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I didn't see one so I hope it's okay to start one!

We went to get our fireworks yesterday and we all just got some together vs. last year when each kid had their own bag. They of course stole from each other and pouted about another having more, etc. It was awful. When I told them about my new plan to have a family bag of fireworks we all share, my oldest said "But the fun is in the having of it." ?!

We kept all our receipts last month b/c I wanted to see what we were actually spending...I wish I didn't know!!!!! No, really, it's great. Now we can figure out how to cut back as we were over budget in every department- shocking in some areas. DH is on a river trip with friends and when he gets back I have to share the results with him, convince him to work landscaping (he's a teacher) for several weeks this summer (which he won't like hearing- he SO looks forward to playing in the summer), and also try to convince him to **build a wall in the middle of our big downstairs room (which could be a dining room, now I'm using for my preschool)...there is a door on each end of the room so it could easily become two!

I want to give our oldest his own room as he's approaching puberty...and he's terrible to his 5 yr old brother who he currently shares with. He just wants a place to read and draw in peace. It would be a little room but perfect for him- he's not materialistic so doesn't have "stuff." The other half of the room would be still used for my preschool, off the living room. Perfect. Very cheap and do-able quickly. Then we can move the two little boys in together and my daughter will have room for a desk! phew.

Oh boy! I'll bet he'll be so excited he came home!
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And, OMGosh, I having twin dreams! Or nightmares, more like it.
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Twins are amazing!
I would have sixtuplet nightmares.

Anyway, mataji4, I'm too scared to find out what we use every month for food. I don't want to know. All organic etc. costs a lot. I close my eyes every time I grocery shop and just drag the card.

Anyway, I should get to bed.
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And, OMGosh, I having twin dreams! Or nightmares, more like it.
Welcome to my reality.

And I am also subbing....

So MoMs what the heck do you do when you're on bedrest and you have your kids locked up in the house with you all day because you have no fenced in area and live on a busy street? Grin and bare it until you give birth?
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Ah Maggie that sounds tricky and I have no tips but I'll send you some patience vibes along with de-frazzling vibes!

ds1 has a dinghy which has a hole somewhere in the base so it doesn't hold air well and they can't put it on the river. The sides are fine though so ds2 and I blew it up and filled it with water for the girls to play in this afternoon. It is stiflingly hot and although I really can't complain because it is so good to be at home with all the doors open and eat outside like we did last night with my mum, I really really don't want to cook dinner tonight!

I went through a time of keeping our receipts but just a glance at each big food shop receipt tells you where the big money is going. The most expensive one off item we buy is cheese!
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Hi Maggie,

I was on bedrest, but only for a month. It was the middle of winter and we were living in a big city with limited outdoor space and no place the children could be out in alone.

We read. A lot. Great things---all the Chronicles of Narnia, all of Frog and Toad, all of Martha and George, the Story of the World, science encyclopedias, joke books, all of Vriginia Lee Burton and Bill Peet.

We drew and colored, too, but reading was the lest messy and the most fun.

Call in all favors. You don't really know how much help you'll need come October, but you know you need some now.

Good luck!
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We save all our receipts and track online and I could hazard a guess as to what we spend on food but I am not going to do so. If I did it would be weekly figure and not monthly as that number would truly scare me. My current budget plan involves refusing to go everyday no matter what didn't get put on the list last time. We can always make it another day without something.

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The kids will not stop bickering lately and its driving me nuts. Our friends are not coming for the 4th after all. Second time they have had to cancel and we have not seen them in 2 years. My patience is gone and DH and I keep getting in little arguments. Seems we are both are usually trying to say the same thing just in different ways and cannot see each others way until later. I hate communication. Oh and I hate having one car.

So there is my happy contribution to the thread.
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I was just coming to post that I am in a pissy mood as well. 'Tis the season?
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Welcome to my reality.

And I am also subbing....

So MoMs what the heck do you do when you're on bedrest and you have your kids locked up in the house with you all day because you have no fenced in area and live on a busy street? Grin and bare it until you give birth?
We went through this when I was pregnant with my youngest. It is hard and we all drove each other bonkers. We played Yahtzee a lot and we ended up hauling out our tv and dvd player. We had gone tv free several months before but, desperate times and all. I was constantly praying for patience. Once dd was born I was up and about and loving the mobility but I pushed too hard. I was just so sick of being in bed. Baby and I would have benefited from a bit more down time though.
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Thanks so much for all the suggestions!

We have already pulled out the little TV and put it in the playroom and let me tell you my oldest (5) is in love with iCarly and has started to act the part Oh heck no! Love the book idea.

Well I'm close to birthing these two so hopefully we don't kill each other before then!
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When I was on bedrest (and it was only for a month and only with 2) we watched a lot of videos, played a lot of board games, and read a lot of books.

My kids killed the boot bench/shoe shelf. Any new and improved suggestions for corralling shoes, or should I just buy another.
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When I was on bedrest (and it was only for a month and only with 2) we watched a lot of videos, played a lot of board games, and read a lot of books.

My kids killed the boot bench/shoe shelf. Any new and improved suggestions for corralling shoes, or should I just buy another.
we use an over the door canvas shoe holder since right as you come in our back door (the door off the driveway we use the most) is a door to the downstairs.
oh btw I'm Sarah.... mama to dd 10, ds 9, ds 4 1/2, ds 2 and ds 3months
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Hi! I'm Liz, mom to four. Childcare provider to a bunch more. I took eight kids to the mall playground and Barnes & Noble today.

Dh and I noticed the other day the VOLUME of food that our kids and the childcare kids consume and I was thinking maybe we could have one day here where we list how much we've used and what.

Ex:

Breakfast:

1 doz eggs
1/2 pound bacon
8 biscuits
1/2 pound cheese
1 cantalope
8 donuts
1/2 gal of chocolate soymilk
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I was just coming to post that I am in a pissy mood as well. 'Tis the season?
I was in a pissy mood with DH last night. He's not home from work yet.. so we will see how the evening progresses.
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My kids killed the boot bench/shoe shelf. Any new and improved suggestions for corralling shoes, or should I just buy another.
We have tried all kinds of shoe solutions but now have a shoe pile under the desk in the entrance vestibule. I call it the vestibule because it isn't a hallway in the british sense of the word but a 4ft square space where you can open the front door and run straight up the stairs! I have one of those Ikea shoe thingies which I keep my shoes in so I don't have to dig through the pile. Tehy do come in a set of 3 but the other two boxes are used for art stuff and there wouldn't be room for them in said vestibule anyway.

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Breakfast:

1 doz eggs
1/2 pound bacon
8 biscuits
1/2 pound cheese
1 cantalope
8 donuts
1/2 gal of chocolate soymilk
Yikes that's a lot of food!

I've been a bit ranty with dh today too but its mainly over business stuff not anything personal. This man can neither record anything on a piece of paper nor locate a piece of paper that he wrote something important on and he can never find keys. This makes things hard sometimes and I was already a bit grumpy because he woke me up this morning to tell me about a pissy call from a pissy client just to get it off his chest. :

It is stifling hot here and we English folk don't do well with heat: it makes everyone a bit impatient and unreasonable. Fine if you stay at home all day and hide from the heat but not if you do business with people....
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