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Hedy, I don't think I've said it, but I really admire your commitment in biking Lily to and from school. Esp. when you don't feel well or the weather sucks. I'm not sure I would still be doing it if it were me. :
Awww thanks!



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i just picked 23.9 POUNDS of lemon cucumbers and there are more on the vine. help??? doesn't anyone want these?

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Ooh! PM me with your address, and I'll come take some off your hands! Sorry about a couple of weeks ago, it got kinda hectic around here schedule-wise.


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she takes a b complex and b-12 on her own along with ginko. she is just... gone. has had many neuro appts, MRIs etc (3 of her sibs have MS! so they want to check her regularly) they keep saying NOTHING is wrong with her brain. unfortunately she cant remember ANYTHING.
I'm wondering if the cloudiness is perhaps situational because of the impending divorce stuff? My mom was like that for quite some time after my parents split. She is an AVID reader, and gave me her copy of Anna Karenina because she just couldn't follow it. It worried me at the time, especially because of that, but she seems better now.

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Well, in true monkey paw wish fashion, my longing for MDC time has come at a price. A sad, pukey, sleeping price. Nico's got some kind of stomach virus. At least, I hope that's what it is. He's been burping really oddly after he finished drinking for the last week, and I'd been starting to worry about reflux. I'm hoping that it's just a coincidence that he's spewing bile.

Hope everyone is doing well!!

My birthday kind of sucked. Started off with a letter from a friend/ex-boyfriend who insists on telling me that he still j's-off about me a few times a year. He thinks that women like hearing stuff like this because it makes them feel wanted. It's a very uncomfortable friendship, basically a "friends close, enemies closer" situation. I won't get into how that's progressing, but it's a pain in my ass.

And the rest of the birthday was filled with work and then home-stress. Ryan pulled through when he got home in the evening, though: an external harddrive for my dying computer, halloween socks, and some gift cards to replace all those clothes I had to throw out. Yay!!! He also tossed in a little sympathy for my day, so that was nice.

Since I have computer time, I guess I should get some work done and maybe get a blog post out.

ladies
Oh no! Sorry to hear about your birthday, and Nico.

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Even me? I'm a working mama and never get to go to playdates anymore .

Anybody want to get together on a Friday? Probably not. Oh well.
I could probably do something on a friday sometime. This week might be tricky because there are things that are still tentative for us tomorrow, but I could do next week! Lily is even off school next Friday because there is a staff retreat.

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Originally Posted by zeldabee View Post
Oh, great. I just got a newsy little email from the VFS, and hidden in it is this little remark:



WTF? There so much "Oh, BTW" crap I get to deal with with this place! Am I the only person with a kid in this school who has to work? "Make arrangements with other parents." Well, that's been a flaming success for me already (not). Oh, yeah, no big deal, I'll just rustle up some more child care, Oh, BY the F*CKING WAY.

I want to be one of those parents who doesn't have to deal with crap like this. Yeah, we'll just SLEEP IN Monday morning! So what if I don't keep my job! Sorry. I just needed to rant.

Oh, yeah. And there's two days next week with no school. That snuck up on me, too. Eh. Sorry. Back to work.
That would be VERY frustrating for someone who needs continuity in their schedule. Argh. I definitely feel your need to vent! I would take him in on Monday mornings if I didn't live so far away.
post #102 of 1618
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Originally Posted by Lovely View Post
1 tsp ACV
1 tsp raw honey
Mixed into approximately 8oz water.

Feel better! And yes, it is a mild cold!
I was doing a TABLEspoon! Oops. Can't hurt, right?

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Here ya go. Post #25. All you need to know about tomato sauce.
Thank you!

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update on my sister if anyone is interested... she is the one I posted about with the pkd and preeclampsia.

Please pray or say good thoughts for my sister... she has been sent to the hospital. Things are not looking good.

Thanks all,
Heather
I hope she gets the care she needs and she and the babe are all right. Pre-e is scary stuff.

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I think I want to do another playdate...
Next time we should be in town! I might not make knitting tonight...although I feel better now than I did earlier today, so maybe I will and just not breath on anyone

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Beth, have you looked at any of the public schools around where you are? Portland does have some good charter schools. It just doesn't sound like the pieces are all fitting at VFS.
: VFS sounds like a great school, but if it isn't working, it isn't working. Which would totally SUCK considering all you did on your end to make.

Chase ended up napping ON ME for 2.5 hours today. Strangely, I am having a better day than on no-nap days, despite getting the same (i.e., no) alone time. : Go figure!
post #103 of 1618
Wow, seeing an LC is something every breastfeeder should do! Thanks to you, Lyla, we already have improvements where I didn't know I wanted improvements! Amelia is a little frustrated by the position tweaking, but definitely learning fast. I wish I'd gone with Maddy!

I'm so stoked about donating milk! I want to be charitable and here's something I can do that is extra special and that not everyone can do.
post #104 of 1618
Hedy, my mom has been like this for a few years. my dad has ALWAYS been ana sshole, and she just now brought up divorce.
really her mind is going.
post #105 of 1618
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i am sooooooooo far behind. haven't been on in days and only read this page


i have a carseat bag you could use savannah. it has a shoulder strap for easier wrestling


going to read more while i procrastinate the work i should be doing because my baby is sleeping and my nanny called in sick today

YIPEE! I will trade you for your tupperware back. What a deal, eh? One thing of yours in trade for another thing of yours...
I leave on tuesday early AM. Can I come by and pick it up this weekend? Wanna email me your phone number, I forgot it.
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thanks for the link Sav. i will ask her what kind she takes.
they are SURE all of my uncles and my aunt who have MS actually have MS. infact they started with b12 therapy first with no improvement, and moved on with more testing from there.
its really scary to me. i know they say that MS isnt genetic, but i am starting to think maybe it is. really the only common denominator they all have is their parents, they all lead drastically different lives. and now my mom shows certain signs. and it scares me.
plus with Morgans mom having Huntingtons and dying from it, knowing that IS genetic, man my kids might be royally screwed.
*sigh*

oh beth, that bites. do you have backup care?
Well, autoimmune issues can be genetic in terms of tendency. Remember, we all have predisposed conditions but your approach to your health both physical and emotional/mental and things like diet make a huge difference in triggering or not triggering diseases.
post #106 of 1618
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Beth, have you looked at any of the public schools around where you are? Portland does have some good charter schools. It just doesn't sound like the pieces are all fitting at VFS.
Yeah, it seems that way. The fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants and no support whatsoever seems to make this especially difficult as a single parent. Seriously, they do not sell themselves as an volunteer-cooperative-DIY kind of deal, but that's what it feels like.

I could look at charter schools for next year--in fact I'll definitely at least look at Trillium. That's a pretty involved process in and of itself, though, researching charter schools, applying, the lottery to get in. They're all over the city, too, so I'd end up with a school-work-commute logistical mess any way I look at it.

Makes me wonder just how many single parents just send their kids to the local public school and be done with it. (Not judging anyone who does, BTW...besides which, the rest of my family thinks I'm crazy for struggling to send my kid to private school.)

Need to get back to work, but I'm having such a hard time focusing. My productivity goes down the toilet after about 2pm.
post #107 of 1618
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Originally Posted by kaPOW! View Post
My birthday kind of sucked. Started off with a letter from a friend/ex-boyfriend who insists on telling me that he still j's-off about me a few times a year. He thinks that women like hearing stuff like this because it makes them feel wanted. It's a very uncomfortable friendship, basically a "friends close, enemies closer" situation. I won't get into how that's progressing, but it's a pain in my ass.

And the rest of the birthday was filled with work and then home-stress. Ryan pulled through when he got home in the evening, though: an external harddrive for my dying computer, halloween socks, and some gift cards to replace all those clothes I had to throw out. Yay!!! He also tossed in a little sympathy for my day, so that was nice.
Sorry your birthday was not all you wanted it to be. Really glad that Ryan came through, though.

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Well, that was short-lived. I bought the wrong kind of computer. More waiting.
Huh? . Wrong kind of computer? I'm totally curious and want to know more

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Originally Posted by chiromama View Post
Happy october! in honor of the new month, my hard drive crashed and yesterday was officially the worst day ever! I'm stealing celeste's computer now.. and am hopefully getting mine fixed today. so... forgive my not reading. see y'all on the flipside!

PS. Happy Belated Birthday, LEE!!
So sorry it was the worst day I hope Ruby napped after we left? And how did the photo shoot go?

And thanks for the birthday wishes

: for a working computer for you!

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Originally Posted by Joi View Post
I think I want to do another playdate........... next month maybe. Remember when we all used to get together and let the kids play?? Ahhhh memories. I am feeling nostalgic. The grey weather does that to me.....makes me all nostalgic and lovey.

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I love you guys.



I do.




Yes, even you.
The playdate was awesome! Yes, more!

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Joi,
I had a great time at your playdate. It was everything a playdate should be. Casual, unpretentious, on a busline . . . Count me in
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Originally Posted by zeldabee View Post
Oh, great. I just got a newsy little email from the VFS, and hidden in it is this little remark:



WTF? There so much "Oh, BTW" crap I get to deal with with this place! Am I the only person with a kid in this school who has to work? "Make arrangements with other parents." Well, that's been a flaming success for me already (not). Oh, yeah, no big deal, I'll just rustle up some more child care, Oh, BY the F*CKING WAY.

I want to be one of those parents who doesn't have to deal with crap like this. Yeah, we'll just SLEEP IN Monday morning! So what if I don't keep my job! Sorry. I just needed to rant.

Oh, yeah. And there's two days next week with no school. That snuck up on me, too. Eh. Sorry. Back to work.
Eeek. That sounds really difficult. And unfair.

Universe, Beth needs a break!!!!

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Originally Posted by karen1968 View Post
I was doing a TABLEspoon! Oops. Can't hurt, right?
no, can't hurt, just tastes really strong!!


I got some good news today regarding my job -- looks like they have a study for me to work on, and the work is HERE IN PORTLAND!!! : Amazing.
post #108 of 1618
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Originally Posted by cellarstella View Post
Wow, seeing an LC is something every breastfeeder should do! Thanks to you, Lyla, we already have improvements where I didn't know I wanted improvements! Amelia is a little frustrated by the position tweaking, but definitely learning fast. I wish I'd gone with Maddy!

I'm so stoked about donating milk! I want to be charitable and here's something I can do that is extra special and that not everyone can do.
How wonderful! I wish my experience with the hospital LC (even after we came home) had gone that well. Next time (if there is one) I will definitely "spring" for Lyla's services!

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And thanks for the birthday wishes


I got some good news today regarding my job -- looks like they have a study for me to work on, and the work is HERE IN PORTLAND!!! : Amazing.
Oh, Lee, that's FANTASTIC news! I hope it comes through.

Somehow I missed your birthday! Happy belated birthday!
post #109 of 1618
Beth...... I am sorry that this school is giving you such a hard time. You know I am here. We can chat about it tonight.



Karen...... I will just stay off of your lap tonight


ETA... For anyone willing to watch the debates a little later tonight.. we are knitting at Abundant Yarn sans kids around 6:30.


And happy happy happy belated birthday to Lee..... a little rawk from me..


post #110 of 1618
So, speaking of enrolling your kid in the neighborhood public school, Tania has decided to go to school and I went to go sign her up today. It's a perfectly nice school (Llewellyn) but I wanted to cry anyway. We're going from a very relaxed family atmosphere to a hectic life where we don't see her for most of the day. She wants to have the kind of childhood that she sees on TV where kids go to school and hate math and think their teacher is lame. I totally understand where she's coming from. I used to beg my parents to let me come home from boarding school and have the kind of life where I walk to school and all that. Well, I'm sure it will all be fine, but I'm feeling a major loss and I just want to cry.
post #111 of 1618
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Karen...... I will just stay off of your lap tonight
Deal!
post #112 of 1618
I think I might try to join you next week. Might have to be once a month though, but man I miss all things fiber.
post #113 of 1618
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So, speaking of enrolling your kid in the neighborhood public school, Tania has decided to go to school and I went to go sign her up today.
Kolaiah has decided he wants to go to school next year. And Gabriel is considering that homeschooling isn't working for him either. Mostly because he misses his friends and needs some time not having to be a big brother. I don't blame him, really, but it does make me a little sad.
post #114 of 1618
What is it about school right now? Everyone having school issues. Tomorrow is Alexia's last day. The only reason she's even going then is because tomorrow is picture day and her pics are already paid for. As bad as it sounds, I can't believe that she couldn't even make it a month. She begged me to let her go, but they can't handle her. I got an email from her teacher again today. Alexia doesn't listen to her, period. We've raised her to be independent, but not defiant. It's ridiculous.
post #115 of 1618
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Originally Posted by SleepyMamaBear View Post
Hey Kristin!!! wow thats kind of scary about the chandalier! I think my heart would stop if I saw that.
wish we could get back to game night sooner rather than later.

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scary yes, but also amazed that she would come up with it and just go for it, Jade was and still is very scared at trying stuff like that.
I have really started to foster Totty's adventures side

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Originally Posted by Hedy B. View Post

: : Hi Kristin!!! I was wondering where you went!
no where, just busy and a little lazy
The colder months always make me more social

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JWs aren't supposed to vote????

Hi Kristen!

I'm trying to keep up over here too. In my lurky way.
Hi Nadine, I must get with you and crafty Ellie soon, I want to
get a start on making presents for christmas and you all ladies have such
Awesome ideas. Craft day soon??? others too?

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Originally Posted by Hedy B. View Post
And here I thought I was having a bad day, because it's raining, and I still have no rain gear, and also because I was still bleary eyed when I went to get my deodorant that I JUST made a jar of yesterday, and the lid wasn't on tightly enough. I dropped it and it broke alllllll over the floor, splattered alllllllllllllll over my body, leaving a HUGE mess of coconut oil, broken glass, river of tears goodness for me to clean up with nothing, because the rags were in the washer from last night. I guess that teaches me to make sure the stupid rags go in the stupid dryer before I go to stupid bed.
Must get recipe, I have been really trying to buy or make more of our health and beauty stuff .

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Originally Posted by lylawolf View Post
i just picked 23.9 POUNDS of lemon cucumbers and there are more on the vine. help??? doesn't anyone want these?

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ME ME ME!!! we have been canning and that is one thing we wished we would have planted this year. Not really sure what the difference is with them being Lemon ones, just littler? and yellow should still make great pickles.


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Originally Posted by kaPOW! View Post
My birthday kind of sucked. Started off with a letter from a friend/ex-boyfriend who insists on telling me that he still j's-off about me a few times a year. He thinks that women like hearing stuff like this because it makes them feel wanted. It's a very uncomfortable friendship, basically a "friends close, enemies closer" situation. I won't get into how that's progressing, but it's a pain in my ass.

And the rest of the birthday was filled with work and then home-stress. Ryan pulled through when he got home in the evening, though: an external harddrive for my dying computer, halloween socks, and some gift cards to replace all those clothes I had to throw out. Yay!!! He also tossed in a little sympathy for my day, so that was nice.

Since I have computer time, I guess I should get some work done and maybe get a blog post out.

ladies
Sorry Sara your Bday sucked Happy Belated Birthday:

Mine is tomorrow and Dh has to work too, so we are putting it off a week.
He has promised me one of his delicious triple layer chocolate cakes with chocolate ganach on top...those of you that were at Lisa's mama blessing knows what I am talking about

Happy Belated Birthday LEE:
post #116 of 1618
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See if she would take methyl B12 sublinguals (a form of B12 supplement) Research is now showing that as we age, many people absorb less B12 and it may be the leading cause of dementia/memory loss/alzheimers
I'll have to pass this on to my MIL I think. She has a really big burn on her arm and has no idea how it got there. She had to go to her doctor to figure out it was a burn

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thanks! latch issues, tied tongue, I'm nervous though...
How is it going Nicole?
post #117 of 1618
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Originally Posted by zeldabee View Post
Oh, great. I just got a newsy little email from the VFS, and hidden in it is this little remark:



WTF? There so much "Oh, BTW" crap I get to deal with with this place! Am I the only person with a kid in this school who has to work? "Make arrangements with other parents." Well, that's been a flaming success for me already (not). Oh, yeah, no big deal, I'll just rustle up some more child care, Oh, BY the F*CKING WAY.

I want to be one of those parents who doesn't have to deal with crap like this. Yeah, we'll just SLEEP IN Monday morning! So what if I don't keep my job! Sorry. I just needed to rant.

Oh, yeah. And there's two days next week with no school. That snuck up on me, too. Eh. Sorry. Back to work.
Beth. I feel angry for you. VFS is not doing a good job serving working families and single mamas. Are you the only one? Have you tried bringing to their attention the different needs you and Sprog have a single mama family? It would really be in their best interest as a newer school to welcome feedback from all the families they serve. I feel frusterated with you.

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Originally Posted by papayapetunia View Post
So, speaking of enrolling your kid in the neighborhood public school, Tania has decided to go to school and I went to go sign her up today. It's a perfectly nice school (Llewellyn) but I wanted to cry anyway. We're going from a very relaxed family atmosphere to a hectic life where we don't see her for most of the day. She wants to have the kind of childhood that she sees on TV where kids go to school and hate math and think their teacher is lame. I totally understand where she's coming from. I used to beg my parents to let me come home from boarding school and have the kind of life where I walk to school and all that. Well, I'm sure it will all be fine, but I'm feeling a major loss and I just want to cry.
Candace - I totally see how you would feel a loss. It's hard when you want to give your child the most rockin stuff ever and then they want just the opposite. I really applaud you for being flexible and open to what Tania feels that she needs right now. I could see how this sort of situation would be a huge challenge for me and it would be so tempting to just push for what I think is best. I think you are really paving the way for a great relationship with Tania by honoring her feelings and her individuality.



Shawn and I went to the "How to Buy a Home" Orientation through the Portland Development commission. We learned alot and I would highly recommend getting involved with them for anyone wanting to buy a home but feeling like they are not quite there yet. There are so many great programs and loans that you might be suprised that you qualify for. Especially if you want to buy in Urban renewal areas like Lents or Interstate.
post #118 of 1618
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Originally Posted by cellarstella View Post
Wow, seeing an LC is something every breastfeeder should do! Thanks to you, Lyla, we already have improvements where I didn't know I wanted improvements! Amelia is a little frustrated by the position tweaking, but definitely learning fast. I wish I'd gone with Maddy!

I'm so stoked about donating milk! I want to be charitable and here's something I can do that is extra special and that not everyone can do.
oh, wow, i am DELIGHTED to hear that! :
post #119 of 1618
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Originally Posted by RainbowEarthFaerie View Post
What is it about school right now? Everyone having school issues. Tomorrow is Alexia's last day. The only reason she's even going then is because tomorrow is picture day and her pics are already paid for. As bad as it sounds, I can't believe that she couldn't even make it a month. She begged me to let her go, but they can't handle her. I got an email from her teacher again today. Alexia doesn't listen to her, period. We've raised her to be independent, but not defiant. It's ridiculous.
oh honey : sounds like she is dealing with life and all its thrown at her pretty hard right now. i'm so sorry. i know what its like to be the kid thats hurting on the inside so is defiant on the outside. its no fun at all. ad i bet its not easy to deal with as a parent either.
*hug* if there is anything i can do to help, just gimme a call.
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Originally Posted by krisjean View Post
scary yes, but also amazed that she would come up with it and just go for it, Jade was and still is very scared at trying stuff like that.
I have really started to foster Totty's adventures side



Mine is tomorrow and Dh has to work too, so we are putting it off a week.
He has promised me one of his delicious triple layer chocolate cakes with chocolate ganach on top...those of you that were at Lisa's mama blessing knows what I am talking about
mmm thats my fave cake ever!!!! Happy Birthday tommorow babe!!!!!!!
Addy is cautious too, so was i, so when i see kids exploring and climbing it makes me nervous. Niamh is a climber too and takes every chance she gets to get as high as she can, she will even drag the lil rocking chair over to climb it to get on the couch. : it freaks me out. but i am high strung
post #120 of 1618
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Originally Posted by dani76 View Post
Beth, have you looked at any of the public schools around where you are? Portland does have some good charter schools. It just doesn't sound like the pieces are all fitting at VFS.
I think it's been addressed, but I agree with this.

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Originally Posted by RainbowEarthFaerie View Post
What is it about school right now? Everyone having school issues. Tomorrow is Alexia's last day. The only reason she's even going then is because tomorrow is picture day and her pics are already paid for. As bad as it sounds, I can't believe that she couldn't even make it a month. She begged me to let her go, but they can't handle her. I got an email from her teacher again today. Alexia doesn't listen to her, period. We've raised her to be independent, but not defiant. It's ridiculous.
I am sorry you are having such a hard time Eliza. I am sorry Alexia is too. Question, does she want to come home, or did you decide to take her out because she is not listening?

As for school problems, actually so far so good this year. Elizabeth has been on time every day. (a big issue for us last year.) She has three A's and a B and is only missing three assignments. (which I have asked her teacher to either remind her to turn in or bring home to complete.) And she is going to an award ceremony tomorrow where she gets an ice cream sunday (do they always has to use food as a reward?) because her teacher recommended her for student of the month. I really like her teacher this year too. Not that I disliked last years teacher.. I just think this one is a better fit. OK in need to go to bed...

Night!
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