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Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-23-2014, 05:06 PM
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Posted By cristina47454
How to best position ourselves for a mortgage...

DH and I have been renting for so long at this point (bcs of multiple moves for jobs) that I think we might qualify as first time home buyers again. Well, we are finally ready to buy again. I say...
Forum: Personal Growth   01-09-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 953
Posted By cristina47454
I have been having this exact debate with...

I have been having this exact debate with myself. I have boxes of journals that I can't seem to let go of. It is frustrating to reread them bcs so much of it is nonsense - talking myself through...
Forum: Personal Growth   12-19-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,365
Posted By cristina47454
OMG. I needed this thread. I feel like I need to...

OMG. I needed this thread. I feel like I need to reread this over and over again. I have been such an idiot. :(
OP - I am right there with you. My story is a bit different, but emotionally I am in...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-24-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,951
Posted By cristina47454
Thanks for the hugs, Wildflower. It's exactly as...

Thanks for the hugs, Wildflower. It's exactly as you say. She knows about sex - I was pregnant when she was 7, and she had a lot of questions. I just wish she hadn't seen the hardcore stuff. It...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-23-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By cristina47454
How do you think I should calculate the hours...

How do you think I should calculate the hours when she has just my 5 year old? The two girls are friends and do playdates all the time, but I don't want to take advantage of that part of it.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-23-2013, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By cristina47454
So in a situation like this ( a full week of...

So in a situation like this ( a full week of childcare) I would still calculate it out the same way? So...three hours a day = 15 hours = $150 for the week. Plus the extra hours in the morning for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-23-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By cristina47454
Quick backstory: I have a friend that watches a...

Quick backstory: I have a friend that watches a couple of school age kids. Her youngest daughter and my youngest daughter are best friends (they are 5 years old).
 
My mom turns 85 this Decemeber...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-20-2013, 03:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,951
Posted By cristina47454
Maybe. But you can only do the best you can in...

Maybe. But you can only do the best you can in the moment. And that was our initial reaction. Can't undo it. The "curiosity" thing was part of the conversation too. And she's come to me with things...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-18-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,951
Posted By cristina47454
Thank you all so much for your replies. I think...

Thank you all so much for your replies. I think the shock of it caught my husband and me off-guard. I was exposed to that kind of stuff early on, and I have always been so thankful that my kids have...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-12-2013, 01:54 PM
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Views: 1,951
Posted By cristina47454
I've never posted on this particular board on...

I've never posted on this particular board on mothering.com, but I am not quite sure where to turn. My daughter is such a good kid. She has always struck me as a very young and innocent 11 (almost...
Forum: Personal Growth   08-11-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 385
Posted By cristina47454
Understanding your relationship with your...

Understanding your relationship with your child's father helps me understand why you feel the way you do. It totally makes sense to me. I think that if you are back in a relationship (as opposed to...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-31-2013, 04:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 385
Posted By cristina47454
As far as the exercising go, I think the biggest...

As far as the exercising go, I think the biggest shift for me was deciding to make myself a priority! Well, to a certain extent :). I started working out at home because it just wasn't realistic to...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-30-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 385
Posted By cristina47454
I can relate, although my youngest is now almost...

I can relate, although my youngest is now almost 5yo, so it's been awhile since I was where you are. I have an almost 12 year old and a 9 year old too, so I've been in the mommy zone for a LONG...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-30-2013, 08:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By cristina47454
Sigh. Yes, I have been journaling. But I think...

Sigh. Yes, I have been journaling. But I think it is making it worse. WHen I lost my father my journal entries are all about that loss. I can't even go back and read it.  Too raw. After making...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-29-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By cristina47454
Thank you for responding. It helps to have an...

Thank you for responding. It helps to have an outside perspective. You make it sound so logical. I've been feeling for a long while that my life has not played out the way I thought it was going to,...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-26-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By cristina47454
I lost my father this past March. It was very...

I lost my father this past March. It was very sudden and I am still trying to process it/heal. (maybe this belongs in  "grief/loss"? But wait for it...). Losing my father, I realized, made me miss...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-25-2013, 08:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By cristina47454
It would be so much easier if the salary jump...

It would be so much easier if the salary jump was bigger. I think what makes this so hard is that we are trading location and all the pros AND cons of living in CT for a similar lifestyle in CA,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-25-2013, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By cristina47454
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Ragana http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-25-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By cristina47454
The job is in SF. We could never afford the...

The job is in SF. We could never afford the peninsula...we'd have to look across the bridges. So a long commute, but that's the reality. DH would probably stay in my parent's apt. during the trial...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-25-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By cristina47454
I guess I'd feel better about it if he was...

I guess I'd feel better about it if he was conducting an exhaustive search HERE. But his contacts here aren't much help - his field really has suffered. Most of the people he knows are out of work...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-25-2013, 06:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By cristina47454
I can't talk to anybody in real life about this...

I can't talk to anybody in real life about this yet, so I'm hoping I can get some input from some of you folks.
 
I am from CA. DH is from the midwest, but lived in CA for several years. We met...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-25-2013, 06:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 397
Posted By cristina47454
Definitely go talk to your bank. My husband just...

Definitely go talk to your bank. My husband just recently signed up at a local credit union bcs he was looking at getting a car loan and had heard that credit unions were the way to go. While...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-05-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,982
Posted By cristina47454
If you want to do a positive reinforcement type...

If you want to do a positive reinforcement type thing, we've also used plastic coins they could turn in for rewards. Haven't used that for meal time, but it's worked on long car rides. Keep meaning...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-04-2013, 06:42 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,982
Posted By cristina47454
We used to play an m&m game. Three m&ms per...

We used to play an m&m game. Three m&ms per child at dinner. The m&ms were earned for different things.Napkin on the lap, staying seated the entire meal, the adventure bite. When the behavior stuck,...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   02-04-2013, 04:50 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,982
Posted By cristina47454
I am blessed with good eaters. My dds are 11, 8,...

I am blessed with good eaters. My dds are 11, 8, and 4. Well, when I say "good eaters", I mean, they will eat any fancy-pants, ethnic food I prepare, but balk at the simple stuff. It's like a...
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