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Oh I adore Epiphanie. Have I ever mentioned that? Only 50 kajillion times? Oops, sorry. I already picked out my Paris in purple...
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2011 on Cool Camera Bag Giveaway! at Life Scoop
I retweeted http://twitter.com/honestandtruly/statuses/6914210097270784 and am following @lifescoop
Oh this would be so perfect - it's on our holiday wish list for me to use for Mister Man to help with his social skills and increase his fine and gross motor. The fact that he doesn't have to try to figure out a controller on top of everything else would be ... so perfect for the poor kid.
My back to school technology wish is a cloning machine. Barring that, I really, really want one of those cool one cup coffee makers. Or at the very least a wireless printer.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2010 on Back-to-School 2.0 - Enter to Win! at Life Scoop
feefito - Ooo I haven't heard about that before. I may need to look at it. While I'd love the compost, I'm obviously not getting it now either! Lori - Good question, I wouldn't have even thought of that! Kim - He doesn't want a rain barrel either, but I SO do. I'm bummed that we aren't in Lake County where they have the awesome rain barrel program. It would be so great for the garden! Cindy - That's innovative. And again, if you aren't getting the compost benefit now, let the animals have it so long as they stay away from everything else. We're too near nature already to do that since nature is already IN our backyard (literally). Rita - You know, I NEVER thought of the birds. Yikes. I may never be able to move outside now! Nicole - Oh I can only imagine. We have so many critters already near us and around us. I do like the cone idea though.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2010 on I So Want To Go Green at Chicago Moms Blog
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Kelly - In my opinion, yes. However, there are obviously lots and lots of people who disagree with that one. And yes, YAY to the 'Hawks! ChicagoGirl - Oh I'm sure they weren't the only ones. We lived in a war zone for almost two straight months with all the booms and house shakings!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2010 on When A Celebration Isn't at Chicago Moms Blog
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Rita - OH yeah. Lots of parties. And presents and balloons and all sorts of stuff. It almost made me feel like a bad mom! Selena - I completely understand, as I felt the same way. I think a lot of it is done more for parents than for the kids. Tracey - I'm just not a crier. Except at movies. But I know that's me. And sure have a party, but the extent to which some people were going was ... pretty incredible. Kelly - Aww, thanks! And you get to go through it four times! Pat - We've had a lot of those issues at our local high school and even at the middle school. But when *every*one graduates (or so it seems) and they've been through it so much.... A Mom - I LOVE that way of finishing off the kindergarten year. For me, the big transition was the 6th birthday. Finishing kindergarten wasn't so huge - maybe because he was already doing all day school? Laura - Amen! Pacing yourself is exactly that way to think about it. That's the message I wanted to get across. Giftforbirthdaygirl - Yeah... a lot of them are! At least you only did it once?
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2010 on Congratulations Graduate? at Chicago Moms Blog
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TOCK - Ha! I don't think I would call myself a school expert. My oldest is only going into first grade - but that only proves that you don't have to know everything (or anything) to make a difference! Shompoo - It was, I know - so many thoughts. I'm glad you liked it though!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2010 on PTOs Don't Scare Me Anymore at Chicago Moms Blog
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Almost four years ago, I walked into my very first PTO meeting, not knowing anyone - having been at the preschool for a day - and feeling really confused. I walked out not really sure of what had been accomplished... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
There will always be some people like that, and I'm glad that you like it. I think that if it were people who knew my child well and did it because it FIT him, I'd feel differently. It's the seeing his name and automatically shortening it that gets me.
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Not pronouncable? Seriously? That I don't get, but ... ohhhh I feel for you! And YES it's the identity that's key.
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At least you can laugh about it. I give you credit for that.
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Wellllll yeah. But that's your dad. For some reason, I have no issues with the totally random names - I call my wee ones Mister Man (truly), Buddy, Peanut, Kitten, etc with no compunction. It's not logical, but I never claimed to be!
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Jimmy like from South Park you mean? ;) Had Little Miss been a boy, she was going to be James and probably be nicknamed Jaime. Go fig.
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He is six, but with being autistic, as well, he doessn't stand up for himself or to authority as well as ohhhh say his sister! I love that your daughter corrects them. We're working on that with my son.
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Some people just ARE a nickname, and some are a "whole" name. It's sort of funny how things and strategies change with each child that comes along, isn't it?
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If only we could go back in time, no? :) It is a shame when teachers and others don't respect what parents say. It's a personal pet peeve of mine!
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True... but at least you'd have the "ah" and "oo" sounds and not the same thing. That's part of our problem with a short name - it doesn't sound good with our last name.
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It's hard to find names that don't have *some* sort of nickname. Even our friend Jake has become Jakie. It's interesting that our society does this - definitely not all do!
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I get wanting to head off the nicknames at the pass! Fortunately, there are only so many ways to go with nicknames, so if he turns ou to "be" a different name, I won't have any objections.
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I don't know if it's better or worse that I'm not the only one who has these issues with friends and family. I'm so sorry!
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Ahhhh - see, you just brought common sense and courtesy into the discussion. And right there is the problem ;) Gotta love when the relatives can't get it right - and we've been there, too.
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Rita - I'm sure the PTO will be thrilled to have you. We've had grandmothers work on ours, and they've been great! Tim - Thanks! And ummm yeah... I'm secretary at the new school next year after having successfully turned down being president there :) (And I have to say that your website and your magazine have been priceless to me at times. Fingers crossed the new school receives your magazine, too!)
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2010 on PTOs Don't Scare Me Anymore at Chicago Moms Blog
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I saw a news article yesterday about a father and son who were arrested in Naperville for their “celebration” of the Blackhawks victory. They don’t appear to understand why they are both in jail, and I’m not sure if I’m... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
Ohhh I went to camp a lot growing up - did my parents not like me? ;) My favorite one though was when I was at French camp and apparently woke up the entire cabin while having a conversation with a mosquito in my sleep. Apparently I'm funnier in my sleep than I am awake.