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The4OfUS...have you checked that out...what kind of Black Henna? that stuff tends to have hair dye solution in it so please check it out, ooh that scaires me. I did some research on henna back in the day and Black Henna was ubber terrible but it might have changed by now (5 yrs ago).
ack! Thank you - I googled, gagged, and just canceled the order....gonna find some regular henna, research some more and/or some other way.

Thanks again!!
post #1742 of 1860
Goodness you ladies are busy.
We are at my parents house and loving it. Katie is totally infatuated with my dad. He's quite humerous as well, when someone else is holding her, he follows them around with sad puppy dog eyes until they give in and hand her over. And then there are many smiles and giggles from both of them. The other night he gave her a long speech about why she isn't allowed to have coffee, but soon she'll be able to have hot chocolate and then work her way up to mochas and cappucinos. I laughed so hard. She was lunging for his coffee cup.

Katie is also enamored with my parents' dog. This dog does NOT like children at all. He's a great dog, but he's cantankerous and not nice with kids. But Katie loves him and coos at him all day. And if you throw a ball for him, you get huge belly laughs from her.

In-Laws & parents... I appreciate my parents a lot more because they treat us like family. My ILs have skewed priorities though they are nice people. The one thing I do appreciate about my ILs is that they either respect us enough, or don't pay enough attention, and they don't question decisions that we make with regards to our lives or child rearing. My FIL is opinionated occasionally, but he understands by now that he won't change my mind to match his so he doesn't really try. My parents are wonderful people who make sure that we know that we are very important to them. They also greatly respect us, and even if they don't agree with parenting choices they wouldn't argue, they would ask how we made the decision and accept the information we give them. My mom actually is happy with a lot of the decisions we've made. And she makes me laugh when Katie reaches for her food. She says "I'd give you that, but I'm scared of what your mom would do to me."

Primping... I think I pretty much do as much as I ever did. I get a shower every day because I put Katie on the floor of the shower to play while I'm washing, ever since she started sitting by herself. She's happy and I get clean. I wear makeup once or twice a week, depending on how I'm feeling. I shave/pluck/etc. when necessary or when I feel like it. And I get my hair cut so rarely that that doesn't matter anyway.
post #1743 of 1860
Katie also met her other Great-Grandpa yesterday.
The difference in her reaction is amazing, but not surprising, if that makes sense.
On the left, my Dad's dad. On the right, my Mom's dad.
post #1744 of 1860
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Originally Posted by chiromama View Post
I have a lower back tattoo :
Sorry, it doesn't count as a tramp stamp unless you also accessorize it with a visible thong and velour sweat pants with something written across the butt! It should also be "tribal," but you shouldn't be able to tell me the meaning. And then you'd be my SIL. The second choice for tramp stamp iconography in Massachusetts is a Claddagh, pronounced "Klatter."

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I've got a lower back tattoo too... It's a nice one though. It doesn't say JUICY.

Helen, your childhood sounds a bit like my high school years spent at a Fundamental Baptist boarding school. It was like homeschool because there were no teachers, and we couldn't leave the campus. It was friggin nutty. We had to wear culottes, the kind that go past your knees. I wrote an essay about culottes if you want to read it. We also had to watch the Left Behind videos. Not the remakes by Kirk Cameron, but the friggin scary-ass 70s ones. Some weird stuff. I had nightmares of hell for ten years after that. Thank God for atheism.
I just saw "lower back temporary tattoos" in the vending machine at the market. I got one for Harper.

That is some culottes story. AUGH. You lived! I would buy so many pairs of pants too. Those pants made you end up PREGNANT. Like that one girl. Do you still talk to your parents? And if so, how do they explain this educational choice? My parents *were* atheists. Our world ending stuff was because of worldwide economic collapse due to people ignoring the value of gold, blah blah. We were raised by Kraftwerk, only not that cool. Paranoid nihilists might not excel at childrearing.

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The tattooing is addictive. So is piercing. :
I was also more of a piercing person. My one rule for Harper will be that any piercings she may want are done by a professional, not a gun at the mall. I scarred the heck out of my ears going that route, and the difference once I tried a professional studio was amazing. It's so weird that we'll have to have policies on things like body mods, cell phones, email addresses for our kids.
post #1745 of 1860
my tattoo is a katter.
post #1746 of 1860
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I was also more of a piercing person. My one rule for Harper will be that any piercings she may want are done by a professional, not a gun at the mall. I scarred the heck out of my ears going that route, and the difference once I tried a professional studio was amazing. It's so weird that we'll have to have policies on things like body mods, cell phones, email addresses for our kids.
Very weird.

When Victoria started talking about wanting to get her ears pierced, I told her I'd be happy to take her, but it had to be done with a needle in a piercing parlor. She said, "um, they're gonna put a needle in my ear? Maybe I'll wait 'til I'm 10."

She has decided she wants tattoos like me, and a belly button ring like her biomom. Nothing quite as sexy as a 40 year old with a belly button ring...pierced with a gun. Ick.

I want to get my belly button redone (and a couple other piercings that will have to wait until I'm done breastfeeding but as I'm only 23, it's not too trashy, right? Of course this all depends on what my post-baby tummy ends up looking like.

B got Sam a Nuby cup for Christmas, and she's currently flipping it all over the place and trying to figure out how to drink out of it. Very cute, but I think she's getting a little P.O.ed.
post #1747 of 1860
: no it's not. : its a tree which also happens to be my business logo. i'll see if i have a pix... i have 3 tattoos. time for a new one...
post #1748 of 1860
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: no it's not. : its a tree which also happens to be my business logo. i'll see if i have a pix... i have 3 tattoos. time for a new one...
I love my tattoos. Brad and his brother are going to get their family crest someday.
post #1749 of 1860
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: no it's not. : its a tree which also happens to be my business logo. i'll see if i have a pix... i have 3 tattoos. time for a new one...
I didn't believe you anyway!
post #1750 of 1860
Jes, got your card! Very cute!
post #1751 of 1860
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Love it. [shudder - you poor, poor girl]....I noted in the description that it said they fall 24 inches from the inseam.....my entire inseam is only 24 inches - so I'd be wearing......PANTS!!!!!!
: laughup you kill me....
post #1752 of 1860
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Okay so whats the cutest of the cutest? Dh crawling over to me and into my lap to pull at my shirt...he's only 6 mo!! :
hee. i was thinking this was something suggestive until i saw the 6 month old part and realized it was just a typo.
post #1753 of 1860
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Katie also met her other Great-Grandpa yesterday.
The difference in her reaction is amazing, but not surprising, if that makes sense.
On the left, my Dad's dad. On the right, my Mom's dad.
laughup : : : geeze, um, your mom's dad. um, does he not like kids????
post #1754 of 1860
Yay for me! All 3 kids are asleep! (I think, anyway!)

So who here is buying a special membership or whatever they're called? I was thinking about it just because I don't get Mothering mag regularly yet, so the level that includes a year's subscription would be nice. Not sure though, we've spent enough money lately with the house and Christmas and all!

Speaking of which, Christmas Day was great - Ange, you are braver than I, doing 4th Sunday Advent and Christmas Masses in the same day!! We did the Sat. vigil (only because we were already there for confession) and then Mon. morning - my kids are not so good at evening Mass - much better in the morning! We love our new parish.

I was really sad about moving our celebration to my parents' since I was SO looking forward to hosting our first Christmas in our new house here, back in antediluvian times (and if you get that joke, you have a very good vocabulary ) but it ended up being very nice. My side of the family is very small (we did the huge side of the family - DH's - for Thanksgiving on our big road trip) so it was just the five of us, my folks in NJ, my grandmother (from NY), and my younger brother (from Chicago). It was pretty quiet but a lot of fun - the girls looooove my brother (he's the 25-year-old cool uncle who runs around playing with them and gave them THIS for Christmas - and they can't wait for us to use it; we're going to try it out tonight! There are recipes in the booklet it came with for dairy-free sorbets, so thankfully I won't be deprived!) My grandmother loves spending time with her great-grandchildren, and it was nice to just relax and catch up with family.

DH and the kids gave me a lovely necklace for my present - it's one of those "circle pendant" ones everyone is wearing. Alternating diamond and amethyst - they had them with all different stones but the girls said "Mommy loves purple" (which is true, purple and green are my favorite colors!) so that's what DH went with. And Amy - I got a new handbag too, from my parents - I looooove handbags! Used to sell them when I worked PT in Nordstrom in college (so Megs, I wish I could have joined you for your shopping trip - I am a huge Nordy fan! You said you like malls, right? I remember it came up once before and I think Korin said she hates them and I think you said you love them? You gotta come visit us here in PA, we have this amazing mall called King of Prussia that is, like, the mall to end all malls! I go there way too often )
post #1755 of 1860

missed the tat talk!

Oh, I always wanted a tattoo! I almost got one - I was studying abroad in Africa and some friends and I went to get matching tattoos at this tattoo place that was attached to a club we all used to party at. Well, we all got drunk, and of the six of us, half did it and half backed out. I was one of the losers who chickened out on her friends at the last minute. : And now I'm kinda past that point (I think for me it was more of a rebellious, "make a statement" thing that I'm kind of over now), so...I guess I'll live vicariously through you all!
post #1756 of 1860
Still catching up on the subjects I've missed!

So reading all your stories, I guess I'm pretty fortunate on the family issue - my parents and my MIL are all pretty normal and good people - I mean no one is perfect (not even moi! ) so we do disagree from time to time. (FIL passed away in 2003, and now he was amazing - the sweetest man EVER, and anyone who knew him said that! Totally miss him, wish I'd gotten to be his daughter-in-law for longer than I did!)

My mom has always been great - she and I are very close, she's always been there for me. My dad and I had some issues when I was a teenager, but things got much better with a little distance when I was in college, and now our relationship is really pretty good - and I have to say, I have some issues with him as a father, but he is a really great grandfather! Seeing him in a different light, with my kids, has really helped me forgive him for a lot of things from the past that I had some resentment about. Despite our differences, my folks have always been there for me, no matter what.

Our main difficulty now is that my parents (mostly my dad) are not particularly religious or even ethical, and pretty materialistic in some ways, so they think we're a little weird We also started doing the "three gifts like Jesus got" thing this year, in an effort to cut down on the commercialization and secularization of the holiday, and so we also asked them to scale down their gifts this year - that Butterscotch pony was more than enough for the girls - and they said we were ruining their fun. My dad's attitude is, you should take all you can get, regardless. For example, my father ordered several new super-high-end Dell laptops for his business, and somehow they shipped him an extra one which he hadn't paid for, and he offered it to us and then got all insulted that we wouldn't take it. I mean, I was DYING to take it!! But it's wrong - it's the equivalent of stealing. (And DH and I really, REALLY wanted that computer!! We even went as far as asking our priest about it, if there was any way to justify keeping it. Big surprise, the answer was no! ) So I told him if he called Dell and asked them and they said go ahead and keep it (it had no paperwork or documentation with it so they might), then I'd be so grateful to have it. But he wouldn't call them - he sold it on eBay instead. My father's first reaction upon hearing about our flood was, "Hey - anything you've been wanting to replace, go put it in the water and then tell the insurance adjuster it was damaged in the flood and you'll get a new one! I have a guy who can give you a phony receipt for your old TV saying it cost like $2000 or whatever and then you can replace it with a big plasma one!" I was like, um, that's called insurance fraud...?! Which is illegal, not to mention a sin! So again he gets all offended and is like, "Well if you guys are too good and holier-than-thou for us, then don't bother calling me for sympathy..." But you have to understand, my dad had a REALLY rough life growing up, so I try to cut him some slack. He was dirt poor as a kid and suffered a lot but then worked hard and made it big all by his own sweat and tears, as they say, so I guess that's why he's the way he is.

Anyway, sorry for the therapy-session-length discourse on my dad, but whatever He's also bailed me out of some scrapes, and always done his best for me, so I'm grateful to him.

Certainly the way we parent is quite different from the way my folks and my MIL did, so that occasionally causes some raised eyebrows. Like, MIL thinks cosleeping is nuts, and I am very passionate about it. Dad was a yeller & spanker. And my mom was just telling Teresa the other day about my first trip to Disney World when I was her age -and she happened to mention that they'd left my brother, 6 months at the time, home with my grandmother for the week! I never knew that! They thought he was too young to enjoy the trip, so it would be better to leave him in familiar surroundings and get to focus just on me. I was like, Andrew is 6 months old and I could not imagine leaving him for more than an hour or so, let alone a WEEK! (Obviously she was not bfing - she did not even try to breastfeed either of us - she said "the idea never appealed to me" - thanks Mom!) But she was and is a really great mom (and grandma) in so many other ways. And she's very deferential to me with my kids - she always asks me how I want things done when she watches them, what they're allowed to eat, etc.
post #1757 of 1860
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Originally Posted by Paddington View Post
laughup : : : geeze, um, your mom's dad. um, does he not like kids????
Yea, he pretty much doesn't like people in general. I was kind of surprised that he held her at all, but it was good to get a picture at least. We don't see him often at all, I think it's been 5 years since I saw him last.
post #1758 of 1860
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Originally Posted by BundleFishMama View Post
So who here is buying a special membership or whatever they're called? I was thinking about it just because I don't get Mothering mag regularly yet, so the level that includes a year's subscription would be nice. Not sure though, we've spent enough money lately with the house and Christmas and all!
I didn't know that one came with the magazine subscription until recently, but I bought it when I figured it out. I have been looking everywhere for the mag and I cannot find it, so a subscription is even better. I did get an email that says that they are out of the office until Jan 1, so I imagine nothing will change for me until then.
post #1759 of 1860
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Originally Posted by BundleFishMama View Post
back in antediluvian times (and if you get that joke, you have a very good vocabulary )
Oooo!! I got it!! ante - before, deluge means flood, so before flood times? Am I smart?? Or did the baby eat all my brain cells and I'm way off?!
post #1760 of 1860
Has anyone not been toasted yet??

I need to pass it on!

Taking down the tree today!!
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