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I know exactly what you mean! i have several friends like your friends! but with 4 kids i just say NO to things i don't have to give them a reason, other then its time to go.

i do try to give them warnings that we will be leaving but my one rule is that if you like the place we are at when its time to leave its time to leave and if you give me trouble we simply won't come back at all... i sometimes as i am trying to get them to leave have to remind them of that rule...

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zenon is so cute kris! I have to get some birthday pics up...

can i rant for a minute here?? *imagines everyone nodding sympathetically*

So I have a great friend with a ds 6 months younger than Finn. We play together a few times a week. She has another ds who is 8, so she has been through it all once before. She is veeeeerrrry gd, which is great, and I aspire to be as gd as I can, but today at the park I nearly lost it on her! Finn has started playing this game when it's time to go where he runs away, laughing maniacally while I get madder and madder. Anyway, finally (after he gets knocked in the head by a swing) I just pick him up and strap him in the stroller, all the while he is screaming and throwing the wildest tantrum you can imagine. So, my dear gentle friend is saying "oh Finn, do you want a cracker??" all sweet and he's screaming and I just wanna get the hell outta there, yk?? Then as we walk out she says to me "you know, sometimes when they want to go on the slide (or whatever) instead of saying no, you can say 'I know the slide is a lot of fun isn't it?'" Grrrrrrrr! I just looked at her and said, "no, sometimes he just needs to be told no. That's it. I don't have the time to always try to reason with him." Which I don't...I have two kids to think about, so life does not revolve around Finn. I mean what else can you do sometimes?? She's a great friend really and usually I love that she's really straight with me, but today, I'd had it!
Sorry about that, but I had to get it off my chest. I guess I should put it in the gd forum, but I'm scared!:
post #262 of 531

happy birthday weekend update

On Saturday night we went to Howell for what Kamrin and I thought was going to be a nice quiet close family dinner to honour the anniversary of great-grandpa's death. It seems like it's easier to focus on babies though, because when we go there there were presents and balloons everywhere for Ion. It was really fun and he and Kaia got to hang out in their birthday suits and Ion opened things and played and we held hands and ate.
Ion and uncle Kevin
He got a cool tractor with a trailer that carries jugs of (soy) milk, a dragon kite, great books and bubbles. MIL and FIL did get disposable plates with licensed characters which we weren't thrilled about and they got some battery operated plastic stuff that they did ask about before giving it to Ion (MUCH appreciated) and we tried to tell them we didn't want them as politely as possible, without preaching all the reasons. We said we're going to try to keep his toys natural for now and see how it goes in the future. He also got the major gift of a trike which I really thought was made it Germany, but no, China of course We didn't end up getting home until 2 am and with the dedication the next morning we needed to get to bed.

The dedication was so good. Friends and family came to the front of the church and Ion was hilarious. When the minister spoke of him he raised his hand to the congregation, paused very seriously and raspberried loudly at everyone! The whole place cracked up. Looks like we may have a future minister (or politician ) on our hands. He ate the rose he was given too After service we went upstairs and had a nice party with cake (before and after) and more gifts. He got his very own broom, more books, toys and a handmade hedgehog by a really great friend. It was really nice to be surrounded with love and family and friends. Afterward, we passed out from exhaustion.

Monday we had a doctor's appointment with both babies. The exam rooms are small and we had the babies and the parents and the doctor and a student and the nurse. It was a baby party all over again. The doctor didn't have any concerns about is size or speech (or lack of both) and he was very interested in the WHO charts because he noticed that breastfed babies really don't follow the same curve. Kaia and Ion were declared perfect and well-adjusted No pressure about vaccines, just suggesting maybe if we were traveling out of country.

After that we went shopping, peed in the yard, found amazing and surprising gifts and books in the mail, went to the park where my brave boy went down the slide by himself laughing his butt off and being caught alternately by all the older children there. Phew! We then went home and made pirogies and called it good!
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After service we went upstairs and had a nice party with cake (before and after)
Great photos of before and after Sounds like you all had a wonderful time
post #264 of 531
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Originally Posted by hanno View Post
On Saturday night we went to Howell for what Kamrin and I thought was going to be a nice quiet close family dinner to honour the anniversary of great-grandpa's death. It seems like it's easier to focus on babies though, because when we go there there were presents and balloons everywhere for Ion. It was really fun and he and Kaia got to hang out in their birthday suits and Ion opened things and played and we held hands and ate.
Ion and uncle Kevin
He got a cool tractor with a trailer that carries jugs of (soy) milk, a dragon kite, great books and bubbles. MIL and FIL did get disposable plates with licensed characters which we weren't thrilled about and they got some battery operated plastic stuff that they did ask about before giving it to Ion (MUCH appreciated) and we tried to tell them we didn't want them as politely as possible, without preaching all the reasons. We said we're going to try to keep his toys natural for now and see how it goes in the future. He also got the major gift of a trike which I really thought was made it Germany, but no, China of course We didn't end up getting home until 2 am and with the dedication the next morning we needed to get to bed.

The dedication was so good. Friends and family came to the front of the church and Ion was hilarious. When the minister spoke of him he raised his hand to the congregation, paused very seriously and raspberried loudly at everyone! The whole place cracked up. Looks like we may have a future minister (or politician ) on our hands. He ate the rose he was given too After service we went upstairs and had a nice party with cake (before and after) and more gifts. He got his very own broom, more books, toys and a handmade hedgehog by a really great friend. It was really nice to be surrounded with love and family and friends. Afterward, we passed out from exhaustion.

Monday we had a doctor's appointment with both babies. The exam rooms are small and we had the babies and the parents and the doctor and a student and the nurse. It was a baby party all over again. The doctor didn't have any concerns about is size or speech (or lack of both) and he was very interested in the WHO charts because he noticed that breastfed babies really don't follow the same curve. Kaia and Ion were declared perfect and well-adjusted No pressure about vaccines, just suggesting maybe if we were traveling out of country.

After that we went shopping, peed in the yard, found amazing and surprising gifts and books in the mail, went to the park where my brave boy went down the slide by himself laughing his butt off and being caught alternately by all the older children there. Phew! We then went home and made pirogies and called it good!
i love the story with pictures! the picture of you all napping is great! what a great mama-letting him tear into a cake--i love it. oh and i'm so happy that you had a good doctors visit.
post #265 of 531
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Happy Birthday to my baby girl!!!! Elizabeth!! she is 10 years old today!!! i CAN NOT believe its been 10 years i really hope the next 10 years doesn't go as fast!


Hanno- LOVE the pics looks like you have had a great week so far! electronic toys... keep them for moments when you need a good distraction.... lol my kids all favored the plastic electronic toys so they made great special toys
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Happy Birthday to my baby girl!!!! Elizabeth!! she is 10 years old today!!! i CAN NOT believe its been 10 years i really hope the next 10 years doesn't go as fast!


Hanno- LOVE the pics looks like you have had a great week so far! electronic toys... keep them for moments when you need a good distraction.... lol my kids all favored the plastic electronic toys so they made great special toys
Happy Birthday Elizabeth!! double digits!


hanno--can i use silicon molds for soap?? i have some silicon molds that i use for freezing things. and what does the recipe mean by lye and liquid--like the 1Tbs lye with 1 cup cold water like it says to clean a drain?? so clueless ok..i just looked back at what you told me and it says 3.2 oz lye but how much liquid?? water, i assume? thanks! and nice siggy super mama! EDIT: nevermind! just saw the LYE CALCULATOR!!
post #267 of 531
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Happy Birthday Elizabeth!! double digits!


hanno--can i use silicon molds for soap?? i have some silicon molds that i use for freezing things. and what does the recipe mean by lye and liquid--like the 1Tbs lye with 1 cup cold water like it says to clean a drain?? so clueless ok..i just looked back at what you told me and it says 3.2 oz lye but how much liquid?? water, i assume? thanks! and nice siggy super mama!
The liquid doesn't have to be water. Like some people use goat's milk or oatmilk or I wanted to use breastmilk for the beeber. I suppose beer might be interesting too. Did you try the calculator? http://www.the-sage.com/
I really don't know how well your silicon would survive, but you can try.

Oh and I've been researching extracting saponins from yucca and dandelion too. How exciting would that be?!

And thanks
post #268 of 531
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The liquid doesn't have to be water. Like some people use goat's milk or oatmilk or I wanted to use breastmilk for the beeber. I suppose beer might be interesting too. Did you try the calculator? http://www.the-sage.com/
I really don't know how well your silicon would survive, but you can try.

Oh and I've been researching extracting saponins from yucca and dandelion too. How exciting would that be?!

And thanks
that would be awesome!
how long did yours take to trace? it's been an interesting soapmaking process so far...b/c kaylo is getting tired and naughty and zenon woke up right when i was combining lye and oils... in that class that i took, she said she sometimes uses silicone...i just don't know what else i have that i can you...hmmm. we'll see.
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that would be awesome!
how long did yours take to trace? it's been an interesting soapmaking process so far...b/c kaylo is getting tired and naughty and zenon woke up right when i was combining lye and oils... in that class that i took, she said she sometimes uses silicone...i just don't know what else i have that i can you...hmmm. we'll see.
You can try it, but isn't silicone pricey? Got an old bowl or anything laying around? you can just cut the soap creatively after. Ours traced in minutes but we used an immersion blender.
post #270 of 531
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You can try it, but isn't silicone pricey? Got an old bowl or anything laying around? you can just cut the soap creatively after. Ours traced in minutes but we used an immersion blender.
oh...so it has to do with the stirring...ok. wish i had an immersion blender. my sis just passed along some extra silicone cupcake things that i have yet to use...i was going to use them for freezing things, but i think they'll work well.
post #271 of 531
Happy Birthday to my little Pippa! We are having lunch with my parents and then we are all coming here for strawberry cupcakes. She's teething and unhappy, so she's not having the greatest day. Next year will be more fun for her!
post #272 of 531
:Happy Birthday Pippa!!!:

and

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!!!
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Thanks Arismom!!
we love our stacker!!! it's funny b/c i just donated our melissa and doug one b/c we are getting rid of some of those toys-- zenon had no stacker! then i saw you post about stacking and thought--oh that would have been a great bday gift for zenon (no idea you had us!)
it's beautiful! thanks!

attack of the chocolate monster...(he was trying to nurse!)
happy birthday zenon!
playing his new banjo with his friend rowan
I'm glad you liked it! I really wanted to get a fairy/gnome thing, but I didn't see anything that I was sure would be appropriate for a 1 year old. So, I moved on to a rainbow theme. I couldn't decide between stacking cups or the stacker, but then I saw Abby just beginning to figure out her smaller wooden stacker, and I figured the larger one would be fun for Kaylo too (especially since my 5 yo plays with the small one as well)!

Happy First Birthday Valerie, Pippa and Tenth Birthday Elizabeth!

I think I am so lucky to have DH. Except for the fact that he does NOT do diapers, he is willing to do most everything else and we get along 99.9% of the time. We met on eHarmony - and we really are perfectly matched. We are very often thinking the same things. He's my best friend EVER
his one drawback is that he is not crunchy enough - yet!
post #274 of 531
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I'm glad you liked it! I really wanted to get a fairy/gnome thing, but I didn't see anything that I was sure would be appropriate for a 1 year old. So, I moved on to a rainbow theme. I couldn't decide between stacking cups or the stacker, but then I saw Abby just beginning to figure out her smaller wooden stacker, and I figured the larger one would be fun for Kaylo too (especially since my 5 yo plays with the small one as well)!

Happy First Birthday Valerie, Pippa and Tenth Birthday Elizabeth!

I think I am so lucky to have DH. Except for the fact that he does NOT do diapers, he is willing to do most everything else and we get along 99.9% of the time. We met on eHarmony - and we really are perfectly matched. We are very often thinking the same things. He's my best friend EVER
his one drawback is that he is not crunchy enough - yet!

eharmony-eh? i know of many married couples who have met through that...that's cool. kaylo is loving the stacker too! and i love the rainbow

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You can try it, but isn't silicone pricey? Got an old bowl or anything laying around? you can just cut the soap creatively after. Ours traced in minutes but we used an immersion blender.
sooooo, i am stirring by hand according the instructions and it seems to be taking FOR.E.VER. what if it doesn't trace...will it still harden. i've been working on this for hours.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIPPA!!
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sooooo, i am stirring by hand according the instructions and it seems to be taking FOR.E.VER. what if it doesn't trace...will it still harden. i've been working on this for hours.
EEP! I think you need the gloop.
post #276 of 531
!!! Happy Birthday Pippa !!!
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EEP! I think you need the gloop.
sorry...another question. : were you able to clean your immersion blender well...or do you have one dedicated to soaps and stuff now?
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sorry...another question. : were you able to clean your immersion blender well...or do you have one dedicated to soaps and stuff now?
It cleaned up perfectly. Even if it didn't, it was $2 used.
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It cleaned up perfectly. Even if it didn't, it was $2 used.
that's what i need! this has taken me forever and it could have been so easy--- i'm tempted to stick it in my mixer...i just wonder how it cleaned. my mixer was 100x the cost of your blender.
post #280 of 531
Happy Birthday Pippa!
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