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Old 04-19-2018, 03:41 PM
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Did a complete rearrange of my room last night and this morning. It's amazing how you can't see how much things aren't working until you fix it. The little guys have MORE range, the older kids have two nice spaces for play with small toys, arts, building, etc... And I can more easily control which toys are "out" and accessible.
Anytime you want to fly in and do mine, you're more than welcome. One question: where do you find the energy to do that at night after chasing kids all day???
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Old 04-20-2018, 02:58 PM
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Anytime you want to fly in and do mine, you're more than welcome. One question: where do you find the energy to do that at night after chasing kids all day???
My energy came from a couple places: my thyroid medications are finally on point, the snow is taking FOREVER to melt, and we're waiting on some big news to come in which is also driving me insane. I'm a wreck.
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:11 PM
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I started two new kids this month. Their moms are best friends and until recently one was a SAHM that took care of both boys. I knew the moms very casually in college, we were friendly but not the type of friends that ever hung out off campus. The kids are great. One boy has been here 3 weeks now and 1 has his first week this week. Both the moms have thanked me at pick up every single night so far. I am lucky that I do feel loved and appreciated by all of my current families but just hearing the words “thank you” from these moms so frequently has been great.
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Old 04-22-2018, 03:54 AM
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It was beautiful outside yesterday! Around 50 and sunny. I raked, dragged out some of our summer stuff into the backyard. It's beginning to look more like a yard to play in rather than a bedraggled mud pit.
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:50 AM
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Five dcks here and ALL 5 fell asleep by 12:30, even my 11 mo 'never sleeps anywhere except in a nursing hold or stroller' dcb!!! I am so excited! 11 mo fell asleep on his own yesterday too, took 15 min. of crying and he only slept for 20 minutes but hey....I'll take it. Today it took him less than 5 min. to fall asleep. There IS HOPE
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:52 PM
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I just scored a Little Tikes Builder's Bay Sand and Water table for $15.00 on a local FB sale page! Definitely a positive for me because this was on my list for spring/summer purchases, and now I am not buying it at full price!
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Old 05-03-2018, 05:02 PM
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Both DCF who were supposed to be here tomorrow are keeping their kids home instead. Freebie day off/early weekend for me!
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Old 05-04-2018, 12:39 PM
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Only 3 more hours and I am done for 9 days. Heading to the bay for seafood, sunsets, live oak lined trails and quiet.

Sidenote: I've also got my super soaker ready for any drone who tries to ruin my rooftop bayou sunset view.
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:06 PM
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The weather is good, so me and the kids had decided to go for a picnic. I enjoyed it as well as my kids.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:14 AM
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A DCM and DCB presented me with a potted plant and a thank you note at drop-off this morning as an early Childcare Provider Appreciation Day gift. It is so nice to feel appreciated!
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Old 05-19-2018, 03:36 AM
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I have a dcm who's normal. I love her. She was telling her dd why she needed to put her socks on; because otherwise her feet stink. Then she looks at me and apologizes. I told her I love a normal mom. She is so down to earth and easy to get along with. I wish she had an easier life. She's handling her 2 rambunctious little girls. She and her dh are estranged and it doesn't look good for getting back together.
She's been bringing her youngest dd in these cute new little shirts. That time of year to go shopping I guess. Yesterday her dd went home in that cute little yellow shirt, all covered in dirt. This dcg is 20 mo, and climbs, lives and breathes the dirt, as her mom knows. Dcg lays down and rolls in the dirt. It's certainly not the first time dcg has gone home looking like this. But her mom only says 'that's why I buy Tide'.
I'm going to buy her a huge thing of Tide. This mom is always bringing us extra bowls of fruit salad she's made too much of. Just stuff like that.

And 1 of my other dcfs is bringing me 10 bags of playsand this next week. And they're paying for it!! And this is the dcm of my 11 mo who would not sleep at all during the day, who now sleeps pretty well. I'm really glad I didn't let this dcf go because of sleep problems. They're really super in all other ways and very thoughtful AND appreciative. That counts for A LOT.
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Talking No Biting Day!

No biting in the Infant room today Therefore, NO incident reports!!!
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:44 AM
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Yesterday was the first day of no pre-k. Tomorrow is early dismissal/ last day of school. I needed the light easy day I'm having today.
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:21 PM
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So not good part of this post is that a lot of the schools around here are old and in bad need of repairs. Not that repairs would help my sons school because it was built before they put stuff like that in. The classroom can broke and the test hers did the only thing they could, which was to send a memo home with students asking for a fan. No way would they acutely get funding for one.

Last night my MIL was over and saw the memo on our table told my FIL and this morning my sons classroom had a fan. As well another parent brought in a fan, which is great since the classroom is large enough to need two. My in laws can be great, as soon as my FIL heard his grandson was hot at school he helped fix it.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:26 AM
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Started a new DCG yesterday. She cried when she woke up from nap. The positive of it is, I was reminded that all my other nappers stay quiet until I get them up. I forgot how frustrating it was to "train" little ones. Now I'm confidant that new DCG can be trained too!
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Old 06-08-2018, 03:19 PM
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Positive thing that happened today was that the kids left. OMG what a day. Last day of school for my prek dcg and she was wired before she ever got here at 3:00, and then she had a mini cupcake to celebrate the twins' birthdays. She was literally jumping off the kitchen table before I could get them outside. Then she wanted to take a book outside so she could read to the others. I let her but made them all run for 20 minutes straight before she could sit down.
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:54 PM
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5 yr old dcg. Been here since she was 3 months old. Starts school in the fall and her mama (teacher) recently quit her job.

So since we've been missing each other, we went on a date!

McDonald's, beach, playground, ice cream. 4 hours of just us and it was so much fun!

Hands down the best date I've ever had!
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:54 PM
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I finally got my basement faucet fixed!!! I'm such a horrible procrastinator that I've been putting it off for probably 3-4 years. It's just been getting progressively worse but I didn't want to invest the $$$ to call in a plumber if it was an easy fix. Well, the guy had to cut pipes and solder on new pipes and added a couple shut-offs. It looks amazing and works even better. I'm happy it's done. I don't have the bill yet. But now I can run a hose outside, wash my car, play with water with the dcks, water my flowers and veggies without carting jugs of water. Yippee
Down to 2 more things to fix...my ceiling light in the kitchen and my landline phone. Have to call the phone company soon.
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:48 AM
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I only have one DCK today.

No one is sick. All others are on vacations or day trips with parents/grandparents (Flag Day Celebrations).

DCK is an infant, under 6 months, so it has been such a laid back day. Will be here every minute from open to close, but at least holds own bottle and is a happy, gentle soul.
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:44 AM
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DCK is an infant, under 6 months, so it has been such a laid back day. Will be here every minute from open to close, but at least holds own bottle and is a happy, gentle soul.
Sounds like a nice quiet day. Hey, if it weren't for the age, I could be that person. I remember back in the day being a happy, gentle soul and holding my own bottle.
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:45 AM
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My 16 yr old DD just told me "Sometimes I wish you still worked outside of the home so you wouldn't be here all summer (when she's off work). But, I guess it's good that you can get the laundry done while you're home." I guess that's a win?! I'm pretty sure the laundry got done when I worked outside of the home, but we'll just pretend it didn't!
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Old 06-20-2018, 03:05 AM
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Not dc related but a positive thing for me. It just seems like every single thing in my house is starting to break down. My landline stopped working about a month ago(not hearing it ring all the time due to solicitors was nice!)but I never did anything about it because I had my cell. Calling the phone co. finally reached the top of my to-do list and a really nice guy came and fixed it last night, within 45 minutes. So right away I got 2 'give me money' phone calls. But hey, another thing that works now. PLUS, when I asked him if I was going to get charged for it, he said no, because of where the break was located. So that was a relief. You always hear horror stories, ya know. And I don't know if it's just my imagination or what, but my internet seems to be faster now. It's through the same line. So yay!
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:52 AM
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Today is my last day until July 5.
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Old 06-29-2018, 04:51 AM
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I have a robin that built a nest right above one of my outdoor lights by the front door. We are always going in and out the door; she'll probably choose someplace quieter next spring. But 1 night I came into the house and caught 2 robins peering into the nest. Last night I was coming in and mama bird was feeding her babies; saw at least 3 little beaks reaching out. So cool!
Only thing I'm leery about is when they need to leave the nest, no branches or anything for them to get on. I'd like to build them a deck or something. Lol
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Old 06-29-2018, 04:12 PM
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Today is my last day until July 5.
Have a great vacation!!!

My clock just struck 5:00 P.M. and I am turning out the lights and locking the door behind me and not looking back until July 9.

I told every single parent that if any of them calls, e-mails or texts while I am on vacation that I was going to add an inconvenience fee to their next invoice.
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Old 06-29-2018, 09:42 PM
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Have a great vacation!!!

My clock just struck 5:00 P.M. and I am turning out the lights and locking the door behind me and not looking back until July 9.

I told every single parent that if any of them calls, e-mails or texts while I am on vacation that I was going to add an inconvenience fee to their next invoice.
Enjoy your time off!
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Old 07-01-2018, 11:56 PM
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Me and my kids go for a walk in the park. They had met new friends. I really love spending some quality time with them.
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:42 AM
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I glanced at my outside thermometer this a.m. and saw numbers UNDER 90!!!! In fact, it read 60.
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:34 AM
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I glanced at my outside thermometer this a.m. and saw numbers UNDER 90!!!! In fact, it read 60.
Lucky you... I'm in heaven because a daycare momma just loaded me up last night with zucchini & 'cukes from their garden; I have so much, I'll have to freeze, bake & pickle the lot over the next few days lol, plus just got told I have a few paid days off in 2weeks as the family is taking vacation time. (only babe at this time)
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:20 PM
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Talked to all my parents this morning and arranged things so I will be off almost every Tuesday and closing at 5:30 instead of 6 starting in the fall. I will have a morning to myself and an afternoon with just my own 3 year old every week!
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:58 AM
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My sweet baby just got put on the daycare schedule to move to the THREE YEAR OLD CLASS.

He won't move until fall, but he finally meets all the criteria to move (no binky at nap, potty trained) so he is scheduled to move the week of his birthday

I realize that he is the same age my first son was when we decided to have another baby. We have decided not to have more kids, but it is kind of sad not to have a baby anymore.
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Old 07-21-2018, 10:02 AM
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I was browsing through a working mom facebook group I belong go, and a teacher posted regarding her daycare wanting money to hold a spot while the child was home for the summer. I cringed, thinking I knew where it was going, but everybody has defended the provider's need for a steady income. Its been very positive.
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Old 07-24-2018, 07:51 AM
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Amidst so much negative persona of parents, I wanted to share something positive from this morning. My teacher parent I have had since the child was 6 weeks and is now 4 told me this morning that all her kindy teacher friends are always griping about how kids can't fasten belts or tie their shoes or pull up their clothes, etc. and asked her if she was sending her child to pre-k to learn those things. This teacher parent told them no, her child had learned and was learning all she needed for kindy and she would remain at her current child care program until then. Made me smile and feel good about what I do!
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Teachers are at the local elementary school starting to clean out their classrooms and prepare for the new year. My DS has a friend, who's mom is the janitor. She called me and said the preschool teacher was throwing out tons of bulletin board items, unused construction paper, etc and asked if I wanted it.

uhhh heck yes I do!

I now have a two huge packs of gently used bulletin board themes for every holiday and season as well as a heavy duty calendar and weather chart for free!
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:21 PM
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Little man took his first step - the best part it was when Mom came to pick up today so she witnessed it; tomorrow is his 1st Birthday, and I'm making a small cake (as I do for all the 1st birthdays) right now... his mom is doing the one with Frosting & then another one on Saturday for the big family/friends party... thank goodness the only frosting that I put on is where the #1 candle goes lol. I don't do hyper babes
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Old 08-08-2018, 03:13 AM
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Naps were taken by everyone yesterday. Even the 5 yo dcg who slept 12 hours the night before. And she was so much sweeter and kinder yesterday too!!! You can just tell the difference.
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The mail was delivered early today. While the kids were eating their lunch, I noticed an envelope that was addressed to me and the return address was that of a former day care family. Inside was a high school graduation picture of one of "my" kids from several years ago. On the back of the card, he wrote:

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I am off to college tomorrow (he included the college name and his major). I would like to thank you for the care you provided me for many years early in my life. I believe we take a piece of our daily experiences and carry them into the next phase of our lives. Thank you for everything.


He was one of those kids who take a piece of your heart with them when they leave for kindergarten. Needless to say, his note made my day! Now I just have to stop tearing up so I can get through the rest of my day care day!
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The mail was delivered early today. While the kids were eating their lunch, I noticed an envelope that was addressed to me and the return address was that of a former day care family. Inside was a high school graduation picture of one of "my" kids from several years ago. On the back of the card, he wrote:

E.J.,
I am off to college tomorrow (he included the college name and his major). I would like to thank you for the care you provided me for many years early in my life. I believe we take a piece of our daily experiences and carry them into the next phase of our lives. Thank you for everything.


He was one of those kids who take a piece of your heart with them when they leave for kindergarten. Needless to say, his note made my day! Now I just have to stop tearing up so I can get through the rest of my day care day!
That is absolutely priceless!
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That is absolutely priceless!
It really is. He came to me as an infant. I had just decided I didn't want to take any more infants for awhile but my neighbor (his great grandmother) wouldn't take no for an answer and talked me into taking him. He was a tough baby to take care of and at first I regretted taking him on. I came "this close" to terming him but just as I worked up my courage to talk to his mother, she told me something that changed my mind. I decided to stick it out and right after that, was so happy I did. He turned out to be a little sweetheart. It would have been my loss if I had let him go when I had planned. I think about him every time I get one of "those" infants and it usually help me to hang in there when I want to quit.
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:04 AM
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It really is. He came to me as an infant. I had just decided I didn't want to take any more infants for awhile but my neighbor (his great grandmother) wouldn't take no for an answer and talked me into taking him. He was a tough baby to take care of and at first I regretted taking him on. I came "this close" to terming him but just as I worked up my courage to talk to his mother, she told me something that changed my mind. I decided to stick it out and right after that, was so happy I did. He turned out to be a little sweetheart. It would have been my loss if I had let him go when I had planned. I think about him every time I get one of "those" infants and it usually help me to hang in there when I want to quit.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:10 AM
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Not only did I find the books (the original ones I bought 3 years ago now are $2000 a set if you can even find them - no joke, so got different by same Author. Some of her books have gotten very spendy since she died), but I also ordered the handmade ornaments I give the DCK each year; best part is I found some of the party supplies cheaper than last year, so combined with leftover paper supplies, I'm set for the big December party except for making/buying foods.

The fact some of my aged out kids own some very pricey items was enough for me to contact parents & let them know that $10 gift from a few years ago was now, in some cases worth a lot of $$$ and unable to found lol
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I took the 2 little ones up our hill for a walk this a.m.; there's a farm up there so we got to see all the animals out. Then to add even more excitement to our adventure we had a couple dozen turkeys walk across the road right in front of us. I love it when simple pleasures are so entertaining to the kids.
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Old 09-13-2018, 01:49 PM
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I have a DCB, about to turn 4, who started at the beginning of summer. He had never been in day care before (always with Grandma) so had no idea how to act in the setting and he drove me and everyone else insane for months. If it was a rule, he broke it, and couldn't seem to understand why he was always in trouble. I could see he was trying and he started to improve slowly, but it was a huge struggle for all of us.
Today, I didn't have to scold him, give a consequence, or put him in time-out for one thing. He was sweet with the littler kids, was genuinely helpful to me, listened right away when I asked him to do something.
Now at naptime, he is sitting on his mat looking at books and playing quietly with some soft blocks. I accidentally dropped a spoon cleaning up and it made a bit of a clatter. He looked at me, shook his head gently and put his finger to his lips and pointed to the baby sleeping near him.
I want to laugh at him and hug him at the same time. Total terror to quiet rule enforcer in 3.5 months. Good job, little guy.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:07 PM
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:32 PM
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I have a DCB, about to turn 4, who started at the beginning of summer. He had never been in day care before (always with Grandma) so had no idea how to act in the setting and he drove me and everyone else insane for months. If it was a rule, he broke it, and couldn't seem to understand why he was always in trouble. I could see he was trying and he started to improve slowly, but it was a huge struggle for all of us.
Today, I didn't have to scold him, give a consequence, or put him in time-out for one thing. He was sweet with the littler kids, was genuinely helpful to me, listened right away when I asked him to do something.
Now at naptime, he is sitting on his mat looking at books and playing quietly with some soft blocks. I accidentally dropped a spoon cleaning up and it made a bit of a clatter. He looked at me, shook his head gently and put his finger to his lips and pointed to the baby sleeping near him.
I want to laugh at him and hug him at the same time. Total terror to quiet rule enforcer in 3.5 months. Good job, little guy.
That’s awesome!

I love those journeys!
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:47 AM
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My husband is back home, from across the country, before the storm hits this time. I spent the whole week prepping so we will be able to just spend the weekend together relaxing. Power outages or not.
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I took the 2 little ones up our hill for a walk this a.m.; there's a farm up there so we got to see all the animals out. Then to add even more excitement to our adventure we had a couple dozen turkeys walk across the road right in front of us. I love it when simple pleasures are so entertaining to the kids.
Sweet! We have turkeys that walk through the yard now and then. The kids love watching them. Sometimes it's the simple things in life that bring the most joy.
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The past 3 weeks have been the best of dc I've had in a very long time. Even with starting a 4 mo this past Monday and worrying about what kind of a baby he'd be, it's been such a nice change. My 3 ft dcks are just turned 2 yo and under. The 4 and 5 yo dcks only come when not in school and that has been nice too.
And the baby, I think, is going to be so sweet!! The 1st day was tough and I kept thinking oh no, what did I get myself into?? But each day was progressively better with him.
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Yaaa, only 2 hours to go and I'm off for the long weekend. We have Thanksgiving this weekend so I'm closed Monday I also took tomorrow as a vacation day. Tomorrow first thing we are packing our kids up (2 + 5 years) and going to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara falls. Grand parents and BIL (with wife and nephew) are headed there to.

Now I'm just watching the clock tick very slowly
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I went on my first walk today with my DC kids (one really, and my own two)
its tough because i have one of my own that 3 months and the DCK is 5 months so their schedules clash and little DKB is still adjusting but finally got out there.
He was happy the whole time and we walked for almost 30 mins! saw decorations, i got to talk to my two year old about the decorations and halloween and just breathe, it was really really nice.
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Off until Monday!
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Couldn't walk, sit, or stand without excruciating pain this morning. I couldn't even tie my shoes. I snuck out during naptime and saw a new chiropractor. I love this man. I can, walk, sit, stand, bend over with absolutely no pain.

Yeah!!!
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Couldn't walk, sit, or stand without excruciating pain this morning. I couldn't even tie my shoes. I snuck out during naptime and saw a new chiropractor. I love this man. I can, walk, sit, stand, bend over with absolutely no pain.

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Amazing! So glad you found pain relief; sounds like you felt miserable.
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Started dcb18mos today...has done well....a couple meltdowns but is asleep on his cot now and hopefully will continue the transition to adjust well.
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We have a great routine going on here lately. After being in a bit of a funk the last few months, I’m really enjoying daycare again.
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The weather was perfect today and none of my neighbors set anything on fire to keep us from enjoying it for the entire outdoor playtime.
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After two weeks with new DCB we are finally getting on a schedule and our days are going so much smoother!
nap times and feeding times are falling in line within a half hour of schedule and because of this DCBs crying is down to the minutes before the bottle is warmed or while he is getting comfy in his crib!
couldn't be happier!
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One more day and off till Monday....
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Today I learned Aleene's Tacky glue comes in glue sticks, easy to squeeze and even a pen.

https://www.aleenes.com/original-tacky-glue
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Today I learned Aleene's Tacky glue comes in glue sticks, easy to squeeze and even a pen.

https://www.aleenes.com/original-tacky-glue
I love Aleene's. I used to watch her crafting show on tv.
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I just washed the very last of the Thanksgiving dishes.

Most got washed Thursday night. I left for Mom's early Friday and got home last yesterday afternoon.

I just went out back to water and found the turkey roaster on the patio. Oops!
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My state licensor showed up today at 1:00. She's new to this job but used to work for our local Resource and Referral Office so I've visited with her several times in other ways. She helped me a few years ago, supporting my start in the Stars program and she used to give lots of trainings. She's a wonderful and compassionate person, willing to help, encourages and supports providers as opposed to tearing them down. The visit went well. I just need to update my IPDP.
Phew, glad that's over with!!
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My state licensor showed up today at 1:00. She's new to this job but used to work for our local Resource and Referral Office so I've visited with her several times in other ways. She helped me a few years ago, supporting my start in the Stars program and she used to give lots of trainings. She's a wonderful and compassionate person, willing to help, encourages and supports providers as opposed to tearing them down. The visit went well. I just need to update my IPDP.
Phew, glad that's over with!!
My licenser came today, too, for a quarterly unannounced visit. (I get quarterly visits per year since I have the max stars...no stars get 6 visits per year. She scheduled my annual re-evalution for my license renewal paperwork/stars documentation for February(my license ends annually in April). I like her lots as well, but the mere reminder that the QRIS assessment is near comes so soon it seems each year. I so long for the day to "just" do daycare.....
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Walking out the door this morning, it's not quite 5 a.m., and it's been snowing that gorgeous white sticky snow that clings to everything. I live on a hill near lots of trees and a big field by a farm 2 doors up from me. I have a crab apple tree in my front yard, a tall pine and a tall maple tree in my backyard. The beauty of nature sometimes simply astounds me. It puts me in awe and makes me feel like I'm in a Thomas Kinkade painting.
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