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10/19/09 - Sneak Preview of the Pirate Costumes

Posted 10-19-2009 at 06:07 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)
Updated 10-21-2009 at 03:17 PM by jbarber8


I'm having trouble with the "Iron-on" velcro closure at the back. I need to just replace it with snaps, I think.

Otherwise, I'm in love with it! I just need to make one more for his little brother.
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10/18/09 - I Figured Something Out About Men

Posted 10-18-2009 at 12:07 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)
Updated 10-18-2009 at 07:19 PM by jbarber8

I know my husband thinks he does most of our housework, but I have never been able to figure out where he gets that idea.

Giving Credit: He does do 100% of the mowing, edging, and trimming. It takes him an hour per week in summer, one hour per month in "winter". He also does 100% of cleaning the pool, 10% as often as the Pool Experts advised us it needed to be done, which takes an hour every other month. Inside the house, he helps by doing some laundry, cooking, and dishes....
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10/14/09 - Sears Craftsman Edger Incident

Posted 10-14-2009 at 09:00 AM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

About 2 years ago, we purchased a Sears Craftsman Edger model 536.772321.

My husband has struggled to edge our lawn with this edger since day one. He lowered the blade as low as it would go, and it still didnít edge very well. He struggled to push it (and Jim is a Big Strong Man - an average man would probably be dead of a heart attack already, or at least given up using the edger). The results were not great looking, but at least the grass was no longer growing out over the sidewalk...
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10/12/09 - My Great Target Experience

Posted 10-12-2009 at 03:29 AM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)
Updated 10-20-2009 at 07:38 AM by jbarber8

Jimmy was sick again this week, sent home from daycare Thursday afternoon. He had a fever and vomited Thursday afternoon, and again in the wee hours of the morning on Friday. I wasn't too concerned. My children are sick often enough from daycare that I usually try to cure them with Children's Tylenol (the wonder drug) and rest before we rush to the doctor.

I began to get concerned Friday afternoon after Jimmy got up from his nap. He was listless, just sitting on the couch staring...
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10/8/09 - Orange Pumpkins

Posted 10-08-2009 at 07:25 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)


Are these the cutest Orange Pumpkins you have ever seen? I saw them in a magazine and I had to make them for the boys' breakfast one day this week. All the children at daycare/preschool noticed them and we received many compliments. (They are easy to make - use a knife and spoon to hollow out an orange, cut out a face, then fill it back up with the orange pieces and sliced grapes.)

One boy was so excited, he said, "Mikey's...
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