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Old 11-17-2006, 08:07 PM   #31
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Starting tonight at 7:30 Paul has the next NINE days off!!! 2 weekends and one paid week!! He was supposed to have Thursday and Friday off but they finished a HUGE project so BILL gave his group and a few others the whole week off with pay!!!! 9 days to play. We leave for Oregon Tuesday!
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Old 11-18-2006, 10:59 AM   #32
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Dina, my girls have done a Storybook Character fashion show for years, its one of the most treasured activities at the school. How neat to know you guys did it too. I know the kids LOVE it.

pdswife, WHOOEE! Have fun! That sounds fabulous!

My rather minor celebration is that I got my hair cut!! I finally found someone who does it well (not so easy as we all know) and doesn't charge me $65 to do it. Just to top off my celebration, she is within walking distance too! YAY!
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Old 11-18-2006, 02:06 PM   #33
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This will sound silly to anyone who has never lived apart from there OH, but Dh found some really good phone cards today and we got 108 minutes on the phone, actually talking, rather than a snatched few minutes and lots of emails!

I am celebrating phone cards!
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Old 11-18-2006, 02:49 PM   #34
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I'm so glad Alix thought of this thread.

Earlier this week, I was in our shop when a group of people came in to browse. Most of them were locals, but one couple was visiting from Arizona. Even though I'm married, everyone here still refers to me as Katie O'Neill or Dr. O'Neill's daughter. My daddy was a country doctor here from 1954 until his death in 1973. He treated everyone from people to pets and was more of a Marcus Welby than a Dr. Kildare. He made housecalls and even delivered a baby on our kitchen table once.

At any rate, one of the locals introduced me to the Arizona folks and then they all started going on and on and on about Dr. O'Neill this and Dr. O'Neill that. They must've gone on for 15 or 20 minutes. Daddy truly was loved and, 33 years later as of this November 5th, he's certainly not forgotten. I felt as though he was standing beside me. It was a glorious feeling. He was the best...to everyone.
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Old 11-18-2006, 02:58 PM   #35
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lulu, I admire the fact that you aren't complaining about being separated from your DH. Lord knows you would hear the whining all the way to the UK if I weren't with Ken. YAY PHONE CARDS!!

Katie, what a lovely story. Isn't it nice to know your Dad had such a huge impact on so many folks? Gave me the warm fuzzies just to read it.
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Old 11-20-2006, 08:09 PM   #36
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I love reading about you all's great moments! Thanks for this thread Alix. We took the kids to a corn maze on Saturday and got lost for over a hour. That was an experience. I played tetherball with the kids, they played on a potato sack slide, played in a corn box (instead of a sand box) and burried my two sons under the corn, roasted marshmallows by the fireplace sitting on some hay stacks, and ate some buttered corn in a cup...yummy. What a FUN afternoon! DH and I got to relieve some stress and had some good, quality time with our kids. Being out in the country was so much fun and relaxing. For those of you who live out in the country, YOU are one lucky fellow. Enjoy every bit of it.
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:29 PM   #37
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What a great thread, Alix! Thanks! I had a great day. Today I met with most of my 14-year old daughter's teachers at the Jr. High. My DD is a bit social (to say the least) and very very dramatic. Last year DH and I spent alot of time (an hour or more) with her almost every night doing homework. Towards the end of the year we speculated she was not paying attention at school because she knew she had us to lean on. This year we took the sink or swim approach - do it on your own (of course we would help if she didn't understand). She brought home all As and one B - on her own! Every teacher said she was a wonderful addition to their classroom (which was great news because anyone who has a teenage girl knows how hormonal, moody and bratty than can be), very bubbly, always happy and doing great! Her history teacher suggested she be placed in the accelerated class in HS next year and we found out that the math class she is in now will be an accelerated class next year and that she is actually learning out of the HS book right now. I am so proud of her! She has done it and she has done most of it on her own! It is so great to see your kids succeed and to have our evenings back! Yahoo!
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I'm celebrating that school is out the rest of the week for Thanksgivng! Today was the last day & the kids were wired!!
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What a great thread, Alix! Thanks! I had a great day. Today I met with most of my 14-year old daughter's teachers at the Jr. High. My DD is a bit social (to say the least) and very very dramatic. Last year DH and I spent alot of time (an hour or more) with her almost every night doing homework. Towards the end of the year we speculated she was not paying attention at school because she knew she had us to lean on. This year we took the sink or swim approach - do it on your own (of course we would help if she didn't understand). She brought home all As and one B - on her own! Every teacher said she was a wonderful addition to their classroom (which was great news because anyone who has a teenage girl knows how hormonal, moody and bratty than can be), very bubbly, always happy and doing great! Her history teacher suggested she be placed in the accelerated class in HS next year and we found out that the math class she is in now will be an accelerated class next year and that she is actually learning out of the HS book right now. I am so proud of her! She has done it and she has done most of it on her own! It is so great to see your kids succeed and to have our evenings back! Yahoo!
Brava to your fine young lady and BRAVA to you, what a spectacular mom you are...You should be so very proud.

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That's great news, MM. Please forward some of that mojo to my kid.
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