In my area almost all of the moms are "older", so I don't have the feeling of being an outsider in that way but my kids don't go to own town's public elementary schools like most do after leaving our community perschool so both DH and I have to work really hard to maintain the frienships we built with the local families while our kids were in preschool and the new families at our private elementary school.
Things that have helped us all involve staying intouch with our communities. We joined the local tennis and swim club and have the kids take lessons there and have them play on local tennis and swim teams when they want to play/swim competitively. We go out once a month for a Friday night family dinner and try and gather other families to join. I began to volunteer at the public library and at both schools (running fundraisers or at least participating is a great way to meet moms). I offer to host or at least help plan class parties and parent coctkail events for all three kid's classes. I also set up various carpools and playdates for the kids so that I can get to know other parents better.
Once you start to meet moms and make friends, put yourself out there and keep the social ball rolling with invites for kid activities, mom lunches, coffee breaks, after drop-off walks, kid swapping, carpooling, etc. I takes work but really does make you feel better about life. At least it does for me.View Thread
That's great. Logan joined up as a first grader and is now finishing up his second year. He really likes his pack and has learned a lot it and while DH takes him to most events and den meetings, I have enjoyed the ones that I have taken him to. Last weekend they did an overnight at an aquarium in San Francisco and L loved sleeping below sharks and rays.
Oh and his pinewood derby car won first place which was, as far as DS is concerned, his greatest life accomplishment so far. LOL!View Thread
I have a giant too, actually, I have three kids who have spent the majority of their life above the 90th percentile for height. Coco turned 5 in March and is 46.5 inches tall, I believe that put her around the 96th %tile. She barely weighs 40 pounds so was much lower on the scale for weight.
DD1 was also a top of the chart girl from babyhood until late in 2nd grade. In the last 2 years she's fallen from the 95%tile to a mere 45th for height. Her weight has always been about 50% and is now around 40th. I'm guessing my genes are finally showing through as I am only 5'2 and didn't hit 100 pounds until close to 21.View Thread
For tonight, I bought a beautiful leg of lamb that DH is going to cook outside. I will also make my favorite mint sauce, roasted potatoes and some peas. Yum...please don't rat me out b/c DD2 thinks we're eating "chicken".
Tomorrow is Logan's night in the kitchen and if memory serves me correctly he's planned chicken wings, carrots sticks and whole wheat pasta that is shaped like bugs. I detest chicken wings so will also bake up a salmon filet or two.
Friday night we're going out for fajitas and margaritas. By then the fridge will be all but empty given we'll be gone for the next 8 days.View Thread
That's so funny! I bet Levi was thrilled. We ran into some of DD1's friends in the US customs line on our way to Punta Mita, Mexico one year and then found them again at the same resort we were staying at. It was a hoot!
How was Scottsdale? We're heading there on Saturday for a week of swimming, hiking and biking with my childhood pals, their kids and my extended family. Coco is so excited about the Phx. Zoo!View Thread
Oh my, I can only guess to the numbers but, like you, they have more than enough clothing. I'm thinking each of them could fashionably outfit 4 or 5 kids of the same size.
1) Unders- probably between 10 and 12 pair of undies and undershirts. Tights- 8-10 pair per girl. Socks- 8-10 pair for the girls, at least 16 for DS. This includes dress socks, baseball, soccer and cub scout socks.
2) Bottoms- Probably close to 20 each pairs of pants for the girls. DS has more but half are uniform shorts/pants. We live in a mild climate so they wear pantsand capris in the summer more than shorts. That being said they each have 10 pairs of shorts.
3) Tops- I'd say 30-50 each. Long sleeve, short and then another 5-10 tank tops for layering and sports (older DD).
4) Dresses. Little DD is not in grade school yet so still wears dresses a lot. She has all her sisters hand me downs and the new ones I have bought for her. I'm guessing there are at least 30 in her closet that are a size 5/6, which she is just moving into. DD1 has 10 or so sun dresses and another 5-6 that are for dressier occasions.
5) Shoes. DS has 2 pair for school, 1 for weekend wear, flops, Keen sandals, cleats, a nice pair of sandals and a pair of dress shoes...so 8. DD1 probably has a dozen pair and the little diva is definately pushing 25 pairs (sneaks, sandals, mary janes, boots, rain boots, flip flops, tap shoes, ballet shoes, cleats, flats, etc). Many are hand me downs but somehow she scores more new ones of her own than I do.View Thread
I would bet it is her eyes as well. Logan was only 4-4.5 when he started having headaches and eye weariness but the consistency of the pain led us straight to the eye doctor. They did not dilate his eyes. He was given a picture version of the standard eye test and his doctor looked at his eyeballs several times with various instruments and lights. We left with a Rx and headed to the eyeglass store. Within a week he had his new glasses and all complaints about aches and eye pain were gone.
Every few appointments his Rx has changed a bit so he has needed new lenses every 9-18 months. Luckily the frames last size-wise a bit longer.View Thread
My kids are wierd and eat multiple servings of fruits/veggies each day and as a result are pretty much always regular. I also give them a DHA capsule and a flax seed oil supplement which seems to help avoid constipation. My nephew deals with it regularily though and my sil has found that Sunsweet Prunes, Raisin Bran and blueberries help keep him regular.
When we travel (and I know their diets will be different than usual) I bring along those Trader Joes fig cereal bars. One of those each morning along with their daily supplements seem to do the trick even when they don't get the best balanced diet. I also keep them hydrated all the time.View Thread