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Re: Happy Birthday!


I absolutely shudder to think dear.....

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Jesse Bell" <jesserenebell@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Mon, 09 Feb 2004 14:01:11 -0600

>Yes, yes, yes.  I have a sticker that says "YOU don't scare me...I have 
>TEENAGERS!"  Had to have it.  My 17 year old has not been driving very long, 
>the twins are in drivers ed, and the other 15 year old will take drivers ed 
>next semester.  Wanna know how much my insurance will increase?  Don't ask.
>
>
>Jesse Rene' Bell
>Claremore, OK
>Zone 6
>
>>From: "Judy L Browning" <judybrowning@lewiston.com>
>>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy Birthday!
>>Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 13:40:14 -0800
>>
>>When the kids were teenagers, I saw a T-shirt that summed up my attitude
>>perfectly.
>>
>>"Don't mess with me, I have teenagers!"
>>
>> > From: "Jesse Bell" <jesserenebell@hotmail.com>
>>... snip ...major attitude and rolling of eyes, ... snip...I'll bet
>> > money
>> > > on it when they get older you'll see that change in them.  It's just
>>part
>> > of
>> > > being a teenager.  They are also at that age where they push you to 
>>the
>> > > limit.  Curfew for the 15 year olds is 11:00 on Friday/Saturday
>>(football
>> > > games, basketball games, school dances).  The other night...they 
>>dragged
>> > > home at almost 1:00 a.m.  At 7:00 a.m I had their butts up and said, 
>>"if
>> > you
>> > > keep me up till 1:00 worrying, then you get to get up early, feed ALL
>>the
>> > > animals and help around the house...and there will be NO naps today!"
>> > They
>> > > were in bed that night at 8:30.  And grounded.  It's just part of
>>raising
>> > a
>> > > houseful of teenagers.  I was prepared.  When I married DH, his first
>>two
>> > > children were 15 and 17.  It was baptism by fire for me.  You're
>>supposed
>> > to
>> > > "gradually grow into the teen years".  Well, I didn't get to do that.
>> > They
>> > > were awful.  But now...I love being around them.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > >From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
>> > > >Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> > > >To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> > > >Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy Birthday!
>> > > >Date: Sat,  7 Feb 2004 19:32:17 -0500 (EST)
>> > > >
>> > > >Jesse: Just another tip...you might try the "If I'm cleaning then
>> > > >everybody is cleaning" routine, too...meaning no one goes anywhere or
>> > > >does anything, not even talk on the phone, until and unless what 
>>needs
>> > > >to be done around the house gets done...with a group effort. You 
>>might
>> > > >also want to tell your kids that at half their ages, my 3 already 
>>know
>> > > >how to use all the major household appliances (dishwasher, washing
>> > > >machine, dryer, microwave, vacuum, stove/oven) and use them on a
>>routine
>> > > >(i.e. daily/weekly) basis...I gave up being a martyr mom a long time
>> > > >ago, too...course I must admit, that if I want the kids' rooms to be
>> > > >**really** clean...that's a whole other experience so I've learned to
>> > > >lower my standards a little when it comes to how the kids clean their
>> > > >own rooms. Good luck with your strike...and hang in...children and
>> > > >husbands are capable of learning new tricks!
>> > > >
>> > > >
>> > > >Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
>> > > >
>> > > >"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
>> > > >--Albert Einstein
>> > > >
>> > > >  --- On Sat 02/07, Jesse Bell < jesserenebell@hotmail.com > wrote:
>> > > >From: Jesse Bell [mailto: jesserenebell@hotmail.com]
>> > > >To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> > > >Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 12:16:57 -0600
>> > > >Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy Birthday!
>> > > >
>> > > >Thanks! And no, you don't sound preachy at all. It's just the truth.
>> > > >I've <br>hit that point in my life where my family thinks I've gone
>> > > >insane and <br>"changed". LOL. Because I've gone on strike.
>> > > >When they ask "what's for <br>dinner?" I say "I don't
>> > > >know, what are you fixing?" When my husband can't <br>find 
>>clothes
>> > > >I say "I don't know, ask the laundry fairy what she did with
>> > > ><br>it". It dawned on me that I have a house full of teenagers 
>>and
>> > > >a husband <br>who think they can't do anything. The youngest three 
>>are
>> > > >all 15 years old. <br>The other is 17. The oldest two are gone. I 
>>work
>> > > >outside the home. So <br>does my husband. So why should I be the one
>>who
>> > > >plans dinners, does all the <br>laundry and somehow magically know
>>where
>> > > >to find things that they have lost? <br> It escapes me. So...about 
>>two
>> > > >weeks ago, I did the "meltdown" thing and <br>gathered the
>> > > >whole family together and told them that I am not their maid or
>> > > ><br>housekeeper, I will be taking time to do the things that I want 
>>to
>> > > >do and if <br>that bothers them, TOO BAD! They always seem to find 
>>time
>> > > >to do what they <br>want to do, but I'm the one stuck cleaning the
>>house
>> > > >and such. NO MORE. I <br>told my husband if he wants a clean and
>> > > >spotless house, then get after it or <br>hire a housecleaner. I will 
>>do
>> > > >SOME, but not ALL anymore. And I warned <br>them that gardening 
>>season
>> > > >is around the corner and if they need <br>me...they'll know where to
>> > > >find me...and it WON'T be in the house. I've <br>heard this happens 
>>to
>> > > >women when they hit the menopausal years.....well....I <br>guess it 
>>hit
>> > > >me. I do NOT have to do this anymore. They are all quite <br>capable 
>>of
>> > > >doing it themselves. I am not Saint Jesse the martyr. If they 
>><br>want
>> > > >something...learn to do it themselves. End of discussion. So, now
>> > > ><br>they think I've become this grouchy person. OH
>> > > >well.<br><br><br><br>Jesse Rene' Bell<br>Claremore, OK<br>Zone
>> > > >6<br><br><br><br><br><br>>From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com<br>>Reply-To:
>> > > >gardenchat@
>> > > >
>> > > >hort.net<br>>To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>>Subject: Re: [CHAT]
>>Happy
>> > > >Birthday!<br>>Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 12:17:11
>> > > >EST<br>><br>>Belated Happy Birthday, Jesse. Here's hoping it 
>>was
>>a
>> > > >good one. Don't <br>>give<br>>up your dreams for your own
>>business
>> > > >- time passes more quickly than you <br>>would<br>>believe. I 
>>do
>> > > >know that from your perspective, you young women think
>> > > >your<br>>hectic over-crowded days with a houseful will never end,
>>but
>> > > >kids do grow <br>>up<br>>eventually (sometimes it takes longer
>> > > >than you expect) and the days do come <br>>when<br>>you can do
>> > > >those things you dream about. Just have faith. Forgive me if
>> > > >I<br>>sound "preachy," but I've been there.
>> > >
>> >
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