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Robinbird4 last won the day on November 7 2015

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  1. Robinbird4

    More court drama

    Mimi, what happened with this?
  2. Thanks all. Kelvin, we had him sleeping on our floor for a few days right after the nightmares started, but it seemed to make his fear of his room worse. Right now he's scared of the whole upstairs of our house. Dorothy, I'd absolutely rearrange his room, but I'll have to leverage help from neighbors. I have a herniated disk that is mostly healed, but I'm afraid to put too much pressure on it by lifting and moving heavy objects because if Mama goes down this family will be up a creek right now. I'm actually thinking that when I have family in town in a few weeks I might switch out the boy
  3. It's been a bit over two months since DH lost his leg due to the aneurism. It's been a LOOOOOONG two months. But, he's driving again, easing back into work (about 16 hours per week), doing a ton of PT and has been working with the prosthetics doctor on his starter leg. They've cast that and are in the process of creating his first leg and we hope he's up on it in another week (though, learning to use it will be quite a process). Things with the kids have been a challenge. Our 4 year old was extremely angry about everything that happened and all the changes, so he's been in play therapy. It
  4. Thank you so much! That is exactly what we need to do. We've slipped so far in the past year. It's daunting thinking about cutting parts of the budget back again (like groceries) and engaging in real meal planning again. But, its more important to me to pay for college than buy a bunch of stuff or eat a bunch of overpriced meals because I didn't plan. We're maxing out DH's 401K at 12%, but we need to do the Roths so we can hit 15%. That said, we are at the point where family vacations are more important than paying off the house ASAP. We're not selling or refinancing so if it takes us a bit l
  5. You all are right. We need to get the Roths direct deposited. I don't know how we've missed that one, but we need to get on it. Fidelity makes it so easy so we should just be doing it. We also need to set up the kids' college funds to come out automatically. Those are too easy to ignore and allow to get sucked back into the general family fund...
  6. Hi All, I need a kick in the kiester. We've been doing DR for 7 years and for the past year we've been floundering. We're NOT back in debt, we still have 6 months of EF and are contributing to the 401K, but we did not contribute to ROTHs lasts year and have contributed minimal to the 529 funds. We have not paid down BS6 at all. We just booked a vacation to Disney World and I think that was the eye opener with how far off the wagon we've fallen. This month we have DS's baptism, DS's first birthday, DD's dance recital and a baby shower for my SIL. Together, all of that adds up to big $$ and
  7. Big hugs to you. It sounds like taking some time off is a really good plan.
  8. Robinbird4


    About the yard clean up. If you know anyone who is an Angie's List member, ask them to go onto the Angie's List deal of the day and see if there is a spring yard clean up special. We found one for $199 for 4 hours of yard clean up for 2 men from a reputable garden company. It didn't solve all of our problems when we moved in, but it helped tremendously! That freed us up to focus on a ton of other pre-move-in "stuff". Likewise, if you want to have the carpets cleaned, the Angie's List Deal of the Day is great for that, too!
  9. Ugh. I feel for you. DS stopped napping at 2.5 unless he was strapped into a car seat. Guess how often I drove around at 1:30 and would just park in front of DD's preschool and read a book for a little while. The hardest part is that there is liteally not a moment to get big stuff done. In your shoes, I'd call a sitter. A lot of college students will be getting home for summer break in the next week. I'd call around and find one willing to babysit until she finds a summer job. It could be a sanity saver for you.
  10. TIme to get serious about LLNOE again!!!

  11. Sara, I know how important staying in Nashville has been to you and I'm sorry you are going to have to move. Given how many times Alex came so close to getting something and then it slipped away, it feels like God might be trying to close this door so he can open another one for you guys. I'm going to pray for you that he makes it abundantly clear what his plans for your family are and that he can lead you to another community where you will feel like there is a home for your family.
  12. Robinbird4

    Quick Notes

    esg, you've made so many changes this past year! First, moving out from living with your Mom and your sisters and being emotionally held hostage by them and now the job situation. Here's the thing, though. In every choice you make, think of the example you are making for your son. Now, about graphic design. The people we know who are successful with it are not work from home jobs. They are people who go into an firm and work for the firm. Think about that before you decide whether or not to bite off a large chunk of student loans. I know you don't like people, but this is where doing so
  13. Robinbird4


    That's great news! A side note -- when I hit 16 months nursing DD, I ended up with enlarged glands... to the point I was sent in for an ultrasound of them and they were doing extensive blood work to figure out what was going on. Finished nursing...bam. Problem disappeared within a month. Similar thing happened with other issues when I hit that point nursing DS. I plan to start weaning baby DS when he hits 15/16 months so I can avoid the nasty health issues. I think some people's bodies can handle extended breast feeding just fine, but mine can't and it sounds like yours can't either. Hugs. I'
  14. I'm with Jeff102 - I'd work with him until he can do it himself. At 6 he should be able to do the buckle. Its one more step towards independence for him and overall it'll make him safer in all driving situations. Given you can not drive and you rely upon Grandma and Grandpa to drive the children, I'd work with him daily until he can do it himself and discuss with him the importance of doing it himself. With DD, there are some car seats that are easier to buckle than others given clasp and clip placement. I might take them to Babies R Us with me and have them try each car seat to see which one
  15. Robinbird4

    Future planning

    I'm with the others - I can't believe the school allows spanking. I'd actually discuss this with the principal. Both the walk of shame and the spankings. Okay, about the lack of challenge... DD is not challenged at all this year. We're sticking with public for a while. We do IXL math at home (its online and they can master concepts at their own pace) and we do a LOT of reading and memorizing site words. We're doing a lot of outside "stuff" right now like dance, t-ball and piano. Between all of those she's being challenged in different ways.
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