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I REALLY need to go through my closet and dresser like that. I have done some purges, but man...there is still a lot of stuff in there I haven't worn in years. I need to be honest. One of those "get organized" tips I read once was to go shopping in your own closet...like basically try everything on, and only keep the stuff you would buy again right now. It's not like I'm actually wearing the other stuff anyway...it's mostly just taking up room! And if my closet is that bare, replacing the things I really do need is a lot more justifiable than when it's bursting full of stuff that just doesn't fit or isn't my style anymore.

Sigh. All I need is the time...

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Yep, that's basically what I did, Leigh. Anything that eve made round one of the "keep" pile I still had to try on. so that eliminated pretty much all of my "keep" pants since they were all too big. So I went out and bought two pairs of jean shorts (Because I won't lie, I can wear like the same pair of jeans for a week and not be phased, lol). And I'll buy new long pants in the fall. But I read somewhere once that you only wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. And I totally believe that. Even after getting rid of so much, out of like the 30 shirts I kept, I wear the same 6 over and over again. Seriously, if it weren't for fear of not having something clean "just in case" I could probably ditch everything else but them, ha ha. But I like to have options "just in case."

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I did that this fall but I had my sister come over and be my "judge" as I knew that I couldn't be impartial. It was SO helpful! I literally tried on everything in my closet and had her help me decide if it was a keep, a mend (like, I had a few longer skirts that weren't a fashionable length so I had them altered and turned into minis to wear with boots and tights etc) or a donate. It was very freeing, and also allowed me to see just where all of the real gaps in my wardrobe were (having gone from corporate life to three back to back pregnancies to SAHM life some of them were vast!) and then I went on a big shopping spree. It is so nice to now go to my closet and to know that everything fits or is wearable, vs all of that weird too big or unfashionable clothing I had had accrued through 3 pregnancies/post partums.

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I like the idea of a judge to help! I try to be really impartial but some things that you've had forever it's hard to see with a totally unbiased eye. And I absolutely believe the 20%/80% rule...I might even wear less than that. I'm afraid to get rid of the rest of it but I know if I did it would just free me up to replace it with a couple of things I would actually wear (because they'd fit better, etc.) Ya'll are inspiring me Biggrin

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We should do a before/after thread of our drawers and closets Wink Maybe that will get us all moving.

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Kilah, congrats on deciding to go back to school! It's tough, but I think it's worth it Smile

I went on a mini closet purge several months back. I need to do it again though due to Zumba-induced weight loss Biggrin I also have to sort through the kids' clothes. I have been meaning to put away their long sleeves and cooler weather things for a while now, but I'm glad I didn't because we've entered a bit of a cold snap. Seriously, our weather is jacked up. We had glorious 80-degree weather all month last month, and it's been down to the 40s this month (although who can really complain when the highs do get into the 70s Lol ).

They're making some good headway on our addition too. They think they might be done by Sunday. I think those are lofty aspirations, but we'll see. They might just be right.

Thanks for the birthday wishes for Eve. She got to go to Chick-fil-A and had a lot of fun in the kids playground area. She also seems to be doing better, sinus-wise. I'm looking forward to her party on Sunday and am anxious to start on their cake pops.

And can I say that I'm glad for the auto-save feature on here? My laptop just went loco and went back a page and lost my post. When I came back thinking I had to type out everything again, it gave me the option in an almost imperceptible button below the text area to retrieve saved text. Woohoo, I only had to type out the last paragraph again Biggrin

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I have so much organizing to get done. I used to be somewhat ocd on the inside of things, cupboards, pantry, closet, etc. The floors could be messy, but my cupboards were pristine. Since bedrest and then twins, things have gone not so pretty everywhere. I feel I can barely keep up on the housework, let alone do the inside of things that ppl don't see. lol. My little boys are super messy, so so messy. My older two are fairly messy too. And yeah, I am just so tired all the time (trying to up my iron since I know it is low, hoping that helps). I am trying to give myself a major project a week.. but not always getting it done either. I don't know if I would be brave enough to post before pics either. lol

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Stephanie, I am SO jealous that you got to do the Keurig party! So did they send you a free coffee maker? I wanted to do that one so bad!! How was the party? Did you have a lot of people? What else did they give you? LOL!

I have realized that a lot of my clothes will *never* fit me anymore - those shorter shirts I wore in college, the "cute" shirts from AE and Aero. I am getting to old for clothes like that now.

DH and I need to connect again so I suggested that tonight instead of going to Bible study, we drop the kids off at church and go out! Free childcare, what an idea! They do this huge Kid's thing for 4 and over and then Noel stays in the nursery. It's an hour and a half so that will be nice!
Plus, our pastor and his wife and us are going out for a double date Friday night. I can't remember the last time I went on a double date. So fun!

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Suzanne...that'd be awesome if your addition was done by Sunday! Our weather is crazy here also. Today it was in the lower 80's but by Friday is supposed to be 40. I do leave out some jeans and long sleeved shirts for cold days after putting everything else away. I've always seen "auto-save" pop up when I'm typing but how do you retrieve it after you've lost it? It always seems like the longest msg's get lost somehow.

Vicki...it sounds like a good idea for you and DH to go out tonight. What are you planning? Sounds fun that you are going out on a double date also. Enjoy! I need a "mommy" break and I'd like to get away somewhere with just my DH but I don't see it happening soon. I should've been thinking and planned a trip to Vegas to celebrate DH being done with his job after his last day.

Stephanie...I've never heard of a Keurig party? The idea must not have made it to IA yet. Hope it was a fun time!

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Meg, I hit the Reply to Thread button under the last post on the page, and a button showed up on the bottom left under the text area that pops up. I almost overlooked it because it wasn't very contrasty. I think it must only show up if it knows you were writing but the page refreshed or something. I'm using Google Chrome, but I'm guessing since it does the auto-save thing from time to time, it must show on other browsers too.

Vicki, enjoy your dates!

I haven't heard of a Keurig party either. I do know someone who does Dove chocolate parties. Could you imagine doing Dove and Keurig either together (if that's allowed) or back-to-back? I don't really care for coffee, but the thought of chocolate and coffee sounds good to me.

My sinuses are acting up. I'm drinking some nice hot green tea with mint, so hopefully it will help.

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Vicki how was your date? Date night is huge for us ~ with DH away so much and at school some weeks I feel like date night is what keeps us going Smile Happy belated to Eve, Suzanne! Hope her party goes well this weekend.

I can't believe how quickly summer is coming on ~ though the weather is pretty lousy here at the moment Memorial day is just 4 short weeks away, which blows me away. I need to get my garden in!

We used to have a Keurig but after a year it broke, and we went back to a more conventional coffee pot. It was dangerous for people like us, where I would not brew a pot of coffee in the afternoon, I WOULD pop a pod in a lot, so I found myself drinking way more coffee. I loved the diversity in flavors though, in a way I miss it.

I can't believe another weekend is upon us already. This week has been so crazy I feel like I don't know where the time went. I found out yesterday that I didn't get into the NYC Marathon via the lottery, which bummed me out even though I knew my odds were very slim. Now I have to figure out plan B, I'm looking at a different marathon in October.

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Melissa...sorry you didn't get into the NYC Marathon. Are you going to try again next year? I started the C25K program today. Hopefully it gets me more motivated to run.

We have a Cuisinart grind and brew. We really like it. It's nice because you can adjust it to how many cups of coffee you want and it only grinds and brews that much. I can see how you'd drink more coffee with a Keurig with it being so convenient.

I really hope the summer doesn't fly buy but I'm sure it will like all of them do. School gets out on May 20 for us and they go back August 15.

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Good for you on the C25K program! I know that it has helped many people I know fall in love with running! Smile Who knows what next year will bring, my DH will be done with his executive MBA program, so anything could be going on at that point, we might be moving, or I may be really into the idea of running it again. This will be my first one (in October), I only started running last year. I guess I will get one under my belt than look ahead from there. Marathon training is the perfect thing to keep me busy and focused on a goal for now while DH is so busy with school, but I admit that it takes a tremendous amount of time. We will see.

I just finished signing the kids up for one more week of summer camp ~ last year I made the mistake of only doing one week of it and the summer got wayyyyyyyy long. This year I have DS signed up for 4 weeks and DD for 3 weeks. With 3 weeks at the beach, that should keep the summer moving along nicely.

Are any of you guys sending your '10 kids to preschool next year? I started my other kids 2 mornings/week at 2.5, but with an end of may birthday I didn't want to start him in September, he just seems too young. We are going to do a "mommy and me" class one morning a week starting in September, and then I want to enroll him 2 mornings come January, hopefully they will have a spot for him then.

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What type of camp do your kids do? We sign our girls up for a week long day camp through the YMCA. They enjoy it and get to do all kinds of different things.

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DS is doing a science camp in June just for kids about to go into Kindy so DD was too young, they are both doing a week of camp at their preschool and a week of sports camp in July, and a week of camp at our local nature center that is actually long (9-2) in August, so I think by then they may be phasing out naps, anyway. We are lucky that there are a ton of opportunities for preschool camp's starting at age 3 nearby.

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I signed up to House Party about a year ago (I think), and on that site, you can apply to host parties to get the word out about new products that companies have. It's completely free to do, and they send you free samples and stuff to give out to your party guests. I've had 3 now, and I just invite my mommy friends and have a playdate.

I had my Keurig House Party yesterday, and they sent me a FREE Keurig Vue machine. It's their latest and greatest machine. I got over $300 worth of free stuff. I got the $250 machine, 6 boxes of Vue packs, a 10 pack sampler of Vue packs, cookies, cups, mugs, an apron, mints, and codes for 20% off the Vue from the Keurig website for the guests. All I had to do was tell them about it, and make them some coffee/tea/hot chocolate to try out. Easy peasy! And I get to keep the machine Smile

The party went great. I think everyone tried at least one drink except for one person who arrived late. The kids all had fun, though Jackson got a little cranky because he was getting hungry and the guests stayed a little later than I expected. But that's ok. We had a lot of fun Smile It's always nice to see people during the day. I feel like I'm a hermit sometimes because of naps. (I'm a nap freak. My kids HAVE to have their nap every day unless it's something really special.)

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I can't wait until my kids are old enough to go to camp! There are tons of day camps around here but it's not worth it to me to send my kid for just a few hours. He will go to VBS at our church for a week and that's free! Smile
Stephanie, I officially hate you! Biggrin Sounds like you had so much fun though! How many people showed up?
I have done 3 parties. I did a Gerber one which was AWESOME, they sent SO many free things!, a Chef Boyardee one and a Pull Ups one which was pretty good too.
I am a nap freak too. I get stressed if Noel misses her nap, I think more stressed than she does! I have to make sure not to stay out much past two because if she falls asleep on the way home, she won't go back to sleep when I put her down. Just like Micaiah! He doesn't take naps much anymore, maybe once a week but I never count on it.
Actually right now is a RARE instance where they are BOTH napping at once!!! I did tell M he could watch a movie from the library if he took a nap. Smile It's looking like it might be a movie night though as late as it is.

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Both of the kids nap, and at the same time. They have since Jackson was 4 months old (he's been on one nap since then!). I absolutely have to have that time. If I don't, I can't handle the evening. Heck, I can barely handle the evening hours even with the nap Wink

There were 11 moms that showed up. Some with more than one kid. There were kids everywhere in the back yard Smile So nice to have them all over.

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Stephanie...sounds like a fun and successful party. I never knew there were all those different types of parties to have. So do your guests buy stuff when they are there? I've had a purse party, Tupperware and Scentsy party...those basic types of things. I did go to a jean party once which was pretty fun. You go and there are tons of jeans and you can try and buy. They say these jeans are designer jeans for much cheaper. Still, $85 for a pair of jeans is a lot for me and they didn't seem that great of quality. I bought a pair and the big jeweled button fell off the first time I wore it. I was able to exchange for a different pair but button has fallen of since.

What does everyone have going on for the weekend? On Sunday I have my violin recital and my girls have their piano recital. I'll be happy when that is over. We need to work on the older two girls' Wax Museum project. They have to research a person that invented something, make a backboard, write a speech, and dress up like that person. During the viewing times they stand there with a "button" on and the person pushes their button and they tell about that person as if they are that person. It's a cute project, but only worth 27 pts. It's a ton of work for that few of points in my opinion. Last big project of the year though!

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No, no buying at the party. Strictly informational Smile

Good luck with your recital!

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I am not much of a party hostess, so much work to get everything ready, but once I do, I like it. Smile Glad yours went well Steph. Smile

Meg, my daughter had a wax museum project this year, but no talking involved, thankfully, since she is super shy. Smile She just had to pick a person from history, so she picked Ruby Bridges, which was nice because there were no other Ruby Bridges, tons of Amelia Earhart's though. Smile Are you taking violin? That is awesome! Smile

as to summer camp stuff... we never do any of that. Wink But our summer is shorter since we have year round school. My kids are out Jun6th and back in the last week of July, then through out the year it is 9wks on and 3wks off. We try to do swim lessons a few times a year, and we always have dance going on or something. Summer camps are typically out of our budget, and we're all homebodies anyhow. Smile

As to this weekend, nothing too exciting here. Have a church event for the ladies on Saturday with a great speaker and luncheon to follow, and then I am watching my cousin's daughter (she just turned 3, and I watch her 1-2 times a week) for a few hours, and dd has a birthday party in the afternoon. A boy invited her to this party, and she was the only girl invited. She is pretty sure he likes her, but she is not into boys yet (Thankfully!!!), but its still kind of cute. Smile

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That's nice that there is no buying with those parties. I decided I'm done hosting parties because I feel too bad inviting ppl, then they feel obligated to buy something. It's fun getting the house ready and having ppl over though. I figure I can just have ppl over to have fun without the party buying stuff.

This is my 4th year taking violin lessons. Violin was something I always wanted to learn so decided now was a good time to learn. It's a lot of fun because my teacher is really amazing. She comes to my house on Tuesday afternoons. We both really do it for fun...we do a lot of talking. She also teaches my girls piano lessons at our house. I play with the younger kids during the group songs at the recital. It helps to have an adult leader play along. I'm playing 3 songs with 2 other adult women in the recital because I get too nervous to play a solo by myself.

It's really neat to see the ppl that students come up with for wax museum. My oldest DD is doing Forrest Mars, inventor of M&Ms. She is pretty shy so it's hard for her to do the speaking part, but I'm proud of her for doing it. My middle DD is doing Ruth Handler, the inventor of the Barbie.

DH and I were discussing doing a Vegas trip for our 5th anniversary in August. I've been thinking we need to do a trip by ourselves sometime. Last year we went to a B&B for a night and decided we'd do that every year, but the Vegas trip sounds pretty fun. His sister will watch our girls and it will only be for 4 days. We aren't gamblers. We just like to go there and walk around, go to shows and eat good food.

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Stephanie, like the idea of a demo party. And, wow, you really lucked out getting such a great machine for free. I use our plain old coffee maker for tea, but I'd be all over a machine that does tea and hot chocolate. Mmmmmmmm....

Meg, best of luck at your violin recital! And our school year has a shorter summer break. The kids don't get out until May 31st, and they have to go back August 13th.

Rachel, have fun at the luncheon!

Vicki, congrats on the double nap Smile

Melissa, I'm sorry you didn't get into the NYC marathon. Does the Boston one also have a lottery? We have a marathon down here called the First Light marathon. It's at the beginning of the year, and it doesn't normally get extremely cold. I don't think it's overwhelmingly expensive or anything, but you do have to be willing to come down to the southern reaches of Alabama, which I guess can be expensive when it comes to airfare.

So I was responding to the GTKY thread yesterday, and I was on my MacBook and inadvertently did the gesture to go back a page instead of scrolling up. And I lost my whole answer to everything. And then it didn't give me the option to retrieve my stuff even though it said it was autosaving. Bummer. I haven't had the time to go back, but when I do, I think I'm going to copy and paste into some text file so I can keep everything. Anyway, I'm finally going to get started on cake pops tonight. I hope they turn out as cute as they are in my head. Will post pics!

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Good luck on your recital Meg, I love the violin, I played it in middle school and some in high school and I have recently just picked it back up, DH's grandmother bought me an electric violin for christmas a few years ago. I have been trying to teach myself but I think i just need to fork out the dough for private lessons lol. What are you playing for your recital?

I was going to do the OKC Memorial 5k tomorrow but since I hurt my knee a few weeks ago I havent been able to run that much. So instead Lexi and I are doing a Mommy and Me mini photo session. I am really excited about it bc normally I am behind the lens instead of in front, I am also really nervous bc I have 0 self esteem.

Good news though is our AC is getting fixed today! yay!! no more 85 degrees and humid inside the house Smile

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Stephanie, be sure to share the mommy and me pics! I bet they will be great! I did not know there even were electric violins. Smile

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Stephanie would love to see your pics! And Suzanne, want to see pics of your cake Pops. My sister makes them and they are stupid good, I don't have the patience to make them but I sure do love to eat them! Stephanie, I did a 5K today as the run leg of a triathalon team. It went well! Next year my goal is to do the Tri on my own. Suz, Boston is really hard to qualify for. It's like the bucket list race for serious marathoners. My 1/2 marathon pace suggests I could qualify, but for sure it will take a ton of training. DH is in AL a lot, we frequently talk about going on a golf trip through parts of the RTJ trail. I lived in alabama for a short stint, in a town called Rainbow city. It was as small town as small town gets!

Meg, how did the recital go?

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Great job on the running (sorry, I don't remember your first name yet Potter! Lol

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I'm sorry, I should have my name in my signature, it's Melissa Potter works, too Smile

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Ugg I just need to vent. So DH and I have this problem with putting the kids to bed - he will NOT EVER put them to bed unless I'm not around to do it. He says he hates doing it and I really don't love it either, especially since I have to do it every damn night. So tonight I asked him if he could do it and he said he had to use the bathroom. Well, then I told him could he just read them a book and put them to bed and he got all mad and said why was I asking him to do "all these things." I had already put their pajamas on and they had brushed their teeth and he STILL wouldn't do it! He was like "And you want more kids?"
What the heck do I do? I told him it makes it SO much easier if we just both do it because then it's faster but he doesn't even want to do that. I think it's just that by the end of the day I'm so tired of dealing with the kids that I'm done and I just get frustrated with them at bedtime and then I'm just reading them a book without really caring, trying to get through it and I don't want to be like that. I think if he would be open to just helping me sometimes that would help SO much. He makes me feel like I'm guilt-tripping him into doing it but they are HIS kids too! ARGGGG!
Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks for letting me vent!

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That would make me INSANE. We trade--one person does pj's/teeth, the other does books/bedtime. It is a very strict rotation, with serious bargaining for favors if one of us needs to skip or trade, because man...putting kiddos to bed is exhausting! They are absolutely his kids too, and you have every right to expect that he helps with the night time parenting duties.

That said, there is a saying something along the lines of "Never do anything at the beginning of a marriage that you're not willing to do for life" meaning that now he has this expectation that it's your job because you always do it, so he feels put upon when you ask randomly--NOT that he's right, but if you want him to pitch in more I think you need to have a larger conversation/come to an agreement, otherwise I think you're going to be stuck with this situation. HUGS, lady...you are totally right to expect him to help out, though. You are with them ALL DAY.

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Stephanie...:yahoo: for getting your AC fixed. I think it would be neat to play an electric violin but I really have to need to play it. We played a lot of Suzuki songs, fiddle, Christian for the recital. She does a variety of music. We play a lot of songs as a group and each child student plays a solo. Sorry you hurt your knee. Hope you had fun with your photo session.

Vicki...sorry DH is being difficult about bedtime. I remember bedtime when the girls were little and remember dreading it also. My DH both did it together though. It's such a process when they are little but as they get older it becomes so much easier. Last night it was 15 minutes past bedtime and the girls hadn't come down to say good night after I had told them it was bedtime. Come to find out, they had just put themselves to bed. It is difficult when DH doesn't want to help you out at all and seems to be making excuses to not help out. I can see why you need a little break after being with them all day. One would think he'd like that little bonding time with his children. I'm sorry that I have no advice to help the situation.

Leigh...I like that saying. It's so true though.

Violin/piano recital went well. I get myself too worked up over it though. I get nervous for myself and nervous for my girls playing piano. Too many nerves in one day. I had a horrible headache last night from the stress. Tonight we have a band concert and on Wednesday night their school music program. 3 weeks from today is their last day of school!

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I'm sorry you don't get any help at bedtime, Vicki. Totally not fair. You need to get your man around other dads. I think if he were to hear what the other dads do around the house and with their children, he'd feel pretty bad about not helping with bedtime. Drew and I tag team bedtime. He does the bath, then I take Jackson, he takes Carson and we get the kids dressed. Then its a book with Drew while I clean up and get ready for bed myself. I take one kid, then he takes the other, and we each put one of them to bed. Goes so much faster than when it's just me.

I think it's so important for both parents to be involved with bedtime (when both are around). I mean, that's the last thing your kid is doing for the day. Wouldn't he want them going to bed thinking about him? When I'm not around for bedtime (mom's night out or something), when I get back home, I go in and say goodnight to Carson, and give him a hug and a kiss.

(((HUGS))) Vicki.

Rainy, nasty day here. I finally got last Saturday's session sent out to the family. I had 2 sessions that weekend, so I felt a little behind. I have to do a re-shoot for Sunday's session Sad It was freezing and the baby was only 3 months old. Poor thing was shivering so bad. I did what I could inside, but I just couldn't get much with my equipment. Man, I need a new camera! I still need to get what I got out of that session sent out. Just got it on a disc. Hopefully I can make it to the post office in the morning. I hate going there with both kids. They run around all over the place, using the mailing tubes as swords....

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Hopefully I can make it to the post office in the morning. I hate going there with both kids. They run around all over the place, using the mailing tubes as swords....

LOL I hate going to the post office too, and I only have one! The only way I can manage it is with the Ergo, otherwise she gets crazy. Long lines are tough with kids!

Today is Addy's first day staying at school through nap (I used to pick her up before nap and she'd pass out in the car, but she's been actually begging to stay for nap with her friends, and it's not like it's real quality time that we share anyway while she's sleeping, so...hello extra money Lol I hope she goes down easily for them, but I bet she will since there seems to be a real peer pressure aspect to naps (my nieces and nephews all napped at school LONG after they'd stopped napping at home). Still, I can't help thinking of my baby entering a new stage today...normally I'd be leaving right about now to go get her...fingers crossed for both of us Smile

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Leigh, all of what you said makes sense. I might just have to talk to him about helping me. I've told him it's SO much easier if we both do it so maybe we can try doing one does pjs/teeth and the other does book/tuck in.
He always says good night to the kids either way so he does *care* but not enough I guess. It's true though that we've just gotten into the habit and it's hard to start something different.

Stephanie, I try to avoid the post office at all costs, lol! I usually print my shipping labels at home if I can and if not, I use the automated thing in the lobby.

So I am flying out to visit my SIL who just had a baby. I am going out BY MYSELF - no kids, no hubby from Thurs - Mon. My parents are coming to stay at our house while I'm gone. I really really feel like I need the break (ex. the whole bedtime situation) but it will be the longest I've been away from my kids ever. I know they'll be fine and I really hope maybe Noel won't be so attached to me when I get back.
It's crazy though, my BIL JUST booked my flight Saturday because there was all of this confusion about him getting a good deal and then it didn't work out and I would have been able to get a really good deal but waited too late because I was relying on him, etc.
Anyway, fun times!

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Enjoy your break!!!

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Vicki...have a good time visiting your SIL and new baby. I'm sure you'll enjoy the break.

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Vicki, the getaway will be nice! My sister and I recently traveled (just 3 hrs) to my sister's baby shower, sans kids. It was super nice. I had never left the boys overnight (the older kids I have left a few times). It was wonderful to just have some bonding sister time w/o any interruptions from kids! Have fun holding that new baby!

I'm sorry about your dh not helping more. My dh does a decent job, but sometimes he could do better. But currently the twins are in a mommy only stage so its screaming for 20min if he does it, or ten minutes of happy if I do (the actual settling to bed part). With the older kids we swap, currently he is reading them a novel aloud and I say prayers. When he finishes his book, I read and he does prayers. We both work on the other stuff usually, sometimes I think he forgets it is bedtime and its up to me to get it all rolling.

Steph, hope you can get the reshoot to go better!

And yeah.. post office. I avoid it like the plague! But I did go yesterday (needed to mail a package to my soldier nephew) and there was only one person in front of us and the boys were awesome!

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I locked my babies in the car!

oops, posted in the wrong place. lol

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Where'd all the chatters go? What is everyone up to?

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I've been busy this week with band concerts and school programs. We had the spring program last night at school. It was my oldest DD's last program at that school since next year she'll be in middle school. We have dance pictures on Saturday. I'll be so happy to have that out of the way. 3 girls in 4 different costumes with hair and full makeup can be a lot of work. Then it's recital on the 19th.

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I started an exercise goal this week, 30 minutes a week, so my dh and I did p90x on Tuesday night, holy cow! Kicked my butt! I had a headache almost instantly, and all the next day too. I felt so wasted and drained all day on wed. My legs are killing me today. I just did a simple yoga workout on the wii last night instead of the p90x. But I think we are back at it today. I feel tired just thinking about it. lol.

Meg, dance outfits and makeup are so much work huh! Both of my older kids are doing dance. They have a tap class together, and Brilee also does ballet. Unfortunately they are in 2 recitals this year. Our studio splits it up so it is not as long, but yeah, with dd being in two classes, she is in both recitals. Their recital is not until June, but yeah, the dress rehearsals are consecutive, so we get to do both. And then the recitals are at noon and five, so I'm hoping family will go to both and find time to kill inbtw, but what a pain.

And we got her glasses from zenni, awesome! Thanks for the suggestion! She loves them and had been anxiously awaiting their arrival. Smile

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Good for your Rachel! P90X is awesome! I bet you start feeling great fast.

I lived through one recital with my barely 3 year old when she was in dance ~ it was like 4 hours long ~ and instantly decided that dance was NOT the sport for us! I hope your DD's recital is wonderful.

Meg my kids are only in preschool but I already feel like the end of year stuff is just off the hook ~ It is INSANE how many programs/mothers day teas/class picnics etc we have in the next 3 weeks. I'm terrified of what life is going to look like when I have three in high school one day! My DH leaves today for 11 days away.......I'm sad Sad

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Hey girls!

Melissa, so sorry about your DH going away again Sad

Rachel, I hope your DD loves her glasses.

Meg, wow, that photo shoot sounds taxing! I hope they turn out nicely.

Sorry I just dropped off. The cake pops took me all day Saturday, then the party Sunday just wiped me out. On Monday, I woke up with a killer sore throat and laryngitis. It's day 5, and I still don't have my voice back. ENT thinks silent reflux has literally been burning my throat, so he wanted to try me on strong acid reducers, which my insurance had some kind of problem with, so finally today they just decided to drop the fight and prescribe something milder. The cake pops turned out really yummy. There were lots of things I had to deal with, like humidity and the candy melts that I dip them in not working predictably, so some of them looked weird, and most of them weren't smooth like I'd want Sad Pictures coming soon. I finished the Hunger Games trilogy today. When I was finishing the first book, I was expecting what went on in the third to come next. I didn't expect the goings-on in the second one. I loved the last one, and I loved how Collins wasn't afraid to let her characters break. I'm sad that it's over. Do you ever get that feeling when you've really enjoyed a book or a series or whatever, that you wish you could stay with the characters? Since it was so emotionally heavy, I'm moving onto something more lighthearted, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I've been meaning to read it for ages but just never did. Oh, and the addition. Still not done yet. There was a problem with the concrete stain, so it looks like we're going with ceramic tile instead.

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Good job with your exercising goal Rachel! Glad your daughter likes her glasses. Has she been good about wearing them?

The end of the year stuff is a lot. There are so many projects, recitals, programs, field trips. I'm just afraid I'm going to miss having to get them to school early for a field trip or something or not pack a lunch for them on those days.

This year the dance instructor is doing pics all on one day. In the past she does them the night they have class. All three of my girls do jazz, lyrical, tap and pre-pointe so that's 12 costumes. Luckily recital is only one night. The old studio we went to it was 2 nights and the dress rehearsal lasted 6 hrs (on a school night at times). The new studio is much better. We are going to cut back on the dancing next year though. I don't think our oldest will do it because she'll be busy with being in middle school.

Suzanne...sorry your throats been bothering you so much. I hope the meds help a lot. Glad the cake pops turned out well. I'm in the middle of the first Hunger Games book so I didn't read your post any further for fear of finding out more than I wanted to know. My oldest two read all 3 books in 2 days. The next series I want to read is the Fifty Shades of Grey series. I told my DH he could get them for me for Mother's Day so I ordered them from Amazon last night. How is your remodeling project going? Are they done?

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Meg, I tried not to post any spoilers! Our room isn't done yet. We wanted to do finished cement, where they stain it and then put a really shiny layer over it to make it smooth, but the color that we picked out ended up not working. It was supposed to be a deep, rich blue but came out like smurf blue instead. So DH just went out to a flooring place and bought some ceramic tiles instead. It will cost $200 more in labor for them to install, but whatever. Hopefully, it will finally be done. I just bought the 50 Shades trilogy and will read it after I get done with the Hitchhikers series. I hear it's juicy and outrageous.

All my thoughts are jumbling right now because I'm on steroids. Most of you don't know, but I get this laryngitis thing a lot. It's always accompanied by excess mucous in my throat. Sometimes I have a bad sinus infection with it; right now I don't. The last time it happened was back in January, and before that I think November. They've tested for allergies and haven't found any. The doc is pretty convinced it's silent reflux, so we're trying this regimen. I don't know what we'll do next if the acid blockers don't stop it. Maybe I'm highly sensitive to something and am having an allergy-like reaction to it. Sensitivities don't usually show up in allergy tests. *Sigh* I'm grateful I'm not a teacher, nor do I have to talk on phones all day for my work.

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Ok! I was worried so I didnt' read on. That's too bad that your floor didn't turn out the color you had hoped for. I don't think I could live with smurf blue floors either. That silent reflex can be pretty nasty if you don't get it taken care of. I'm glad you are being treated for it if that's what they think you have. Someone I know had it and lost her voice and had to go to speech therapy for it. She's a teacher so had to take a lot of time off work.

Tonight we are going to some friends' house. They have 4 kids and they invite all 4 of their kids' classes out to play. They live in the country so there is a lot more room to run. She asked us if we'd stay there while all the kids were there so there would be some medical ppl there in case something happened. I didn't tell her that we'd do it or that we wouldn't. DH and I really don't want to because we thought it'd be a fun time to do something w/o any kids but we don't know a nice way to say no. And if something does happen we'd just tell her "take them to the ER." We aren't going to take on that liability of treating someone. I feel she should've thought of this before inviting 80 kids to their place.

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80 kids? That is crazy Meg! And yeah, totally not your responsibility. Invite one class at a time, or um, just their kids close friends. Wow! Your girls dance a lot! Is that four dance classes each? That has got to get costly. We have three dance classes btw the two kids, and that is costly enough for us right now. lol. Dance is not a cheap activity, but I hear gymnastics is more expensive, and I know karate is costly too.

Reevelady (I can't remember your name right now, sorry!). Silent Reflux or whatever it is sounds painful and no fun. I hope this new regiment works, and I hope your room is done soon too!

Melissa, 4 hour recital? Yikes! That is entirely too long for the dancers and their families. Each recital at our dance school is about 1.5hrs. Next year we are changing studios, because dd's level is not available in a time we can make it (30min after school gets out, and it is a 30min drive for us, so yeah, not compatible). The new school is supposed to be about an hour, its a studio in her basement, so not a huge school full of dancers. Hopefully your dh's time away goes quickly for ya!

I've got a baby shower this weekend and also watching my sister's daughter and two step kids (not technically as they are not married yet, but she is helping raise them). They are 8,8, and almost 10, so about the same ages as my kids. They are all great kids, so it should just be fun for all the cousins to play. And then dh and I have a date night on Saturday. We babysit swap with a family that has 5 kids. Its finally our turn to go out. With colds and sicknesses and such I think it has been almost 2mo since we went out.

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There was about 40-50 kids there. After we got there we heard that tornado sirens were going off in the town we leave in (about 8 miles away). So we gathered all the kids up and brought them in the house and took them to the basement. It was pretty chaotic. Thankfully there was no tornado, just a lot of rain. It was a fine night being out there.

Our girls take 2 classes each week. They are all three in the same class. They take a combination class that is 1 1/2 hrs where they do tap, jazz and lyrical. Then they take a 45 min pre-pointe class each week. Dance is so expensive. You pay for the classes, then the costumes which are cheaply made and fall apart and they wear only a few times. Dance pics are expensive also. We are cutting back on the amount of pics we get. It's nice that they are all in the same class so we just get the three of them together. I would not be sad at all if they never wanted to do dance again.

Have fun on date night Rachel. What are you planning on doing?

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That is nice that all three are in the same class together. That helps you chauffeur a little bit less. Smile And yeah, I second the expense and added expenses! Thankfully my dd's costumes have actually lasted really well. They are in the dress up bin, and all have lasted for a long time, but yeah, you have the classes, costumes, recital fees, photos, etc. So much money! We've got pics coming up next week, and I am buying individuals for each, so 3 sets with dd's ballet class also (they are in the same tap class) and then taking a few more pics at home. Our studio has a very good photographer and does a good job for not too much, but its still money. Smile

For date night we went to dinner at a mexican restaurant for Cinco De Mayo. lol. Smile Then we had a coupon (I am so cheap lol) and went mini golfing, and still had time to kill, so bowling and a few games of air hockey. It was fun. We usually do the dinner and movie, which is fun too, but it was fun to talk and interact with each other a bit more. Smile

and glad the crowd was not too crazy at the party! When my kids have bday parties, I allow them 5-7 friends each, tops. Smile lol. I am wimpy. Smile

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Rachel...sounds like a fun date night. DH and I should go mini golfing or something like that some night. Different than just the same 'ol stuff. DH and I went out for dinner and went to a play on Saturday. I thought about going to our Mexican restuarant in town but figured it'd be really busy d/t Cinco De Mayo.

We don't really do big bday parties anymore. When I met DH he would have whole class bday parties. I don't do well with other ppl's kids so I didn't like that. We then just started letting them invite about 5-7 friends over also. Once they hit 2nd grade they got to have their first slumber party for their bday where they invited 3-4 girls. So we've just kind of stuck with that.

Dance pics went well. It was so nice to get them all done at once. We were only there for about 1 1/2 hrs and got all 4 classes of pics done.

How was everyone else's weekend?

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