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    in January ABC is supposed to air a show called “man from the stars” that’s based on a Korean drama. that i am really looking forward to, the Korean one was great.

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    maybe it’s b/c i had lived with and cared for several babies before i had Gigi but there was no panic! hell Donnie went to work that night.

    i remember the nurses offering to show me how to change diapers and make bottles and burp her. i smiled and declined. “no thank you, i know how.”

    BUT- i think an extra baby would have seriously disrupted the calm. also we were in the hospital for almost a week so we had more of a chance to get used to the idea.

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    i used to say trying to get Gigi to shower was like trying to get a 50 lb cat to shower. she hated it. then 2 or 3 years ago i got pneumonia and she had to stay with my sister for almost a month. Sis simply told her “i have too much going on, you need to take a shower.” even after she came home i was still pretty weak so we just continued to make her take showers b/c it was easier on me. she never complained after that b/c she felt like she was being helpful.

    maybe you could explain to them that it’s hard to get everything done so they’re going to have to take showers to help you get everything done and let them know they can still take baths on weekends.

    gaamy
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    my mother and aunt chose it. they just went with whatever sounded pretty. They chose Amy Myriah (Mariah). the spelling of my middle name is funny b/c my mom has “mispelled” all my sister’s names. we have Rebeca (yes, with one “c”, funny enough we caught a forger once b/c of that) and she named my other sister Sarah, but when she filled out the paper work she was so tired she left off the “h”. back then you didnt need as much paper work so my mom didnt realize it. a few years back my sister had to go through a long process to get her name changed on her social security card.

    other amusing tidbits- i was supposed to be a boy, my name was Jonh Henry III. also since Rebeca and Sarah are biblical names my paternal grandmother thought my name should be Rachel. So much so that she told our entire congregation that they HAD named me Rachel and when my parents brought me in to have me blessed the bishop actually said “rachel” during the blessing and it had to be redone.

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    the girls are doing a group costume, Gigi will be Alice, Deven will be the mad Hatter and Alley will be the march hare. so far i’ve made Gigi’s dress.

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    i have been known to employ a timer. depending on how big of a pain she’s been i will offer a reward or punishment if she is not done when the timer goes off, but i give her more than enough time to complete any given task, like 8 minutes to brush her teeth starting when she gets in the bathroom. it really works.

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    @ magster,the worst thing in the world is your kid getting stuck with a teacher that makes them dread going to school. hopefully things get easier for her!

    Gigi likes school a lot better here than in Ohio, but she’s in 3rd grade now and the expectations are a lot higher.

    since she started school we’ve had issues. we’ve heard “it’s ok, but…” alot. now here we are in 3rd grade and they expect her to follow directions the 1st time! HA! pay attention while you’re reading aloud? double HA! not be socially awkward? HARDY HAR HAR! welcome to my world lady.

    we’re getting her evaluated in the hopes of getting an IEP. i’m tired of people telling me there is nothing wrong in one breath then telling me all the things she needs to work on the next. unfortunately the appointment isnt until nov.

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    i’m getting the samsung galaxy mega in january. i’ve been waiting THREE years for this to be available in america.

    i 1st saw it on a korean drama and started looking for it. i FINALLY saw it in the store the other day and i was so excited i pointed it out to my husband and said “SEE!!! it really is that big!” this whole time he has insisted that it was a normal sized phone it just looked huge in the hands of those tiny korean girls.

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    yesterday we were in the store and i walked past a display of something and exclaimed
    “@#$%&! what is that smell?!”
    Hubby smiled and looked at the girls .”it’s not fall until a trip to the store makes Amy sick!”

    i could go all year with out smelling pumpkin flavored or scented anything. i dread this time you year. all those classic “holiday” scents are awful to me.

    gaamy
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    with the weather you’re describing be prepared for the snow not to melt, and once it finally melts, it would probably just snow again.

    Gigi’s snow boots were two sizes to big for her and she never had any trouble walking. once you’ve put on a couple of pairs of socks and add trudging through the snow and climbing over 3 ft snow banks to get to school it’s not exactly a graceful situation to begin with!

    gaamy
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    if you live in an area that gets snow and cold you should be able to find these items at any old thrift store. though you might have to make a few trips before you find something you like.

    i did the same thing as momkey, Gigi brought regular schools to shoes and wore them while she was inside and put the boots on for out door activity.

    unfortunately it’s gonna be bulky. if it gets cold enough often enough that they think they should be going outside in anything greater than 15 degrees then i’d wager it gets really cold. the bulk isnt just for keeping the water out, it’s for keeping the warmth in and and thinner options dont get the job done.

    if you have a Meijers in your area start there. the clothing is a little priceier than target or walmart but it is worth it for the quality. we LOVE Meijer and it’s the only thing i miss about Ohio.

    gaamy
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    thanks for the tip, i will be sure to be vigilant with the sun screen. i’m hoping since it’s just the top layer of skin it wont be that bad. there was surprising little blood.

    watching her ride the skate board isnt for the faint of heart. she has a long board and she gets down on her hands and knees and rides it like that, kicking off with one foot and holding on to the front with both hands. she gets going really fast and even at high speeds her ability to control the thing amazes me. she’s had it for a year and a half and this is the only time she’s ever crashed.

    gaamy
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    9/11 was especially terrifying for us. i was living in Norfolk Va, which is part of a cluster of cities larger than NYC called Hampton roads that boasts over twenty major millitary facilities, fiften of which are bases, including Naval station Norfolk (home to half the US navy and 34 air craft squardons) and Langley airforce base. it is also home to a commerical international airport and a mere 200 miles from DC. i specifically lived a five minute walk from a navy airstrip.

    i was 18 and working with a maid service. we were cleaning at the home of a doctor. he was home and came and got me and my partner and pulled us into his home office to watch the news. we were watching as the plane hit the second tower, at which point he told us to go home. for a long time the whole area just had this feeling of waiting to be next.

    before 9/11 i was so used to the sound of jets and aircraft i almost didnt hear them anymore. it was years before the sound didnt make my heart stop.

    gaamy
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    we’ve actually had a lot of luck with plain ol walmart shoes. given the choice Gigi always picks bobos. and she always wear sneakers with her dresses. we got her two pair of danskin now sneakers for 15 each and they’re holding up pretty well.

    Gigi has a black pair of boys sketchers that she wore all last year that still look good enough to go to school in. if you’re willing to drop some bank on a pair of shoes i’d go with s vans. if you go to vans.com they have a wide variety, they’re durable since they have their roots as skate shoes but you’ll be droppin about 40 a pair.

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    i shave everything but my head and my forearms. i mean EVERYTHING. i’ve even been known to shave my eyebrows instead of waxing or plucking.

    i shave my legs daily b/c i cant stand the way the hair feels.

    i’ve been playing around with the idea of waxing instead of shaving.

    gaamy
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    unless you can get financial aid from the gov. then for a plan with moderate coverage dont expect to pay less than $300- 400 per month on the low end.

    unfortunately it’s all about the same level of suck no matter where you go usually with less than $50 difference b/w plans.

    gaamy
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    i think parents forget that kids have energy and they need to burn it. when Gigi was little we struggled with getting her to sleep. among other things, one strategy that helped alot was to make sure she got a lot of exercise so she was truely tired at night.

    gaamy
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    i’m sorry your lil ones having a hard time.

    the only think i can think of is that maybe they objected b/c recess is usually more than one class and there wouldn’t have been enough stickers for all the classes? Gigi (and all my neices too) have always had recess with multiple classes. lunch/snack and recess are usually handled by aids.

    we’ve had issues like this before, so i’ve just gotten into the habit of asking before sending ANYTHING, no matter how benign it seems. last year there was an absolute melt down when i sent an extra brownie for Gigi to give her friend at lunch. she child of my friend and neighbor. i got a nasty note home about the kids not being allowed to share food. funny one seemed to have a problem when it was halloween or xmas stocking candy she was sharing. :P

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    @ magster, she showers in TEN minutes?! thats amazing. Gigi takes FOREVER. once i clocked her at 45 minutes.

    this was Gigi’s 1st week and they didnt really have home work. i’m a little worried actually b/c here 3rd grade is when they start letter grades and standardized tests. it’s like “real” school. i’m not sure about the home work load. it’s never taken more than 30 minutes before. i am dreading hours of homework.

    gaamy
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    Gigi is in 3rd grade and home work has never taken more than 30 minutes. I usually do it right after we get home.

    One thing you might consider to buy you some more time if its an option for your guys is baths every other day. Gigi has eczema so we have long been in the habit of showers every other day.

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