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    we were at my sister’s house and the teenagers helped the younger ones dye eggs while the adults hide the the 232 eggs!

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    i’ve had just about every hair cut and color imaginable. i used to change it so often but since gigi i’ve really kept it bobbed and havent dyed it alot, though i did dye it red last month (ariel red)

    i do all my own color.

    gaamy
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    I would try the magic bunny/ puppy/ kitty/ pony books. They are g rated and no one dies and there are no refetences to dead people. Each animal has 4 to 7 books I think.

    You could also try the rainbow magic fairy books. They are separated into 7 book series ie the ocean fairies the sports fairies the jewel fairies and there are over a hundred books. We have thirty. Your local library is bound to have a bunch.

    None of the books I mentioned are great works of fiction but Gigi enjoys them though and they keep it very nick Jr.

    * you might also try the Geronimo silton books. They are a mix b/w comics and chapter books and they also keep it clean.

    gaamy
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    my kids really liked it, but i gotta say i was underwhelmed, sure it was entertaining enough but i grew up with the disney films of the disney renaissance. Beauty and the beast, the lion king, the little mermaid, the recuers down under, aladin. these werent just kids films they were complete works of art from the animation to the writing to the music.

    with tangled and now frozen it seems like disney is trying to get back into the fairy tale biz but these just arent as solid as the stuff they were producing in the late 80′s to late 90′s

    gaamy
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    one of the things i find works for Gigi is to have short, no explination needed “commands” and focus not on what she SHOULD be doing as opposed to what she’s SHOULDNT be doing. if i have to talk to her too many times about the same behavior then she’ll lose privledges.

    for example if she’s running around and i want her to stop i simply call out “walking!” if she’s spining around in cirlces down a store aisle it’s “eyes front”. if she’s grabbing things she shouldnt i’ll say “hands” which is short for “hands to yourself” i find these short more or less positve instructions are more effective and less time consuming than fussing “dont skip, dont touch , stop twirling. get down from there! watch where you’re going!”

    Gigi responds really well to counting as well. we do a three count and it is really rare that i get past one.

    gaamy
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    easter is like second christmas around here. we got the oldest a sewing machine, the middle a pair of roller blades and they both got concert tickets. there will probably be a hair dryer and some video games in the mix too.

    gigi is getting a foot tall unicorn doll, some skylanders stuff, pool and outdoor toys and bubbles.

    the baskets will probably just have candy and trinkets in them.

    gaamy
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    1. dont usually eat after dinner, if i do a bowl of cereal.
    2. pink, aslo ready for spring.
    3.sun glasses
    4.tie b/w Super Junior M’s Swing and 100%’s bad girl.
    5. i have been keeping up with Emergency Couple but the last two episodes aired over the weekend so i guess my next favorite would be Cunning Single Lady.

    gaamy
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    this might sound batty, but have they considered NOT giving him shots at all? i hate needles to the point that i have had 3 cavities filled w/out novacaine and it didnt hurt at all. of course this isnt an option in all cases, the position and severity of the cavity needs to be considered. when i moved my dentist told me that if i wanted a filling with no shot i’d have to ask since it’s a pretty uncommon thing. most people are so affriad that it will hurt they’d never dream of doing it w/out anestetic so dentists just dont suggest it.

    if its something that’s going to hurt, like having a tooth pulled they give me diazapam to take the morning to the proceedure for anxiety. i dont think this is an option for kids.

    magster has some really good suggestions too. if a shot is needed talk to the dentist abouot delivering it in stealth mode and try to distract jack. if you’re lucky they might get it in and out before he notices.

    gaamy
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    that sounds like so much fun.

    i’m considering staying with at my mom’s for a month this summer, just me and Gigi. it’s barely april and we’ve already had a very stressful year. it will be very nice to get away and just focus on my family and leave hubby to deal with the drama.

    gaamy
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    my one and only nephew is Samuel. he’s nearly 14 now. the pronounciation i hear most often is pronouciation in america Sam-yu-ull, but i have found that how you pronounce it depends on the situation.

    we call him sam and sammy in equal turns.

    gaamy
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    lying is grounds to lose privledges in our house.

    gaamy
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    i’ve spent most of my adult life looking after large groups of children.

    for those ages i really find that kids can entertain themselves for far longer than you ever could. they should be able to play for hours with regular looking in on. i would often just let the kids play until they got restless and THEN break out the activities.

    my nephew has always loved to read to the younger ones. at ten a lot of the books for that age group should be something the youngers ones would enjoy hearing and older one would enjoy reading. a picnic outside is always a good idea. hide and seek is a good idea too (if you make sure the 3 yo has a buddy)

    card games like uno would also be ideal b/c you can relax the rules to make it easier for the younger kids.

    cheap things you can go out and get now include a set of playing cards (even the 3 yo can play war. most kids these days have never played with a deck of real cards so the novelty factor is high) or a set of dominos. dominos are great b/c there are so many ways to play from a simple matching game to setting up patterns and the sets usually come with instructions for several games. if you get the little wooden ones even the biggest set (double 12, which is what i reccomend) should be under $5. puzzels are also a great way to pass the time. the dollar tree usually has a good selection.

    if all else fails get a bunch of card board boxes (cruise behind a strip mall if you cant find any. liqour stores always have a lot.) get a roll of duct tape and some tempera paint (it’s cheapest and it’s completely washable) and construct a box fort. it’s fun to do and to play with.

    in a situation like this it is always a good idea to have mom bring some things from the house that they enjoy. and dont be affraid to let them watch tv or play video games.

    i would really suggest a schedule. you dont have to stick to it like gospel but it will help you to know when you need to have what ready.

    gaamy
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    we made perler bead easter eggs the other day. it was a lot of fun.

    http://www.eksuccessbrands.com/perlerbeads/Projects/Easter_Eggs_2.htm

    we LOVE LOVE LOVE perler beads in our house. i’ve got the big peg boeards too so while the kids are doing little stuff like easter eggs i can work on bigger more complex projects. like this

    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/11/4f/c3/114fc31a81c5cd51ae9c7efe948e1250.jpg

    gaamy
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    the most common thing we call Georgia is Gigi. i’ve called her snuggle bug since the day she was born.

    We call Alleyanna Alley to the point that every one has forgotten that her name was actually Alleyanna on more than one ocassion.

    Deven’s just Deven. sometimes we call her sunshine sarcastically b/c she is grumpy and mean.

    collectively we just refer to them as the girls though i call them “the spawn”

    along the same vein however, mine is a mixed family, though no one can tell me we arent a “real” family my step father and his sons are not blood to me and my sisters. instead of calling our parents “Dad and Tina” or “Mom and Jim” when speaking to each other us kids just call them “the parents” our friends always found that weird.

    gaamy
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    we’ll probably do something with perler beads.

    gaamy
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    i’ve never been to a painting party but i do love to paint. i dont paint nearly as much as i used to. i love the smell of paint and the way properly stretched canvas feels under your brush.

    gaamy
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    i dont know how much help i’ll be but my grandfather built us a swing set. the swing set predated me and stood more than twenty years. they finally took it down when there were no longer any children around. the swing set itself was still viable. the frame was metal pipes. the swings were chain and wood. the seats did have to be replaced once that i recall.

    he also built us merry go round with the same pipes and wheel at the center.

    gaamy
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    i practically lived with my sis when my nephew was potty training few things to try if you havent already:

    1. a stool. toddlers arent as tall as older boys and grown men. sometimes aim is easier if they’re a little higher.

    2.have him watch his dad or have dad give him a few aiming lessons.

    3. i’d start with something bigger than cheerios, like a wad of toliet paper or a flushable wipe. bigger target is easier to hit.

    gaamy
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    i dont think it’s age. i just turned 31 and hubby is 43 but it never happens to him. he always says it’s the durgs starting to catch up with me. :P i used to be quite a partier.

    gaamy
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    i’m an organ donor myself so i would definately do it.

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