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The anything thread!

We've had several of these before, and they were always fun. Just a thread about anything and everything.

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How was everyone's weekend? We had a great weekend! It was beautiful outside yesterday. DH made a maze in the yard for the girls, and fixed up there snow fort/ tunnel. We took them sledding and did lots of playing. Good thing, because today it is high 30s and raining. Most of the snow will be gone soon. I'm both glad and sad at the same time.

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We had a great weekend too! DS1 had his first sleepover, his best (new) friend Alex came over. They swam, played video games and stayed up way too late.. and when his mom came to get him the next day he begged to stay. So I'd say it was successful! Smile

Then we had one of DH's colleague's (and my friend in spanish class) over for dinner Saturday night. I made a (if a do say so myself!) delicioso lasagna. Wink

Sunday we went to explore an artist's market we'd heard about. We bought Peruvian handknit toques (with llamas and little houses on them) for my niece and 2nd cousin (about to be born). So cute! And I got a beautiful lapiz lazuli (nat'l stone of Chile) necklace for my mom's birthday.

Then we had really terrible Burger King for dinner (DH's idea... :rolleyes: ), and then baths etc to get ready for school this morning. All in all a great weekend!

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My sister in law is in labor right now and having TWINS!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited, Landri Grace and Aubri Hope will be here soon!! She's almost 38wks and been dilated to a 4 for about 4wks now....her water broke this am!!

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Sounds like a fun and busy weekend Kirsten! And now I want lasagna!

CONGRATS Rachel! How exciting! Please keep us posted on how she does and how the babies are!

My sister-in-law is having her 3rd baby, and 3rd boy, tomorrow (planned c-section). We'll see if it is really a boy. Her last one they were told was a girl... until it came out with boy parts!

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Congrats to you two "Aunties" for the new babies Smile

This weekend was pretty here too, in the 60's! We had a blast outside at the ballpark Sat & totall veg'd put Sunday! Today its stormy and rainy and mommy just wants to crawl back in bed!!

Wanted to share some maternity photos I took of my cousin! What ya think?? Wink
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Great job Suzie! I really like the one of her looking out the window. Almost a sillouhete (sp) but just a little detail. Very nice! I bet they are happy!

It's rainy here too and I want to crawl back into bed. Remember the days before kids when you could do that?

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Those are really good Suzie!!!!

OMG Tara, I can't imagine being told it was a girl and it coming out a boy! lol The last I heard was she was at 5cm and waiting for the epi, but they had to wait on the lab for bloodwork before she could get it I guess. That was 1.5hrs ago and I'm needing an update!!

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How exciting for all you Aunties!! Smile

I just found out on the weekend that I'm going to be an auntie again as well! DH's youngest brother and his wife are expecting their first baby in September. Also his cousin is having her first in May, and his other brother and wife, as well as another cousin are ttc'ing #2. It's basically raining babies! Smile Makes me feel a little sad and clucky though....

Suzie those are some FANTASTIC pics! I love the one where he's smiling at her and touching her tummy... very sweet. You're good at that stuff!

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Babies everywhere Smile My little sister (23) is pregnant with her first, due in the fall. Makes me have terrible baby fever!

I stayed home today, fell off a ladder last night while painting and hurt my elbow/back. I am the world's clumsiest (is that a word!?) person...seriously, I walk into every wall and trip over air. But at least Kay's play room is getting finished!!

Suzie - BEAUTIFUL pictures! You did excellent.

Rach - Congrats on the new baby twins, so exciting to be an aunt!

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Rebecca, omg girl I hope you are feeling better!!

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Rebecca I feel like I'm in the same boat. Last weekend I slipped in a giant pool of water on the kitchen floor (left by Grady of course.. but who the heck uses ceramic tile in teh kitchen or bathroom anymore, anyway?? The stuff is LETHAL when wet!) and did a semi-hilarious semi-graceful banana peel slip onto my two knees. Still purple and green, and OWWWWWWW! But I managed to keep my hands on the serving platter so I didn't ruin our creamy seafood linguine. Wink

Then a couple of days ago, I managed to trip on the one step down in our bedroom (never have before in our 8 months here...) and layed myself out flat in front of our bed. Grady went running to get his favourite blankie, which he laid across my legs to help my 'bobo'. So sweet!

But heck yeah, I'm clumsy too! Wink

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Rebecca and Kirsten- OUCH!!!! I hope both of you feel better soon! Kirsten- we put tile in our kitchen and bathrooms lol! I've had to take to using the lockout feature on our fridge's water dispenser. Cooper is getting almost tall enough to reach and turn it on. Yikes!

It snowed here on Saturday night, then started raining yesterday afternoon. It's pretty much all gone now. Haha!

My mom is planning on having a garage sale in May(the church in her neighborhood does one every year, and they do all the work advertising for it!!) so Colin and I have started thinking of stuff we can get rid of. And I bought some of those space bags things, that you use the vaccuum to suck the air out of, you know? so yesterday I made a bag with pillows in it. Sucking the air out was kinda fun. Cooper did NOT like the vaccuum.

I finished the sweater I was knitting for Cooper, and he will not let me put it on him. Monster!!! If I hold it out he screams and waves his arms around. It may be a while before I can get a picture of him wearing it. It's okay, though, 'cause it's really big ROFL Now Sierra likes it and wants one, so we have to go find some wool for hers.

I started making a blue baby hat for my friend, who has 15 days to go before her due date. She doesn't know what she's having, so I'm going to make a pink hat afterwards too.

I should go make dinner. We're having perogies and some sausages. Smile

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ooo perogies! love them!

Landri Grace was 5lbs 8oz and Aubri Hope was 5lbs 15oz, born at 37wks 3days!! One has dark hair like daddy and the other light hair like Mommy, just at I thought! SUPER cute! It's making me a little sad that Jake is getting so big Sad

On another note, I'm at my wits end with my daughter. Seriously. You would not even believe the drama that happened this morning before I left my house. Tequila, oh tequila......I'm calling you!!!

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Aw! Little babies, love! Congrats Auntie!!
What's up with your drama queen?!

I am a little crabby today, people just want to constantly say "I can't" or "I won't" at my job instead of just helping out. I get sick of picking up the slack.

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OUCH! I hope noone else has a fall anytime soon. I used to be known for falling down the stairs. I actually broke the banisher once. Oops! For the longest time I wasn't "allowed" to carry both of the girls up or down stairs at the same time.

Congrats on ALL of the babies! WOW, that is a lot of babies!

YEAH on the twins! Sounds close to the girls, and I was right at 37 weeks 1 day! My SIL had her baby also! A little boy. We got a text with a picture and the name, Colt Paul. But that's it. Not surprising from DH's family. Heck, we found out she was pregnant from an e-mail to me, not even to DH. And we found out the sex a week after they found out on facebook. It bothers DH that they don't call him and fill him in on this stuff. They actually said "Well, you're the one that moved away, not us." Seriously? It's not like he moved away to get away from them. He moved away for a job right out of college. Not many Mechanical Engineering jobs in his teeny tiny town that he grew up in. Grrrr.

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Happy Hump Day Ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Is it bad that I am really jealous of my littler sister who just found out she is pregnant? I have baby fever something awful but Wes isn't ready yet...and techincally it's bad timing since I need to finish my degree off this year. And we need to get a new house this summer.

BTW...my family just makes me pissy. I have to drop my car off at the dealership today for service, that takes like an hour, and so I asked if anyone could pick me up and I would take them to lunch...I heard crickets. My other sister, who has no job, and is currently in town 2 minutes away from the dealership said (and I quote) "I don't want to stay in town an hour waiting on you"...Um. Ok. Thanks! I'll remember that next time you need something...

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Not bad at all to be jealous! I would love to be pregnant again! Whenever I see a pregnant friend, I get a little jealous too. So if it were my sister then I would be TOTALLY jealous!

That sucks about your car. So did anyone volunteer to help you out? If I was there I would take you up on the lunch offer!

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It's a sunny cold day here and I am being lazy and doing NOTHING after the family gathering here this past week. We enjoyed the visitors so much. We decided that 22 months is just a wonderful stage! Ivy is such a hoot!!!! Leo completely changed behavior in his week here. He learned to roll over, grab things (hair, socks, food!), blow bubbles, practiced standing and gave great belly laughs.

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"fudd8963" wrote:

Not bad at all to be jealous! I would love to be pregnant again! Whenever I see a pregnant friend, I get a little jealous too. So if it were my sister then I would be TOTALLY jealous!

That sucks about your car. So did anyone volunteer to help you out? If I was there I would take you up on the lunch offer!

Me too! Smile Sounds like a great deal to me! Your sister is a fool... (not the pregnant one, the other one, lol).

PS Love the 'crickets' Rebecca.. Wink

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"fudd8963" wrote:

YEAH on the twins! Sounds close to the girls, and I was right at 37 weeks 1 day! My SIL had her baby also! A little boy. We got a text with a picture and the name, Colt Paul. But that's it. Not surprising from DH's family. Heck, we found out she was pregnant from an e-mail to me, not even to DH. And we found out the sex a week after they found out on facebook. It bothers DH that they don't call him and fill him in on this stuff. They actually said "Well, you're the one that moved away, not us." Seriously? It's not like he moved away to get away from them. He moved away for a job right out of college. Not many Mechanical Engineering jobs in his teeny tiny town that he grew up in. Grrrr.

That sounds a lot like my husband's brother and his wife. They just had a baby and we found out they were having a baby when they posted an ultrasound picture on facebook. And we found out they had the baby when they posted the picture on facebook. No text, no calls, no e-mail nothing.

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I am currently up to my eyeballs in planning our Den's Cubscout campout in 2 weeks. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I volunteered. First, I thought it was going to be for Kieren's den - like 6 kids and their families - turns out it's for the entire troop! Now it's 60 people plus, and the worst part of it is that a) no one knows anything about camping b) no one reads the info I send out, but individually emails me questions that are answered in the info ^&*%$& c) no one pays on time so I have to hunt down people for their money and registration %&*$^&! and d) no one wants to help out with ANYTHING. Even the den leaders said "we feel we do enough during the year, so we don't want to help out with setting up the opening night hot dog bbq". All I was asking them to do was help carry the food out of the cars, set it up on tables etc. I'VE done ALL the planning, will be doing all the shopping, all the payments to the facility, all the activities planning... CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT?? &*$#*#)%&*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's my day!

And this is why I'm not getting any work done on the actual contract I'm being paid to do at the moment...

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Bleh! That sucks Kirsten. I feel that way with doing the fundraising at school too. Everyone always says oh just ask, and people will help. Ummm, no they won't. I've asked, and had no response.

Although I gotta say- I'm kind of stubborn, and I get in my head a certain way I want things done, and sometimes it's just WAY easier to do it all by myself!

Rebecca- I totally have baby fever too. My girlfiend who I have known for almost 30 years is expecting her first in EEK! 13 days!! Her BF has a 14 yo son. I am sooooo excited! I can't wait to get that call Smile

Cooper and I had swimming lessons this morning, and no one else in our class showed up! so we had a private lesson. Too bad Cooper has learned quick that we get to go in the hot tub afterwards, and now spends the whole class saying "hup-ba" and looking longingly in the direction of the tub. Just like Sierra was haha!

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Hey girls, I'm too tired to read much tonight lol so I'm just starting fresh Smile

I've been having a tough time at work (never really stopped having a rough time since I first brought it up when I was pregnant w G!) and my mama sent me flowers to cheer me up today...so nice of her Smile

I have been trying to convince DH about moving somewhere and starting over fresh. He works for my dad and that carries its own struggles and I'm ready to move on from my particular job and be elsewhere. I want to work somewhere where no one 'knows' me kwim? Maybe I'm crazy but I also think my mood wouldn't suck so much if I had more warmth n sunshine around. My fam is really upset because I mentioned FL and they think its too far. I know its far, but we would visit.

Anyone have experience moving somewhere where you don't know anyone and you are far from fam?

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"AK2663" wrote:

Hey girls, I'm too tired to read much tonight lol so I'm just starting fresh Smile

I've been having a tough time at work (never really stopped having a rough time since I first brought it up when I was pregnant w G!) and my mama sent me flowers to cheer me up today...so nice of her Smile

I have been trying to convince DH about moving somewhere and starting over fresh. He works for my dad and that carries its own struggles and I'm ready to move on from my particular job and be elsewhere. I want to work somewhere where no one 'knows' me kwim? Maybe I'm crazy but I also think my mood wouldn't suck so much if I had more warmth n sunshine around. My fam is really upset because I mentioned FL and they think its too far. I know its far, but we would visit.

Anyone have experience moving somewhere where you don't know anyone and you are far from fam?

I've moved like that twice. Once within Canada, west coast (where all my family and friends were from, and where I was born and went to university) to east coast, where Dh's family were from, and where I did have 1 good friend, by chance.

I'd say it was ... all in all... a tough thing. Yes, positive in the sense that it's fresh, new, exciting.. new adventures etc But definitely negative in the sense that when big events in my life happened (births etc) my family or friends were never around (or came way late). I missed them more than I thought I would. I became much more insular, family oriented than I used to be. But that also goes with the territory of having kids and getting older too, so who knows?

The other time is to move here to Chile 8 months ago. Didn't know a soul here, and certainly far from f & f! Wink I'd say pretty much the same as above, except even more magnified. Now we're even further away, and I seem to talk to my family & friends less than when we were in Canada.. they don't call as much, maybe they think it's expensive? don't know... but that's the one big negative for me is that I do tend to feel a bit isolated. I find it takes quite awhile to make friends as you get older, and it's complicated when you have kids as you're not free to do as many social things... I don't know, maybe just my experience?

Hope this didn't sound like Negative Nellie! Wink

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As the Nana, I REALLY miss not having the family closer. I don't mean next door or anything, but thousands of miles away is very tough. We make the best of things though. We speak almost daily and send photos back and forth between Ontario and Alberta. We travel as often as possible, although it upsets our feelings about our environmental footprint. You CAN make it work well if you want to. In fact, I'd say we all make a darned good effort and that we are maybe even closer now than when Sarah lived in the nearby town. The same goes for her brother. We exchange lots of email and phone calls in the Boston direction too.

It's the little daily things that are easy to miss and feel sad about. Things change so fast at this age...and every age! Ivy is a hoot and we had many laughs at her take on things. For example, when she sneezed, she said "Bless you Ivy!" to herself. She's at least as cute as a baby puppy-dog or kitty and we miss her and Leo already after 24 hours!

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The only time I moved was only 2 hours away and it was right out of college. DH moved here then too, 4.5 hours away. Work is where we met. It wasn't too hard for me because I entered a program at work for straight out of college grads, and they train us to be the next leaders of the company, Engineering Leadership Development Program is what it's called. It was great because I had a bunch of other people in the same boat and in classes and stuff with me, and that is where most of my friends came from! Heck, that's how I met DH!

Is there anywhere you could move that was just a few hours away but still a little warmer? That way it's not a flight or a LONG drive to see family? Only being 2 hours from my family has led DH and I to be MUCH closer to my family then his. It's doable to go to a birthday party or a recital or whatever for one of my neices or nephews and go for the day, or just one night. When we go to DH's family, it's for a whole weekend at least. Especially now with the girls. I have a brother that lives in CA and I'm lucky if I see them every other year. Heck, last May I just met my 4 yo niece for the first time. It makes me really sad that we dont' see them that often. It also makes me really sad that neither mine or DH's parent's get to see the girls that often. We usaully go two months between visits with any family, and they change SO much. ANother thing to think about, how often to do rely on family to watch G? It's hard for DH and I to do things, either together or as our "me" time. We both can't have something come up on the same night. Even if it's a dinner with a customer for work. One of us would have to not go because we have NO BODY to call on short notice to watch the girls.

I'm not trying to discourage you. I have often wanted to move where it was a little warmer. I'm just too chicken to want to start a new career!

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At work we have a program called "Adopt-A-Platoon". This is our third round. We "adopt" a bunch of platoons that get deployed and send them care packages once a month. This is my 3rd time being a team leader. It's a GREAT program. We send basically whatever it is that they need. Some platoons need the basics, like socks, undershirts, soap, toothpaste, etc... While others need/want more recreational things like books, magazines, DVDs, snacks. It all depends on what there mission is and where they are stationed. Anyway, tomorrow several of the team leaders are headed to the base for "A Day in the Life"! I'm really looking forward to it! I think it will be a great opportunity to see what there life is like getting ready to be deployed. The base is about 3 hours away from here, so we are all carpooling. I think this deployment we are adopting around 40 platoons! I love doing whatever I can to Thank the men and women that serve our country!

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Tara that sounds really cool! Our school adopts 2 families at Xmas, it sounds similar to your thing, they give a list of needs/wants and our school's families bring whatever they can, clothes, toys, and definately food. We had an SUV full for each family this year!

Anne- when Sierra was 4 I moved us to Alberta to get back together with her father. I had no friends or family there. I quit my job here, sold my condo, and left. It was so scary. We lived there for 1 1/2 years and then we moved back here. While there my mom came to visit usually about every 2 months or so, we came back twice I think(12 hour drive), my dad came once, and then again to help us move back, my brother never came, my sister came once. My exIL's each came once(not together) and both were there mainly for work stuff. A friend came because her husband had family there.

I felt so isolated, just like Kristen mentioned. When I started working, I really liked the people I worked with, and am still friends with them on FB, although I haven't been back to visit. I went out once a month to scrapbook, but I didn't get to know any of the other ladies. (Mostly because if I visit, I don't get any work done lol!) I don't make new friends easily.

It's hard, but I guess it really depends on your personality. If you're outgoing and make friends easily, then moving to a new place probably wouldn't be difficult.

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Hey everyone!!! WEll, DH last day is sunday Sad these past two weeks have been awesome! We had just gone to Disney World! The kids had a blast!! Wish we would have stayed longer but hopefully we can go in a few years!!! It was nice to see family too!!

Tonight we are going out with some friends!! I can't wait!! SHould be a good time! And tomorrow we are doing family time!!

Congrats to all the Aunties!!

As far as moving, I wish we could be closer to family. I don't mind moving (I guess I am used to it...we are in the army after all!) but when I talk to my brother he talks about going here and leaving his girls with our mom. and it sucks i can't just bring my kids their too. YOu have to rely on friends more and if you make friends easily it shouldn't be a problem. but I hate asking people to watch my kids.. but You should try to find something if you are unhappy where you are at.

Good Luck Annie!!

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I'm taking a gaggle of children to see Tangled tomorrow at the cheap seat. Anybody see it? Did you like it?

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"Pammi41125" wrote:

I'm taking a gaggle of children to see Tangled tomorrow at the cheap seat. Anybody see it? Did you like it?

Good Luck - My GF took her 4 year old and she LOVED it.

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Ive heard great things from kids and adults about Tangled! Have fun!!

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I'm back from the movies. I liked it. It was a cute movie. +

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Define gaggle....lol. I took five kids to see it last week....so cute.

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Man is this sad or what, I've been to the movies 2 times in the last 5yrs! LOL Yes, when we get a sitter, I'd rather go out to eat and have a drink or two........that's bad huh?!

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"rachelperry1983" wrote:

Man is this sad or what, I've been to the movies 2 times in the last 5yrs! LOL Yes, when we get a sitter, I'd rather go out to eat and have a drink or two........that's bad huh?!

Rach, there wasn't a sitter invovled. I took 5 children (my 3 and my sister's 2 kids) to a Disney movie. It's amazing how popcorn soothes the savage beasts. Wink You have to take Drew and Jake when Cars 2 comes out.

So, I guess a gaggle is 5 Audra! LOL!

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you are brave Pammi!! Jake's now at the point where I might brave taking him to the movies, he will sit and watch them. Yes, there will have to be lots of popcorn!! lol

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I don't think Emily would sit down and watch a movie just yet...she really doesn't watch tv at all. Unless we go during nap time and she would sleep...That would be the only way I could take all 3!!lol

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Did your dh leave yesterday Nicole? How are you holding up? I've been thinking of you.

Rach, do they have movie theaters that serve wine? Maybe a glass of wine for you and a huge popcorn for the kids????

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I started a healthier diet today, so for lunch I brought spinach salad w/ tuna and balsamic vinegar...I dunno yet, not the tastiest...I'd rather have a wendy's cheeseburger (yum!).

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Cooper's been to a couple of movies. He slept through most of Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, but he seemed to like Toy Story 3. He would love love love Cars 2 though!!

I don't go to the movies much either. Actually I think TS3 was the last one. And HP7 part 1 before that. Smile It's so hard to justify the $$. For $15 I can rent like 3 movies, and that's just one person's admission Sad

Cooper has learned to say no Sad LOL he says it in answer to anything you ask him. Did you finish your breakfast? Nooo. Did you have fun swimming today? Nooo. Did you poop your pants? Nooo.

Haha. Now we are trying to teach him yes.

One of my best friends is in the hospital today getting induced. I'm so freakin' excited! I can't wait to find out what it is Smile

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Just to clarify, I wait until the movies come out in the rerun theaters. The movie theater I went to cost $3.00. On Tuesdays, they have a special. It's $1.75 a person! Popcorn still costs an arm and a leg though. LOL! For 1 adult and 5 kids, it was $18.00. Not to bad for entertainment for 6 people.

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Yes, Dh left yesterday Sad we are good! Trying to keep busy! baseball starts tomorrow so we are running around buying cleats and uniform stuff!

STill haven't heard from him so it sucks! Hoping to get a call or an IM from his knowing that he made it to kuwaiit!

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Nicole, I thought of you a lot on Friday. I got to spend the day at Fort Drum with the platoon that I am adopting! The company I work for is adopting 16 platoons that are getting deployed to Afghanistan in the end of the month. We got the chance to go and meet some of them and do some training with them. It was a blast. I must say, the best part of the training was when I got to use the machine gun and TOAST the bad guys! But the real best part was that we got to go to the Deployment Ceremony. WOW, that's about all I can say. I had to REALLY fight to hold back my tears. I was sitting in the middle of several hundred soldiers, one of the only civilians with them, so I tried my hardest not to cry. What got to me was to see the other soldiers with their families. To see them interact with their children, to see all of the babies, all of the pregnant women, all of the wifes. Just typing it is making me teary eyed. There really are NO words that can describe it. THANK YOU Nicole, for all that you do! I can't imagine what you go thru. A lot of times we forget about the family that is here, trying to carry on with life, all while worried about your loved one.

One of the Platoon Leaders I was with has a 9 and 6 yo. This is going to be his 3rd time to Afghanistan, not sure how many times he has been deployed. But he said that every time he leaves the house, his 6 yo grabs his leg and cries because she's afraid that he's going back to Afghanistan and he won't be back. Good thing he was in the back of the truck as he was telling me that story, because there was no stopping the huge tear that went down my face.

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On a happy note... we got DUMPED on with snow Sunday night! Over 17 inches during the night hours. We were in a State of Emergency until 5pm yesterday because they ran out of places to put the snow. I haven't heard the decisons yet, but work better be paying me for not being allowed to drive to work yesterday. They may make us take vacation. How crappy would that be? It was illegal to drive, so how were we supposed to get here?

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Whoa-- that is a lot of snow, Tara. Yikes.

Nicole-- thanks again for all that you do. I cannot even imagine. Seriously.

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Nicole - My kids and I are making a card and small care package for the husband of a mama on my Feb. 07 board. He is a deployed marine and he is fighting the Somalie pirates. I'd be happy to send your dh a small care package if you would like me to and he wouldn't think that's too creepy. Let me know. I would like him to know that his fellow Americans do appreciate that he answered the call to duty - to serve his country- and we do appreciate his sacrifice and the sacrifice that you and your children make too!

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"Pammi41125" wrote:

Nicole - My kids and I are making a card and small care package for the husband of a mama on my Feb. 07 board. He is a deployed marine and he is fighting the Somalie pirates. I'd be happy to send your dh a small care package if you would like me to and he wouldn't think that's too creepy. Let me know. I would like him to know that his fellow Americans do appreciate that he answered the call to duty - to serve his country- and we do appreciate his sacrifice and the sacrifice that you and your children make too!

That is so sweet, Pammi -

Nicole, if this is possible, I will join in with Pammi and would like to send something as well. I have 3 family members overseas's right now and they love little things from 'home'. I can't imagine not having my husband here, especially with kiddo's around as well. You guys are awesome!

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Joined: 04/13/07
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Pammi that is sweet!!

My friend has a brother in Afganastan and we recently sent care packages over there to his whole platoon. We had so much stuff it ended up being like $180 to ship it though. I can't believe they can't help out with the cost of shipping when shipping to the military over there.

Nicole, so after this 5 months he's home for good? My brother in law is going over there in August I think. Pretty sure my little sister is scared to death, they are young and have been married 1yr in May, so she's going to move back to Texas while he's gone.

On another note, I'm excited!! It's rodeo time here in TX and we are going to see the Eli Young band this Saturday at the rodeo! I think there is a group of 12 of us. Then next weekend we are celebrating my bday.......EEK.....28!

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