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post #21 of 188
What skills do you have, phathui5?

Sam, do not feel one moment's guilt. Relaxing enough for three people is hard work.

OF, don't laugh. Ever tried to find one of the puppy backpack harnesses in this country for less than £15?
post #22 of 188
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We are doing cookies for all our friends- we bake on Advent Sundays and freeze them until the last when we deliver them. I am also making small felt bird and mitten ornaments to tie on top of the cookies.

I did ALL of my shopping at our Waldorf school Winter Faire, which was amazing, and spent a little over $200 on my credit card. I know, I'm awful. But that's really almost all of it- just have to get one son a fishing pole and some arrows for his bow (they disappear!).

Oh, and I went to the yarn store yesterday and spent almost $100 on yarn and needles for handwarmers for DH, a cowl for my sister and baby hats for me and my SIL. My goodness! I can't wait until I have ALL the sizes of needles and don't have to buy a new pair for every project- I'm always like "well, I have the next size up..." but I don't want to mess it up. ugh. I love knitting though so it's fun to have my hands occupied with soft materials. I got the nicest silk and wool combo for the baby hats- I love it!

You know, even beautiful handmade cards can be a great gift, something to display as decoration for the holidays, that can be brought out again and again over the years. Collage? Painting? One time we glued a picture of our kids cut out sitting on a park bench in the middle of a piece of drawing paper and then we let each child draw in the rest of the picture- a park with trees, etc...and so they each did a third of the picture and it was so neat how they worked it out! We framed it and that was our gift to the grandparents.
post #23 of 188
I take inspiration from Williams-Sonoma for my holiday goodies. I make big batches of marshmallows, peppermint bark & loaves of pannetone. Why they charge as much as they do for those things I'll never understand!

I wish someone in my family would MAKE me something! Seriously, I would love it, and my sister crochets beautifully, but she always buys gifts.
post #24 of 188
oooh...me too! I LOVE the homemade goodies and handmade gifts! I almost never get them anymore from anyone. I do get salsa from SIL every year, and cookies from neighbors........they are my favorites! I truly wish I was more creative and talented. I can crochet, but never finish my projects! I also used to make gift baskets for Christmas filled with small, inexpensive things like ornaments, candles, baked treats, etc. Just not feeling inspired like I used to, I guess! Now, we just give the absolutely WORST, impersonal gifts ever----gift cards! I know....but we get them free from hubby's "points", around $200-$300 worth, so we use them!
post #25 of 188
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Sam, do not feel one moment's guilt. Relaxing enough for three people is hard work.
Thanks Helen
post #26 of 188
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Sam, do not feel one moment's guilt. Relaxing enough for three people is hard work.
Oh my, I read this and I thought there for a second that I missed you being preggo with twins, Helen! But, then I realized you meant Sam.
And Sam, I did miss you're expecting twins though, I thought it was a singleton, congrats! Twins are amazing.

I wish I was pregnant, I can't believe our youngest is 4! (Besides the baby, but she's emergency care baby, not staying.)

We came through the month ok, little miss cotton ball button still struggling from the sepsis and mutli organ failure, no wonder, but I wish she would make a full recovery soon.
And we got through 4 kids' birthdays ok, everyone happy so that's good.
This month it's my birthday, heh, but that is not going to be celebrated. (Oh, the kids and my dear will probably make a fuss with cake, presents and such, but that's just nice.)

Anyway, jeeez, I can't believe it's december. I should probably fix the kids gifts soon, I have some ideas for all of them. My dear though, no idea! What are you all getting your SO's for christmas? I have to buy something, not crafty at all. And we don't really celebrate, so we don't get each other very big/expensive gifts, but something is always nice. He doesn't really need anything, and I'd like for him to not end up with the usual book-gift (which he loves, but still).
post #27 of 188
Hey all! I have been MIA but I have been MIA from most things sans Facebook. Good to "see" you all!

Sam~ congrats on the twins! They are hard work but fun. :
Pixie~
FJ and Jenny~ Can't wait to see your bundles! Not as much as you, though I bet

We're getting by. I am super stressed most of the time and trying to get myself to just go with the flow. I think I am expecting too much from myself.

DH was laid off because his company dissolved the department he was in. Thankfully they offered him other positions and kept his pay going until he got hired back on. He pretty much had a 3 week vacation but the stress was so much we got nothing done least of all relaxing. He's back at work the first day being today (so sad he has to work Sundays. We miss church now ) and he is working 4-10s with Thur-Sat off. I can't stand that schedule but ya know we're just so thankful he is employed!! :

Alrighty I need to get back to cleaning.
post #28 of 188
DH is getting a nurf gun. Cause apparently no self respecting IT department should be without one.. and well we are strapped for cash this year. I already emailed a former co-worker to find out which one is preferred.
post #29 of 188
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And Sam, I did miss you're expecting twins though, I thought it was a singleton, congrats! Twins are amazing.
Thanks Pixie

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We came through the month ok, little miss cotton ball button still struggling from the sepsis and mutli organ failure, no wonder, but I wish she would make a full recovery soon.
for your little miss cotton ball button
post #30 of 188
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Sam~ congrats on the twins! They are hard work but fun. :
Thanks Maggie
post #31 of 188
I'm getting my husband a nice wool sweater he's been eyeing and some wool slippers. So far, that's it. It doesn't sound like a heck of a lot, but man, he's not a cheap date! I'll probably do a stocking for him this year, as that's my favorite part and we haven't been able to afford to do much for each other the past few years. So maybe an Itunes gift card, new wallet, bitters, chocolate, maybe a holiday beer.....

I made my peppermint bark last night & the kids bundled up & took batches of that & cookies to the neighbors. I stayed home and had fondue & a glass of wine. It was COLD last night! It was 0 when we woke up & is currently hovering around 10.

Kat
post #32 of 188
Dh and I run our own business and it has been growing steadily over the past 3 years to a point where it is almost to much of a monster for just the two of us to control without bits of it getting bashed. It has pushed us to the limit of our patience and strength and not earning a salary for such a long time has had me up against the wall for far too long.

Dh called the bank about a transaction today and they passed him to a new manager. The computer says that we have hit a magic turnover figure and they are now willing to extend our borrowing to help the business grow.

Hopefully - I don't quite believe it yet - we will see funds in our bank account on Monday which will mean that we can employ someone to do most of what I do throughout the day and half the night and also start to draw a proper salary from the business for our family.

I burst into tears when dh told me because this has been so hard and we have felt like no-one was supporting us. This gives us an opportunity to re-balance our lives and move forward instead of just hanging on to the cliff face for dear life.

I am so relieved
post #33 of 188
That's really exciting news, orangefoot-- congratulations!
post #34 of 188
Wow! So much is going on just on this page.

Maggie, make sure you have a copy of this around (maybe you could make "baby" into "babies":

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

- Ruth Hulbert Hamilton


Hey, orangefoot, that is such a touching post. Congratulations.


Pixie, I wish I were pregnant too. Not really - I mean, I don't want to be pregnant, give birth or have a 5th child. But I do!


Kat, please share your recipes for peppermint bark and pannetone. I have this quarter off from teaching and am enjoying the Christmas season to the nth degree. So far I have made chocolate-dipped pretzels, chocolate-shortbread-sugared cookies, persimmon bread and chocolate crinkle cookies.

Tiffany
post #35 of 188
I am on bed rest as my blood pressure is high
post #36 of 188
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I am on bed rest as my blood pressure is high
Hope it comes under control. If you don't mind my asking, how high is it? I have been dealing with high b/p and bedrest has not done me much good.
post #37 of 188
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Hope it comes under control. If you don't mind my asking, how high is it? I have been dealing with high b/p and bedrest has not done me much good.
Hi Jenny,

They took several readings and they were around 140/90 - can I ask about your readings? were you put on medications? what else have you tried to bring it down? can I also ask how many weeks were you when it developed?
post #38 of 188
orangefoot, great news!

Sam, hope it comes down, I've dealt with that too, and had to take meds in the end because it got critically high. s
(Mine was 180/130 and 170/120 when I got admitted to the hospital. They barely got my diastolic down to 90-100 on meds. With 190/150 and 210/160 as the highest readings. My regular BP was 100/60.)

And thanks for the well-wishes, Sam and Maggie.

Maggie, print out that poem of Tiffany's and put it up somewhere you can see it!

anettemarie, how are you?
post #39 of 188
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DH is getting a nurf gun. Cause apparently no self respecting IT department should be without one.. and well we are strapped for cash this year. I already emailed a former co-worker to find out which one is preferred.
I'm giving my DH a nerf gun too! But he knows he's getting it. He asked for it actually! I had bought it for DSS 14 and then he actually asked for a specific one on his christmas list so then I bought that one. I pulled out the first one to return and DH said "Why don't you wrap that up and give it to me?" Too funny! He's also getting an iTouch but that's a surprise that he doesn't know about!
post #40 of 188
With this last pregnancy, my bp was around 150/100 starting t 36 weeks. I tried everything except meds to get it down- garlic, magnesium, passionflower, etc. Even postpartum it was still 140/90 until 4 weeks pp. My midwife said it was dangerously high during labor, but I didn't want to know the actual #s. What does this mean for subsequent pregnancies? My last two were born at home, would bp meds preclude me from hb?
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