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We have my great-grandmother's book of births from her years as a midwife. So fascinating!

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Last minute reservations are often easy to get if you're willing to eat at 5pm! Blum 3

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The only plans I have right now for Labor Day weekend is a 20 mile training run....and it's supposed to be hot and humid. The kids went back to school last week, and NOW summer decides to show up. It's supposed to be 96 degrees tomorrow, and with humidity it'll fee like 100-105. Poor Nathan doesn't have a/c at his elementary school, so it's going to be a long day for him and the teachers.

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Does anybody have any recommendations for a lunchbox???? I'm looking for a bento style one as I need to send vegetarian meals for my DD, any great ones out there? How about a thermos? I've put this off for way too long!!! I'm still in denial that I have two kids going to all day school at the same time! Thanks in advance

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Does anybody have any recommendations for a lunchbox???? I'm looking for a bento style one as I need to send vegetarian meals for my DD, any great ones out there? How about a thermos? I've put this off for way too long!!! I'm still in denial that I have two kids going to all day school at the same time! Thanks in advance

I think you can skip the expensive ones...I really don't think it matters so much. I buy what I see at Target or the grocery store and it works fine.

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"Potter75" wrote:

Does anybody have any recommendations for a lunchbox???? I'm looking for a bento style one as I need to send vegetarian meals for my DD, any great ones out there? How about a thermos? I've put this off for way too long!!! I'm still in denial that I have two kids going to all day school at the same time! Thanks in advance

I really like these containers: Best Lunch Box for Work, School - Bento Lunchboxes - Pack Fast
They arent really bento boxes, but I like that there is one lid to open and lunch is all laid out. Makes it easier for little fingers, and they dont get a ton of time to eat lunch. They also fit perfect in a Walmart character lunchbox, or the lands end ones with a drink. Ziploc apparently makes something similar, but i cant find them here.

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"Potter75" wrote:

Does anybody have any recommendations for a lunchbox???? I'm looking for a bento style one as I need to send vegetarian meals for my DD, any great ones out there? How about a thermos? I've put this off for way too long!!! I'm still in denial that I have two kids going to all day school at the same time! Thanks in advance

Oooh! I found this website last year that has all kinds of bento boxes for kids.
http://secure.laptoplunches.com/items.asp?Cc=BENTO_KIT&Bc=

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Kim I'm coming up this summer to visit them ~ they are moving to duxbury MA ~ and yes, I would love to see you and for sure Robin and her bouncing new baby boy. I'm still sad you didn't make it out with us a few years back on St Patties day. I graduated from high school at maybe 90 lbs soaking wet, so yes, I empathize with your tiny kids Smile

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This morning I took the girls to the story time at the zoo. They got to feed the camels. It was so neat. The Camel put Caitlyn's whole hand in him mouth almost up to her elbow. I did not get a good picture of her because I was holding her. I did get a good picture of Brianna feeding him though.

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I'm doing this for Claire's lunch bag (which she already has). Rubbermaid stuff is freaking awesome for durability and quality. Plus, this is pretty inexpensive and the ice tray thing is pretty cool.
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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

This morning I took the girls to the story time at the zoo. They got to feed the camels. It was so neat. The Camel put Caitlyn's whole hand in him mouth almost up to her elbow. I did not get a good picture of her because I was holding her. I did get a good picture of Brianna feeding him though.

We went to the zoo while we were in Tucson and Kylie got to feed the giraffes, she got such a kick out of it. We picked the perfect day to go because it was kind of rainy so the animals were out and about instead of hiding. When we got to the elephants they all got into the pool and were swimming and playing in the water. It was so fun to watch a big huge mama elephant splashing and playing with her baby! I love the zoo.

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The zoo stuff sounds fun! We really enjoyed the zoo in Washington DC and the kids are going to the Bronx Zoo with their sitter tomorrow. They don't go back to school until the 9th so we still have a lot of time to fill and all the organized summer activities (camps, classes) have stopped!

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We went to the zoo while we were in Tucson and Kylie got to feed the giraffes, she got such a kick out of it. We picked the perfect day to go because it was kind of rainy so the animals were out and about instead of hiding. When we got to the elephants they all got into the pool and were swimming and playing in the water. It was so fun to watch a big huge mama elephant splashing and playing with her baby! I love the zoo.

We have gone to several zoo's this year. My mom bought the girls a pass to our local zoo for their birthdays. It is a small zoo, but close by. We went about once a week all year. They have a story time on Tuesday's where they bought one animal out a week and let the girls touch them and taught about that animal in depth. They also did fun things like after reading the story of the torturous and the hair, they had a real tortuous and a real hair race to see who would win. We also went to the Atlanta, GA zoo, Animal Kingdom, the Washington DC zoo, and the Erie, PA zoo this year. I enjoy it, and I believe the girls have learned way more about animals than if they had been in a traditional classroom.

ETA - If you buy a zoo membership to one zoo, many times other zoo's are free or greatly discounted with your zoo membership.

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Our zoo got trashed by the flood. Most of the animals did get moved, but they lost a few - I think at least one or two peacocks and a pot bellied pig or something like that. Plus recently 2 penguins died from some kind of bacterial infection. They were going to put the gorillas and large cats into the holding cells of the courthouse. They didn't end up doing that, though. Smile

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Our zoo got trashed by the flood. Most of the animals did get moved, but they lost a few - I think at least one or two peacocks and a pot bellied pig or something like that. Plus recently 2 penguins died from some kind of bacterial infection. They were going to put the gorillas and large cats into the holding cells of the courthouse. They didn't end up doing that, though. Smile

That is too bad.

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Tiven didn't like the bento boxes. We tried a simple set from a local Japanese store and a "system" like Lisa posted where all the stuff fits into an insulated cooler. The simple set was really neat because you could move the dividers around to fit whatever you were packing, but it leaked, and since there weren't lids on each section, just one large lid, if something leaked or if one of the dividers got out of place, everything got all over everything else. The "system" had individual lids and it didn't leak, but Tiven couldn't open the boxes, and we also couldn't pack a sandwich because none of the containers was the right shape, or maybe our bread is the wrong shape, LOL.

Now we just have a ton of the cheap "GladWare" boxes in a variety of sizes & shapes and a lunch bag similar to this one. Sandwiches get cut in half & stacked in a middle-sized container. Pasta salad goes in a flat container. Chopped veggies & fruit go in smaller containers, hummus & ranch dressing go in the tiny ones, and they all get packed into the bag with a flat ice pack in the bottom. We also have an insulated container for mac & cheese or soup that will sit flat in the bottom of the bag.

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I really like these containers: Best Lunch Box for Work, School - Bento Lunchboxes - Pack Fast
They arent really bento boxes, but I like that there is one lid to open and lunch is all laid out. Makes it easier for little fingers, and they dont get a ton of time to eat lunch. They also fit perfect in a Walmart character lunchbox, or the lands end ones with a drink. Ziploc apparently makes something similar, but i cant find them here.

I have the Ziploc ones that I use for T, and they are great. Smile It's funny, I literally just recommended these to my boss like an hour ago because she was talking about how they are not allowed to send plastic baggies to her daughter's preschool (has anyone ever heard of such a thing???) for their lunches.

I don't think I've updated here, so update on my house situation. Last Monday (like a week ago) we had the inspection for that house we were buying....and it was AWFUL. When they remodeled the house, they messed up the wiring and it was a major fire hazard. It also needed stuff like a new fence, to be repainted, a small leak in the main line, et cetera. So, we went back to them and said that we would take care of the paint and fence and whatnot, but we needed them to hire a licensed electrician to inspect and repair the wiring. They refused (I still can't believe they refused! How are they going to sell that house with effed up fire hazard wiring???) so we walked. In the meantime, we are closing on our old house this upcoming Friday, although luckily they agreed to rent it back to us for one month if need be.

So, we went out house shopping again this weekend, and found another house, thankfully. We saw it the first day it was on the market, and we decided to jump immediately thank goodness. When our realtor called, they said they were expecting to get another offer later that day, so we decided to offer an extra $5K over asking price, and we wrote a cover letter telling them how much we loved the house and couldn't wait to make new memories there with our children and whatnot...and it actually worked! Their realtor told our realtor that the other offer they received was very similar to ours, but that they picked ours because they liked us better because of our letter. Pshew! So now we're under contract again, with a new house. All things considered, I actually like this new house better except for the location. It's not a bad location, it's just a bit farther away from T's school and whatnot, which isn't a huge deal. We timed it and it's less than 10 minutes extra drive time, so that's not a huge deal. I was just excited that T was going to be able to walk to school eventually, and now he definitely won't. Oh well, small thing in the grand scheme of things. Over all, I think this is a nicer house with a nicer yard, and hopefully it won't burn down around our ears. The inspection is on Friday though, so fingers crossed until then.

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Alissa - I am sorry the other house did not work out, but Yay for finding something else that you like!

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Kim and Melis~we should go to Waterfire in Providence...we can get Kim her new sweatshirt I never got her from her school. Smile

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Alissa, that's great that you found another house so quickly! We had a house with a lot of electrical problems....it was NOT fun!

I love those rubbermaid lunch cubes! I may have to try them.

That being said, anyone want to offer me some of their great/favorite kids lunch ideas? I'm looking to expand what we do for lunches.

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One of T's favorite lunches is hummus with pita chips and veggies (usually baby carrots and broccoli.) We also sometimes make English muffin pizzas. They are cold when he eats them, but he doesn't seem to mind. I'm also planning on putting hot spaghetti and meat sauce in a thermos food jar, but I haven't tried that yet because it's been so hot here, spaghetti doesn't sound super appealing yet. Would love more ideas though. This is the first year that I don't have to worry about dairy kosher, so I'm kind of excited to expand my horizons.

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That being said, anyone want to offer me some of their great/favorite kids lunch ideas? I'm looking to expand what we do for lunches.

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Alissa, that's great! Love that you turned it around....I think there's something weirdly mystical about real estate, because it always works out for the best. So happy for you.

Lunches are SO hard. Nathaniel will eat anything but loves the awful hot lunch at school, and Juliet eats nothing but bagels with cream cheese. It's very challenging. Also she likes something for a while and then stops liking it.

Sometimes we take them to the grocery store and have them pick out the stuff for the week, so they feel like they're making choices. And both kids love taking dinner leftovers -- pasta or chicken.

Otherwise I wish they'd just eat peanut butter & jelly like I used to. Smile

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Haha, am I the only one that won't even consider rounding up the energy to make little rabbits and turtles and stuff out of my kid's lunch? I just can't even. LOL

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

Haha, am I the only one that won't even consider rounding up the energy to make little rabbits and turtles and stuff out of my kid's lunch? I just can't even. LOL

No, you are not! Thankfully DH makes lunches because I can't even be bothered cutting up a carrot, LOL. Tiven won't eat a whole one, but same carrot, smaller pieces, she eats just fine. What's up with that?

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That being said, anyone want to offer me some of their great/favorite kids lunch ideas? I'm looking to expand what we do for lunches.

PB&J sandwiches, pasta salad, hummus to spread on pita bread, rice salad, tabbouleh, and falafel are routine favorites. Sometimes when it's cold she'll have some mac & cheese or minestrone soup or pasta in marinara sauce. Always some kind of fruit *and* some kind of veggie if it's not mixed in with the entree, we'll often stir mixed veggies into the mac & cheese so there won't be a side of veggies. And if it doesn't seem like enough protein, then we'll throw in a yogurt tube or stick cheese.

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I literally just recommended these to my boss like an hour ago because she was talking about how they are not allowed to send plastic baggies to her daughter's preschool (has anyone ever heard of such a thing???) for their lunches.

Probably because they aren't recyclable in the curbside bins but no one wants to take them home to recycle so they end up in the trash, which ends up polluting the ocean. Also if it's a preschool, there's a danger that the little kids might choke on one if they find it lying around. Just better for everyone, and for the earth, to avoid them altogether. :hippie:

And good luck with the new house! I swear if I ever buy a house, it's going to be the place I die in. The thought of buying & selling at the same time & packing & moving more than once while doing everything else that needs doing, it just send shivers through me. No thank you.

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Melissa~I have 2 bento sets that I bought at TJ Maxx last year and I have seen them there this year too. I forget how much they were...think around 10.00 a piece?

I am headed to Target tomorrow to buy that set that was previously mentioned...where it locks into the ice set. It looks neat AND I have a coupon Smile

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Do me a favour, guys. Google 'sour toe yukon' and read the story. It will be the most bizarre thing you'll read in like a week or month or whatever. Smile I heard about it on the radio this morning and couldn't believe it, but there it is on my news page!

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Anyone else watching Orange Is The New Black on Netflix? I love it. I only have a few episodes to go, I think I'm starting episode 11 next. It's so good!!!

I have to be so careful watching on my iPad, I always switch it back to "KIDS" afterwards so Juliet doesn't get a terrifying surprise when she goes to watch something.

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"ClairesMommy" wrote:

Do me a favour, guys. Google 'sour toe yukon' and read the story. It will be the most bizarre thing you'll read in like a week or month or whatever. Smile I heard about it on the radio this morning and couldn't believe it, but there it is on my news page!

Ummm, OK.... :shock: Guess I'll go ahead & cross that one off my bucket list. Darn.

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And that was supposed to be anyTHING involving... not "any not" stupid phone!

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Ummm, OK.... :shock: Guess I'll go ahead & cross that one off my bucket list. Darn.

I know! It's weird enough that the toe was eaten, but that it's happened several other times and there's been a supply of human toes. Gross.

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First day of school over and done with! Second day on its way. All went well. Aodhan is at the middle school this year and his first day seemed to be a good one.

I just had one of the best days yesterday with Emma. It was so much fun. Since Emma doesn't start school until next week we went on a little outing together yesterday. I had the caretaker come and meet the kids off the bus so that we could come home in the ealry evening. We took a daytrip to the coast. We picked a great hike in the AM. It was a fun one and a nice way to start the day. Then we went into the nearby town and had lunch and did some shopping! We bought a gift for our summer caretaker, among other various little things. It was GORGEOUS out.

It was really fantastic to get to spend the entire day with Emma. I do not get to do things like that often enough. I'd say yesterday was just about perfect! Kind of gives you a high, you know? I also feel so blessed to live in such a great area. I used to make fun of how "Maine-centric" the residents are here and how they are sure its the best place on earth...i still do make fun of them. But I do have to confess, its a pretty awesome state.

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We ordered Claire's glasses a couple days ago and she is very excited about them. We got 2 pairs - one will stay in her backpack and the other at home. The last thing I need to do every morning is rip the place apart looking for her glasses, which I know would happen eventually. The great thing was that they only cost us $113 for both because my Blue Cross covered most of it!

I can't believe that next week I will have 2 kids in school. Ben starts preschool next Wednesday and he will go Mon/Wed/Fri. His teacher called last night and she sounds so cool and fun. Ben will LOVE school. I can't wait for him to experience it.

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Why didn't I think of the two glasses thing? Nathaniel is always leaving his glasses at home or looking for them.

Kim, that sounds awesome. I'd love a day like that.

The kids still have another week off after this one before school starts! Then I'll have a first grader and a fourth grader. That's just plain crazy.

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Looks like I will be doing my long drive weekend just me and the kids Sad DH was supposed to be called for court yesterday, and they still havent called him. If he is not done by 5 today he will be kept over till tomorrow, and we have to leave today to get there in time. The lawyer for the defense is doing this scuzzy move where he is keeping everyone over the next break. If they are almost done with you and there is lunch or the end of the day coming up, he keeps asking questions till the end and then says he needs you again the next day. Then next day they have to waste time swearing you in and starting everything, just for him to say he doesnt need you anymore after a few questions. It is a move to waste time so that the trial will have to be held over again because they run out of court time. So now they are way behind, and if they dont do DH before lunch, he knows he will be held over till tomorrow morning.

This sucks. Any suggestions on traveling with a one year old? My big kids are great, but he is a big pain Smile

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GUYS! Dave went to a snoring specialist today who found the problem and says it's curable!

OMG!!!

I can't believe it. I just can't. They are getting an x-ray and trying some things next week but he says 100% he can fix it and find a solution that won't require using a machine at night, although we will do that temporarily.

I could sing and dance and cry all at once. This is going to change my life.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

GUYS! Dave went to a snoring specialist today who found the problem and says it's curable!

OMG!!!

I can't believe it. I just can't. They are getting an x-ray and trying some things next week but he says 100% he can fix it and find a solution that won't require using a machine at night, although we will do that temporarily.

I could sing and dance and cry all at once. This is going to change my life.

Um, okay you MUST keep me posted on this, as I also live with a terrible snorer. DH rattles the walls sometimes. He's a thin guy, so weight isn't the issue. As soon as he rolls onto his back the sawing of the logs starts. One doctor told him to buy ME ear plugs. Yeah, sorry. Not good enough.

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Um, okay you MUST keep me posted on this, as I also live with a terrible snorer. DH rattles the walls sometimes. He's a thin guy, so weight isn't the issue. As soon as he rolls onto his back the sawing of the logs starts. One doctor told him to buy ME ear plugs. Yeah, sorry. Not good enough.

I know the feeling. Exactly.

Basically the doctor said that there are two physical conditions (one with the nose, one with the throat) that cause snoring, and Dave has both of them. So he's having Dave get a head x-ray just to confirm exactly what's going on, and gave him some nasal spray to try out in the meantime, but he said the options are going to be either a dental implant or surgery that might even be laser surgery done in the office. He's going to try out that machine too, but none of us see that as a long term solution. It's so unsexy! Also you can't travel with it, it makes a sound, etc.

So the doctor promised him that he's going to fix this problem with a good permanent solution.

It's HUGE. Dave went to a doctor before who basically said, "Yeah, people snore." So annoying but also he didn't explain to her the depth of what was going on.

I'll keep you posted for sure.

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"ClairesMommy" wrote:

Um, okay you MUST keep me posted on this, as I also live with a terrible snorer. DH rattles the walls sometimes. He's a thin guy, so weight isn't the issue. As soon as he rolls onto his back the sawing of the logs starts. One doctor told him to buy ME ear plugs. Yeah, sorry. Not good enough.

Does he sleep with a big pillow? If so, try switching to a small neck support type pillow instead. Pillows tend to hold the head at an irregular angle which restricts the airway, which causes snoring. If switching pillows doesn't work, then insist on him seeing another doctor because this is NOT something to put off. Studies have shown that chronic snorers have a greatly increased risk of heart disease because the lack of oxygen causes the heart to work harder, and snoring can also be an indicator of risk factors for stroke because reduced blook flow causes snoring. Not to mention it drives you batty, that on its own should be enough to get him to seek help!

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It must be very stressful to have a spouse that snores.

So what is everyone making for dinner tonight? I need some new inspiration. I have some chicken breasts thawing out, but what to make with it?

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Kim and Melis~we should go to Waterfire in Providence...we can get Kim her new sweatshirt I never got her from her school. Smile

i would love to do that. You know I've only been to the waterfires once? i should have gone more often. Was too busy hanging out at the cheap bars by school lol

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It must be very stressful to have a spouse that snores.

So what is everyone making for dinner tonight? I need some new inspiration. I have some chicken breasts thawing out, but what to make with it?

Easy peasy!!!! Put the raw chicken in a casserole. Mix 1 cup chunky salsa, 1/4 cup white wine and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Pour over chicken, bake at 375 for 40 min or until chicken is done. Very juicy and very easy.

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Mix 1 cup chunky salsa, 1/4 cup white wine and 3 tablespoons olive oil.

That's also a nice sauce for pasta, except I use less olive oil.

Dinner for us tonight I think is going to be Kitchen Sink Quesadillas. I use frozen corn instead of canned and add a can of sliced olives. I also use only 1/4 of a red onion; I swear our onions here must be gigantic compared to other places. I saw a recipe yesterday that said, "1/2 an onion, chopped, about 1/4 cup," and half an onion for me would be well over half a cup!

ETA tonight just for fun I chopped up half an onion and it was just a bit short of ONE CUP.

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Dinner for me was leftovers...lol!

Those recipes sound so yummy!

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We had spaghetti with tomato sauce and turkey meatballs. Dave spent hours making the sauce. Good stuff.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

It must be very stressful to have a spouse that snores.

It's like having a newborn....you never sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time, tops. I've been slowly going crazy.

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It's like having a newborn....you never sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time, tops. I've been slowly going crazy.

I can not imagine.

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I found out recently that I am going to be making the wedding cake for my SIL's wedding next month. I am excited about it. Michael's was having a nice Labor Day sale yesterday so I bought a waterfall to go under the cake and also all of the pillars and boards to make a tired cake. It will be my first tiered cake. It is going to be a small wedding (around 40 people), so the cake does not have to be that big. I have really been toying with the idea of starting to sell cakes after our kitchen is finished. For now, I have just been taking a picture of each cake I make to later put together a portfolio. My next cake will be for Caitlyn's 4th birthday party next week. I can't believe she will be 4.

Another SIL also posted on FB this AM that she is pg with her first. I am happy for her. She has been trying for a long time. I have known for a little while, but it is neat to have it out now.

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Happy Labor Day everyone!

We didn't have any plans, which was nice. I got to sleep in until about 9:00 (remember when sleeping in was getting up around noon?), ran a few miles, then dropped off a bunch of donations at Savers by us. The boys like to look for things there, so we did a little bit of shopping there. I scored a great pair of Franco Sarto brown knee-high boots for $7.50! They were in great shape, too.

I really, really wish I had tomorrow off, too.

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For those needing Ticonderoga pencils....my local Big Lots had them for 2.90 for a 10 pack. If you have one near you I would check it out...seems like a good deal based on what everyone has posted.

Carolyn~we go to Savers too. I always find almost new Gymboree stuff for the girls for so little. Typically under 3.00 a piece and I've bought a brand new Fossil bag there for 6.00 (clearly someone did NOT know how much this could go for.)

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