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Forum: Organize & Declutter   05-13-2009, 05:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By Jess A
Here's what we did with out basement. Painting...

Here's what we did with out basement. Painting everything white helped to brighten things up the most for us.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47063747@N00/

The only real money we spent was on...
Forum: Parenting   05-06-2009, 05:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,044
Posted By Jess A
DS was allowed to go to parties and playdates...

DS was allowed to go to parties and playdates without us as soon as he started Kindergarten. We know all of the parents . . . we're not best friends with them all, but we know them through church...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   04-15-2009, 06:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,488
Posted By Jess A
We have an unfinished basement which doubles as...

We have an unfinished basement which doubles as our main play area. We do have some toys in the kids' rooms and in the living room, but most of the toys are kept downstairs.

I've done a lot of...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   03-13-2009, 11:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 981
Posted By Jess A
My son just came out of a Finding Nemo phase....

My son just came out of a Finding Nemo phase. Now it's Toy Story (2, specifically). He's also liked Wall-E and Surf's Up.

I don't stress about him watching TV. We do lots of other things, and I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-22-2009, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,547
Posted By Jess A
First of all, your party sounds awesome! My son...

First of all, your party sounds awesome! My son is 9 and wouldn't want to leave!

I try to avoid traditional goody bags. My son loves to get them in the moment, but they are forgotten as soon as...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-09-2009, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,541
Posted By Jess A
I've been letting DS pick out his clothes...

I've been letting DS pick out his clothes lately, and that has made the process MUCH easier. Part of my cringes at some of his selections, but I'm so proud he's taken ownership of this--and he is...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-09-2009, 11:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 902
Posted By Jess A
As a parent, I try to pick my battles wisely....

As a parent, I try to pick my battles wisely. Brushing teeth is a battle we choose to fight--and it sometimes seems as if that's what it always is.

Thankfully, DS has two older siblings that...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   02-04-2009, 06:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,090
Posted By Jess A
DS is 26 months old. He nurses about 6-8 times a...

DS is 26 months old. He nurses about 6-8 times a day. He usually sleeps through the night, but sometimes will wake 1 or 2 times, but that is rare. We co-sleep, so he nurses for a minute or two and...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-04-2009, 05:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 340
Posted By Jess A
When my oldest (now 9), was a toddler, he lived...

When my oldest (now 9), was a toddler, he lived on what the pediatrician called the "great white diet" . . . plain pasta, vanilla yogurt, cheese, and grapes. At his three year check up, the doctor...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-14-2009, 10:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Posted By Jess A
I leave it up to my son. He loves to build the...

I leave it up to my son. He loves to build the kits and then play with them, take them apart, and build them again. I've asked him if he wants to mix them, but he prefers to keep them separate--each...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-09-2009, 11:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 451
Posted By Jess A
On the computer, I organize in folders. Each...

On the computer, I organize in folders. Each month gets a folder, and within each month are the individuals outings or people. I label year-month-event to make for easier searching. Then, each month...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-15-2008, 06:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,720
Posted By Jess A
They look great! And the photo of your DS...

They look great! And the photo of your DS helping is just adorable.
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-10-2008, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 175
Posted By Jess A
Quote: what do you do with all the pictures...

Quote:
what do you do with all the pictures from your childhood/teenager/college years
They're in a box. I'll get to them someday http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif.
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Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-05-2008, 07:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By Jess A
There are five of us, and we each have our own...

There are five of us, and we each have our own Rubbemaid bin (we each are "allowed" only one). I think the 18 gallon size? When I notice they are getting full (really only a problem with mine and my...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-22-2008, 12:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 710
Posted By Jess A
That's fantastic. You should be proud!

That's fantastic. You should be proud!
Forum: Organize & Declutter   11-18-2008, 04:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,754
Posted By Jess A
DVDs and CDs are stored in binders after we get...

DVDs and CDs are stored in binders after we get rid of the cases. It was hard at first to let them go, but we haven't missed them at all. I offered the empties on Freecycle and was amazed at how...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   11-10-2008, 04:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 443
Posted By Jess A
The only times my DH has been able to put my DS...

The only times my DH has been able to put my DS to bed have been the nights when I've gone out and gotten home after bedtime. And he doesn't put him to bed so much as watch him until he crashes...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-10-2008, 04:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,464
Posted By Jess A
With their ages, I'd go with Playmobil. We're...

With their ages, I'd go with Playmobil. We're huge Playmobil and LEGO fans here, and Playmobil holds up better to actual play than the LEGO sets, which my kids tend to built, look at, take apart,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-27-2008, 06:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,496
Posted By Jess A
Absolutely gorgeous! You did a fantastic job!

Absolutely gorgeous! You did a fantastic job!
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-27-2008, 06:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,157
Posted By Jess A
Plan Toys parking garage, a couple books, a...

Plan Toys parking garage, a couple books, a puzzle, and some pool toys.
Forum: Parenting   10-27-2008, 06:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 414
Posted By Jess A
I have an almost 9 year old boy, a 5 year old...

I have an almost 9 year old boy, a 5 year old girl, and an almost 2 year old boy.

We have two kids' rooms as well . . . one is a small bedroom and the other is the second floor of our house (we...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-24-2008, 03:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 454
Posted By Jess A
I have an almost two year old who has been a bad...

I have an almost two year old who has been a bad sleeper for most of his life. If he doesn't nap, the whole family suffers.

I just read Sleepless in America and it was very helpful. We've...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-24-2008, 03:53 PM
Replies: 3
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Views: 226
Posted By Jess A
I got glasses when I was two and wore them for...

I got glasses when I was two and wore them for 18 years. Back then, frames were horrendous. We just got my five year old new glasses (her first), and styles have come a long way. Some tips:

If...
Forum: Parenting   09-24-2008, 03:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 480
Posted By Jess A
Quote: Do you ever worry that you aren't...

Quote:
Do you ever worry that you aren't giving as much of yourself as you did with #1 and how it might affect #2 and 3?
All the time. Actually, I worry because I think I've given more to 2 and 3!...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-06-2008, 01:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,443
Posted By Jess A
When my youngest enters kindergarten, I plan to...

When my youngest enters kindergarten, I plan to substitute teach and finish my Master's. Then, I hope to get back into teaching full time and go for a PhD.
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