Unless that will mess my kids up.
This is good to hear. I think it is kind of wasteful too, but I didn’t want my kid to be the only one without new stuff each year. Thanks all!
Maybe offer to give each other makeovers. If she likes what you do to her, she’ll try to keep doing it. If not, whatever you would have taught her, she likely would have ignored anyway. You’d have to be up for looking like a hooker clown for a day though, I suppose.
Some other options that are classic, but more unusual. I am assuming the “Peter Ernest” order of middle names for these because I think it is easier to say:
I think it’s cute. It never occurred to me that it rhymed with boobie, and I knew a girl named Ruby growing up who was never teased for her name, even though it was an unusual name back then (which it isn’t particularly now). When I think of the name, I think more of the song “Ruby Tuesday”. I think if a kid ends up being easy to tease, the others will find a way to tease her regardless of what her name rhymes with. If she’s not, then she’ll be fine no matter what her name is.
I agree with Rebecca, Katherine, and Isabel if you are planning to use them in full. Becca is cute as a nn for Rebecca, but I think Becky is pretty dated, as is Kathy. If you choose Katherine and go for a nn, maybe something more unusual like Kat, Kit, Thea (Tay-ah), or Rina would be nice.
That’s great! Good luck!
@TwoSapphires, Adult wages in major cities may be slightly higher than in rural areas, but sadly not nearly enough to make up for the crazy difference in cost of living – especially housing. When I was applying for jobs in different cities, for the same job in a large city I would have gotten two thousand more a year, but on my salary in the small city, I could have bought my own small house, whereas in the larger city, I was going negative each month paying half the rent on a shared 1000 sq ft two bedroom apartment. An actual free-standing 2 br house with little or no yard in a decent, but not swanky area costs a bare minimum of $700,000 if you are very quick and very lucky. We’ve never actually sprung for a babysitter. The few times we’ve gone out since we’ve had kids have been when our parents were in town.
I don’t think we have buses here.
Escaped Zombies for LUNCH? I think of them as more of a breakfast choice.
embraParticipant2 weeks, 4 days ago
It’s a nice combination. Vannah, Van, Anna, or Ava could be a nn for Savannah.
embraParticipant2 weeks, 4 days ago
Playing, reading, and creating general chaos.
Growing up, I heard TAM-ah-rah only, but since then, I’ve heard tah-MAR-ah.
We use drink bottles like this:
They are small enough to stand up in the tall part of the lunch box you posted (my daughter has the hello kitty version) and they don’t leak. The only downside is that if the milk doesn’t get emptied out as soon as you get home, you need to soak it for a while to get the smell out. I’ve put it on its side before without a problem too. Some people complain that the picture rubs off it easily, but we put ours in the dishwasher regularly, and the picture didn’t start to get destroyed until over a year had gone by.
I don’t remember, are your kids nut free? If not, nuts are a good source of protein. Other options:
-Hummus or other bean dip with crackers or veggie sticks
-canned black beans rinsed and mixed with salsa, corn, cumin and lime juice served on top of cooked couscous (which tastes fine cold)
-Chunks of chicken with BBQ or other dipping sauce
-Cold pizza rollups – tortilla, tomato sauce, shredded cheese and whatever else rolled up and then cut into pieces width-wise. Could also do assemble-your-own cold pizza with toasted English muffins provided.
-Sun butter on celery sticks
-Cottage cheese, with or without other stuff like jam mixed in
I’ll be interested to hear what others say, because despite all these options, I tend to get into a cold cut sandwich or sunbutter and jelly rut.
It’s ok. I’d like it better as a nn for Daniella though.
Even though I went to public school, it was pretty well stocked, so the long list of school supplies to buy is new to me anyway. I grew up with a rack of community scissors and tubs of paste and tissue boxes that just magically appeared when needed. I don’t see any particular reason why items like that shouldn’t be shared. Tissues aside, they tend to be brought out only for whatever project needs them, and then put away again by the teacher. For things that require a bit more care or might be misused or chewed on or whatever (pencils, crayons, and erasers are the main ones I can think of) it seems like it would be better for each kid to care for his or her own. As for the horror of having to fork over school supplies, the only things I really remember being excited about as a kid were my lunch box, book bag, and binders, and I imagine those are still personal property, no? Oh, and I had an owl shaped eraser that the girl who shared my desk stole. That one pissed me off because it was the only non-rectangular eraser I’d had. It even had googly eyes. I should probably let it go, huh?
embraParticipant2 weeks, 6 days ago
I think her kitchen looked pretty nice even without the perspective.
@Inga, I’ve lived in college towns a few times, and it is actually pretty nice. You can have a community geeling, but because there is a university there, you usually also get cultural events and live music, and coffee shops and bookstores galore. Also, living near a college means there is likely to be plenty of poor but responsible young adults who wouldn’t mind having a few extra bucks to watch your children.
embraParticipant3 weeks ago
When I get that stressed the only thing that helps me is some sort of aerobic exercise that is hard enough to get me fairly out of breath for 15-20 min. Good luck! I hope you feel better soon!
embraParticipant3 weeks, 3 days ago
Yes, if the couple were people I knew and liked, that would make a big difference for me, and the government oversight would help as well.