have toys lying all around, and especially on the floor of her bedroom since that's the back door. One day I'd had enough and every single thing that wasn't where it belonged, went into a box if it was something I was willing to keep, everything else went in the trash. I put the box downstairs for a week and then I let her start earning them back with good behavior. It might be time to do that again!

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Melis, I broke my baby toe about 3 years ago and the xray tech walked back in the room and while she's nodding her head she goes "I'm not allowed to tell you that it's a really bad break." She showed me the xray and says "See that?" and I go "Yeah, the joint" and she says "No, that's the break. You snapped it clean in half." Ha ha.

I broke multiple bones over the course of a few childhood years, and I happened to get the same doctor for most of my ER visits. One of my first visits, when he asked why I was there, I said, "I broke my arm." He said, "How do you know that? When did you graduate from medical school?" A few visits later, when I said, "I broke a couple of toes," he said, "I know better now than to joke with you about broken bones!" I've never broken a hip or leg but I've hit pretty much every other body part.

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While we were away the doctor's office called. He wants to see us about Ben's type 1 diabetes test results. GULP...Appointment is at 1:00 tomorrow. I have to go solo because DH can't get away from work. Please God, hold me together.

:bighug: You'll be fine, and so will Ben!

My sister called me on Sunday night to say that she's divorcing her husband. They were married 24 years and have two grown kids. She said that they weren't really having any problems or fights but that one thing came up that she "decided was a deal-breaker and he doesn't seem to be bothered by it," and so she's decided to call it quits. She sounds OK with it, and I'm glad that she's strong enough to do it if she feels it's the right thing. But man, I'm in shock.

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Melis, can you get through airport security with all that metal? Wink

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I have britax seats for my 2 young ones. My dad used to be a car seat installer so he insisted that they only have the britax. I also just recently moved my 5 year old to a high back booster (she is little, only 40 lbs and almost 6yrs) So I liked that I could move straps around with her seat

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In about 2004 I flew back east to visit family after a bad breakup. I had braces at the time. The airport security guy asked me to remove them. Without directly saying it I implied that airport security people should be smarter and no, I couldn't remove my braces due to the fact they were cemented to my teeth. What a moron.

My dad had both his knees replaced and he always sets off the detector. That's why he always travels in shorts - to show the dude his pair of 10 inch scars.

AND.........Ben does NOT have diabetes. His urine and blood were perfectly normal. Yeah, so I guess they just have everybody come in who has lab work done, even if the results are normal. Like holy f$%^ (pardon my French). I've had a knot in my stomach for almost a week. The girl on the phone said "We have Benjamin's test results and the doctor would like to discuss them with you." Every single doctor I have ever seen in my life only calls if the tests come back abnormal.

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My sister called me on Sunday night to say that she's divorcing her husband. They were married 24 years and have two grown kids. She said that they weren't really having any problems or fights but that one thing came up that she "decided was a deal-breaker and he doesn't seem to be bothered by it," and so she's decided to call it quits. She sounds OK with it, and I'm glad that she's strong enough to do it if she feels it's the right thing. But man, I'm in shock.

Oh wow, that would be a shock. I have had aunts that have divorced after many years. It is hard to know what to do because their husbands were my uncles and part of my life all my life. They don't just stop being your family just because there has been a divorce.

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AND.........Ben does NOT have diabetes. His urine and blood were perfectly normal. Yeah, so I guess they just have everybody come in who has lab work done, even if the results are normal. Like holy f$%^ (pardon my French). I've had a knot in my stomach for almost a week. The girl on the phone said "We have Benjamin's test results and the doctor would like to discuss them with you." Every single doctor I have ever seen in my life only calls if the tests come back abnormal.

Yay! How exciting! Terribly mean of them to scare you like that though.

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Lisa, GREAT news. So relieved for you (and Ben!)

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That sounded terribly self-centered of me, the part about the knot in my stomach. Yeah, I'm super relieved for my son. Smile

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"ClairesMommy" wrote:

That sounded terribly self-centered of me, the part about the knot in my stomach. Yeah, I'm super relieved for my son. Smile

You only had that knot in your stomach because you care for him so much and love him...otherwise you wouldn't have. So its not self centered!

So glad that the results were negative. I would have loved to have said "Your policy of not telling me the results are negative over the phone sucks!"

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Oh and in other news, i just dropped Emma off at a piano lesson and left her there and totally FORGOT that she did not have piano this week. Total parenting fail. It was so weird, i was out rounding up other kids and it was on my way back to piano where all of a sudden it just clicked and i said "OMG, Emma didn't have piano this week"

But I had waited until she got into the house before i left...and her teacher never called so i was totally confused. Her teacher was home, when she originally had planned not to be, and so she gave her a lesson anyway. I felt so bad....but not quite as bad as I originally did because i was not the first one to forget that day. She had another student show up before Emma.

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Aww. that would be hard. Do you mind if I ask how old Emma is? I always go into piano lessons with my girls, mostly so I know what they are supposed to practice. I wonder what age I should just drop her off.

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