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Lisa Vratny-Smith

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Wow, Eric, that's amazing that you remember us! S Lazy U is such a huge part of our childhood lore, I often forget about all the other families who experienced it too. Such a great place! My mom remembers your family. My Grandfather was Jake, but I think Don was of the Smith family from Louisiana who built a house further up the lake on your side. Great to connect with you!
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I love these ideas, but feel the need to remind everyone that state law prevents teachers from accepting gifts over $25 as they are public employees. A lot of parents (and teachers) aren't aware of this, so just thought I'd pass it on. I usually write individual thank you notes to all the teachers, administrators, secretaries, and support staff who have worked with my children throughout the year. Support staff often go unrecognized and truly appreciate it when families acknowledge their contributions.
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Holy cow, Amber! The things we unwittingly put our mother's through...Although, it does make for good story telling. 🙂
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I'm with Amber, I try to limit how many things are going on at once, but some sports/activities are excessive in and of themselves. We love summer baseball that starts May 1 and is basically Monday through Saturday with games and practices between the two boys, but nobody complains much in late June or July when the monsoons rain out a game or practice and we can actually sit at the table and eat a homemade meal. I also share the schedules with family with the caveat that we'd love them to come to a game or two if they...
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I love that, Jaime! I also have a friend who sits down on the floor with her kids and has them all hold hands and look into each others' eyes. It always ends in laughter. 🙂
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Good question, Amber! There's a great book called "I Love You the Purplest" that would be a good start for you. It has fabulous examples of a mom acknowledging the different styles and strengths of her two boys (who are very competitive) without saying one is better than the other at a particular skill.
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Love this option for kids under 14. Thanks for sharing it!
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It's raining today as I'm reading this, Braden, and watching my youngest practice his trumpet. Trying to soak it in now, so I don't forget when I'm in the rocking chair. 🙂
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Thanks, Lori. Hope you had a lovely mother's day.
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