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post #61 of 136
The 1st bell rings at 7:45 here in HI,the second at 7:50 and you are late by 8.I feel like Wonder Woman every day that I get all 4 out the door and my oldest in school on time.I also feel like that is about the only thing I get right some days.
I'm just not sure I could run the house and young kids in addition to teaching.My one year old is waaaay too mischevious and helpful when I'm trying to help my oldest with his homework.
My DH's parents are from big families on both sides so usually holidays are spent half the day with one side and half with the other.For Christmas they put all the kids names in a hat and then the adults draw names.Each kid gets a gift and then the godparents usually get the god children gifts and some years some of the aunties get all the kids a dollar gift.There is also a Santa who gives each child a gift so it averages out to about 3 gifts per child.The adults do a white elephant which is always more fun than the actual gift especially shopping.This year we will be too far to go home without costing alot of $ so we will probably get together with some other military families on the island before the holidays.
I was going to ask a question but now I forgot what it was and I really gotta get ready for the next day so maybe I'll rmember tomorrow.:
post #62 of 136
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That is the challenge to get everyone up and going early in the morning. For me, it is compounded by my dh being a night owl. Definitely not a mornng person, but he has gotten better since we've had more kids.
post #63 of 136
I am a night owl too and mornings are terriblefor me. I *can* get up at 6am if I really have to but I prefer not to: Bed at 2am and up at 11am is my ideal day

My dh takes the mickey out of me for being a late riser: there is a jumble sale in a little village close by tomorrow and it is always a good one but it starts at 10am. He reckons he'll get back from his appointment at 11 and be gobsmacked if we aren't home The upside is that he says we all look like angels lined up in bed in the morning which is nice We'll have to get up early though because we need him to drop us there on his way out and collect us in case we find anything large-ish..... Ds1 will have to come on his bike if he wants to have a look around.

Tomorrow we are also going to collect a 6ft sideboard like this but with a double cupboard, a single cupboard and three drawers which I scored from Freecycle today. It will fit in our bedroom and give me space to keep all Frida's small clothes, Ameila's tights and underwear, some of my fabric stash and still have room to store boxes underneath. I just hope we can get it round the turn at the top of our stairs or I'll cry.
post #64 of 136
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How did the jumble sale go? And for that matter, what is a jumble sale?
post #65 of 136
Where is everyone? I hope you are all ok.

Michelle - Maybe you call them rummage sales? Over here jumble means a mixed up mess and a jumble sale is usually in a small hall belonging to a church or school which has tables covered in mountains of clothes and other tables covered inthe kind of knick knacks that kids love to buy but you would rather not have in the house.

We got some good trousers and tops for ds2 who seems to have grown taller and slimmer since the summer; some fleece tops for re-fashioning into dresses for dd2; trousers, pyjamas and t-shirts for dd; a pull-on raincoat for ds1 to keep in his schoolbag; the most amazing black cape wth red lining for fancy dress and some wool jumpers for felting. Ds2 bought a blue tit sculpture mounted on a wooden plinth with a plaque on it :a 2500 piece puzzle of an ancient map of the British Isles and dd bought some books and a toy mobile phone which may get 'lost' in a week or so.

Then I went to collect the sideboard and managed to get it in the car and up the stairs. It is just the job and somehow makes that side of the room look bigger. Its top drawer is divided and felt lined as it was for cutlery storage and it makes a perfect home for dd1's little treasures which now include the toy mobile phone!

We did a lot of tidying and clearing out yesterday and with a little bit more storage our room looks much better. My arms ache from moving furniture though

Last but not least, my sister called this morning to say that her girlfirend proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower when they were in Paris last week (how romantic!) and they will be entering a civil partnership some time soon. I am so happy for them both
post #66 of 136
: I LOVE new romances. And jumble sales: and to translate, when you Americans have too much stuff you have a yard sale. Charities over here mug little old ladies and other vulnerable groups (like parents) relieving them of their clutter and then resell said clutter as a fundraiser.

We've had an interesting few days here, and I don't feel chatty. Let's just say our groundwork contractor got arrested for murder a few hours after pouring the cement into the floor of our extension, I have a cold, and I now have SPD instead of just a hypermobile sacro-iliac joint.
post #67 of 136
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and other tables covered inthe kind of knick knacks that kids love to buy but you would rather not have in the house.

that is so true! That happens here too so it must be universal!
post #68 of 136
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We've had an interesting few days here, and I don't feel chatty. Let's just say our groundwork contractor got arrested for murder a few hours after pouring the cement into the floor of our extension, .
ummmm....I've watched way too many crimes shows....my mind is racing....
post #69 of 136
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We've had an interesting few days here, and I don't feel chatty. Let's just say our groundwork contractor got arrested for murder a few hours after pouring the cement into the floor of our extension, I have a cold, and I now have SPD instead of just a hypermobile sacro-iliac joint.
I hope you feel better soon.

As to your contractor... I hope your home is sealed to the elements and you can get the work finished soon. : When you're ready tell us more. I could use some good drama that doesn't involve me.
post #70 of 136
OMGosh, I can't believe I missed this month til now. Thank goodness I've found you ladies again!

post #71 of 136
Hi AnnetteMarie!
Flapjack it does sound like you have a lot going on.(((hugs))) I hope things get less freaky soon.

People really do say the first thing that pops in thier head.I was at the bookstore with just the baby the other day.I think he was even in the stroller not being worn.An older woman looked at us and said......."Oh,your hands must be full!" I just smiled and nodded.

I saw a mouse run through the living room the other night.I have been staying up late to sweep,mop clean down the house and I sweep several times a day in general busting my butt.The ants have even been keeping out.Now I see a mouse. feel like throwing my hands up, but now that I am in the busting butt habit I can't give it up so here I am at 11:00, getting ready to clean.
post #72 of 136
No, my concrete is safe. From what I can gather it was DV: he finished levelling off our floor, went home, stabbed his wife to death, had a flash of realisation and then got in the car and drove himself into a lake with his wrists slashed : No crime (at least, not in the glamorous sense, not on a par with friends dating cannibals and vampires), just the worst possible aspect of human nature I'm a DV and SA survivor myself and a bit knife-phobic, so I'm freaking out slightly, and there's going to be a VERY big housewarming party once the work is all finished to get some happy memories in there instead. We're still safely sealed to the elements, btw- the hard shell is going up and the electrics are going in before they knock through.
And in other news, I had no idea that this much snot could come out of a toddlers nose : Where's it all coming from? Between the two of us, we've got through a whole box of tissues this morning already.

Crittersmom, love the cleaning, sorry about the mouse. Have you tried asking him to move somewhere else, like a shed or a garage? I know it sounds hippy-dippy weirdo, but I know people who swear it works.
post #73 of 136
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flapjack: you deserve a big house warming party and some happy memories. Way too creepy of stuff. (You could almost be on a talk show or some thing about the vampire/cannibal thing - eww gross! But sparks curiousity none the the less.)
post #74 of 136
OMG Helen!! That is so awful . I hope the housewarming goes well & fills it with great memories!

crittersmom - great job on the cleaning! I've lost any ambition to do it though. Going to have to try harder; DH said yesterday that this place is a pig sty! I can't have that! So you know what I'll be doing today !

Annettemarie - glad you found us!
post #75 of 136
Flapjack hope ur OK.
i miss this thread everytime. i keep forgetting im a mom of many(well 4)

hope everyone is ok

also i question for mums with toddlres babies and school aged kids, how do you manage getting everyone dressed and sorted while baby is screaming to be picked up. i find everymorning baby is tired/wanting hugs while im wresling Mr 2yr old in to socks and shoes Miss Drama Queen 3yr old in to her shoes and getting coats on making sure Mr 5Yr old has his lunch/book/bus pass and i get the wrap on and off we go. i feel awfull on these days that baby has sits in her chair for 10 15 mins crying while i try to get thigns done as fast as poss. i cant wear her while im doing all this cos 2yr old once kicked her in the head(at 3 weeksold poor love) while i was getting his shoes on and her head keeps flooping out the wrap, i have yet to master Back Carries with her(too scared of dropping her)

Kiz
post #76 of 136
Hey Kiz!

I wear my baby as much as possible, but there are those times when you can't. I try to get as much done as possible one-handed, but there are times when you just have to put them down. Then try to get everything done as fast as you can. If someone else has better advice, I'd love to hear it too.
post #77 of 136
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Hi AnnetteMarie!
Flapjack it does sound like you have a lot going on.(((hugs))) I hope things get less freaky soon.

People really do say the first thing that pops in thier head.I was at the bookstore with just the baby the other day.I think he was even in the stroller not being worn.An older woman looked at us and said......."Oh,your hands must be full!" I just smiled and nodded.

I saw a mouse run through the living room the other night.I have been staying up late to sweep,mop clean down the house and I sweep several times a day in general busting my butt.The ants have even been keeping out.Now I see a mouse. feel like throwing my hands up, but now that I am in the busting butt habit I can't give it up so here I am at 11:00, getting ready to clean.

I am laughing my head off....I'm reading you post about your animal problems and then I look over at your user name.........
post #78 of 136
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I am laughing my head off....I'm reading you post about your animal problems and then I look over at your user name.........

that's a good point!
post #79 of 136
I thought no one would notice my name. The mouse is pretty cute but I am not interested in being a mom to mice on the loose.I might be okay if he was nice and contained.I'll try asking him to move on, I haven't heard of that but its worth a shot.
Morning routines with baby who needs you.It is soo hard to be AP to many at all times.I have rationalized that if you answer the baby and let them know you hear them and help them ASAP when there is no rush that they will still feel cared for.I link it to retail I noticed customers were nicer and more willing to wait if I at least acknowledged them while they were wating in the Christmas lines.Thats how I get over the brain/heart tug when baby is crying.To minimize some of the crazy morning stuff I lay everything out for all the night before.My kids don't care yet what they are wearing so its still up to me.I nurse the baby then get up earlier than the other kids.I take the dog out then come back in and wake the older two get them dressed and eating breakfast.Then I go back and get the younger two dressed and by that time we are ready to go.DD doesn't eat breakfast right away, she needs to wait a little while and I have usually nursed her fairly recently.When someone is cranky, like the baby my older one is actually very good at helping keep him happy.On the really bad growth spurt mornings I imagine that DS will just have to be late.Life is more important than an outside schedule.Baby is also with me but I don't always carry him.I put him on the floor next to the shower in a boucner or on a blanket.He goes in a bouncer or on the floor next to me or the older kids.
post #80 of 136
im glad im not only one feeling the ole heart strings a tugging cos baby is screaming at me.

i do have everything out night before, DH somestiems gets DS2 dressed and i have started letting DD1 get herself dressed but sometimes she needs help.
DS1 us great at helping to keep baby settled, he will bounce her chair gently or give her her Paci just while im wrestling DS2 in to shoes or putting on the wrap. once shes in shes fine. i do talk to her while im doing what im doing just reasure her im still here and i wont be long. its seems to be a morning/gettingready/going out thing cos she is fine sitting in her chair while im doing other things, cooking, etc(well most times) but as soon as she clocks we are going out(normaly preceded by me yelling for the kids to stop fighting and get thier shoes/coats on) she wont be put down with out screaming. mayb i need to NOT get stressed at getting down the stairs, getting H in the pushchair, getting out the door, stopping A from running, hopeing A doest fall over, getting to the bus stop on time time.

must get more organised, must be less stressed, must care less about B being late, (if i miss the 8.41 bus i can get either the 9am or 9.10 bus meaning B is only going to be 20 mins to 30 mins late for school, tho means i will have to hoof it home(30-45 min walk)
but its not the end of the world if he is late.

Kiz
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