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ANY of those bags would be a definitely improvement over my current plain old black camera bag!
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2010 on Giveaway!!! at still me
My boys are all about the Silly Bandz these days. Trading is an art form and while there are folks that do take advantage of those who don't know, there is a currency to them. My kids are older (7,7,9) and when they talk Silly Bandz with their friends they do negotiate trades. Hope to have them on my side in negotiations one day as they have wicked good negotiating skills, all because of Silly bandz.
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I have four kids, three of whom are in school. What I really mean to say is that three of them are in school still. It seems that our summer doesn't start until halfway INTO the summer - at least... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at DC Metro Moms
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A friend of mine recently started a group on Facebook that is called Free-Range Parent Society. While the group is new, the concept is not (but boy am I glad that she gave it a name!). I am a Free... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at DC Metro Moms
Wow. I still remember those tornado drills growing up - and those scared the heck out of me even though they were just practice drills. Can't imagine what it's like as a kid to sit through one of the drills that you sat through.
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Our family has slowly walked away from Mother's Day. It went from breakfast in bed and pampering years ago to this year's travel soccer filled day. We had cold weather, fast food, a long drive, and nothing pampering about it. I was on kid duty all day (4 of them, and only one was playing soccer) and we even ran a few errand while we were on the way home since we happen to be near stores that we don't normally get to. I hope that one day my kids get to where you got though - realizing it's not all about the pampering but about spending time, and the time for me is what's most precious. I lost my mom a few years ago and so it's suddenly a "Me Only" holiday. The in-laws are literally across the country, so there's no hanging out with them that day. This is beautifully written and I'm going to tuck it away for my kids to read one day when they are older.
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WOW! Had this for a full month before #4 came along, and all that time is so overwhelming (in a crazy good way)! ;) The idea that you have stuff to do and can fit it in however you want without having to worry about pre-school pick up is mind boggling. I'm counting down with you - it will now be four more years before I get there!
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2010 on I'm So Close to the Dream at DC Metro Moms
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Thanks for bringing this up! Fairfax County is actually looking at cutting close to $100 million - the $16 million was the decrease in the money that the county gives to the schools over what they gave us last year (which is about 3/4 of the FCPS budget), but the overall number is much higher because of an increase in the number of students and federal and state cuts in funding. I agree 100% that these cuts are going to be devastating to our kids. At our school (in FCPS) we have a high number of low income families who will be disproportionately affected by these cuts. The families won't be subjected to lots of the fees the school board will implement, but the cuts to actual programs and the loss of valuable teachers and staff will impact them more directly. This is in addition to the library cuts (where kids go to use computers after school), recreation and parks cuts (where kids have access to low cost classes), and social service cuts (serves as an all around safety net). So thank you for bringing this up - we will not only lose that competitive edge, but in our area we will likely graduate fewer kids in general long term.
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I don't know how many times my iPhone has hit the floor in the bathroom, barely swatted away by me from dropping into the potty. And to think that NOT taking the phone into the bathroom in the first place ever crossed my mind. You are brilliant. Good rule. Now all I have to do is remember it.
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One way that I look at it is that my kids need to learn to play by themselves, or to be on their own some too. I currently have an almost 20 month at home, and while she's very independent, she too needs to have "me" time. Her three older brothers all benefited from the time that I spent in another room - whether it was doing laundry or catching up on e-mails just as much as the time I spent playing with them - and shew will too. The other part of this is that during the course of anyone's day, at their respective jobs, they get breaks. Unfortunately my job runs a lot longer than most (I'm a SAHM too,) so I sneak my breaks in when I can. Naptime is good for that, but I also know that my kids will like me better if they are able to play off on their own while I grab a time out for myself. So definitely tell that little voice that it's time to take a break - moms need them too.
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We have always been a shoeless fmaily, but for a slightly different reason. After the first kiddo, we realized that the only way to keep track of the shoes was to leave them in the same place every day - right by the front door. When we lived in TX, if you didn't want shoes to go outside, so be it. But here in VA, most days require shoes, and so you know exactly where to find them. And now that we have the big sloppy snow messes that winters bring, having tehm parked by the front door keeps everything cleaner indeed. Others remove their shoes in our house when they see the big piles by the front door, or ask if we mind if they leave them on. Honestly, for grown-ups, either is fine with me.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2009 on Shoes: On or Off? at 50-something Moms Blog
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I LOVE that you are embracing your "abnormalness" and that you realize that it is so much more than personalized cookies or glitter on diapramas that makes you a great mom!
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And out here on the east coast, our district has 30 DAYS to rectify overcrowded buses. That means that the kids are sitting FOUR to a seat on some buses until they either get it figured out or hit that deadline. Seems that in both cases they would have a slightly better idea of where the chips may fall before mid-October!
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2009 on Norm Day and the Numbers Game at LA Moms Blog
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We all have to learn to say NO loud and clear at some point in our lives! Good for you and stick to your guns. Volunteer for the things that you WANT to do as opposed to what you feel you HAVE to do. (This coming from the PTA volunteer coordinator for my three kids' school.) I tell parents that all the time and find that we have a much happier set of volunteers because they feel like they are doing things they enjoy instead of doing it because no one else would. Hang in there - it's a long 12 years.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2009 on I Quit the PTA at DC Metro Moms
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I think that it's not just the looks because you are pregnant for the fourth time, but the thought of FOUR kids. Folks can't even begin to imagine how you will do it. I know, because I get those looks all the time. I too have four kids (only two pregnancies) and people are floored when we walk through the door. Congrats on the newest addition to the family, and enjoy those kiddos!
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2009 on bumpaholic? i don't think so... at Chicago Moms Blog
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Well, it's the day before the kids go back and still no letters from us. Guess we really need to hop on it today. And yes, nose picking, high pitched screams, and passies might add a little humor to those letters!
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So sorry for your loss. I lost my mom three years ago shortly before her 60th birthday, also in September. She was not around for my birthday that year - in fact she died a few weeks before it (and only a few days before my son's birthday), and yes, it is tough, But time has passed and I can look back and see now all the love that she had for me, and that somehow softens this month - her birthday month - but does not remove the grief that I feel. I choose to celebrate her life though, and I hope that you do too.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2009 on My First Orphaned Birthday at DC Metro Moms
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I think it is fantastic that you have tattoos and want more! Definitely need to talk to the hubby though - like others have said there are clearly some hang ups on his end. As for me I wear pink in my hair and have multiple pearcings in my ears, yet people are regularly surprised when my toes come out in the summer and they are painted blue with toe rings. People are funny that way sometimes.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2009 on Tattoo You? at DC Metro Moms
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That is one of my all time favorite commercials - and just for that reason! There are polite folks here but it seems that we are being overrun on occassion, and those occassions are coming much more often these days.
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At our grocery store they give you a $.05 discount for each plastic or cloth bag that you re-use, but only up to whatever limit the cashier deems is right that day. Basically, I show up with my gazillion plastic bags and they give me $1 off my order. Deesn't seem quite right when I drop $300 in groceries and take up two shopping carts. On the flip side, they do not charge for bags, yet. But lots of places locally are heading that way, so I'm sure that we will run head on into your dilemma soon.
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I hear ya' sister! I too am a proud soccer mom...ashamed of my past ways. Although now I'm sporting the shades and standing on the sidelines at soccer games, it wasn't too long ago that I was making fun of those minivan driving, manicured toe women. Funny thing how it happens, but I have joined their ranks. I love that I'm involved but not helicoptering, engaged in my kids' lives, but not domineering. And the lady with the unwashed jeans, well, she sounds like she looks like one of my closest friends, so that part of me hasn't changed a bit.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2009 on In Defense Of The Soccer Mom at New Jersey Moms Blog
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I LOVE the new flavors - and love that they come in light too! My kiddos also tear through the big bottles - which is all we can get here. I think it would be great to have portable sizes - we sure do buy our share of juice boxes. Hope that they hear your call!
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Sounds like you need to jump ship on this league and find one where there aren't so many CRAZY parents! We have some leagues like that in the DC area (which we avoid like the plaugue), but we also have leagues where the kids have fun, and THE PARENTS DO TO! Hope that you can find a league like that so that your son continues to enjoy the game and his love for the game grows!
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That cracked me up! And what a wonderful little person to be so excited about her sleeping fish! That's so precious!
Toggle Commented May 6, 2009 on Sleeping with the Fishes at New Jersey Moms Blog
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How funny! We are doing staff appreciation week (we hot everyone this week) all week as well. While we love our staff and teachers all year round (especially those of us who really understand what it's like to hang out with our own kids all day!) we probably don't show them enough staff and teacher love the rest of the year. I attend conferences, volunteer in the school and classroom, and do all the other requesite things on the list, but the little thank yous are saved up for this one week. Maybe we can spread the love a bit as it were and show them how much we appreciate them all year round next year!
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