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Her foot is better, must've just been swelling from her fall last week. She said the wierdness went away mid-morning. She's at dance right now.

How was your relaxation time Steph? Sounds like you had a busy morning. I don't think I've ever had a Shamrock Shake. Is it mint flavored?

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I'm glad that her foot is better. I stubbed my toe a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it might be broken. I had some weird sensations going on there, so I can only imagine how it would feel to have a numb foot.

Yeah, a shamrock shake is a minty shake. Yum!

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Meg - I'm glad her foot feels better.

Yum, Shamrock Shake. Too bad it's at McD's, ha ha. Jaime and I broke our boycott there when we were driving back from Minnesota, because it was litterally the only option we had and I had to pee and was starving. Yeah, about 4 hours later we both ended up puking half the night. Thank god we were home by then. Needless to say, our boycott is still going. Wink

So Halloway sobbed and screamed when I left her today. So then I left and bawled and called Jaime and I'm going to go back and get her now, instead of keeping her there util noon. Definitely rethinking this. It feels like baby torture. And it seems really cruel since she doesn't have to be there, I'm doing it for my own benefit. Maybe I need to suck it up and accept that I will never get any kind of break or alone time with Lio and that's just how it is going to be. I don't know. Blah.

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Kilah, i don't have much time but I wanted to say I know exactly how you are feeling. You know your child and circumstances better than anyone obviously but I think you should give it a little more time. I know it is heart wrenching believe me. I cried for 6 weeks with my first. He didn't have to go I just needed some time to be with just Emily before #3 and then time with Emily and Travis without complete chaos (aka all 3). Please know that I completely understand if you take her out but I always refer to that old saying if mommy isnt happy no one is. i feel that i can be a much better mommy if I can get a little break every now and then, that could mean just 2 instead of 3, or an hour break when they are napping, or even 30 minutes while they watch mickey mouse. Good luck with the whole thing. Being a parent is definitely the hardest job EVER!

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Kilah, MA was like that when I started leaving her at the gym, after two weeks not only was she not crying anymore, but she didn't want to leave! The fact that she was happy to play yesterday says more than anything. Once she realizes you will be back soon she really will be happy to play and have fun. Definitely give it a chance it really is good for both of you even though it doesn't feel that way when your in the moment.
Here is what I feel like doing today, NOTHING! I ran a couple of errands this morning, and I'm pretty sure I'm not doing anything else until Belle goes to tap this afternoon. So done baking this baby, come on March 5th!

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Thanks, ladies. I will def give it some more time, but it is so hard! But after I got there to pick her up, and she stopped crying, she hapiikly told me all the fun things they did. So that was good.

I went and picked up the heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's. $6 and dinner is done for tonight, ha ha.

And we are having a valentine playdate this afternoon, so that should be fun.

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I'm having DH pick up a heart shaped pizza also for the girls. DH and I are going out for dinner tonight. Does anyone else have Valentine's Day plans? I'm also going to bake a heart shaped brownie.

Glad H was ok when you went to pick her up. Hopefully it gets better over time.

Lindsay...we all need days where we do nothing. I had one of those yesterday and I'm not pregnant and don't have two other busy LOs to run after.

I just got done shoveling 2 inches of snow off our whole driveway and we have a huge driveway. It took me over 2 hrs. I really need to have DH teach me how to use the snowblower. I look at it as my exercise for the day. Plus it's nice to get outside and get fresh air. I didn't have to do it. I was just going to clear off the sidewalk. But you give an OCD person a shovel and the whole drive gets done!

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So my mom finally decided to kick her boyfriend out of the house today. And then she mocked him for crying. Seriously. She is the most disgusting human being I know personally. I may not be a fan of the latest boy toy, but she made him think he was "the one" (because aren't they all?). And then wham! Of course he'd be upset. She's sickening.

On a lighter note, I made H a little flippy book of pictures of Lio, me, Jaime, and two of her uncles and one aunt to take with her to preschool. I'm not sure if it will help or make things worse. We'll see.

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LOL about the OCD and shoveling the driveway! That's so me!

I'm sorry that Halloway is having a difficult time adjusting. Honestly, I think that once she's through the transition, she'll be absolutely fine and never know any different.

Long day again. Back out of town to pick up the car. It wasn't ready when I got there, so I had 2 hours to kill. I took the kids to Monkey Joe's. If you've never been, you should. The kids had a blast. This was the first time that Jackson actually got into a bouncy house. He's had the opportunity before, but he was always too nervous to get in. He was still nervous today, but made it in, and realized how much fun it was. Then, of course, in true 2 year old style, he threw a fit, throwing himself on the floor, when it was time to leave. *sigh*

I think we're going to the Chinese Buffet tonight for dinner. I'm thinking we can get in and out of there quickly with the kids, instead of taking forever to be waited on at another restaurant. Not exactly my first choice, since I don't like Chinese, but I don't want fast food...

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Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Meg, that is some workout, 2 hours! I wish I could force myself to do that.

Travis had 2 of his his speech therapy sessions today. Finally after 8 months he has begun to make progress in the last 2 weeks. I'm so proud of him!

The 2 older kids got so much candy today. I hate it (but I do love to see them so happy about it). Hopefully I can hide it (out of site out of mind) and wait a few days and then throw it away. I know I'm a bad mommy...

Tonight is game night with DH but I don't know if we'll play a game or just veg out and watch TV and eat my chocolate. I'm leaning towards the latter.

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I'm so glad that Travis is making progress! I do the same thing with candy sometimes. Especially after Halloween. Carson gets so much freaking candy, and there's no way we'll eat it. I had to do that with parade candy too.

I have every intention of sitting the kids in front of the tv and relaxing today. I've done so much running around the past 2 days, that I just can't muster up the energy to do much. We'll get get haircuts since they need them badly, but that's it. In fact, I better go get dressed so we can do that....lol

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I just got the best news! My sister and her husband have been trying to get custody of his daughter. 1 1/2 years ago they had a hearing for custody. The judge has been taking forever to rule on it so we thought it wasn't going to happen. He finally ruled on it and they won! They didn't even ask her for child support and she is ruled to pay it anyways. She will go into their custody effectively immediately. It's a huge long story and the mom is awful. DHS removed all 3 of her kids from her care 9 months ago because she had 9 child abuse charges against her and a bunch of other issues. They ended placing the kids back in her care 6 months later because she proved she can be a fit mother. I'm so happy for them!

We had a nice V-day dinner. My girls came home with a bunch of candy also. They aren't huge candy eaters. They eat like one piece a day and sometimes they try to "share" a fun-size candy bar by spliting it 3 ways. It will sit around here for a while, then DH will take it to work to get rid of. I know, it's bad for a doctor to take candy to hand out to his pts.

Glad Travis is making progress with ST. Did you end up vegging out last night? Do you and DH do game night every week? That sounds fun.

Relaxing sounds like good intentions to me. I haven't done much this morning. I need to get up and clean around the house some since we may be having company over tonight to talk about some of DH's work issues.

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Steph, did you ever go for chinese? We hardly ever go out to eat during the week cause DH gets home so late and the kids go to bed so early but I would love to be able to just to get a break during the week. I love eating out. We usually go out Sat night for dinner.

Meg, congrats to your sister and her DH. What great news! Last night we ended up talking for a little and eating chocolate (me more than him!) but that's it. Every Tues is what we call game night. We don't necessarily play games but we found that we have to schedule a night for us to sit and do something together or else we never do and that strains our relationship. Its amazing how 1 night a week can make a difference. We usually either talk, play a game or two, watch TV or a movie or other fun stuff, winkwink.

We went to the library again this morning to pick up some books that I had on hold but didn't stay cause we were just there over the weekend.

It is warm enough to play outside today so that is what we have been doing. Nothing else planned until later this afternoon. A lady from DS1 school is coming over to drop some stuff off for some volunteer work I am going to do from home.

Has anyone heard from Lindsay? I wonder how she's feeling...

Off to make lunch and then nap/quiet time. Can you hear me screaming for joy!!!! lol

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I'm glad Travis is making progress with his ST! That is great news!

I send candy/treats with Jaime to work. I made him take all the leftover cupcakes and brownies to work today. All his co-workers love me, because I super love to bake, but then I don't actually want any of the stuff in my house, so they get treats quite often, haha.

I wish I didn't like candy. Well, chocolate. I'm not a fan of most candy, but chocolate is ridiculously delicious! And Halloway loves her chocolate too. My dad sent her a box of Hershey's miniature chocolates. I put them away, but I let her have one a day. I think Jaime has eaten most of them though...

So, I am going to divulge way more than most of you probably want to know, but I finally wore lingerie for the first time in my life last night! Ha ha. I've only had it for over three years, waiting to finally wear it, but it finally happened!

And Miss H did better with preschool today. She cried for the first 30 mins off and on, but then she played and had a great time for the last 30 mins. She cried when she first saw me when I picked her up, but I told her she was fine and asked what she was doing, and she took me over and happily showed me the animals she was playing with. So overall, I'd call it a success.

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I'm not a huge candy/chocolate eater. I do find I eat more when I can see it. If it's up in the cupboard, then I don't eat it. I am a sucker for Skittles, once I starting eating them I can't stop. I would rather have Skittles over chocolate any day. We aren't big sweet eaters in our house.

Yeah for wearing lingerie. I have a few different pieces I bought last year that I don't wear much. I did wear one of my frilly bras and panties yesterday. I let DH pick out what he wanted me to wear.

Glad H's days after getting better and better!

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I have some lingerie, but never wear it. First of all, I feel really self-conscious in it, and second of all, I don't understand the point. I don't wear it for very long...lol

That's awesome news about the custody, Meg! I'm sure it's such a huge relief.

Candy is a weakness of mine. Specifically chocolate. If it's around, I eat it. It must go away when there's a huge bag full of it Wink

Got the kids their haircuts. Painless! Jackson actually even went up in the chair by himself this time. I think it helps if I have Carson go first. When Carson was done, Jackson walked right up to the barber and let him put him in the chair. Not a peep out of him the whole time...except for him wanting the barber to push the button on the singing fish hanging on the wall lol!

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I'm here, just tired and giant. I had some running around to do this morning and am just now catching up on my internet addiction. Smile
I like the idea of game night. DH's schedule changes every week so we couldn't schedule something like that, but we usually spend the 30 minutes before going to bed talking and being silly every night and that really helps us stay connected.
2 hours of shoveling snow sounds like quite an intense work out! We have only had a few days below 50 this winter and I have been loving it. When the girls are older I will take them up north to visit our family in IL and/or MI so they can have the snow experience. I am perfectly happy never having to deal with it, but it's so beautiful and fun when your little.
I don't think I have put on lingerie since before I had kids. Smile I have quite a bit from my pre kid days, but with two little ones underfoot I haven't had an occasion to wear it. I'm more a t-shirt and pajama pants kind of girl. Smile Jason used to sleep naked, but the fact that both kids now get out of their beds and come down to our room in the morning has very much curtailed that habit. Smile
Jackie, what is Travis working on at speech therapy? Is he not talking at all, or just having issues? If you remember Kim from our board, her daughter Bella, has also been having some speech issues as well as some other motor control stuff. I thought we were going down that path with MA, but she just decided one day to start talking. I don't know if she's on par with other two year olds, but I'm satisfied with her progress and will check with the Dr. at her two year appt in a few weeks.
Steph, I'm glad the kids did so well at the barber. I didn't start cutting B's hair until she was 3 and I prob won't with MA either. I just love the long little girl curls and hate for that grown up cut too soon.
B has soccer tonight so I'll have to get in gear so dinner will be prepped before we leave and I should get some laundry moving but I think I'm going to snuggle with B on the sofa for a few minutes first. Wednesdays are a little crazy and if I don't make time to hang with her I just end up yelling at her to hurry up all day. Now at least I have a few minutes to just sit and relax with her. Smile

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I just almost got bad mom of the year award. I almost forgot my kids at school. They get out 1 hr early every Wednesday. Usually I don't pick them up since typically I work Wednesday afternoons so their piano teacher picks them up. I have today off and our piano teacher is gone so I was picking them and my friend's kids up. At 2:00 it hit me that they get out early today. I would've so embarrassed had I forgotten them.

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Lol, I am glad you didn't forget them, Meg!

Steph - I am glad the kids did so well at the barber!

Lindsay - Jaime totally sleeps naked, ha ha. But we are a super open naked family...maybe it will change. But probably not, haha.

So Lio decided he was going to eat my avocado today. Not sure how I feel about that. I so did not want him to eat food for a looong time, even though H was only 5 mos old when she first started solids. But she could sit up unassisted, Lio, not so much. Well, food will not be a habit quite yet. but he stole it from me. And freaking looooved it!

We are also on day 4 of no pacifier and doing amazing!

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Jackson can't have access to his bedroom, or else he freaks out when he can't get his paci, which lives in his room. It's about time to give it up completely, though. But I'm not ready for the sleepless nights yet, so I'm sure we won't begin until after his birthday. Maybe I'll get lucky, and he'll just give it up on his own. Ha!

Glad you didn't forget the kids! It's so something I would have done with my terrible mommy brain!

Table food/baby food is such a hassle at that age. Hell, it was a hassle until about a year ago with Carson! That kid wouldn't use a fork/spoon to save his life! Jackson's such a clean eater. Sometimes, he's cleaner than Carson is.

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Kilah, yay for loving your body! I don't mind my stretch marks at all really; I would take them over the extra flab any day! THat's awesome that you're fitting into things so much better.
Oooh Aruba!! Is it all-inclusive? If so, what company do you go with?
Yay for lingerie. V Day is a good day to bring that out, eh?

Lindsay, I can't imagine you being a whale either. All of that tennis should help you bounce back well!
And that's great that your DH doesn't complain about what you make. My Dh is pretty picky, although he doesn't think he is. He hates casseroles or anything with too much cheese, sometimes doesn't like ground turkey and never likes whole wheat pasta. Sigh.

Stephanie, I usually buy the boring ones too but I do have a green dotted one and it doesn't show through. I don't like the lacy ones at all because they always show through no matter what.
And I don't change my bras every day - hope that's not weird! I will go a few days depending on if I've sweated in it or not. Wink I really need some new ones as well. They seem to fall apart so fast but I'm too cheap to buy the VS ones.
I usually buy mine from Target or TJMaxx.
Those of you with several kids - have you found that your boobs get flatter with each kid? I feel like mine haven't really changed between kids which is good because I'd really like for them not to get flatter!! They definitely are wonderfully nice when I am pregnant and nursing and just ok in between.
I thought the same thing about Lindsay's comment! I had to read it a few times!
If Noel throws a tantrum in the service, I take her out and discipline her (depending on the situation, depends on the type of discipline). Some weeks are better than others but eventually they get the point!
Yeah, I know what you mean about not wanting a baby certain times. Although that only leaves you four months, lol! For me, I am getting baby fever now, and I really wish we could TTC now but w/ all of our future up in the air on where we will be and when, I just don't know. I don't want to wait too long though because I know bigger gaps can be more difficult sometimes.
I have told DH though that he is not allowed to even touch me in May and June because that's when we conceived both our kids and I really want to spread out the next birthday a bit!

With Noel, I will either ignore her, count to 3 and then send her to her room until she is happy, or spank her. DH is more about not tolerating it and I'm more about ignoring it.

I've never thought about getting any plastic surgery/implants. DH doesn't even think I should pay money to have caps put on my front teeth since they're permanently stained so he wouldn't ever be down with me getting anything cosmetic done. And really, as long as he is happy with my body, I'm happy with it.

Meg, you look great! It's amazing what just a bit can do! Mine weren't quite that perky even before kids. I agree that it's wonderful that you are at peace now. I'm sure the reason you went through all of that was so that you could get to this point and be at peace. And to be a mommy to three girls who will love you just as much!
What church are you with if you don't mind me asking? We are usually at a church so small that they can't do anything big like missions. However, I did do a couple trips through my college campus ministry. I woudl LOVE to do something with DH though; he has never been overseas and is a geography guru!

Jackie lol on throwing away the candy!

LOL M just came in with a nasty moulding gourd from the fall that I had thrown outside and said, "This one is for you and Daddy."

So we really liked the church we went to last week! They were super friendly, not too big, and have a lot of different activities that we can be involved in. I really long to be part of that again. I feel like my social life is so dead without it!
Yesterday was my son's birthday and we went to the mall and got a couple free kid's meals to bring home. Then I made brownie cupcakes and DH brought home this huge chocolate cake unexpectedly. He means well, really! I told him I wanted chocolate for Valentines Day so that's what he does. So now we have cake AND cupcakes to eat!
Good idea on taking stuff to work - maybe I will throw that out to DH about the cake. Hopefully he won't be offended.
So we sang to him and opened a couple presents and called some family so they could talk to him. I have a ton more presents for him (little things) so I wrapped them all up separately and let him pick a couple last night. He opened a Transformer, some books from his grandparents, a couple Mickey cars (on his cupcake plate) and a Little Tykes basketball hoop.
DH and I rented The Help because I've wanted to see that for awhile.

Today has been one of those do-nothing days for me as well. After a couple days of running around, it's nice to just be home for a day. Actually, I met another SAHM today on our walk. She lives actually almost right behind us but you have to go around to the cul de sac to get there. She has 3 boys - 2 older ones and a 3 yr old. We exchanged numbers. Smile

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Vicki...That's neat your son was born on V-day. What a great V-day present! The Help is a really good movie. Have you read the book? I read the book first. I saw it in the theatre with a friend but want to watch it with my DH. I belong to a Lutheran church and DH and the girls are Catholic. It's my Lutheran Church that goes. They've gone to Nicaragua every year for about 8 years now. I hope your new church works out for you. I'm not very active in my church but I do go to Catholic mass once if not twice a week with DH and the girls. After we go to mass on Sundays, we don't have time to get to my church. I wish there was a way DH and I could negotiate on trading weeks for each church so I can go to mine but he's pretty persistant he wants the girls going to mass each week.

Glad you found another SAHM mom friend today. We are having dinner with new hospital CEO and his wife tonight. He is my age and I'm assuming his wife is to. It will be nice to meet them and hopefully she is nice and we can become friends. I have a hard time making friends where I live. My town if very clichy, and it's a small town of 5000. Most of my friends are quite a bit older since I met them through my girls. I don't meet anyone my age because I don't go to any playgroups or anything because my girls are too old. I've become really good friends with the wife of the plastic surgeon I work for. She works there also on Wed afternoons and we carpool there so I've gotten to know her really well.

I don't wash my bras each time I wear them either. It wears them out faster and they really don't get that dirty.

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Vicki - I am glad you found a church you like! That's great! And yay for your DH trying with the cake. Wink

Meg - is there a huge difference between Catholic and Lutheran? My step mom was Lutheran, and when she married my dad, she and the kids all converted. She said they were basically the same, so there was no reason not to. But she'd do anything for my dad, so I never knew if that was true, or if she just didn't really care either way, ha ha.

Solid food is a hassle! and honestly, emotionally I am just not ready for it, lol. I feel like that is a step toward him not being a baby, and I'm not ready to deal with that yet. I realized the other day that unlike with Halloway, I have *no* vivid memories of Lio being a newborn, and that's really sad for me. So I want to keep him as small as possible now that I'm mentally able to relish all of him. Yeah, I'm nuts. Wink

I certainly do not wash my bras after every use.

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I think Catholic and Lutheran are very similiar although do things differently. If I'm correct Luther left the Catholic church because he didn't agree on some things and that is where Lutheran came in. I thought about converting but am not going to. We had major issues with the Catholic church and priest when we got married and that made me a bit bitter.

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Oh, yes, I know the whole history between how Lutherans came to be. Wink I just didn't know if there were any major differences in beliefs. I'm Catholic and my sister is Pentecost, and we have VERY different beliefs. Like, I basically cannot have any major discussion with her that involves religion/politics/etc. without it just really angering me, ha ha. And that's just because although we both believe in God/Christ, everything else is so drastically different. She believes in the Bible litterally, whereas I believe in it figuratively, ya know?

How is it that Lio easily wears 3-6 month outfits (that don't have onesie type tops, but actual shirts), and yet he needs 12month onesies/sleepers. His torso is ridiculously long, and his arms and legs are incredibly short or something, ha ha. Buthe doesn't look disproportioned.

Oh, and I was totally wrong. He can sit up completely unasissted. I guess I had just never tried before...but I tried today, very cautiously, and man, he sat up with no issue for over TEN minutes! Yeah...no more tummy time in case he starts crawling on me, lol.He can all ready roll over and over to get places and turn himself in circles. Yikes!

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I'm Lutheran as well. I think one of the main differences is that we don't pray to the saints. My dad is Catholic and my mom and brother and I are Lutheran. I've been to Mass quite a few times, and I don't notice much of a difference. The worship format is very similar.

Meg, are you LCMS?

Yay for Lio!!

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Oh, I can't wait until I have some free time! I took Jackson out to splash in some puddles (and of course take pictures) after we got home from dropping Carson off at school. He was just the cutest thing! Who knew that stomping in puddles would require so much concentration Wink

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The liturgy of Catholic mass and a Lutheran service is so similar. I'm ELCA.

Sounds like you had a good morning of picture taking. Photography is something I've always wanted to do but have no clue where to start. I need to look for a class at the local community college.

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Glad you're okay Lindsay! Just a little while longer...
Travis is in speech b/c he wasn't saying anything, nada, until about 2 weeks ago. He now has about 3 words that he says correctly but more importantly he is attempting to speak which is what i was hoping for for so long. The frustration level in our house a few weeks ago was through the roof for him and me! He is ahead on all other levels so I think he's just lazy and has 2 older siblings that take most of the attention so he cries and he gets what he wants. I have talked to Kim a few times on FB.

Meg, I've almost forgotten to pick up Will some days and it's the same time every day!

WTG Lio.

Steph, can't wait to see your pics too.

Today Travis had his gym class. He so loves it which makes me enjoy doing it with him so much. Will has his mardis gras parade at school today. I'm being a bad mommy again and not going. If I go I have to pick DD up early and Travis would get no nap at all and he has therapy this afternoon so he would be a huge grump. Plus you have to park a mile away cause the streets are closed to parade the "floats" and I'd have to lug 2 kids through the crowds and still have no guarantee of finding Will. I feel bad though cause they are going to have Clydesdale horses and all. The kids would love that. But I'm not doing it. It helps though that DH is volunteering for the day there so he will hopefully watch some of the parade with Will. Plus the 2 little ones will parade at Emily's school parade tomorrow. Can you tell I'm trying to justify not going???? DH and I are between religions right now. Don't know what direction we're going in next.

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Jackie...when I was little I didn't talk. I could talk, but chose not to until I was about 4. I think it had to do with the fact that my older sister talked for me. Sounds like ST is helping though if he's come that far in two weeks. I don't blame you for not going to the parade. That sounds like a ton of work to get there and the fact there may not be a chance you'll even see DS.

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Jackie, I love the between religions comment. That totally sounds like something I would say. I am culturally Jewish and spiritually my own thing. I just don't need organized religion in my daily life. My girls will be raised Jewish so they know their historic roots, but as for Moses actually parting the seas and whatnot I'll leave it up to them. That is awesome that Travis is making such good progress. I so know what you mean about frustration. I wish MA had more words to express herself, but we try to make do with what she can say or try to say. I can't imagine her having no words at this point, that would be really hard.
I can't wait to see your pics Steph! I know they will come out awesome. Smile Meg I started into photography when my husband bought me a really nice camera for Christmas. I had no idea how much would be involved to get off the automatic mode, but I have read a couple of books and watched some videos on youtube as well as stalk the photography board here and it has made a huge improvement in my pictures. I am FAR from good, but at least I have some nice pics of my kids which was my personal goal.
I had my 38 week appt today and all was well. I decided to get my tubes tied and that was a pretty big deal for me, but other than that I'm just cruising until March 5th. Trying to keep the kids alive and my house off the show Hoarders are my current goals.

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ROFL about keeping your house off the Hoarders show. Glad everything is going well. I can see how it can be a big deal to decide to be permanently done with having kids. There are times where I'd just like to get a hysterectomy or an ablation. I think I have endo (never been officially diagnosed with it) and my periods are awful. But there is just something about the finality of making that decision even though as it is right now I can't get pregnant.

I picked up a Canon EOS 20D for $75 at a garage sale last summer. I played around with it during the summer but haven't gotten it out much lately. I wanted to try this camera out before going out and spending money on something I wasn't sure I'd enjoy.

I have had a completely unproductive day today. I went to yoga, came home did a load of laundry and that's it. DH is working out of town tonight so I'll probably watch some Grey's and Private Practice. I *might* get to see him for a short while between jobs if he had a good day at work today. Otherwise I won't see him until tomorrow evening since he'll go straight to his other job in the morning.

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Meg, what kind of dr. Is your husband? And you have gotten done way more than me! I am seriously trying to psych myself up to make dinner and do some dishes. I hate feeling lazy! DH is home tomorrow so hopefully he will help me get some stuff done!
Someone asked a while ago about my sil, and no she didn't get a chance to freeze her eggs. She said that by the time she got her diagnosis her dr. Wasn't too positive about her getting to harvest any eggs and it was more important to have the surgery. It was really sad when she was telling me about it.

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My DH is a family practice physician. He works at a Community Health Center and is also the Medical Director there. A majority of the patients seen are uninsured or underinsured. He has been crazy busy there lately. He also moonlights in rural ERs. The ER he is working at tonight is a little over an hour away. He used to do ER full-time up until a year ago when he took over as Medical Director. I'm not going to get to see him today since he's running late at work and has to go straight to his other job.

That's too bad your SIL wasn't able to freeze her eggs. Although it is tricky to freeze eggs. Freezing them isn't the tricky part, it's the thaw. A lot of times from what I've read, eggs have a hard time surviving the thaw.

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Lol about being inbetween religions. I feel that way too, to be honest. On paper we are Catholic, and it is important to me that the kids are raised Catholic in the sense that they were baptized, and they'll go through their first communion and confirmation, but if they grow up and want to worship chickens, I'm cool with that, unless they have an issue with me eating them, then we might have to talk. But I wasn't raised to be religious at all, it was something I chose while I was in college, and even then I have mixed feelings about different things. But I just take it at face value.

Lindsay, I cannot believe you are so close! Eek! I am so excited to find out what this baby is!! Totally random, but doesn't Jason do skydiving lessons or something? If Jaime and I ever make it down there again, I'd love to jump out of a plane with him, if that doesn't seem too awkward. Wink

So H only cried for like 5 mins today! Good preschool day! It made me happy.

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I'm not done editing all the photos, but here's two that are done and uploaded:

Meg, photography has been a long journey for me. For some people, it comes quickly, for others, it comes pretty slowly. What helped me the most, honestly, was joining ilovephotography.com, and reading and posting for critique there. There are some amazing professional photographers there willing to offer their help (for free, nonetheless). So if you're interested in learning, I definitely suggest checking out that board, and the photography board here.

And I expect to see some shares for you, Lindsay Wink

My SIL called me, and invited me to the Children's Museum this morning, so I took Jackson over there after I dropped Carson off at school and played with her and my niece. We had a really nice time. He only had one meltdown over the bubbles, but I was able to distract him into going to a different "station". I should have lied to Carson, though, when he asked me what we did today. He was pretty upset when he found out what we did. But man, that kid got to do so much stuff before Jackson was born, that I shouldn't feel too bad. Jackson never gets to do that kind of stuff. I promised him Blues Clues when we got home, so I'm just kinda waiting out the time for lunch until that's over.

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I'll have to check out that website Steph. Your photos are always amazing. I wish I had a teeny tiny bit of your talent.

Today is the Science Fair at school. My 2 olders ones had to do a project. My mom is going to come to that with me. Somehow I managed to get rid of all my kids tonight and I didn't even have to try. The younger two are going to go to a friend's house and my parents are going to take our oldest. We were just going to leave them home while DH and I went to have dinner with a new provider but I'm sure they'd rather go to their friend's house.

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Love the pics, Steph!

How was the Science Fair Meg? Lucky you, a night with no kids!

What a crazy day. Emmy had her parade this morning and it was so cute. Travis just loved being able to ride in the wagon. Then we came home for lunch, I put Travis to sleep and a babysitter came (15 minutes late, grrr) and I went to Will's school to volunteer for 4 hours. It is almost just worth it to volunteer to see how excited Will gets to see me there but I really do enjoy being able to help also. Tonight DH wants to go to a parade but I just want to sit home and watch TV and eat ice cream, haha, we'll see.

Does anyone have any exciting plans this weekend?

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My girls still get excited to see me at school things even at the ages of 9, 10 and 11. Glad you were able to volunteer at school.

Science Fair was good. I'm not sure when they will get their judging scores. There were some pretty creative ideas.

I think we actually have a quiet weekend this weekend...nowhere we have to be and no projects to work on. Not sure what we'll do. Maybe be lazy and enjoy a weekend home.

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I'm excited! I have a photo shoot for a friend this morning. I'm hoping that the light is going to be okay. She said morning, so I said 8:00, but she said she didn't think she could make it out the door by then, so we decided on 9. I guess that's what happens when you have two little girls to get ready for pictures. Us getting out the door with two boys is pretty simple lol

These girls are just beautiful though. I hope I do them justice!

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How did your photo shoot go? How old are the little girls? I'm sure you did great!

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It went really great! Thanks for asking! The girls are 4 and 2.

I was so super happy with the way they all turned out. I'm hoping to get the photos to them in the next couple of days. Here they are, if you want to take a peek:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephanieamiller/sets/72157629375199889/

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Steph, those are awesome!

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Those are great! It was such a beautiful family to photograph.

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Thanks girls!

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What did everyone do this weekend? We really didn't do much. I put away all my snowmen and Valentine's decorations today. DH is working out of town again tonight. I do a lot of reading when he's gone. I just finished "The Nanny Diaries" and started a new book. "The Nanny Diaries" was a good book, now I can't wait to watch the movie. I'll have to see if our library has it. We are hosting a dinner on Thursday night at our house to welcome a new provider to the clinic so I'll spend my week cleaning and getting ready for that.

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We didn't do much, so nothing really to report. We lazed around yesterday (the boys didn't leave the house at all), and today we just went out to lunch with MIL, came home gave the kids a nap, and here we are lol. BORING!

I have ZERO motivation to clean. Heck, I don't even want to pick up the toys. It really gets me down when I'm the only one who will do it. The kids are more of a nuisance than a help. They drag out everything I just pick up. And DH doesn't touch anything at all. He leaves his mess, and I have to clean it up. I've tried the whole "leave it there until he picks it up", but then, I wind up having someone come over, and there's 7 beer bottles that have accumulated, socks scattered all over the living room, and dishes laying around, and it's embarrassing. Not to mention, it stresses me out to no end. I guess I shouldn't complain. It's part of what I should be doing since I'm staying home, but it would be nice to have a little help on the things that are specifically part of his mess, since I'm picking up 3 other people's stuff. Am I off base here?

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I don't think you are off base at all Steph. If he makes the mess he should help clean it up. Fortunately my DH and whole family are pretty clean and don't make huge messes. I think I've trained them well...lol. I think things will get better as your boys get older. They will learn to pick up after themselves. I do have to remind the girls to pick things up since they are hoarders. I just cleaned all 3 of their rooms a couple weeks ago. They like to keep candy wrappers, garbage, etc. Idk why. Their desks are just awfully cluttered. Idk how they can get any homework done on them. I guess they are messy, but they keep it contained. I do think I figured out why their rooms are so messy and cluttered. They don't have any toys anyplace else in the house so they keep everything in their rooms and their rooms are smallish.

I just made the laziest, cheapest meal of all times. It cost 32 cents/serving. It was a packet of soup mix you add water to and a packet of burrito stuff you microwave. It was clearanced at the grocery store. $1.50 together for both of them. It actually wasn't bad, but I'm sure not healthy. I felt lazy tonight since DH is gone.

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I love super cheap meals Meg. I always think about how much the meal costs when I make it for my family. I feel like I "win" if I can make dinner for all of us and it's under $10. Smile Are you going to have a bunch of people over for the dinner or just the new Dr. and his wife? Dinner parties can be so stressful if you don't really know the people. I'm usually more worried about new people seeing my house in it's "natural" state then I am about the dinner. Smile
Steph, I refuse to do everything around the house. There are things that only I do like laundry, but that's because I want it done a certain way. Other stuff like dishes and picking up and vacuuming I feel like everyone should help with. And by everyone I mean Jason. Smile I do make Belle help clean up and OMG it's a huge PITA, but she won't learn unless I teach her. So I stand there in the entryway of the playroom and tell her specifically what to do like pick up all the stuffies and put them in the toy box, now put all the pieces of the puzzles together in the right board, etc. Now that she is 4.5 I can tell her to go clean her room and give her a couple of "jobs" and she can do that. I still have to go behind her and make sure that everything is picked up and stuff, but we have to start somewhere. Smile Sometimes MA will get in the spirit and help, but I really think that two is too young to understand. For her anyway. Maybe some super advanced kids understand clean up, but she just follows what B does. Smile As for Jason leaving his stuff everywhere I may or may not freak out on him about it. For a while he would bring home his dirty clothes from work in a plastic bag and leave it in the laundry room so there were always a ton of stinky clothes bags hanging out. I asked him a couple times, then one day I threw them all at him as said "I'm not YOUR maid, your a grown man, quit leaving these $&*$( bags everywhere like a #($(&$ treasure hunt." Or something to that effect. Miraculously the bags have disappeared and the clothes are now sitting in the hamper like god intended. I think if it bothers you enough you have to make him understand HOW much it bothers you. He still leaves socks in the living room and various other things, but they don't bug me enough to flip out. Smile I mean, I can't have everything my way. Smile
I did so much crap this weekend, today is straighten the house and stay in pj day. Smile MA's b-day was yesterday and we didn't do a party or anything, but my mom took Belle out for a few hours so we went to two grocery stores so I could do my deals. It's funny how much easier grocery shopping is with just one kid. Saturday, Belle had her first soccer game, tennis practice, then my parents house for b-day dinner for MA. Normally this wouldn't really phase me, but I'm 38 weeks and HUGE so everything feels like a chore.
Hope everyone else had a great weekend.

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Steph - those pictures turned out awesome!

Lindsay - I cannot believe you are 38 weeks preggo!

I don't think you are off-base at all! We are pretty 50/50 here with things. We both sweep the floors regularly, but Jaime is the only one who mops. I clean the bathrooms, because I'm very anal about them. I do the majority of the laundry because I'm home to do it, but we're pretty 50/50 on the diaper laundry. Jaime cleans the kitchen more than I do. But we are both of the understanding that I'm home to take care of our kids - that's my job. The house is both of ours. He'd rather our house be a mess when he gets home and know that I've spent most of the day playing with the kids, rather than having cleaned it spic and span and ignored our kids. And I'm cool with that, ha ha. And yes, Halloway definitely picks up. Not all the time, but she does. I make her bring all her toys to her play mat, and I put them away from there. She helps with the "chores" though. She loves to sweep the piles of "dirt" into the dustpan and throw it away, and she gets to put the silverware away from the dishwasher. It's not perfect of course, but she's got to learn somehow, right?

We had a nice long weekend. Friday was Jaime's day off so we did all of our grocery shopping then. And we went on a nice long walk because it was so gorgeous out. Saturday I made be our lazy day. I never got out of my pj's. I was in a bit of a funk, so yeah. and then yesterday we went Wine Tasting which was fun. And picked up Lio some clothes because he's outgrowing everything!

And this morning I had boot camp! Holy moley! I don't know how I am going to function to do pilates tomorrow, ha ha. I could hardly lift my arms in the shower to wash my hair afterwards. But it definitely made me feel better!

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