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    @INmom - yuck! That flu sounds awful. Oh my gosh - your daughter, graduating - that seemed fast! I always liked statistics the best.

    @NZ - So sad, so awful - I don't understand how people can hate so much that they are willing to murder complete strangers.
    My dd used to have a friend when she was about that age - and the two of them together were awful. It was like an in home tornado. I feel the same about play dates. I'd rather meet at a park.

    @AM - I'm trying to polish up the diet too. I've had weight creep over the past few years, and it is time for me to follow what I'm calling the 'time to grow up Rebecca diet'. That's where I act like a 40-something and start eating way more veggies, and way less sugar . Aside from doing the usual calories in calories out, I've tried intermittent fasting (16/8 - so I don't eat for 16 hours in a 24 hour period) a couple of days a week, and I like it. I'm not a big breakfast person anyway.

    Last week was our spring break. The kids were super busy! Usually we do a fair amount of family fun, but this year it was all about the friends. DD ended up with 3 sleepovers with different groups of friends (only one at our house, I'm not that crazy!). DS made plans to meet friends at an indoor amusement / activity center, and was all about a new Xbox game that came out to play online with friends. Mostly I was moving people around.

    I spent part of the weekend working with our Temple to take in a group of asylum seekers that were released. It was a little chaotic, but good. The rumor is, they will be releasing hundreds of people a week to our area over the next several weeks. It's up to community groups to help them. They literally only have the clothes they are wearing when they are dropped off. They need a place to sleep, food, basic medical care, appropriate clothing, and help getting in contact with their sponsors and arranging travel to their sponsor's location. I feel honored to be a tiny part of their American journey.

    This week, it is back to the grind. The grind always gets a little harder when the weather is lovely - haha! Hope you all have a good week!
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    Oooh RTB! Where are the asylum seekers from? Were they part of the migrant caravan headed up through Central America? Its nice you have a way to help show what America can be.
    Good luck with the IFing! It seems one of the more moderate and sensible ways to lose weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Oooh RTB! Where are the asylum seekers from? Were they part of the migrant caravan headed up through Central America? Its nice you have a way to help show what America can be.
    I assume so. The two families I worked with were both from Guatemala (as I think the majority of the people were). They both spoke Spanish vs. one of the indigenous languages - so that was good - I speak a little and then there is always Google Translate.
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    Roll Call, 3/15  Beware the Ides of March....or Happy St. Patrick's Day?!?
    Uggg tomatoes have overrun my yard. There will be no sugar snaps this year.
    This is two plants, and the farther one seems to have grown into and around the air conditioning unit!
    Should I just murder them?
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    The one has tomatoes that dont even get eaten.
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    Im not even sure how to go about murdering them. :/
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    Oh they are enormous tomato plants!

    We are over run by courgettes/zucchini and tomatillos at the moment. The tomatillos are manageable but the courgettes, I have like five in my fridge and we have already been eating them in all manner of ways all week and I think my kids are throughly sick of them.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    RTB: human tornado, a perfect description. I ended up just saying that DD got too tired and we won't be able to do term time play dates during this stage of our live, but we would love to catch up in the holidays and could do term time play dates if we homeschool again.

    Also, thank you for doing something kind for humanity in your community.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Im not even sure how to go about murdering them. :/
    Yank them out. Then keep yanking out children and grandchildren of tomato plants.

    We grew tomatillas one year. I've had them every of the six years afterwards. They are like weeds. We usually keep 4-6 and pull the rest. I contact local friends if they want some first; sometimes we have takers.
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