Happy Columbus and Thanksgivng Days!

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Happy Columbus and Thanksgivng Days!
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Mon, 10-08-2012 - 10:14am
Happy Thanksgiving/Columbus Day :smileyhappy: Did your college student have the day off? Have they checked in recently? How was your weekend? Staying warm? :smileyhappy:If you’re in Canada, today is Thanksgiving. We wish them all a good holiday and the time to enjoy their families and all the stuff that goes with the holiday. :smileyhappy:Here in the U.S., it’s Columbus Day, and some folks— including banks and federal workers — get the day off.  (Not so with my County's Public Schools.) For some people, including a number of Native Americans, the celebration of the arrival of European settlers in the West is problematic. :smileyhappy:Whether or not you celebrate or have the day off, have a nice day.

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Thu, 10-11-2012 - 12:30pm

haha - thanks, Jean!  I am leaning forward ever so slightly, which makes me look much shorter than I really am (or I'm getting old and shrinking, but I prefer to blame it on leaning forward).

Pam - too funny.... I guess everything is relative because I always imagined from the picture that your boys were well over 6 feet. You're so petite that you make them look really tall!!  And my dh is so tall that he makes me look really short.  At least he makes he feel thin, too, lol! Now ds12 is a tad taller than me and weighs FORTY pounds fewer. UGH. Does that child have hollow bones? I mean, I'm not heavy, right, so it *must* be him....... :smileywink:

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Thu, 10-11-2012 - 9:32am
Great family picture, Theresa! I've been the shortest in my family for a long time. I'm almost 5'3" and dh is not quite 6'. The boys both stopped at about 5'9". Not overly tall for guys but they make me look short!
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Thu, 10-11-2012 - 9:11am

You DO look short, Theresa.  Nice photos!

You're an inch taller than I am at 5'5", and I wear mostly flats, too--just gave away my hardly-worn shoes with 2" heels.  Except for my mom, I've been the shortest for most of my life.  With a Nov birthday I was younger and shorter than my classmates until I started catching up at age 14.  Both my sisters are 5'9", height that I wish I had when reaching for things on that top shelf in the kitchen. DS29 was always a shrimp (5th %ile) until his growth spurt at age 17-18; he's now 5'10", same as DH.  DS23 is 5'11.

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Wed, 10-10-2012 - 2:58pm

Awww, how lovely!

I'm the shortest except for 12yo DS, and he'll pass me by in a couple of years I'm sure.  The older ones are 5'6" and 5'7".  DH is 6'1" and the shorty of his family, so odds are good DS will be tall too.

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Wed, 10-10-2012 - 11:48am

Theresa, thanks for sharing your family! Your boys are getting so tall! Are th.ey taller than you?

Well, here's a comparative look. Thank goodness my ds10 hasn't passed me yet, lol, but I'm 5'6" so I imagine he will soon-. everyone else has. Dd22 is actually about my height, but she wears crazy high heels all the time. Dd19 is taller than I am by a couple of inches. Ds12 has just started to pass me (clearly he got dh's tall genes). I am always going to look short, too, because I don't wear high heels very often. And what is "high" for me is so NOT high for the girls!

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Wed, 10-10-2012 - 11:21am
What great smiles and arm hugs! Theresa, thanks for sharing your family! Your boys are getting so tall! Are th.ey taller than you? I love the knitting on the trees! I spent a week in Bloomington way back when I was in college on a sorority leader exchange. It culiminated in a football game. IU beat us! The bell tower is what I have never forgotten!
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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 7:12pm

The college kid is coming home tomorrow for a few days.  I get to go get her.  We're also driving her stand partner in orchestra home- she lives 45 minutes from here so it's not that much out of the way.  I'm kind of hoping that maybe her parents will let us drop dd off at their home on Sunday to take them back to campus.  And then maybe we can work something out for the rest of the year so we aren't having to go back and forth with each break. 

School is 3.5 hours one way.   

I was curious- so I checked out a bus fare and a train schedule.  The train was going to be $113 one way.  And it would have taken her more than twice as long as us driving there!  A bus wasn't a whole lot better- that was only $70.  But it would take her 5 hours.  And the bus depot where Greyhound drops off is not in the nicest part of the city.  For $40- the price of 1 tank of gas, I can get her and the other girl home. 

I guess for at least this year, we'll be going to campus in some way about once a month.  She's got a concert in Dec at Christmas.  Don't know if we'll get to that or not- she gets out for break less than a week later.  All of her concerts are streamed online so we can still watch them :smileyhappy:

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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 11:36am

We had a wonderful weekend with dd19. We went to the homecoming game (someone couldn't bring himself to root for IU, even for his sister... dh is an MSU alum, but he gamely rooted for IU :smileywink:), walked around campus, had some lovely meals, and just enjoyed dd's company. I can't believe that dd is graduating in 7 months. It feels like she just started!! Bloomington is a great college town - where else would the public art include knitted tree covers on all the trees in the town square?!?

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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 11:19am

Columbus Day makes me nostalgic for my elementary school days, drawing pictures of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.  I was very good at drawing, so I loved any holiday that gave me a chance to draw.

I sorta had the day off.  I'm self-employed, so that doesn't really count.  I did a meeting and some emails in the late afternoon, but spent the rest of the day doing laundry, homestudying 12yo DS on religious ed, going over 17yo DD's college applications, and organizing our walk-in storage closet. 

We saw "Frankenweenie" Sat night - so cute and funny!

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Mon, 10-08-2012 - 11:10pm
I saw Pitch Perfect too. It was fun movie, but it made me miss Amanda. She was my musical theater kid, always singing or performing. Nothing like the performing in the movie, but it was enough to make me miss her. Plus I always miss her when I go to the theater because it's the one she works at when she is not away at school. One nice thing is I get to see her coworkers and friends.
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