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~~~~May 2004 Mamas ~~~~ Feelin' Thankful it's November ~~~~

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Ha! I get to start the new thread for November!

So very exciting.
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BOO!
I am still here. Just on a sugar high!

I will catch up, I will! But now I have to go to sleep
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Happy Day of the Dead, everybody! Today is all souls' day (every dead person) and tomorrow is all Saints' day (every dead child). There are altars up all over town, in the streets, in homes, etc. Sol will dress up in costume today (a nod to halloween) and they'll make an altar at her school and eat tamales and sweet bread (pan de muertos). Cool huh!

I just love the idea of creating an altar and honoring the dead people you love and miss. When else do we do that? We don't have a set "grieving day" for that in U.S. culture. On the altars they decorate them with beautiful paper cuts of death (skeletons, etc) and sugar skulls and fruit and certain flowers that are orange and fuchsia, putting up pictures of the deceased and their favorite food and drink for them to return to and enjoy.

Because I am horridly holiday-challenged I will just enjoy from afar because no, I don't have my scheit together to create a great home altar. Someday! If I were Sherri I would have the loveliest porch altar EVER.
I do have some beautiful paper cuts hanging on the wall above my computer.

OH OH OH! I had a vivid dream of a maymama get together and Sarah Bee had a new baby girl named Zulma! (pronounced in the spanish way), Soool-mah. I was mortified I had not clicked on the link she had provided to let us all know of her birth story and so I didn't even know she had had a baby, let alone was pregnant etc....
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Love that dream! (I approve of *all* nutty dreams! )

I love the Day of the Dead, too. There was a much bigger presence of it in the Bay Area (esp. SF) than here (guess I'm kinda in white bread land). I don't think something like that could fly in the US... we're too repressed, especially wrt death.

Y'know what's kind of funny... with my mom gone, I was able to really CLEAN the house yesterday afternoon. (The kids were calmer, and I had one less person to take care of.) I started a thread in the toddler forum about the issue that got the annoyance going (cpr/1st aid)...

We did trick or treat (a bit), but man, it was frickin' COLD. I let the kids eat the fruit leather than our crunchy friends down the street gave them, plus an honest to goodness piece of candy. The rest of it will disappear. And where will it go? Actually, I think I need to send it with dh to work... I'll try to post pix of the jack-o-lanterns (art directed by T) and the kids in their costumes later.

Just wanted to say also that Jacqueline, I've had a wacky cycle like that too, and . (And I'm really looking forward to seeing a pic of G, because IMO, he'd make a perfect little cowboy.)
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PS How long are we supposed to stay boo'd?

And hi nuggets!!!!
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Hi Mamas!

SOrry I haven't been more present. My internet's been on the blink. Not sure how long I have it before it goes on the fritz again, but checking in while I can. My hard drive is about to go, so I'm posting from the laptop. I want to update some pix on the YG when I can. Got some cute Halloween pictures to share!

LISA! Congrats on selling the house! What a big relief, huh? Ours is supposed to have the home inspection today at 1pm, so holding my breath everything checks out. When are you supposed to close on your house, Lisa? PLease repost the link to the new place on the YG! I'd love to see it!

Emmalola, congrats on the house buying! When will you close?

Big super big hugs to you Jacqueline. What a whirlwind of emotions you've processed. I am glad you have a good perspective of it all. Big hugs for you, youare so strong.

els-you'd be disappointed in my current porch. No decorations yet. Waiting till Christmas, then I'll bust some out.

Welcome MissJuice! I grew up in Ohio, so nice to see a fellow Ohioan! Go Bucks! Loving the Ohio State football team this year!

Faery and Nuggets-welcome back!

Fiddle, I've read of your current struggles with the yeast and the pg. I have everything crossed that all works out for you. You are so stroong, but I wonder why you have encountered so many hardships? Frustrating I'm sure. But you have my support no matter what.

Turbo-how's the Mom visit?

KK-glad you have some space back. I love being able to get back into our routine after family has left. It's a relief for dh to start work this week, because I feel so helter skelter when he's around. We're adjusting quite well to the move, and he really likes his new job so far. Having some furniture delivered today, so that will be excitiing!

I'll be MIA for a few days, going to Ohio to visit my Mom, so I'll beback on Sunday!

Love to all!
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emmalola, where in NM are you? I'm a transplanted New Mexican myself.

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I just love the idea of creating an altar and honoring the dead people you love and miss. When else do we do that? We don't have a set "grieving day" for that in U.S. culture. On the altars they decorate them with beautiful paper cuts of death (skeletons, etc) and sugar skulls and fruit and certain flowers that are orange and fuchsia, putting up pictures of the deceased and their favorite food and drink for them to return to and enjoy.
That sounds awesome. My oldest DD is having a lot of questions about death lately, and seems really frightened - I think it would be nice to "celebrate" and make something positive out of it.

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Welcome MissJuice! I grew up in Ohio, so nice to see a fellow Ohioan! Go Bucks! Loving the Ohio State football team this year!
Thanks! I've only been in Ohio for the last 6 years (wow, 6 yrs already??), my DH grew up here. I love it, though. Unfortunately I am officially a Football Idiot - no matter how I try, I just can't understand it or get into it. Not even with the help of beer. Baseball I managed to figure out and learn to love, not so with football. But I keep trying!

Well, I've now been pooped on. And I have to go to work. Quite the conundrum.
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posted linky to this thread in the oct thread... more later
~c
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Subbing real quick.

Hi Miss Juice. Anyone who is obsessed with Elsanne is a friend of mine!

Halloween was a whirlwind. Will post pics of the adorableness asap.

Gotta run and take advantage of the mia's-at-school-and-jett-is-napping downtime.

Oh, and thanks for booing me everyone. Sorry I had to be such a pathetic brat about it. Funny.... my mom tells me I used to always whine about "no one ever tells me ANYTHING" when I was a child. Looks like that complex is still kickin' it live. Hmmm... where's that Personal Growth forum again?
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trick or treating was fun (but COLD!). so cold we didnt' get enough trick or treaters and i still have half a bowl of candy left. we only did 2 blocks on our street and isaac thought the whole concept was GREAT! he ate one tootsie roll pop and i was amazed he didn't throw a tantrum about eating more. (or when he woke up this morning). pics later

lisa i had a dream we came by your house and hung out with you and A and E. and my old roommate is from san jose so she was in the dream and then doug and her and i left to drive from san jose to bakersfield and i was getting all confused on the freeways trying to find 101. then we hit this amazing redwooded area where there were fish running (which were actually koi and not salmon...as if there are any salmon left down there but the koi were HUGE and had big eyes and bright orange, etc.) but they had a new nature trail along the stream so we stopped to hike that. very funny dream
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My mom just left here so I have my computer back. I should be preparing for my gardening project in the classroom tomorrow, but Oh WELL!! This is all turning out to be more work than expected. Also I have some ambitious holiday knitting projects which is where I have really been.
We did celebrate Dias de las Meurtes in Oakland at the museum. Decorated sugar skulls etc. Maybe a little shrine here would be something but not really done this year.
I will see if Julia will eat something besides candy. Yes, I am the one who let them have whatever they wanted. Then they happily traded my mom for most of it in exchange for barbies. Where are the paper bags. I may have to use one of hte trcik or treat bags...
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I'm here, joining up for the month.

DH is doing an All Saints Day Service at our church tonight...as close as a bunch of white Episcopalians get to dealing with the issue of death. It's basically a regular church service with a time set aside for reading the names of the departed in our lives. That's pretty powerful, but G and I will be staying at home. The service starts at 7, and G was already out late last night.

I'm doing pretty well, but your thoughts have meant alot to me. I'm still bleeding pretty heavily, but the cramping has slowed down, so I'm thinking the worst is over.

G was an awfully cute cowboy, but I took pics with an old-fashioned FILM camera, so it will a little while before the film is developed. We went to the community center deal, but the prizes at all the carnival games were stickers, plastic toys, and such...no real CANDY! So, we visited a few homes and put some sugar in his bucket. Now, we've been rationing it...but dh and I might just finish it off late one night!

Okay, better fix dinner. Happy November all!
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Jacqueline, I'm so sorry.

Again, I only have a second, but I wanted to post these.
http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...1cNWLl&notag=1
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Jacqueline, you are in my thoughts.

Meg - Such cuteness...I love Halloween. Here are some of mine on my flickr page.

Sherri - have fun in Ohio. And you'd better get your 'puter fixed pronto, missy. We don't tolerate our May Mamas being away for long.

Hi, Miss Juice. Sorry I forgot to welcome you earlier. As you will find, I'm the resident pop-in-when-I-have-time-and-only-comment-on-a-few-things May Mama.

I am feeling totally overwhelmed with schoolwork right now. Usually it's the clinical hours that kick my a$$, but this quarter there are no clinicals. It's the freakin' reading and projects/papers that are really piled on. They frontload us with a lot of academic stuff this first quarter so we can concentrate on clinicals the rest of the time. I have one huge paper, three group projects, and numerous smaller homework assignments, not to mention tons of reading. Ridiculous amounts of reading. Like so much reading I couldn't even do it if I didn't have a 2-year-old. Arrgh. I'm not used to feeling so behind.

Anyways, off to go do some homework. :

S.
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As you will find, I'm the resident pop-in-when-I-have-time-and-only-comment-on-a-few-things May Mama.


S.
Aw, SarahBee. You must be so overwhelmed you didn't even catch the fact that I am intuiting your next child. It's okay. Everything's gonna be alright!

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It's basically a regular church service with a time set aside for reading the names of the departed in our lives. That's pretty powerful,
Sounds pretty powerful indeed. As the wife of a preacher, how does that feel? I mean, what is it like? I am imagining a pressure to behave a certain way or maintain the happy family image...what are the good parts, the benefits of being a a priest's wife?
I am thinking of you...take some iron pills if you can. Slow FE is a good one.

Sherri so sorry your computer is on the fritz! I go through withdrawals. I could not move into this new house until the actual day the cable internet was hooked up.
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Aw, SarahBee. You must be so overwhelmed you didn't even catch the fact that I am intuiting your next child.
No, I am just studiously ignoring it. You must have the wrong mama.

Brrrrrrrr I am cooooooooold.
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Tee hee It doesn't matter how many times ya tell these folks you're only wanting one, Sarah. We've got some mamas here that WANT YOU PREGNANT! I personally hope you're spared at least for a while, so you can finish school and get some time to be a midwife.

Hooray! Good to hear from you, nuggets. I admire your ability to hold off the MMF addiction long enough to prep for the holidays. I haven't even thought about that stuff yet.

Speaking of which, MCSB mentioned secret santas for the mamas. If we do it, count me in.

Meg- I LOVE the pic of baby rhino.

Some GOOD news: I found out today that our company needs a new 1st Aid/CPR trainer, and it pays WAY more than my current $9/hr wage. The instructor trainings are almost all on evenings when I'm already working so I won't have to a hire a sitter, plus the company will pay me to take the instructor trainings. Woo hoo! I'll take the courses in Novemeber and start instructing 1st Aid/CPR in December! Twice a month, I'll work a couple of extra hours and make some good money for a change. I told my company I need to take Feb and March off, obviously.
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awesome ff

lovin the halloween pix. mine are on YG.
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For the Record? Sarah, I don't particularly want you pregnant, per se, I just dreamed that you had little Zulma. That's all. If that belies my deepest desires, well then, yeeeaaaah. I know you feel strongly that another is just not on the menu.

FF I think a first aid trainer is a GREAT thing.

I want to do Secret Papa Noel too! I would love to do a mama thing, or a child thing, or both, or whatever! I know! Let's all go to Sherri's and help her decorate that porch and have some warm apple cider...then we could go to her old house and take sleigh rides around and around on that ponderous lawn...which would be all snowy. Then we'd get off and make snowpersons ('cause we're all so pc), maybe make a pregnant one in honor of all the pregs, and the non-pregs would pelt one another with snowballs and then go inside and play pool and eat nummies.
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Count me in on the secret santa, snowball fight, pool playing, and nummies! Especially the nummies.
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