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post #601 of 641
Ok, sweetest 3 yr old moment ever...

I was lying down with my youngest because he rebelled on going to bed alone and just wanted mommy, which still makes me as inconvenient as it is.

I thought he was asleep but then he asked me, "Where is your heart?" I patted my chest and said "My heart is right here." He seemed unhappy about that and said "No, that is MY heart!", while patting my chest. Paused for a moment and said, "How 'bout we trade? This can be my heart [patted my chest] and this one is your heart [patted his chest]." I said "Like valentines?" and he said "Yeah." and drifted off seconds later snug in the crook of my arm with his head on my shoulder.

Reminds me of a scene from Chaucer somewhere. My little guy is such a mama boy -- he turns up in my dreams, like I'm doing something completely different and suddenly I look down and he's right there. Once I dreamed I was running to escape a tsunami - a long complicated dream with no family members in it and woke up to him scolding me "You running so fast mommy! You hafta carry me!" Now *that* was disorienting

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Originally Posted by redveg View Post
That country house sounds lovely. My kind of place.

The sustainable life in the country cottage is such a standard MDC mama dream, and I know many would jump at it, but I am afraid of putting all our financial eggs in that basket -- and I fear we would have to commit everything we have to it to make it work. Afraid of being worn down by the hard work, afraid of the hobby-farm-turned-money-pit trap, afraid of not being able to install windows right side up, afraid of my kids not having the educational opportunities I want for them, afraid of hurting people I'd leave behind...not to mention afraid of falling in love with a place and a life and having to leave it behind in 5 years if dh were transferred again...

I guess I've got lots of spiritual work to do to figure out if this is the right dream at the right time for me and my family, if it is really *my* dream. I don't want to romanticize country life, move out there, and then go crazy with the chickens out there y'know?But yeah, it *was* a dream I had when I was little. And I had all these small town aunts and grandmothers who were so important to me growing up, wise, centered, grounded middle-aged ladies, famous cooks and gardeners with such connection to the earth. Maybe I could be one of them?

And mice. I don't like mice. I'd have to have cats, wouldn't I? Oh, my.

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Originally Posted by CariOfOz View Post
I could never sell PC, I would spend every cent (and then some) that I made on products for myself hehehe.
....THEN when they were cleaning their room a bit, he was apparently standing on the trofast (we have the lowish bench type) and fell off and wailed that he'd hurt his ankle for ages. What he was DOING up there is beyond us, considering the fan incident you'd THINK he'd keep his damn feet on the floor
I have refrained from buying that very appealing Trofast kid storage furniture, just because I get this visual of small boys launching themselves off it and crashing into bunkbeds, walls, floors. Flimsy doesn't look so bad to me, sometimes.

Oh DOK, Pampered Chef....what is new that looks so good to you? I am kind of inspired by the minimalist kitchen thread. I think I could use a few more pieces of PC stonewear, though.

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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post
OMG mamas I am having such an awesome time. This is so, so meant to be The only reason I'm on here right now is we had pizza
Srsly, I am coming back here ASAP and we are definitely a forever thing


G'night, everyone!
post #602 of 641
Aubergine - I am in a similar quandary about what our plan is. I just don't know. I am pretty sure that DH is down for whatever I really want, but I just don't know.
And that is a very story!!
post #603 of 641
Sustainable farm- In some ways, I dream that dream too. What I really want is more trees, fruit trees, and a big garden with a beautiful herb bed. I don't think I could do animals, so no chickens etc. Even with the kids help, my flowers are very time consuming (in a good way) and adding more than a garden would be very hard.

I bought some bamboo PC stuff and the kids have been using it, I need to reclaim it. hehe I need things in my kitchen that do what I need them to but still feel warm/cool in my hand. Which reminds me, I should bless my utensils before their first official use.

Decorating is mainly done...just need to pick up odds and ends.
post #604 of 641
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Originally Posted by Aubergine68 View Post
Oh DOK, Pampered Chef....what is new that looks so good to you? I am kind of inspired by the minimalist kitchen thread. I think I could use a few more pieces of PC stonewear, though.
I love the new Round Stones with handles. The handles are a part of stoneware and it's just so great to use!

The stoneware Mini Loaf pan is also fabulous. It's great to make banana or zucchini bread (or gingerbread) to give as gifts or for entertaining. It makes mini loaves that, when sliced, is the perfect sized snack for kids!

The new metal Cookie Sheet is a great, large size. They are super sturdy and won't warp. I like to use the unbleached parchment paper on them when I bake.

The stainless steel bowls set is a must have. They have a silicone rim on the bottom so that they don't slide around on the counter when you're using them. They are thick and heavy/sturdy. My son drops stuff all the time and these things don't dent. LOVE them!

Also new is the 2c Prep Bowl set. They are great for leftovers and great for soups, cereal, desserts, etc. They are tempered glass which is a huge plus.

I can pm you if you want more info.

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Originally Posted by Aeress View Post
I bought some bamboo PC stuff and the kids have been using it, I need to reclaim it. hehe I need things in my kitchen that do what I need them to but still feel warm/cool in my hand. Which reminds me, I should bless my utensils before their first official use.
My son LOVES the bamboo line. What a great idea to bless the utensils!
I want to get the bamboo platters, my director showed them to me and they are so beautiful.
post #605 of 641
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
The pictures aren't great, but here we go... Kiki picture one, Kiki picture two. And one with Laia carrying the cat food bag and generating a lot of loving attention.
Your cat looks so cute and lovey! I added you as a contact on Flickr.
post #606 of 641
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Originally Posted by Aubergine68 View Post
Ok, sweetest 3 yr old moment ever...

I was lying down with my youngest because he rebelled on going to bed alone and just wanted mommy, which still makes me as inconvenient as it is.

I thought he was asleep but then he asked me, "Where is your heart?" I patted my chest and said "My heart is right here." He seemed unhappy about that and said "No, that is MY heart!", while patting my chest. Paused for a moment and said, "How 'bout we trade? This can be my heart [patted my chest] and this one is your heart [patted his chest]." I said "Like valentines?" and he said "Yeah." and drifted off seconds later snug in the crook of my arm with his head on my shoulder.


The sustainable life in the country cottage is such a standard MDC mama dream, and I know many would jump at it, but I am afraid of putting all our financial eggs in that basket -- and I fear we would have to commit everything we have to it to make it work. Afraid of being worn down by the hard work, afraid of the hobby-farm-turned-money-pit trap, afraid of not being able to install windows right side up, afraid of my kids not having the educational opportunities I want for them, afraid of hurting people I'd leave behind...not to mention afraid of falling in love with a place and a life and having to leave it behind in 5 years if dh were transferred again...


And mice. I don't like mice. I'd have to have cats, wouldn't I? Oh, my
Oh my gosh, your little guy made my heart melt reading that! How sweet.


On the moving front, I understand your fears. I moved from Florida, where I have lived my entire life to New Hampshire 4 years ago. I relate to the fear of not knowing if it's the right decision for my children, the education system, friends, the only way of life we have ever known, what happens if we struggle with jobs, money, weather. Could we afford to make this change and then only see it as a wrong decision and be deeper in the hole.

After living here for 4 years, it was a good decision for the most part. Friends are hard to come by. I think it would be easier if I had young children because the moms of young children seem to be more involved in volunteering at the school, or general talk at the school before or after class begins. I love gardening, canning, getting my own eggs from my chickens. I think there are pros and cons to everything, but where we were living in Florida made it a good move. Had things been different there, I most likely would have stayed.
post #607 of 641
Evening mamas. I have been without internet all day! It is so windy here, that I had to take my windchimes down.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day. Maia, love your facebook pic!

I just realized in two days I will be married for 19 years. I can't believe it. Time went by so fast. Saying 19 years sounds so long ago, but it feels like yesterday.
post #608 of 641
DOK, I'd have to be doing that too if it was available here... I used to be a total PC addict, except that I never had teh $$ to be a very good one LOL

Maia.. just saw your photo on facebook

Red.. congrats hun! We'll be hitting our 10th anniversray of being a couple in May next year (only 9th wedding ann though)
post #609 of 641
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Originally Posted by CariOfOz View Post
DOK, I'd have to be doing that too if it was available here... I used to be a total PC addict, except that I never had teh $$ to be a very good one LOL
Hmm, see anything lightweight that PC carries that you'd like?
post #610 of 641
Morning mamas. Everyone is dragging around here. Today is our last day of vacation so I guess we all want to make it last.

Tomorrow it's back to our regular schedule.
post #611 of 641
We've had Papa home for 5 days now and don't want it to end either.

It's been so nice. He's gone so much of the day every weekday that it's very easy to feel alone.

Now back to the workweek grind tomorrow...but thankfully he'll get 10 days off in a row (yeah for accumulated vacation days!) at the end of December.

Back to knitting like a fool to send off presents that must be shipped. So much to do...
post #612 of 641
First Sunday of the Advent, for both Yule and Christmas. First candle to lit.
post #613 of 641
Valerie- I will have the kids light a candle tonight. I almost forgot.
post #614 of 641
The girls planted daffodil bulbs at church today after a story about thankfulness and delayed gratification.

Congrats Red!

Maia

Hope mamas and littles are feeling better!

We're waiting on DH's paycheck, but we should be able to do windows/door in the next week or so! Then the addition work moves "inside"!

Gotta finish that solstice calendar. Oooops!
post #615 of 641
Just got home after 5 days at my SILs house - i'm EXHAUSTED but in such a (mostly 98%) good way!!
post #616 of 641
Tomorrow, dh and I are having dinner with his boss's boss to discuss the new job offer, the one that would mean an eventual transfer out to the country. It'd be 6 mo-18 mo before the kids and I moved -- dh needs to figure out the territory, put his job first while he gets it sorted out, and figure out where in it we'd want to live, etc.

I'm working on yule cards today, a lovely distraction while I try to keep my very head from exploding...

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Originally Posted by Aeress View Post
Sustainable farm- In some ways, I dream that dream too. What I really want is more trees, fruit trees, and a big garden with a beautiful herb bed. I don't think I could do animals, so no chickens etc. .
I found this comforting -- I'd love all that too, but I don't think I want to do animals. I'd be allowed to move to the country and *not* do animals, right?

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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post
I love the new Round Stones with handles. The handles are a part of stoneware and it's just so great to use!

The stoneware Mini Loaf pan is also fabulous. It's great to make banana or zucchini bread (or gingerbread) to give as gifts or for entertaining. It makes mini loaves that, when sliced, is the perfect sized snack for kids!

The new metal Cookie Sheet is a great, large size. They are super sturdy and won't warp. I like to use the unbleached parchment paper on them when I bake.

The stainless steel bowls set is a must have. They have a silicone rim on the bottom so that they don't slide around on the counter when you're using them. They are thick and heavy/sturdy. My son drops stuff all the time and these things don't dent. LOVE them!
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I've been drooling after a pizza stone for a while now, and the no-skid bowls sound great for cooking with kids....I can't order through you from Canada, though, can I?

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Originally Posted by redveg View Post
On the moving front, I understand your fears. I moved from Florida, where I have lived my entire life to New Hampshire 4 years ago. I relate to the fear of not knowing if it's the right decision for my children, the education system, friends, the only way of life we have ever known, what happens if we struggle with jobs, money, weather. Could we afford to make this change and then only see it as a wrong decision and be deeper in the hole.

After living here for 4 years, it was a good decision for the most part. Friends are hard to come by. I think it would be easier if I had young children because the moms of young children seem to be more involved in volunteering at the school, or general talk at the school before or after class begins. I love gardening, canning, getting my own eggs from my chickens. I think there are pros and cons to everything, but where we were living in Florida made it a good move. Had things been different there, I most likely would have stayed.
This is also comforting, thanks.

Congrats on the 19th anniversary! Dh and I met 20 years ago in December and are approaching our 18th anniversary this spring

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Originally Posted by Valérie.Qc View Post
First Sunday of the Advent, for both Yule and Christmas. First candle to lit.
Thanks for the reminder!
post #617 of 641
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
TOLD you you'd be moving to Boston, didn't I?
Nope. He'll be moving to Asheville

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Originally Posted by redveg View Post
Maia, love your facebook pic!

I just realized in two days I will be married for 19 years. I can't believe it. Time went by so fast. Saying 19 years sounds so long ago, but it feels like yesterday.
Congrats! One day I'll be saying that
Anyone who wants to see me and my guy, you have to check out our Facebook pages. Egads, we are nauseating

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Originally Posted by CariOfOz View Post
Maia.. just saw your photo on facebook

Red.. congrats hun! We'll be hitting our 10th anniversray of being a couple in May next year (only 9th wedding ann though)
Congrats to you, too, Cari!

aren't we so cute?
post #618 of 641
yay! i am so glad you're having a blast.

hugs to all!
post #619 of 641
Just thought I'd let you know...

BABY IS HERE

Wren Kathleen was born at home on Monday November 23rd at 9:35 pm. It was a really short labor of 2.5 hours (after a rather long prodromal/"we don't think this is the real thing" phase). Luckily my midwife did a labor check on me the night before and got everything set up so we were ready to go Monday night. It was a really good birth. I didn't really experience a transition period (in terms of pain or emotionally) and DH was awesome support, as were my midwives at the birth.

She's a cutie. She was 8 lbs 2 oz and 20 inches. She's also a super-nurser. She nursed an hour of her first 3 hours - and then slept for 6 hours. Wow!!

Hope you are all doing well. Back to babe-snuggling for me.
post #620 of 641
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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post
Hmm, see anything lightweight that PC carries that you'd like?
I haven't looked at a PC catalog or the site since I left the US...I may go browse & drool tonight hehehe. We do have a similar place here, only it's a b&m store, called Robins Kitchen and I to wander about in there

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Originally Posted by mary3mama View Post
We've had Papa home for 5 days now and don't want it to end either.
ENjoy it while you can!

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Originally Posted by Valérie.Qc View Post
First Sunday of the Advent, for both Yule and Christmas. First candle to lit.
We have an advent calendar, but have never done actual 'Advent'... may have to do a little research

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
The girls planted daffodil bulbs at church today after a story about thankfulness and delayed gratification.

We're waiting on DH's paycheck, but we should be able to do windows/door in the next week or so! Then the addition work moves "inside"!
The daffodil planting ritual sounds lovely How exciting that the house will be weather tight soon!

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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post
Nope. He'll be moving to Asheville


Congrats to you, too, Cari!

aren't we so cute?
Oh wow, so he's coming to you then! How cool And yes.. you're nauseatingly cute together hehehe. And you have the biggest, happiest smile I think I've ever seen, on your face!

So not sure if I shared with you mamas... my MIL & her sister are taking all 3 kids away tomorrow.. for the NIGHT! So I'll have at least 24hrs kid free I think I'll wrap gifts, clean a bit (so taht I can enjoy a clean house for a whole day plus!) and dh & I are going to use the gift card he won in a radio contest, to go out to dinner It's just Sizzler, but it's FREE and I love me a giant salad bar
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