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Yay for starting boot camp Kilah!! I can't believe you are that sore already. Must be really intense. I love the hurt after a workout though. Then I know I did something, it's a "feel good hurt." That's why I love yoga. I went to Zumba today.

I really should let my kids do more around the house as far as cleaning goes. They want to help dust but it ends up being more work for me if I let them. I'd have to move everything since I'm afraid it will get broken, then I'd feel like I'd need to re-dust. They do help vacuum though at times and pick up their rooms when asked. They always put their dishes away in the dishwasher when they are done eating. I need to also let them help cook more so they know how to cook when they get older. I just don't have the patience. I just want to be in the kitchen and get it done by myself. DH has a lot more patience than I do so he'll let them help if they want when he is cooking.

There will be 10 of us at the dinner. A few other providers and the CEO and her husband. I don't mind hosting if it's ppl I know. DH is taking a 1/2 day off work to help get ready for it and cook the beef tenderloin so I don't mess it up. In a couple weekends we are hosting another dinner for 10 ppl. This one we don't have to cook, we just have to have the place. We donated a dinner to the girls' school gala on a live auction. A mission priest from NYC is going to have dinner and talk with the ppl that bought it. We are doing an Asian theme since my friend and her husband are cooking and he is from Vietnam. I think the dinner sold for $1500 so at least it made the school some money.

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Oh no. I'm out of coffee filters! This is going to be a long day...

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That's horrible Steph! Do you have somewhere close to pick up some or grab a cub of coffee or make a filter out of something? I was dragging at Zumba because I hadn't yet had my coffee. Now I'm sitting here enjoying my Nicaraguan coffee my parents brought back for us. Hope you can get some coffee somehow!

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It all would entail dragging the kids out alone Sad I think I'll just have to make a trip out to WM for the filters and maybe some odds and ends while I'm there. Suck load of suck. And of course it would happen on the first day of AF, and I'm already feeling crappy.

Lindsay, how in the world are you almost ready to have that baby or yours?? I bet you're going to bounce right back with all that tennis your playing Smile You're super pregnant-mama!

Man, I don't think that I could cook for that many people. When we have anyone over for dinner, it's usually Drew who cooks. I always feel like Deborah on Everybody Loves Ray. No one eats my food! lol!

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I certainly could not cook for that many people! Jaime does all the cooking if anyone is here to eat other than us or my step-dad, ha ha. Everything he makes is amazing.

Use a napkin or papertowel, Steph! Sounds crazy, but a paper towel especially will work as a coffee filter when in a pinch. Wink

Boot camp is super intensive. I mean, I knew it was going to be rough, it's boot camp, but wow! I was just proud that I could keep up, ha ha.

You should definitely let the kids help out in the kitchen! Smile I'm always surprised how many people I meet my age who for real cannot cook anything. At all. We let Halloway help even now. She cracked all the eggs for breakfast this morning, fished out the eggshells she accidentlaly got in the bowl (which was only 2), and then stirred the eggs before I cooked them. She loooooves to be involved and cooking. But it's also the *only* way I can cook and keep an eye on her is to keep her involved, ha ha.

Wow, Halloway had a super meltdown after gymnastics today. That was fun. I got to be that awesome mom with the freaking out child that carried her kicking and screaming out to the car. So much fun some days.

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I'm the same way with the kitchen, Meg. Carson will occasionally help me out, but even then, it's not much. I always like things done as quickly as possible, and the kids slow me down. I just want it to be done and over with lol! I should let him help in the kitchen more, though. I love that Drew loves to cook, and I'd like for my kids to be the same way. My dad was always the cook growing up, so it's just the norm for the guy to be the one in the kitchen for me. You've inspired me, Kilah, because I would have never had Jackson crack an egg! I just can't see him being coordinated enough. I imagine him just smashing the egg on the counter, and then swiping his hands in the mess...

Well, I have my coffee now. I had to go to the store. Too bad I didn't see your post before I left, Kilah! I definitely would have given the paper towel a try!

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Love the pics from your photo shoot, Steph. BTW, my DH is the same way sort of. He says that he doesn't expect me to clean up after him or even the house because he knows that watching the kids is rough enough but then he leaves all his crap everywhere and I just get to the point where I can't stand looking at it/tripping over it so I clean it up.

Meg, I can't imagine having a dinner party at my house. Just thinking about it gives me an anxiety attack!

Kilah, I think every mom has had those moments of dragging there kid out kicking and screaming. I remember when DD was still in a carseat carrier and I took her and DS1 to the bookstore for storytime. Well, when it was time to go DS1 didn't want to go so I had to pick him up kicking and screaming and also carry that stupid carseat on my other arm. I was quite a show and no one came to help me or anything not that they are expected to but anytime I see a mom having a hard time I always try to smile or help out if I can.

Lindsay, do you have any names on a list yet?

I know that teaching the kids to clean up is a really important lesson but I just lose my patience most of the time. Will gets distracted sooooo easily it is ridiculous. Even if I stand in the doorway telling what to do next he just can't focus and it literally takes about 20 minutes to just pick up all the matchbox cars. And that's just the beginning of the mess. I know I need to work on it or I will really regret it when they are older! I just need about 3 more hours in the day and I think I could handle it.

Our weekend was okay. Saturday it poured cats and dogs so we just stayed in and got cabin fever. Yesterday we went into the city for a parade. The kids had a blast and caught a butt load of stuff so that was fun. They are out of school all week for mardis gras so it will be a very long week at my house. Tuesday is more parades, Wednesday is a playdate, Thursday is a tentative playdate and Friday is a playdate. Hopefully they will stay busy with all that!

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I saw that there was a lot of rain in New Orleans Jackie. Sorry it made your weekend a bit long. It's supposed to rain here today.

That is exactly the reason why I want my kids to cook Kilah. I don't want them to grow up and not know how to make mac and cheese. They do know more about cooking than I give them credit for. We are working on simple meals right now since they are getting to be the age where we can leave them alone. It still makes me nervous that they are going to get burned when we're not here. We won't let them do mac and cheese because of the boiling water. By the time we get done with homework in the evenings there isn't much time for them to help me, esp. if they have dance later that same night.

I'm changing my menu up a bit for Thursday. I was going to make beef tenderloin but I went to the store and it's $13/lb if you buy the whole loin which averages 5-6 lbs. If you buy it separately it's $20/lb. Honestly, these ppl don't mean that much to me to spend that much on meat. So we are going to do a pork loin.

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I forgot to say it before Steph...I'm glad you got your coffee. It's amazing what a cup of coffee can do to your day.

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OMG, today was not the day for Drew to skip dinner and bed time for work! I'm beat. It hasn't been bothering me when Drew has been working late, but it came out of nowhere, and he didn't warn me at all. It was 5 before he told me he was going to be late. I hate it when that happens.

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That would be really hard Steph. I know when and where Jason is going to be for the rest of the year so I can plan accordingly. It would definitely make me nuts as well if I could never tell when I was going to get help or not. Hopefully the boys cooperated and it went smoothly.
Jason is home today so I am super excited to have the help! Like right now I'm not rushing around trying to get everyone ready. J is going to take B to preschool and I'm going to hang out with MA for a few hours while he works out. Smile Don't be too jealous, I have barely seen him in 3 days.
Have a great day everyone!

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Yay for some help today, Lindsay!! I hate having to rush around in the mornings, so I'm sure you're really enjoying taking things easy.

Would you mind posting some CC on my pictures, Lindsay? You don't have to say something about every one of them, but I'd love to get some feedback on maybe one of each location before I give them to her. I printed out some 5x7's as test prints that should get here later this week. I hope they turn out. I really don't want to start all over again! lol!

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Hopefully last night went ok for you Steph. It's one thing to know when your DH is working late, then you can plan for it. But it makes it so much harder to have it come out of the blue.

Glad you are able to spend some time with DH Lindsay.

My DH has been working late for the past couple weeks. He isn't too happy right now with his job and neither am I.

My DD's found out how they did on their Science Fair project. My middle DD got 1st place overall in the whole school. I was shocked she got first place. My oldest DD got 2nd place in the 6th grade class. They did a lot better than I ever imagined and I'm so proud of them.

My cousin's wife was induced yesterday. They've been monitoring her BP very closely throughout her whole pregnancy and yesterday it was higher than usual so they thought they'd better get the baby here. She's 36 weeks and 2 weeks ago they estimated his wt at 6lbs so he'll be a good sized baby. I hope everything goes well for her and baby. He will be the first boy on this side of my family in 36 years. Girls dominate both sides of my family.

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I could not imagine having a baby at only 36 weeks. That gives me anxiety, and I know it's only a week from "term" lol. I hope all is well for momma and baby!

Congrats to your girls on their science projects! That is awesome!!! And let them make mac n cheese. Wink I promise you that they'll do better than you think, and boiling water is okay. They're old enough. But I think this is easy for me to say because I was making dinner at 8, ha ha.

Steph - you'd be surprised. I bet Carson could do better with an egg than you think, haha. I mean, Halloway's cracked eggs aren't pretty, and I usually have to finish a few shells out, but she's pretty good. But trust me, the first, oh, dozen eggs she got to crack did not go quite as smoothly. Wink

Yay for a day with Jason, Lindsay! I just had Jaime for 4 days, it was nice.

Well, Halloway all ready loves preschool. She did not want to leave with me today, haha. I had to finally coerce her by telling her if she came with me we could go home and nurse. Seriously, I home that kid breastfeeds til she's 30. It's the best method of bribery I have.

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My cousin and his wife have known all along having the baby early was a big possibility. She's had all the steroid shots to mature the baby's lungs. 2 weeks ago the midwife said if she hadn't had him in 2 weeks, they'd induce. I haven't heard any updates since this morning. Yesterday they did cervidil and started pitocin this morning. The doc wanted to do a c-section this morning but the midwife wanted to give her some time to see if she can have him w/o the c-section.

I let my youngest DD make lunch one Saturday a few weeks ago with my supervision. She made the mac and cheese but I drained the water. I think I'm so hesitant since DH worries about the boiling water. He's seen a couple cases where children have accidently dumped boiling water on them and it wasn't too pretty.

Glad H is liking preschool so much. It's amazing what a difference a week can make.

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Kilah, because of you, I had Carson make our dinner for us. Sure, there wasn't much to it, since we just did chicken tacos in the crock pot, but he loved that he made dinner. Smile

That's awesome about the science fair! Congrats to them!

I hope that the she doesn't need a c-section, but sometimes it's necessary. I also hope that the baby doesn't need much, if any, NICU stay. I'll be thinking about them.

And yay for Halloway liking preschool now! I'm sure that's a big relief for you Smile

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D**mnit, it seems like if I'm signed out of Preg.org I don't get the emails and then I forget to check this darn thread! Sorry I'm so inconsistent. I will try to catch up...

Meg, yes, I read The Help which is why I wanted to watch it. What is the Nanny Diaries about? I really like to read a book and then watch a movie based on it.
Wow, $13/lb?!?!?! I RARELY buy anything that's more than $2.50/lb!! I'm so cheap when it comes to my meat!

Kilah, I would say Luterans and Catholics might have more in common than Pentacostals. It's a hard comparison though because each one has their own differences.
I tend to think I would fall somewhere between you and your sister. I think there are both figurative and literal parts of the Bible - it just depends on the context. And I would probably agree with one of you on almost every issue.
LOL about worshipping chickens!

I always love such great pictures!!! Is it bad that I've never bought or even really thought about buying rain boots for my kids? I'm just not a get-out-and-get-messy type mom. :/

Stephanie, does it help to set a timer for them to clean up? Noel isn't very good at cleaning up but will help if she sees someone else do it. I always make M clean up his room every night, otherwise it would be a total mess all the time. If I have to tell him a couple times, I set the timer and he gets punished if it goes off and he's not done and/or hasn't made progress.
And I also think it helps if you assign a specific set of toys to clean. "First put away all the stuffed animals; now do the cars; now the books." Or I help "I will clean up the books and you do the cars."
Oh, and I only have the kids clean up everything 1x a day, unless we have company coming or something. Some things, if they're dumped out, have to be cleaned up right then but not generally. No point in cleaning more than necessary.
As far as DH goes, I'm in the same boat. I mean, generally he doesn't make a huge mess. He hates having stuff on the couches in the living room and will put away his snacks usually. SOMEtimes he helps me clean up dinner. I would totally just ask Drew if he can help clean up sometimes. It's better to just ask nicely than to let it build up and then yell at him and then it won't get done at all. Not that I've had experience w/ that. Wink
Oh, and sometimes I will jokingly hint at things - like "really, the hamper is a foot away from your socks and underwear." And he gets the point, but I'm not yelling at him.

Speaking of books, Kilah and Tera (if you're reading) I read The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and thought of you girls! I am always astounded by all of the activties you guys have for your girls (esp Tera). I don't even have my 4yo in anything organized! Overall I really hated the author and how hard she pushed her kids but don't blame her for wanting to raise them in her heritage.
I do feel like she was sort of prejudiced against Americans though and felt like they are all failures at parenting!
I do understand a lot of "american" trends that I don't like - talking back to your parents, parents always siding w/ their kids, etc. - but I do think that you should give your kids choices and a bit of freedom when they have earned it, otherwise they might be fighting so hard they go off the deep end once they turn 18.
I can totally see some abilities in my kids that I want to develop - especially Noel's creativity and musical interests - and I'd love to have her take piano lessons or something.

I'm reading "Sarah's Key" right now. It's hard to get through I think, very graphic in some parts, and since I have kids I just think about them in those situations and it makes me sick. Sad
Then I just finished the second Hunger Games book and am about to get the third. I'm trying to convince DH to read them so we can see the movie when it comes out.

I think there are some very simple things that even young kids can do. Once they get older they can have more jobs and get stickers and stuff. I try to have Micaiah take his dishes to the sink most of the time. He has to clean his room every day, like I said. I used to have him set the table but I got out of it. I could do that again though. He can also put his clothes (separated by me) in the washer and help put them in the dryer. oh, and he will help bring him groceries too.
Of course those are all 3-4 year old jobs mostly but it's a start. Wink
I need to do more to let M help me in the kitchen. Most of the time he doesn't really want to and I know Noel would want to help too which would just be too much. He did help me make some muffins the other day but mostly I don't have the patience either with that stuff.

Caught up! I think I might do some couponing....

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Steph - that is awesome that you let Carson make dinner!

Vicki - yeah, I don't like the mom in Battle Hymn either, lol. Halloway does a lot, but I do make sure she enjoys it all. She's been super disinterested in her Tae Kwan Doe for the past few weeks, and even though she is so freaking good at it, Jaime and I are thinking of taking her out when her paid sessions are up because we just don't want to force her to do something that she isn't fully enjoying. And I am trying to take a page from "Simplicity Parenting" and tone things down a bit, ha ha. I'm doing this session of swimming lessons with Lio, because I felt like if I did this all with H, I should him too, but I'm thinking that when this session is over, we're taking a break. On like everything, except maybe gymnastics, because H REALLY loves that. And we'll re-evaluate in the fall or something. I might let her do dance this summer though, because she has been talking about it a lot...yeah, simiplicity, simplicity, ha ha. Sorry, that was an essay.

You know, I remember when I was 3 and I was supposed to pick up my toys. It wasn't a ton, but nonetheless. I didn't. My mom picked them up, put them in a trash bag, and made me personally hand them to the trash man on trash day. I can honestly say I *never* didn't pick my toys up after that. Not once. Might not have been the "best parenting" but it totally worked. I'm not suggesting anyone do that with their 3 year olds, ha ha. I still feel like 3 year olds are babies. But I was never a baby, so that didn't matter. Wink

Oh, and Vicki, you would definitely side with one of us on all things, ha ha. Because we are polar opposites. Wink And yeah, I mean some things I take litterally, like Jesus, etc. It's just frustrating for me with her because although I don't agree with her beliefs in a lot of things, I can understand them and accept them, but she's too closed minded to do the same with me. It's actually the only reason that Jaime and I decided against her as the guardian of the kids if something were to happen to us. She has many of the same parenting beliefs as us (so far anyway, she doesn't have kids, ha ha), but her beliefs are just tooo far from ours, it would never work.

Well, my kids are eating kleenexes and washing the walls with foam soap...I should probably intervene.

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The Nanny Diaries is about a nanny that tells her stories about nannying with a family in NYC. It was written by 2 nannies, but is fictional. It's kind of like The Help in modern day times but nannies telling the story. It was good. I want to read The Hunger Games. That should be next on my reading list. I read all the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books and saw the movies so those would be a good series to start.

I'm not a get out and get messy type of mom either Vicki...so you aren't alone in that. I bought a pork loin for $1.99/lb today. Much better price range.

Steph that's great that Carson helped with dinner. I do find that kids eat more of what they help make. I swear you could give them the worst thing in the world and if they helped make it, they'd eat it.

I don't think any kid would've not picked up their toys after what your mom made you do Kilah. I remember when I was little if we didn't pick up our things (mostly shoes) they'd go in a crate at the bottom of the stairs and we'd have to pay a dollar to get back each thing. It worked.

I think DH may actually get home at a decent time tonight. I think he'll only be 30 minutes late today...record time!

My cousin hasn't had her baby yet. She's only dilated to a 3. They have her on magnesium sulfate and she has her epidural. The doc says she'll have him before midnight. We are all anxiously waiting. It took them quite a while to get pregnant so I hope all turns out well. My family seems to be full of a bunch of infertiles.

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Today, I bribed Carson to pick up his room by offering him one M&M when he was done. You should have seen how fast he cleaned up! I just hate that I have to bribe him.... I definitely don't expect Jackson to pick up at this age. I do have him put at least one thing away while I'm cleaning up. Of course, on his way to putting it away, he picks up something else...lol! I've said a few times (out loud) that me picking up all by myself makes me want to throw the toys in the trash. Not my proudest moment.

Oh, I'm not usually a get messy type of mom. We NEVER do finger painting or anything like that. There are things, though, that I do for the sake of a photo that I wouldn't do otherwise Wink I saw that puddle, and HAD to get some pictures of the kid stomping haha! I sometimes try to step back though, and remember that I have 2 little boys, and boys love to get dirty. A few times this past summer, I really had to just make myself sit back (and cringe) while the boys made a mess with mud after a rainstorm. It's those memories that they'll cherish forever Smile

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Honestly, those are some good ideas for picking things up girls!! I think I would hate throwing away my kids' toys just as much as my kid though! I would probably either donate them/give them away or store them for awhile.

Stephanie, yeah I would cringe at the mud too! I think for me it's more of the fact that I have to clean them up afterward. Otherwise I could care less! I just bought some Crayola Color Wonder markers and paint online so they don't feel *too* left out. I know M has done painting before when he's been in childcare somewhere, and I know when he goes to school they'll do it there, so really, he won't miss out.
DH brought home this huge piece of paper one night from a machine at work and I let the kids draw on it with markers. I was SUCh a hover-er though! All Noel wanted to do was take the caps off and put them back on so that wasn't working out. And I constantly told M to only use one at a time and put caps back on when you're done. LOL!

So DH feels crappy tonight and was going to lay down next to me on the couch while I Watched TV but then got annoyed with me shifting around and accidentally elbowing him in the head so he just went to be abruptly. And I know he was just frustrated and tired but I got a little weepy from it! Geesh...

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I feel like I have missed so much. I'm sorry.

I am sort of inbetween a messy and clean mommy. I let the kids color using markers/crayons/colored pencils all the time but they know that they can only do it at the kitchen table and most of the markers are erasable. DH and I have donated our kitchen table to the kids art projects so I don't have to stress about it getting ruined. When DS2 is about 3 or 4 we'll get a new one that will be off limits to kids art projects. When we paint we do it outside and all paint is washable. We also do a lot of playdoh. I hate it because it makes such a mess but again the kids love it and it occupies them for longer than it takes me to clean up. When the kids go out in the backyard they are always digging in the dirt and they get so dirty but I let them cause all 3 will stay out there for at least an hour without my attention which is awesome. Can you tell I'm all about finding activities that they can do without me???? 75% of the time when they are doing these "fun things" though I am on the computer working in my office which opens onto the kitchen and they can see me and I can see them so it's what I have to do to make things work. Fortunately I only have to work a few hours during the day and the rest I can do before or after "business hours".

Well, things are back to normal here, mardis gras is over, decorations down, now onto planning Travis' bday. We aren't doing a big party just the 5 of us with LOTS of balloons (he loves balloons) and decorations, cupcakes and gifts. We have a playdate in a little bit and then thereapy this afternoon.

We are trying to decide which kid, if any should do an activity this summer. We don't have the money to send them all to something at the same time so what we have been doing is rotating them, Will, Emily, Travis, Will, Emily, Travis, etc...Now that I have the older 2 its hard cause 1 feels left out when the other is doing something like gymnastics or soccer or whatever it is. I know its part of life that you can't do everything but I want to be able to give them everything all the time and we just can't and I need to learn this.

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Playdoh is awesome stuff. But, the neat freak in me doesn't let them play with two colors at once LOL! It took a lot for me to let Carson play with his pizza playdoh set, because it involved mixing the colors Wink

Glad things are back to normal for you, Jackie.

Sorry your hubby got frustrated with you last night, Vicki. It's happened to me before too. Sucks!

We're going outlet-ing today. I don't really have the money, but I have a coupon for OshKosh that expires before Drew gets paid. I still have birthday and Christmas money for the kids, so I'm planning on using that for the clothes. I feel bad not getting them toys with it, but they've got too many as it is! We'll just get what they need instead.

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We have a "craft" table in our basement where the girls color, paint and do that kind of stuff. It's our old kitchen table so they can get it as messy and painty as they want.

Steph...outlet-ing sounds fun. We don't have any good outlets around here. The closest ones are about 3 hrs away.

Vicki...sorry DH got annoyed with you and went to bed. I was irritable also last night but I've been a bit stressed so that makes it worse.

My cousin's wife had her baby last night at 11:32pm. He was 7 lb 4 oz and healthy. I think we'll try to see them on Saturday.

Today is National Margarita Day!! I think DH and I are going to go to the Mexican restuarant and have a margarita while the girls are at dance class tonight.

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Vicki - sorry about your DH. Hopefully he's in a better mood today!

Jacki - yay for things being back to normal. What kind of work do you do? That's awesome that you can work and be home with the kids. Honestly, I say don't put them in any acitivities over the summer. I think the winter months tend to "need" acitivities more. But during the summer they can be outside all day, they have swimming pools, etc. More to do in my opinion. Plus, things like soccer you can do with them/they can do with each other. Just buy a soccer ball. Wink Have makeshift goals.

I'm a messy mom. Messes don't scare me, ha ha. Except when I'm in a really weird mood where I don't want to get dirty, then it bothers me. But, I'm also the mom who currently has a sharpied window sill and ink pen marks all over my couch...our TV was once colored on...yeah...that being said, I don't "allow" these things, ha ha. They just seem to happen. But all of our furniture is from Jaime from before we got married. Someday, maybe when the kids are out of the house, we intend to buy new stuff anyway. I figure they are only this young once, they might as well enjoy it. And everything and everyone washes.

So my goal for today was to start doing some deep cleaning and decluttering and organizing...yeah, not gonna happen. It's 220, I *just* got Lio down for a nap, and H should be awake soon. Fantastic. But I can't do anything while H sleeps because she's such a light sleeper, and once she's awke I have to spend all my time keeping her occupied so she doesn't bother Lio. I will get there though, eventualy. At some point they will both be awake AND content, right?

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LOL steph, the first time we used play-doh about a year ago I was the same way. The kids mixed all 4 colors while I was not watching and when I discovered what they had done I started to get upset and then had to remind myself that in the whole scheme of things it really isn't a big deal and now all of our colors are brown cause they are all mixed together, but yeah, it took me awhile before it didn't make my skin crawl!

Kilah, you're probably right about the activities and summer and we do love to be outside swimming or in the sprinkler in the summer but summer weather is really long here - mid march through october - and it gets really really hot/humid so after a few months of swimming they get tired of it and sometimes it's just too hot to be outside doing physical activities for a long time, ya know what I mean? Last summer no one did anything except Will did a 2 week gym camp that was from 9-1. I ended up having a weekly rotation of activities like, monday library, tuesday playground, wednesday art project, thursday movie, etc...and that worked well so maybe I'll just do that again. You've probably thought of this before kilah but do you have a sound machine in H's room? Our house is so small and 1 story that we had to use one when #2 and then #3 came along or no one would nap and that would make for a very crazy mommy:-) I'm an architect.

Yeah for National Margarita Day!!! I don't know if it is just in our area or everywhere but just an FYI - Chilis has kids eat free tonight with the purchase of an adult entree...

Our playdate went fantastic today. The other moms has 3 kids also and her older 2 are the exact ages of my older 2 but her little one is only 4 months (and adorable!). The kids played for about 3 hours non stop and I got adult time with another mommy and her kids were so great about picking up toys that when they left the house was spic and span, gotta love that!

I gotta run for a therapy session now...

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Jackie, that's a good idea on the activities. My kids will play outside for awhile as well and they usually don't get too dirty. They don't really play in the dirt but they will get wet a lot from the rain water that collects in their outside toys.
And painting outside is a good idea. We actually just did that today - at a friend's house. I think Noel had more fun playing in the soapy clean up water than actual painting! And M stayed inside playing with trains the entire time. SO glad I didn't try that at my house only for them to not want to do it! I'm sure M would have been more interested if there weren't new toys around though.
I agree w/ Kilah about activities for your kids. I was just going to be to chicken to say it myself. Wink You can take them all to the pool together and maybe use the money you would use for an activity to buy a pool membership or some sports equipment for your home.

You guys don't know how hard I tried to keep our Play-doh separate! I Was Play doh **** until I recently let the kids play with the play-doh themselves in M's bedroom. Now I have a huge pile of mixed colors and little bits of it all over M's room. I think we're done with Play-doh for awhile. THey just aren't old enough to really enjoy doing it and unless I let them have at it like that, I have to supervise.

Stephanie, I wouldn't feel bad about getting clothes for the boys!

Meg, so glad your cousin-in-law had her baby! How did everything go? Did she have him vaginally or have to have a c/s? Mmm, Mexican sounds yummy! I've been "dieting" this week and am a bit starving at the moment.

Went to a playdate this morning and M threw a huge fit when we had to go. Arg, I thought we were over that. Fortunately two of the moms pitched in and helped put his shoes on (which he immediately took back off) and helped get him out to the car. I love these moms - the are so "village-y" and not afraid to scold/help anyone else's kid (and theirs as well). And I am all for that! If my kid needs to be put in his place, do it! And it's not like they are always taking up for their own kids either.
I still hesitate to do the same with other kids - I'm definitely more gentler than with my kids - but I know that their parents don't mind at all!

Oh and DH was perfectly fine this morning. I think the fact that I surprised him in the shower helped a bit. Wink Which reminds me, I thought I was done ovulating (even though I'm not charting, just keep track of fluids) but (TMI!) I noticed a huge mucousy string when I wiped this afternoon. Could it just be his 'stuff' or is it from me? Sure hoping it's not me because we didn't use protection!

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Vicki- it could totally be his "stuff." I tell Jaime every time we DTD that I'm "leaking him" for like 24 hours, ha ha. And that's awesome about the other mom's helping out with M. I have mixed views about other people stepping in. Like, if I'm not there to see H do something, I have no issue with someone else reprimanding her. And I do the same with other people's kids. Like at the park today some little rugrat pushed Halloway and told her she was a baby and couldn't play. I don't know who was watching him, but once I realized that no one was going to say anything to him, I told him quite firmly that shoving and name calling was not nice, and he needs to play nicely with other kids. I'm sure some parent somewhere hates me. But I am just not okay with people "parenting" my kid when I'm around. Like anytime I tell H she needs to do something, or not do it, and my step-dad is around, he feels the need to repeat to her what I've just said. He's getting better at not doing it, because I get onto him about it. I'm her mother, I'm there, I can do it. But for me it's really got to do with the person and the situation. I don't kow, I'm weird, lol.

Jacki - I'm glad you had a great playdate! I keep forgetting you are in New Orleans. Yeah, stinking hot, ha ha. Do you guys have a children's museum or something that you could get a family pass to instead for the summer, maybe?

Meg - Going out sounds like fun! And I loooove Mexican. Of course, Jaime has ruined Mexican restaurants for me. Anytime we go, all I do is complain that he can make the same thing, and like a million times better. What did they name the baby?

So I made some curry soup for dinner. IT was about all I could manage since Lio found it necessary to be attached to me at all times, ha ha. Jaime ran to the Y to un-enroll Lio from swim classes. I'm selfish, and decided that if H is starting pre-school on her actual schedule (2 days a week, for 3 hours) next week, I actually want to use those hours to get things accomplished instead of spending it all at the Y doing swim lessons. He won't know the difference, right?

And I really hope Jaime brings me home coconut milk ice cream, because I asked, but he didn't seem super enthusiastic.

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We aren't going to eat the restuarant, just drink a margarita. I have tuna noodle casserole in the crock pot. I had to do something no-meaty because of Ash Wednesday and my family being Catholic. I always make something in the crock pot on Wednesdays since I work Wednesday afternoons. I never know when I'm going to be home. I could be there anywhere from 1 hr to 4 hrs. Then with the girls having dance I don't have much time to prepare something. My cousin named their baby Kade. She ended up having him vaginally.

Our girls don't to a ton of activities and definately not much in the summer. We don't really encourage activities like softball, soccer and those types of things. In the summer we spend a lot of time at our lake cabin so they are outside and swim a lot. They take swimming lessons at the Y there. During the school year they take 2 dance classes and piano lessons. They are just so busy with school and homework it's hard to had more things into their schedule. I can understand not wanting to spend a ton of time outside with it being so hot and humid. We have pretty mild summers here in IA.

Hopefully it's just "leftovers" from DH and not EWCM. I always hate going to Zumba the morning after DH and I DTD. The jumping isn't always good.

Sounds like everyone had good playdates today.

Kilah...I doubt Lio will notice a difference if he's in swim lessons or not.

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A friend of mine put this link on my wall that you all might be interested in. http://deals.mamapedia.com/deals/national-geographic-little-kids-one-year-subscription-feb2012?ref_data=national-geographic-little-kids-one-year-subscription-feb2012&ref_id=521543&ref_type=bw3&utm_source=bw3&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=national-geographic-little-kids-one-year-subscription-feb2012&utm_term=521543&fbshare=1 You can get a one-year subscription to Little Kids National Geographic for only $8! Halloway loves looking through magazines, especially for animals, so I know she'll love it, and figured that some other LO's might too! Way too good of a deal to pass up. Smile

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Blah, it's snowing here and the schools are letting out at 11:30. So idk how this is going to affect our dinner party since everyone is driving from out of town. When we hosted the holiday party for my DH's clinic, it snowed so we had like 1/2 the ppl here. We haven't had much snow but it seems when I plan something at our house for that place it snows. I wouldn't be all that disappointed if ppl didn't come but I'll have a lot of food already prepared.

DH and I went for our margaritas last night. We forgot that DH was on-call for the ER last night so he had to have a virgin margarita. I'm sure not as enjoyable for him as mine was for me.

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Vicki, I really like your idea about using the activity money to get a membership somewhere. Maybe the gym for me (hahaha) or like you said the local pool. I can't believe I have never thought of that! Thanks.

Meg, how's it looking for dinner tonight? Have you gotten a lot of snow? It's weird you are getting snow cause we are in shorts today! Oh and I love your comment about Zumba and DTD, too funny.

Kilah, we had a 2 year subscription to that magazine and it is AWESOME. H will love it. Thanks for the link!

So today Will went to a friends house for the afternoon (yay only 2 kids) and I had to take Emily to the doctor this afternoon. She had been complaining that her ear hurt since Sunday morning but it was off and on which made me think it couldnt be an ear infection but when it hurt she would cry it hurt so much. Turns out she just has fluid in her ear that is causing the pain. I got a script for antibiotics so it doesn't turn into an infection but I'm gonna wait and see what the next few days bring before starting it. Love this weather we are having, the kids have been playing outside all day. Tomorrow Travis has therapy in the morning and Emily has a friend coming over in the morning and Will has one coming in the afternoon so that should keep everyone happy on the last day of spring break. Yay for school starting back up on Monday.

What's everyone doing for dinner tonight? We're having tacos, the only thing that everyone in the family likes so hopefully it will be a stress-free dinner!

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Meg - how did the dinner party turn out? Did everyone show up?

Jacki - you are a brave woman having little kids over without their parents! We had crockpot veggie lasagna last not. Totally ont edible for me, so I ate some leftovers, but Jaime and Halloway ejoyed it, ha ha.

So yesterday H spent the whole 3 hours at preschool and didn't even cry when I dropped her off! Success!

And this morning, I just got back from Boot Camp, and everyone is still sleeping! This never happens! Go figure my kids choose to sleep in on a day I had to get up super early anyway. Wink So now I'm just sitting downstairs being a bum because I don't want to make noise and go take a shower until they all wake up.

It was GORGEOUS here yesterday! In the 60s! Of course, now they are saying it's supposed to snow this weekend. Blah.

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Dinner went well! Food was good! I was really nervous cooking the pasta since the CEO is Italian and her parents were here also. I was afraid it wouldn't get done right but they said it was wonderful. Everyone came except for one doctor. I think she forgot she had to catch a flight to Mexico this morning. She's kind of flighty that way. It kept on snowing until late last night. We probably got a couple inches of snow. Schools are two hours late this morning.

How early is your boot camp Kilah? It has to be a little nice to come home and everyone asleep and have some time to yourself at home. I'm glad H is finally liking preschool.

How did it go with all the friends over Jackie? I have a hard time entertaining other ppl's kids, that's why I never do big friend bday parties. Our girls are now at an age when they have friends over you don't even hear from them because they are so busy playing.

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Good, I feel better now. Usually we DTD at night and I just put a liner on before bed but this was in the morning so it totally makes sense now. Phew.

DH's uncle and before that his grandfather have bought Wild ANimal Baby by Nat'l Wildlife Fed. for my kids for a few years. If it's anything like that it's pretty cool and M likes getting a magazine in the mail like Mommy does. I would totally buy that deal if we didn't get the other.

Jackie - I'm glad my suggestion helped! I hope you can find something to make everyone happy this summer! Another thing our zoo here does is a day camp for the kids for a few days. I don't know that we'll do it - the zoo is 30 min from here and M's age group would only be like three hours - but that might be something that each of your kids could do.

Meg, IKWYM about Zumba after DTD! I just had to wear a pantiliner. I can't believe it's snowing there either! My BIL and SIL live in Cedar Rapids. You live anywhere near there?
Yay for a successful dinner party!

Kilah, yay for H getting more used to preschool!

Last night I went jumping w/ a friend and her kids. Then I picked up some pasta, cheese sticks, and cinnamon sticks from Pizza Hut that I had preordered before I left home. I love online pizza ordering! And I got everything for about $6 because I had a free birthday gift for the cinna sticks and a $10 GC from Christmas. Score! Their pasta dishes are really good too (much better than their greasy pizza IMO).

I was going to go out today to do some errands but decided against it. I'll go next week. And I need to figure out if we're going to take a trip to Chatt. next week. I need to contact some people and see if we can stay with them. A little last minute though since it's like a week away. Sometimes I really dislike having to always plan everything. DH NEVER plans ANYthing - trips, dates, gifts, etc. And this trip is sort of for my birthday (and the kids' birthdays as well). I might even have to intervene with the gift I want (A Keurig) because I know DH isn't on it at all. Sigh.

Ok Noel wants some attention.

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I live about 2 hrs from Cedar Rapids.

This may be a stupid question...what is jumping? You got an awesome deal on your meal last night. I've had their pasta a few times and it is really good. Hope you get your Keurig. We don't have one but I've seen them at work and they are really nice. DH and I both drink coffee so a Keurig wouldn't really be cost effective for us.

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I was going to ask what jumping is too, ha ha.

I love the idea o a Keurig, but the practicality of it is not there, since Jaime alone can easily drink a whole pot of coffee.

Boot camp is at 6am. Eek. I don't know why I do it, haha.

I'm glad the dinner went well,Meg!

Vicki - I am the planner here too. Even when Jaime wants to go visit his family/friends, I am the one who ends up calling people and arranging things. Sometimes I get annoyed, but then I just remind myself that it give me all the control to do the things I want and to go when I want, ha ha.

I just drove through Iowa the first week of Feb going to visit my dad in Minnesota. He thinks I'm crazy, but I totally love coming up through Iowa instead of Wisconsin because there is way less traffic and the drive is easier, ha ha.

And can I just say yay for goat's milk! It makes me smile. And it's finally goat milk season.

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We tried getting a Bunn single serve coffee maker, but it broke on us Sad Even though we both drink coffee, it was nice, because we could have different kinds. Plus, I only have one cup every morning, but make a half a pot. It was nice only making the one cup. Not to mention, less to clean up. I wish it would have broke on us. I liked that I didn't have to deal with the plastic up waste with a Keurig, since the Bunn had "pods".

I do love our regular Bunn coffee maker though. It brews super fast!

I wasn't very chatty yesterday, for some reason. Then we had our weekly girl's night out last night, so I was gone all evening. Drew didn't get the kids to bed until about 9:30, so they were super groggy this morning. Poor Jackson was still asleep when I went in to get him. Too bad Carson had school this morning, or else I would have let him sleep. He didn't want to give up his paci (which lives in his bed now). So I knew he was tired. It's an early lunch and nap for us today.

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Sorry I wasn't very descriptive. We went to a bounce place - like Monkey Joe's or something. This one is called Pump It Up. There are quite a few in the area and I've gotten a couple Livingsocial/groupon-type deals for them. I'm trying to maximize the use of this one before Noel turns 2 and I have to pay for her! Smile

Yeah, I'm super-frugal so at first the idea of a Keurig sounded really wasteful. But I drink 1 cup of coffee almost every morning and DH rarely ever drinks it so it would be really useful. Funny thing is, I already have some sample K-cups, I bought some on sale the other day, and I ordered a refillable K-cup on Amazon the other day. So I pretty much have to get one. Wink

Kilah, I'm SO proud of you for doing boot camp and waking up so early! That's awesome! I wish I could be committed like that... maybe someday.
Yeah, you know if I didn't plan things I would probably want to anyway and be annoyed if it didn't go the way I wanted it to. A lot of times, I do the planning so we can save money! I want to make sure I can get the BEST deal ALL the time. Yep, I'm anal like that.

I might be (well almost definitely at least me) going up to Iowa when my SIL has her baby. My MIL won't be able to get over there until later b/c she is a teacher but I know her MIL is coming a few weeks after the baby comes. I just find that it's SO great to have someone to help you do chores, cook, clean, etc. so you can really bond w/ your baby and learn how to be a mom! I think esp for nursing and figuring out what the baby needs and why it's great to have a helping hand and/or even just an ear of someone who's done it before.
We're trying to figure out if we will all be taking a family trip or if I will just fly there myself. DH said he'd be jealous if I went by myself b/c he's never been there. I sort of think we should all go, but we have to see how many days he could take off.

Steph, they make refillable K-cups and I bought one (see above) already so you can just use regular ground coffee in it. And our coffee maker is pretty junky, just your average white 12 cup and really is a sore spot on our counter!

So I decided to go out today afterall. We went to the thrift store and to the park. It's really warm here (70!) but windy and cloudy.

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We have a Cuisinart grind and brew. We love it because you can set it for how many cups of coffee you want, put water in it and it grinds the right amount of beans. I always set it for 4 cups since DH and I have a few cups before he goes to work. Sometimes I'll come home and make another 2 cups after I take girls to school.

What part of MN does your dad live in Kilah? We go up to Mpls every year and shop at the MOA and stay in a hotel. It's become our little family tradition. My best friend lives west of Mpls. I met her on another forum about IVF and we have become the best of friends. We email eachother every day. We have so much in common, her husband's first wife also passed away, so it's nice to have someone to talk to about that.

Aaaaaah...I get what you mean by jumping now. When is your SIL due Vicki?

How are your boys doing today with their little lack of sleep Steph? What do you do on your girls night out? I used to be part of a birthday club. A group of women would get together once a month to celebrate the birthdays in that month. I ended up dropping out because I could never get to them. That was when DH did full-time ER and the girls were little. I could do it now since I can leave them home by themselves. Not even sure if the birthday club is going on anymore though.

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Jackson didn't do well. He was crying at every little thing all morning. They're both down for their naps now, so hopefully the rest of the day will play out better for him. Carson was ok though. Just one little breakdown for him when it was time to leave school Wink

He has two buddies there, and it's so freaking adorable to watch them together. This morning, when I dropped him off, the one friend of his says, "Carson, let's be buddies," and put his arm around him. Then, as we were leaving, they were holding hands out to the car. Carson asked if he could sit in the car with us for a little bit, because yesterday, Carson hopped into the other kid's car and sat in his seat while the kid started strapping him in. I just love that he's making friends on his own. Up until he started school, all his friends were MY friend's kids. It's just so awesome to watch him develop relationships with others without any influence.

Meg, for our girl's night, we just go out to a restaurant and have dinner and chat (pretty much until closing time Wink ). It's a weekly thing for us, because I absolutely need it. I'm in a much better mood around the house (with the kids and with Drew), when I'm able to get out and clear my mind. Drew doesn't like it, and won't ever understand it, but he does know that I need it, and is doing what he can to make sure that I get out.

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My dad littterally lives 15 mins from the MOA in Farmington. I love Minnesota. I'd move there in a heartbeat if it weren't so called and my family didn't live there (aside from my dad, I couldn't live in the same state as most of my family, haha).

Sorry Jackson was a bit of bear.

Will come back in a bit, there is a play-dough crisis going on.

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My dad littterally lives 15 mins from the MOA in Farmington. I love Minnesota. I'd move there in a heartbeat if it weren't so called and my family didn't live there (aside from my dad, I couldn't live in the same state as most of my family, haha).

Sorry Jackson was a bit of bear.

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I would love to do girls night out. Sounds like a lot of fun.

We just have a regular coffee maker. DH drinks it on the weekend and I have about 3-4 cups during the week. My dad has the one you are talking about Vicki and I really like it.

So yesterday it was 75 and today it is 59 and dropping. Crazy weather. I was on my way to the post office a bit ago and was driving by a ca rwash and the sign outside said free car washes today so I, of course, got in line. Yay for the little things. I don't think my car has been through the car wash in over a year!

Playdates went well today I think. I made cupcakes while they were all outside so they had a special treat when they came in. I think they liked that. Can't wait til Monday to get back into our daily routine. We don't have any plans this weekend so I hope we can find something to keep the kids busy. What is everyone else doing?

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Kilah! I was raised in Farmington! Did we ever talk about that? I can't remember now. What a small world!
I miss MN a lot sometimes. Sad Especially the MOA! I worked there for many years and of course, shopped there a ton too. Wink
Sorry for randomly popping on. I was just excited someone knew where Farmington was! Smile

I have a Keurig and I adore it. I finally got the my cup thingy, so I can stop buying those super expensive single serving pods. I admit, I still buy a ton of pods though. I drink way too much coffee. I really need to cut back. It's certainly my #1 guilty pleasure! We have a Cuisinart grind and brew also that is just great. I just find the Keurig is so easy that I hardly ever use the Cuisinart anymore. We use it when we have company though.

Ok, random post over....
Hope everyone is having a great weekend and "Hi!"

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How was everyone's weekend? We had a nice weekend. We went and saw my cousin's baby yesterday. He is the sweetest thing. On Saturday DH and I went shopping for baby stuff and to find new jeans for him. We didn't have too great of luck jean shopping. He's really hard to buy for since he doesn't like to spend a lot of jeans. We got some great clearance stuff at Kohl's though. Got DH and new winter jacket, shoes and a sweater. I'm saving the jacket and sweater for Christmas though. Tonight we have our oldest two DD's band concert.

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Meg, your Cuisinart sounds really cool!
My SIL is due at the end of April. I'd like to go up within a couple weeks of him coming but of course babies are unpredictable so who knows! I think DH has decided we can't all go so I should probably start looking for flights.
My DH is picky about his jeans - he doesn't like them to be too tight and I like them a bit tighter. Plus, he NEVER buys clothes for himself unless he absolutely has to.

Stephanie, that is cute about Carson and his friendships!

So we are going to Chattanooga this weekend for our three birthdays! Mine is the 29th (yay, I'm 7 this year!). Yep, I was born on Leap Day! So my parents are paying for our hotel room and aquarium tickets. I didn't realize how long it's been since I've stayed in a hotel.
The last time was with Micaiah was around 1 and we surprised my SIL (who is expecting now) at her bridal shower. But we've never stayed in one as a family before so we had to brainstorm about how the kids would sleep. So we just got adjoining rooms with my parents so we can just hang w/ them until bedtime.
Those of you who have done the hotel room thing with kids, how have you done it? Just in case we have to do it on our own sometime.

Today we got 3 packages in the mail! W/ all of our birthdays together (mine and the kids) it's easier to just group everything together. So the kids were all excited about their new toys and Noel got a TON of play food so now I just HAVE to get her a play kitchen. Especially since then I can say it all has to stay in her room.
I would like to get a wooden one if possible.

I will be busy this week taking advantage of all of the free birthday deals. I have some coupons for Starbucks, Moe's, Ruby Tuesday, Firehouse Subs, World Market, IHOP (FREE pancakes for everyone tomorrow!), etc. etc. Yay for birthdays!

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The only thing DH is picky about is the cost of jeans. I'm the picky one on how they look. I found I like the "slim"jeans on him. Not too baggy and not as tight as the "skinny" jeans they make for guys. I don't think I could see him in those.

Do you like having your bday on Leap Day? Sounds like you have a lot of celebrating ahead of you. Have fun in Chattanooga! I love weekend getaways like that. I have no advice on the hotel situation since I don't have ones as little as yours. What we do with our big girls is have 2 sleep in the bed and one sleep on the floor or get a cot (if they are free and available). When they were smaller all three would fit in the bed so they'd sleep in there sideways. It is harder to get a decent nights sleep in a hotel since you are confined in a small area and everyone wakes up when one person wakes up.

Is it National Pancake today? I think I'll make pancakes for dinner tonight. Our closest IHOP is 2 hrs away so I don't think we'll be getting free pancakes today. How do you get all that free bday stuff?

I've been fighting a sore throat for the past 3 days now. I'm just waiting for a cold to start but it hasn't come yet. DH has a pretty bad cold right now. He never gets sick but he is so stressed and worn down from his job that I think it's lowered his immunity. I've had so many colds this winter, I think this will be #5 for me.

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Yeah, I'm the same way with the jeans. DH is much too skinny himself to wear super skinny jeans but I like them tighter than he does. I think he's coming around to some of the tighter pairs he has.
Yeah, I think it's great to have such a different birthday. On "off" years I've always celebrated on March 1st even though it's a day later, but technically it's the day after the 28th like it should be.

So I met some friends at IHOP for breakfast and then met DH later for dinner. We ended up going to a different IHOP b/c there was a 45 min wait. Then traveled 15-20 min and and waited another 15 minutes. But the people there were really nice and great and we paid $3 for tons of pancakes and two full meals!
I get the birthday deals from signing up with eclubs. I have an email address just for stuff like that. I subscribe to heyitsfree.net and they post freebies every day and have an archive of birthday freebies and what you get for signing up. Some of them aren't in my area or aren't worth it but if you get anything that's just free, it's worth signing up!
You should take some zinc or C to boost your immune system. I also got some medicine at CVS last week that is homeopathic and is supposed to ward off the cold/flu when you are first showing signs. So maybe something like that would help? If you take zinc regularly that might ward them off altogether.

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