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  • embra
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    @Jenni_Lynn, well, I spelled it the way my daughter said it, but she is 5, so who knows?


    embra
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    The Kindergarten kids have their own playground and the two afternoon K classes have recess at different times, so it would have been just my daughter’s class out there. I can’t help feeling like it was just the teacher’s aide wanting to feel powerful, but perhaps I am being unjust. Whatever. It’s a little thing and not something for either of us to dwell on, but it pissed me off anyway. I think I might be a Mama Something-That-Eats-Grizzlies.


    embra
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    Colette and Camille are both beautiful choices!
    I like Dean or Heath with Clark. Clint is a bit too close in my opinion. The only Dirk I knew growing up was called Dirk the Jerk non-stop throughout his elementary years.

    I think Graham, Miles, or Cade might fit your naming style and would also go well with Clark.


    embra
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    Here are the kids my daughter can remember from her class so far – not sure of the spelling on several of them:
    Jayden
    Peyden (boy)
    Shaun (girl)
    Adam
    Samantha 1
    Samantha 2
    Cora
    Olivia
    Barrett (boy)
    Evan

    I tried to guess at a lot of other names based on what is popular now, but without success. No Aidens, Madisons, Emilys, Avas, Ellas, Noahs, or Williams to be found. Apparently we favor unisex names around here.


    embra
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    Yay! Great work mom, Kaylyn, and teacher! Glad you found something that is working so well.


    embra
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    When I had my son a few years ago, they actually said that 10 years was too long and recommended a shot every 5 years for adults. In particular it is important for those who will be around babies since it is most dangerous to them and if they are very young, they would not yet have completed their shots.


    embra
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    When I do some sort of moderately intense (enough to leave me winded) aerobic exercise a few times a week throughout the month for maybe 15-20 min each time, my normally horrible cramps are almost non-existent. The first time this happened, it really freaked me out since I was normally so regular and that month had no cramps at all to let me know my period was on the way, so I thought I might be pregnant. Emergency back-up plan is a shot of brandy. Doesn’t really help with the cramps that much, but I care much less. Might not work as a nanny though ;-)


    embra
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    Such great pictures everyone! Your children are adorable!!


    embra
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    Oh no! I hope he’s feeling better soon!


    embra
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    I like Michaeas the best. I think most English speakers will pn it right. While a lot of people, particularly in urban areas, may know that que is pronounced as “kay” in Spanish, they would first have to identify that it is a Spanish name, which is not obvious from looking at it. Also, I think most people won’t carry over the pronunciation from foodstuff. Just like most people know how to pronounce pizza correctly, but if you busted out another Italian word that included zz, they probably wouldn’t think to use the tz pronunciation on it.


    embra
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    I like Nicholas, Nolan, and Heath best of these options, but Lucan and Nolan are too similar I think. Heath goes better style-wise with Lucan, so that would be my vote, although I love Nicholas too. Other names I think would go well with Lucan are Everett, Miles, Xavier, Ezra, and Cade.


    embra
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    Great! She loved it. Little Man missed his big sis something fierce though. I’m glad they are so close.


    embra
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    Yeah, I think it is more ambiguous for boys. If they aren’t going to be boiling hot, there aren’t a lot of options other than shorts. With girls, shorts are clearly a more casual option compared with an equally cool dress or skirt and top. I’m not shocked and horrified by any means, just surprised. It didn’t occur to me not to put my daughter in a dress for the first day.


    embra
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    My kids are expected to help clean up their toys. I help too since we are usually on a tight schedule and otherwise, I’d be waiting all night. My 5 year old clears her plates after meals and puts leftover milk in the fridge. My son does sometimes, but this has resulted in a number of broken dishes or spilled remaining food, so I kind of limit that. I occasionally ask my daughter to bring silverware and napkins to the table, but we usually plate up the food in the kitchen unless we have company, so there is no real table setting going on. My son uses the dustbuster to help clean around the table after meals, and both kids like to sweep the porch, but typically their sweeping does more harm than good, so I don’t know that I’d call that a chore. Well, maybe a chore for me. My son in particular is fond of sweeping through whatever pile of dirt I am in the process of making. He actually does a shockingly good job of vacuuming though considering that the vacuum cleaner is about twice as tall as he is. Again, that is not so much a chore as something he gets a kick out of, but it is actually pretty helpful. Sometimes I give them moist paper towels and they help to dust furniture or clean the floor too.

    They don’t get allowance yet, but I agree with TS – it won’t be linked to whatever they are doing to help out.


    embra
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    How can that be 30 years ago? I suspect fuzzy math ;-)


    embra
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    Not my style. It sounds made up to me.


    embra
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    Pretty & classic but not boring. Clean and simple but elegant. It’s more unusual than Julia, which I like. I really like the sound of Julia (or even better, Juliet), but it shortens so easily to Julie or Jewels, which I don’t care for as much, so I’d have to vote for Elise as well.


    embra
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    First day of kindergarten is today!! My 2 year old son insists that it is his first day of school as well. When he saw his big sister getting her first day of school picture taken in her new dress, he ran to put on a pink and purple tutu from the dress-up clothes box over his pjs and insisted on having a first day of school picture taken in the same spot. He looked so proud of himself. Looking forward to digging that picture out when he is about 15.


    embra
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    For things I will need for long periods of time, like phone numbers, the academic schedule, and the month’s lunch or snack schedule, etc, I use a magnetic clip on the fridge. For artwork, I put a few recent ones on the fridge with magnets, and I use dynamic artwork frames to store favorites and keep the current favorite displayed in a frame (like this although I don’t know if this is the exact one I have: http://www.improvementscatalog.com/dynamic-artwork-frame-26-238482-3b/13021?redirect=y). The rest I throw out when the kids aren’t looking. I keep a separate fridge clip for things I will need temporarily (like things related to an upcoming event). I throw that stuff out regularly. The rest of the random flyers (Tips for good study habits! How to get your child safely to school! Why you shouldn’t do the thing we don’t want you to do…ever!) go straight into the trash. Do not pass go. Do not collect dust.


    embra
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    I’ve never not held a job outside the home since I left school, but I agree with what the others have said. Particularly when you have kids at home, you are contributing financially to the family by taking care of them, even if you aren’t bringing in your own salary. If (God forbid) something were to happen to you, how much more would your husband have to pay other people to do the things you do every day? A lot. Unless you could make more money (even after your tax bracket increases and you pay for your commute and work clothes) than it would cost to pay for full time childcare, it doesn’t make sense to work outside the home. The fact that you are also working toward another degree in a career that would add a great deal of stability and income to your family makes your time away from the work force more valuable. Nurses are in great need now! Think of it as an investment, both in your children and in your family’s lifestyle.

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