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6/12/16 1:30 P

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Oh Ali, I'm so happy to see a post from you, but so sad to hear you had a rough year!
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6/12/16 8:11 A

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Morning All,

Hope to see of you all post again. I had a really had school year. Life got really emotional and I just wanted to crawl in a hole.

How are you all? Hope to hear from someone! Melody?

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5/11/16 9:31 A

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The move is completed and we're working on being settled. We've started up school again. (that did not go as I had planned, but we're jumping right back in)
We're currently reading an Uncle Eric book. Has anyone else read any of his books? I'm going to buy the series;
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
(etc.)
I'd heard about this book years ago, but my ds was too young at the time. As is true to our way of accidentally doing things, we are reading the last book first. (It came with his Sonlight curric.) LOL So that's how it worked out.
I'm looking into joining some activities in my new town.
I sure do miss this team. Hope everyone is doing well.

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4/19/16 8:56 A

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Remmie, Ali, ???? Helllooooo, helllllooooo????

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4/11/16 11:41 A

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Well I'm thinking this team has lost its luster and is dead in the water. How do we close up shop folks?

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3/31/16 4:08 P

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need motivation?

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3/19/16 12:13 P

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Hey folks, it sure has been quiet here lately. I hope everyone is doing well.

The weather the past few days has been gorgeous, a little cool, but still gorgeous. I started mowing the other day and then got a flat. The handyman I use to fix my riding mower hasn't responded to my text, so I'm not sure what's going on. =/ I might live too far for him now. I'll have to find another company.

Today is very cool and windy and not at all as pretty as it has been, but the grass is green, the trees are blossoming, man I really miss having a garden. Which brings me to the house we're buying and we still don't have a closing date. We are packing though and hoping it will all be settled this month. My ds and I picked up some free boxes yesterday. The boxes are such good quality we will be able to recycle them again to someone else when we are moved.

While I'm in the process of packing it's harder to keep things clean and it's starting to bug me slightly. It's spring time and I want to deep clean the entire house and I'm not able to. emoticon

Then of course we're still homeschooling and I have almost all of our books packed except what we are immediately using for our core studies. The school room right now is cramped! It will be such a blessing to have a home where we can unpack our belongings and everything will have a place again. (living out of boxes isn't pleasant) Can anyone relate?

Ali, how is high school going with your dd? Were you using MoH? I have a friend in NH who uses this. They like it. I still need to discuss this with ds, but I'm considering BJU or AO online for his high school years. Does anyone have any experience with these?

Hope everyone is doing well with homeschooling and with their healthier lifestyle.

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3/1/16 4:07 P

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How did everyone do in the month of February? Small improvements? Vast improvements? I had small improvements and I'm happy with that.

Both ds and I have a touch of spring fever. I'm very much looking forward to growing a garden this summer and I need to get started on the soil this month; hoping the closing on the house will take place. The sellers requested to meet with us. I'm not sure what the motive was, but I gladly accepted. After meeting them and sending a new email with the land I wanted surveyed, I've determined it isn't them that is creating the miscommunication, but their agent. It's very frustrating. We'll get through it, though it is costing the sellers money and time for us all. =/

Is anyone else experiencing spring fever?

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2/29/16 5:44 P

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another month is upon us and before you know it SPRING TIME! Hope everyone is making progress in their healthier lifestyle as well as homeschool. :)

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2/17/16 3:12 P

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Ds wanted to show me some movie intros from a DVD we own. So I sat down to watch. One of the movies is not appropriate since it includes smut. Ugh! I do wish movie makers would stop adding sex to movies. So the main movie he wanted to show me, Texas Rising in regards to The Alamo which is what we're studying now is not going to be an option. So I put the other two on hold; The World Wars and Sons of Liberty with the library.

Has anyone seen these movies? Any input? I think they were on the History Channel, but I don't know how long ago; we don't have TV.

Went grocery shopping yesterday and stocked up on the fruits and salads. My ds said he really enjoys his steamable veggies. LOL He eats a frozen bag as a snack, but it's nice to hear the appreciation.

Hope everyone is doing well. My computer just erased my cursor marker so I need to figure out how to fix it. =(




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2/16/16 2:26 P

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It's been snowing here and last night it rained making the snow slippery. Last night I slipped while I was taking the dog out and really tweaked my right knee. I had trouble with it sleeping and put a brace on it today. I'm wondering, do I walk my 30 minutes today or should I do 15 minutes? I want it to heal quickly. Any input?

Hope everyone is doing well and making great progress in whatever your plans/goals.

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2/12/16 4:20 P

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Last night I was with some girlfriends and was surprised they'd never tried caviar. So I got to wondering if anyone on here has tasted caviar?

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2/10/16 5:10 P

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Okay, let me try this again. I was typing a message and my computer messed up and closed everything grrrr.

And I've been MIA due to no internet, not even on my cell, and even my landline went out. the company claims it was due to my old router, but I know that hogwash. I'm just glad to be back online.

Now, if I can remember what else I had typed in my lost msg.....

I hope everyone is doing well and making progress on healthier you.

I haven't been doing well with my walking. I walk the dog multiple times a day and sometimes run with her, but it's short spurts and I don't consider that my exercise regime. I NEED to get back on the treadmill, especially since it's so cold outside.

I have been drinking more water again. Getting back to my old self. :) I wasn't feeling 100% the past few days and I know my body was fighting something. I feel so much better today. It was mostly a sore throat, swollen glands and just plain old fatigue. Today is the first day I've felt chipper and I cleaned house! It feels so good to have the laundry washed, the dog bathed, the house vacuumed, everything dusted. I even managed to clean the oven, but I think it's going to need a second cleaning. =/

Remmie, thank you for asking about the house. Today was the home inspection. I wasn't able to attend, due to the internet tech being here at the same time to "fix" our old router. LOL But I have confidence in the home inspector. We've used him in the passed and he's very thorough; expensive, but worth it. I'm waiting for him to email me the report with all the pictures tonight. We should be closing early April. It gives me hope that I'll be able to plant our spring garden in May.

I agree with you, I think some distance would be good. Yesterday I swung by my daughter's house to pick up our bench they used for my gr. granddaughter's birthday party. (then it came in handy for a dinner party they had as well) :) We went to the party, but left early since we had arrived early to assist in preparation. Anyway, my gr.gd had a doctor's appointment yesterday and she was thinking of Daniel Tiger and the happy place when you have to get a shot. So she told her mom that her happy place was Gramma's house. AWWWW, that just warmed my heart.

My dd and I are going to set up a schedule when we move so that the gr.gd will have regular visits and sleep overs. I think I'll start out with once a month and see how that goes.

How is homeschooling going for everyone? I've noticed we made great headway in one subject while another one may suffer and it continues, we'll catch up in the subject suffering and another subject will get pushed to the back burner. Does this happen with anyone else?

As soon as the snow and wind is gone, we have a rocket project planned. In the meantime ds has been playing with his quadcopter he got for Christmas. Oh joy. New marks on the walls. LOL (picture me walking around the house with a magic eraser)

Hope everyone is fantastic!


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Happy Monday, gals! I hope your week is off to a great start!

The kiddos seem to have recovered from whatever they had and are back to their usual selves. There is still a possibility, but I think I may have missed this one. Phew!

Ali - Happy birthday to your son! I am glad the poor weather didn't case everyone away. And thank you for the gluten suggestion. My mother-in-law went GF a few years back and I did try it for 6 months. I didn't notice much difference. I seem to do best when I avoid any sort of processed food, so that is what I am trying to do.

Melody - Is all the house stuff progressing as scheduled? I do not blame you for wanting to own your own place; renting was so stressful! Only one place we ever rented let us do anything with the yard beside mow and animals were never even an option. Plus it seems like some distance from the family would do you and your son some good.
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Glorious snowwwwww has arrived. It snowed all day Saturday and we have received about a foot, I'm guessing. With the snow drifts the hills are up pretty high on the leg.
This morning was just beautiful and serene. The moon was still out in the western sky and I had to take pictures. I've been having issues with my camera and I'm not sure all my pics are on the camera. I'll have to download them onto my computer and fiddle with them. I'll try and remember to post some good ones.

Ali, Happy Birthday to your ds! It's wonderful you were able to give him a surprise party and actually have it be a surprise. LOL Also that so many teens were able to attend regardless of the road conditions. Yay!!!

The house we're trying to buy is about one hour south of where my dd and her family own their home. Already my grand-daughter says I live so far away. LOL She was used to the rental we were at last year which was only about 10 minutes away. Now I'm about 30 minutes away.

It may mean they won't be able to come over twice a week or even every Sunday, but I think it will be worth having our own home. I won't have to worry about anything breaking or staining or whatever. While renting I feel as though I'm walking on eggshells. But also to be more involved in activities knowing we'll be in the area more than a year.

I've checked the area of the new house and I think there's a quilt fabric shop and a quilt guild that I want to join. I'm also looking into the 4H program for ds. I think it will be good to be further away from family because he often disappears when they visit. My granddaughter isn't very nice to him and she and my dd need to realize that I'm still raising him and he comes first. And my son in law tends to lecture my ds and I don't hear about it until later. So I've given some comments that ds can respond with without being disrespectful. I know sil is coming from a good place, but it isn't his place. And he has his hands full with his own daughter. LOL SIL has said my ds reminds him a lot of himself when he was his age so I know he's trying to be helpful, but isn't. So all that to say, I think it will be good to be living a little further away.

Gardening and a fenced space for our new dog. Get chickens and cats and another dog without paying more deposits. The ability to change whatever we want in the house without having to get permission or wonder if part of our deposit will be kept. Especially if a light fixture or something gets broken and be overcharged for it, because I was forced to sign a paper to that affect. (apparently the previous renters were quite violent; based on all the pages on doors someone must have been a wall puncher or something) Yes, we are really looking forward to having our own home again.

Hope everyone has a lovely Sunday~

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Morning,

I hope you all are staying warn. We had snow Friday evening and Saturday morning. Nothing stuck enough for it to amount to anything. Luckily it warmed up enough we did not have a lot of black ice either. The only issue this caused for us was Friday night, my dd and I had a surprise Birthday Party emoticon for my ds. My ds 18th birthday is today! The weather cause a few people not to be able to attend.

The party was great. We had a good turn out, around 25 teens give or take a few. My ds was surprised! I felt like that was an accomplishment in itself. I am exhausted. I planned on resting yesterday, but my dh schedule got changed due to weather Friday and he did not get home until yesterday. We, then had family from out of town surprise us yesterday. It was great fun, but I need some rest.

Remmie, have you thought about wheat a and gluten. Those things can cause that same feeling when you eat them. We are not getting the same wheat and gluten that our ancestors did. Very modified.

I did get some things done last week, not as much as I would have liked. The 1st few days of the week I could just focus on what needed to be done, the meetings and stuff took over. The one thing about that was I have realized it is time to get rid of many things on my plate.

Melody, wow so excited for you to get to move. This is great news for you and your ds. I know you may have posted this, but will you still be close to your dd?

Have a blessed day,
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1/22/16 6:54 P

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This week was crazy. I can't believe it's already the weekend.
Remmie, sorry to hear one of your kiddos is sick. Not only do I hope the illness goes away quickly, I also hope it doesn't spread to other family members.

Tonight dh is signing papers for the house. The sellers accepted our offer and we're supposed to get the property surveyed. If all goes well we will be moving in the Spring time. woohoo!
TTYL -night

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emoticon Glad you finally got a good snowfall... except for the fact that the roads didn't get cleared well. Sounds like your new dog was as excited as you.

As for your food question, I think part of the icky-feeling comes from the heaviness of the food and some of it from sugar. I have tried to cut most of the processed sugar out of my diet, so when I have it in large doses, its like trying to skip my morning coffee. Speaking of food, sorry to hear you have to skip your hot chocolate.

The bookstore you went to sounds amazing! A entire floor dedicated to children - wow! I wish we had one like that around us. If we drive into Spokane there is a Barnes and Noble and they kind of have a kid area. Our local library has a "kid table",building toys and a few other things; unfortunately the whole building is less than 5oo square feet, so I feel guilty for the other patrons when I just let the kiddos just hang out. We have a lot of books in our house, but it is not the same as the bookstore/library atmosphere.

The elevators your son made sounds like a fun project. We tend to have random stuff in our house too. Right now in the living room we have a box of circuit boards and other random bits and pieces, but no power cords or battery packs for safety sake. My son is trying to build a space ship. He has an actual child's electrical kit, but prefers working with the real circuit boards, even if his inventions end in failure. On the kitchen counter we have a cement-like star shaped thing that came out of a balloon weight. The kiddos wanted to do a science experiment and started by soaking it in water - turns out something is reacting because it started growing cauliflower-like calcite!

I hope your week is going well!

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1/20/16 6:13 P

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It snowed and the roads were a mess! The city didn't get the roads cleared or salted until the afternoon. grrrr I really miss my old county. Oh well.

We went to the local bookstore and visited with my dd and grandkids and spent a few hours there. The store remodeled the entire bottom floor for the kids and it looks great! I bought my granddaughter some finger paint and the extra large paper for it.

The bookstore has a café and we ate there for lunch. (not great, but it was okay since the roads were a mess)

Our new dog hurried and did her "business" this morning, but when we got back from the store we all went out and she was soooooooooo HAPPY and jumping around and just loving the snow. It was fun to watch her.

Overall it was a good day. Hope everyone else is having a great day too.

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1/19/16 7:58 P

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Hey Remmie,
I wanted to congratulate you on a great weekend; for two things which is the same thing, how you felt after you ate. This is a great step in progress. Recognizing the foods that make you feel icky and the fact you threw out the rest of one of those foods is a good thing. Do you think it's bread or just the heaviness of the foods?

I need to increase my water intake. I've noticed that with the cooler temp I haven't been drinking as much as I usually do. I went from 1-2 one liter bottles daily to about half a liter daily.

I've been doing good on my veggies, but not my fruits. (the fruits just haven't been tasting very good to me). You know, I think I want to plant some fruit trees when we finally get our own home again.

I've been meeting with a group of ladies and buying hot chocolate and wondering, gee why am I breaking out and why am I waking up the next morning with a headache. Duh to myself, I don't tolerate milk and the cafe' doesn't have soymilk. So no more hot chocolate for me. Booooo. Okay, that's my pity party.

Your winter goop sounds a lot like what happened to us last year. We're supposed to get snow tomorrow. We'll see.

Oh wow, yeah, I hadn't remembered how excited I was at my grandma's. I LOOOOVVVEEDDD staying with her. But she was a night owl and would stay up playing cards with her friends and I slept in. She was usually awake before I got out of bed. I am thinking of ways she can spend more time with me without driving my ds crazy. We're going to meet at a bookstore tomorrow that also has a restaurant in it, so we can just "hang out" for a greater part of the day and get her out of the house.

As I'm typing this, my ds has strings and boxes (which he made into "elevators") and is creating pulley systems for the elevators/boxes. There's always something like this in our home. LOL How about you? What unusual things happen in your homes?

Stay warm~

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Ali - How is getting back into the routine going?

Melody - Glad to hear the sleepover went well. I know excitement makes my kiddos have a hard time falling asleep and wake up early at their grandparents' houses as well. I am sorry to hear that the last house didn't work out. =( I'll keep my fingers crossed that this new place will work out better.

The weather in North Idaho is still being funky - it snows, then it rains, then it turns to goop, then it freezes, and then the whole process starts over again. I am ready for spring; Melody, you can have our snow. =)

I had a not so great weekend, as far as food is concerned. The husband offered to cook dinner Friday night and surprised us all with bringing pizza home. I only had two pieces, which means I controlled myself better than I ever have; but I felt bloated and icky afterwards. Saturday I made bread pudding, and the same icky-feeling happened, so I ended up tossing the rest out. Sunday night we had a date night, so we ended up getting dinner out. Then on Monday our errands took longer than expected and the kiddos started to grump, so we ate out again! I have done well today, but I feel sluggish and poufy from a weekend of eating crap. I also had my husband hide the scale before he left for work so I would not be mean to myself this morning.

I hope the week is going well so far for everyone!

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1/18/16 7:44 P

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Two weeks Ali? Are you and your ds exhausted? Hope your plans of hitting the ground running were a success.

I had my granddaughter last night. She's been bugging her mom for another sleep over for awhile. Saying she missed her mom and dad when her baby brother was born, but still liked staying at gramma's house. LOL It was getting so bad, that on Sunday night family dinners she was throwing fits when it was time to go home.

Daughter and I had met on Friday night and I recommended her just staying with us Sunday and I'd drive her home on Monday. She was so excited she was trying send her parents home early. She wanted to take a bath and read bedtime stories, but she had a hard time falling asleep and then was awake at 6AM. I'm a little tired and it cut into my prayer time and study time. So we made family prayer time. She seemed to be really excited at the book store. Which reminds me I forgot to tell a funny story to her mom. LOL

Ds is reading a great book on WW1. I always know when he is enjoying a book because after every reading hour he shares what he's read. And I'm reading a library book and enjoying it too and I'm also sharing with him. emoticon

The weather has finally dropped and we're in the single digits and even though there were some snow flurries yesterday, nothing stuck. grrrr. Suppooooossedddllyyyy, we're forecasted to get snow this week. I'll believe it when I see it. And maybe I can post a picture if we actually get snow. emoticon

Good news about a house we're trying to get, (a different one since we lost the other house, and I had my dh call the regional president to light a fire under the buttocks of the president loan agent we're working with). The sellers accepted our offer on the house, but need to get back to us on the price of the acreage for the rest of the farm. Now if the loan agent drops the ball, we have the number of his boss. emoticon It would be so wonderful to have a place to call our own again and have chickens and a garden. And friends over and family and their dogs and not worry about lease contracts. Woohoo.

How's everyone doing on their healthy eating? I think I over did it on restaurant ood last week.

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Evening,

Well our weekend plans consisted of getting back into the swing of things at home. My ds and I got back home Friday night. The 2 weeks we were gone were scheduled by the clinic for the most part. We have just enjoyed being home. My ds had friends over last night and I unpacked and tried to get organized. We will hit the ground running tomorrow.

Welcome new members, always love hearing from newbies! emoticon

Hope you all have a blessed week.
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Had a field trip today. Went to the movie to see 13 Hours.

I need to run errands tomorrow and get some flour to bake cookies for Sunday in case my grand-daughter spends the night. she wanted to tonight when we met up for linner = lunch/dinner

I finally bought my son in law a gift for his birthday and discussed it with my daughter during lunch/dinner and she thought it was a good gift. I'm excited now to give it to him on Sunday.

Remmie do you and your family have special plans this weekend?

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Welcome back Ali! Also welcome to our two new members - BKWRM2277 and ANNABELLE125! How exciting! I extended them a welcome on their pages today, so hopefully they'll join in the chatter as well. =)

Melody - I am glad you guys got at least a little bit of snow this winter. And even just spending time with family is fun.

Do either of you have fun plans this weekend?

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Remmie, We finally got a little bit of snow yesterday but due to all of our errands we weren't able to enjoy it. (all of the snow was gone by the time we made it back home) We have high hopes for this weekend though as the forecast is claiming more snow it on the way.
I mostly made dinner for the whole family two nights in a row, but the last night I took everyone out to eat. This was twofold; to avoid grand-daughter's melt down when it was time for them to leave ...okay threefold, LOL to avoid them staying too late, and to give myself a break from the clean up. :)
Other than spending time together we didn't do anything fun.

Ali, It's so good to see you drop in! Hope your son is doing better. I'm glad to hear the place you're at in Wichita is a blessing. Also glad to hear about the trip. When you get a moment to relax I'd love to hear about where you all went.

We have a new member: BKWRM2277
if either of you get a chance maybe you can drop a note and welcome this person to join in our fun chats. =)

Been walking the dog multiple times daily and enjoying the cold weather. It makes me appreciate the heat inside the house even more. emoticon



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Happy 2016!

Well it's been a while for me. I love the all the post. I know I have been gone for over a month. We went on vacation, actually we did a senior trip and had 8 seniors and some of their parents join us. It was a great time for all. Then of course Christmas.

We are at a clinic in Wichita. My ds if you all remember has Lymes and RMSF, we are seeing doctors here. This is such a blessing for us. We have been here since January 3rd. This is an incredible place for healing.

I wanted to stop in. I have missed everyone.

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How did the weekend with the son go? Do anything fun?

We are bouncing between rain and snow here (hence my sunshines above). LOL.

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Happy Friday!

Love the article! I know few of those are on my goals lists. Actually, we tore apart the storage shelves above the desks in the extra wide hallway/school area today. I've got stuff just sitting on the kitchen table that could really use a place up there, so we have been purging and organizing. And, because its Friday, I can use the kiddos' desks to set stuff on without worrying about needing it clean for tomorrows lesson.

I think its cool that your son was able to point out the jeans mistakes in the book! How many kids pay that close of attention? I get this silly sense of pride when my son points out stuff like that. Hehehe. =)

Yes, my son is 6; he'll be seven in April. Right now our group books have been from the Beast Quest Series. Not really my cup of tea, but my son stays engaged because they move through the adventure really quick. We are on number 6 right now and I think there are several more to go. He can read them himself, but it is very time consuming for him; however, he tends to get frustrated with where I stop, so I am hoping it will encourage him to just take over. Not that I don't like reading to him, but I would like to give him more of a challenge then the silly Leveled Readers. He gets so bored with them because there is no complexity. Also, thanks for the book suggestions. I will have to see if the local library has some. I have many of the classics, but certainly not illustrated. We did do an illustrated version of Dickens' Christmas Carol in December and he liked it, so I should try some of the others. I know I would enjoy them more.

Oh, and I hope you don't mind that I created a new thread. I know some team leaders frown upon that.

Have a great weekend!
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My ds uses Sonlight and this year is US History so his books are included. But I've thrown in a few of my own selections this year. Summer is usually a free choice. He chooses what to read, but he really enjoys my selections.

It's quite a challenge finding books at his reading level that aren't silly or romantic or boring. We tend to choose old books/antiques are great. For his lexile level I check lexile.com and scan through the books and see if our library has them.

The books from Sonlight have been good, but every once in awhile there's a dud. I know Indian Captive won at least one award, but for my ds he was bored with it and found two mistakes; the main character wears a jean skirt before jeans were invented and the girl who was supposedly raised on a farm cried when she saw a turkey killed. yeah, that to me just isn't believable. But for a writer in "modern" times is trying to write about a girl in the mid 1700's being choked up over watching her meal being prepared just isn't likely.

He was never interested in the popular reading lists. I think you mentioned your ds is 6? my ds really enjoyed the books by Cynthia Rylant and he was starting to get into the classics through Great Illustrated classics. We liked Rylant for the transition from picture books to chapter books.

Oh boy ceilings are really hard to dry wall and tape. I say you did a good job paying someone to do THAT awful job. LOL Good workers are expensive.

I'm really happy tomorrow is Friday and I'm looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday. (sigh) lol



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Happy Thursday, friends!

My goodness you sound like you have a busy week in front of you. How exciting to have your older son coming for a visit! I bet the boys will have a blast together. And darn those growth spurts! It seems like mine always go through them right after getting new clothes (like after back to school shopping, holidays, or birthdays). LOL.

How do you choose your books? I know both you have told me about had a similar topic - are you following some sort of list or just searching at the library/bookstore/etc.?

And my dry walling skills are far from superior. LOL. We had our ceiling professionally done because I didn't want to worry about working up high on the vaulted ceiling - my husband gripped about the price; but the job is so difficult, the good ones are totally worth it!

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Welcome back home Remmie~

New Years is starting off like gang busters. Just busy and something needing to be done every day and having to leave the house for one thing or another.

Oh my goodness you are a brave and tolerant woman to live in your half finished home. Dry walling and taping is a challenge and takes some skill. I know a lot of homes and even hotels I notice little things like that, popped nails, and crown molding, because my dad was a contracting. (just retired last summer). All that being said, the home is yours and that is definitely something to be grateful for. emoticon

LOL I don't blame you for wanting to live in a state with less snow. I have a pen-pal who lives in Driggs, ID and I keep an eye on her weather and it's usually quite chilly.

Our school slowed down during the holidays, but we didn't take time off.

The house we like comes with land and the listing agent isn't helpful in answering our questions, so we have to draw up the offer with requests of surveys, requests for right of refusals to buy the extra land, etc. We're hoping by Friday. (I hate putting this type of information on the site, because then the advertisements change)

Last year I made my book reading goal and so this year I am going to try to read 51 books. (giving myself one week off or to catch up) LOL The new book I'm reading is even better than the last one, but also about Lincoln and I'm making this one a mandatory read for my ds when we get to that time period.

My older ds is supposed to be visiting this week/weekend and the family is really excited. I went grocery shopping this morning to stock up on bigger meals to feed everyone. My younger ds is going through another growth spurt and I made a family sized box of jambalaya zatarain's rice and he ate the whole thing! I didn't even get a grain of rice. LOL I made a second box and got two tea cup servings. He reminds me; "I'm a growing boy." He is that. He's really looking forward to running with his older brother.

The rest of this week we have more errands, tomorrow and the dentist on Friday. I'm just really looking forward to a day of staying home.

Have a great evening~

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Sorry for the silence; we went out of town for a few days before the normal grind started back up and I could not get the hotel's WiFi to work. I am not the most technological person. LOL.

Is your New Year off to a good start? Did you put an offer in on the house? Did you restart school today (Monday)? Its funny you mention wanting snow - I would totally send you some of ours if I could!

As for our work-in-progress home, the entire house is sheetrocked except for the loft (which is our bedroom). The insulation is all covered, but we only have studs between the room and the balcony or closets. The ceiling and front wall are puttied and ready for paint, but it seems silly to only paint those places. I used the extra wide hallway/homeschool area to practice puttying, but is has not been sanded (that project got canned when we started homeschooling because I needed to use it). The same thing happened in the kids' room - I had it half puttied when my husband's dad built the kiddos a bunk bed that takes up half their tiny room. It was assembled in the room, so I cannot move it. Other "issues" include plumbing, but no bathtub (only a shower), my kitchen cabinets are just planks of wood, and no electricity up stairs. Truth be told, we really slowed the progress when we moved in and do alright finishing things if money and time line up (which they rarely do).

As for moving, who knows where we are going to end up. We have places we would prefer, but it will depend on where he gets a job. We live in Idaho, but he works in Washington - he would make less as a principle in Idaho than he does now as a band director, so it is unlikely he will return to Idaho. I wouldn't mind living where there is less snow. LOL.

Well, I hope you week is off to a good start!
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Happy New Year SP Friends~

May everyone have a blessed and successful, healthy, wonderful 2016.

The house hunting went well this week. There was a house we found that fits our needs and desires. I need to figure out land/acreage and submit an offer.

How's everyone's weather? It got cold here overnight and this morning is no different. come and snow already! LOL It's unfortunate it just isn't in our forecast. Maybe later in the month.

Thanks for the info on the shredded chicken. It gave me all kinds of ideas and made my mouth water. :) My ds is loving spicy foods right now and the hotter the better. I accidentally bought canned tomatoes and chili's for his taco soup, but grabbed the can with the habanero chili's. Yikes! He LOVED it. LOL

Reminds me of my older son having a chili eating contest with a friend of his sister's at a Chinese restaurant. They both paid the price the next day if you catch my meaning. emoticon

With your construction what are you still working on? I can only imagine the stress involved in constructing ones own house from the ground up. What I've realized it the housing market is still ridiculously priced as if the economy is fine, but the banks are tighter than fort knox. dh and I have bought five homes and one property so we're pretty familiar with how things work and what hoops have to be jumped etc and it's seriously the worst ever right now.

Unfortunately I do not speak a foreign language. I took a little Spanish in high school as well. I can pick up tid bits, mostly if I'm not really concentrating. My friend tested me once when we were working together. She was talking to someone else and then says, "hey mel, did you here me?" And I said, Yeah, you said something about the border patrol. And she says, 'yea, but I said it in Spanish.' LOL I didn't believe her, but the other person verified.

I was using Rosetta Stone for my ds until I got a new computer (other one died) and it's not compatible. I don't know what I'm going to do. I have him working on roots, prefixes, suffixes to learn Latin, English and help with the SAT. He hated it at first, but now is enjoying it. (He just told me this today). yay! But he wants to learn so many different language he really needs to light a fire.

I was just thinking about when we relocated and how excited we were, but it can be stressful. Do you know where you'll be relocating to?

As for my house hunting I'm staying in the same state so I don't consider that relocating.

Hope everyone has a great day!

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Great job squeezing in a workout through all the business! Hopefully you are able to squeeze a little downtime in there too.

This week has been going well so far. We had planned to do school this week, but I wasn't really feeling it and the hubby suggested some fun activities, so we scrapped it this week.

How is the house hunting going? Are you looking nearby or relocating a fair distance? The hubby will have his principle license the end of this year, so we will be relocating either this summer or next summer. Where we are now, the land was given to me and we lived with my folks while we began construction (and are still finishing it 6 years later). Before that, my hubby and I just rented, so I am really nervous about the move and future house hunting.

I would love to have learned a different language as a child. I took Spanish I high school, but it isn't the same as being immersed as a child. Have you done any foreign languages with your son? If so, do you have any recommendations?

As for my shredded chicken, I just simmer it on low all day in salsa. About an hour before dinner I turn off the slow cooker to cool the chicken, pull it out to shred it, put it back in for about 30 minutes, then use a strainer to serve it. The salsa we make is pretty watery, so I try not to put more than what would cover the chicken half-way. It is fairly simple and pretty tasty. I have never tried it, but for people who like more zing to their Mexican meals, you could always add some chili powder or tabasco.

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oh boy, this week is already proving to be busy.
Monday we went house hunting. Today was piano and all the errands. Tomorrow is more house hunting.

I squeezed in a 30 minute workout and I have a feeling I'll sleep hard tonight.

Today we swung by a store hoping to get my son some clothes, because he's outgrown all but one pair of pants. The store was a bust. The clothing options were silly. I'm not ready to tackle the mall, so I may order online.

We didn't get any snow for Christmas and I'm surprised most of the east coast didn't get any snow either. I have a friend in NH and she said it didn't snow. So odd. But I have a friend in WA that did get snow. (instead of the usual rain) LOL

Oh wow, your Christmas was an adventure. Your experience reminded me of a Thanksgiving we had in Cali. I made lasagna and my mother in law's oven locked and wouldn't unlock! And I was hoping it would burn or get cold. How wonderful you have a generator. I want to buy one when we get our farm house.

Your shredded chicken in the slow cooker sound good too. What do you add to it? You mentioned also cooking on the BBQ. I recently put mine in the garage to get it out of the elements, (plus we had gone on vacation), but I don't even think we have propane for it if an emergency were to arise. Which makes me realize I'm not very well prepared.

You are so right about kids and their abilities. Children are amazing. I just found out that my real estate agent's first language was Japanese. My mom's was Spanish. (she learned from her nanny and my grandma was NOT happy about that.) LOL A woman I worked with years ago had a niece who spoke three languages by the age of five; Spanish, Chinese and English. Can you imagine?! What a great advantage she has.

How's your week going?

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I am so sorry to hear about your previous dog and cat. It is so sad to lose an animal. The pictures were still there - she is beautiful! It sounds like she is adjusting well. I have always heard that boxers are great dogs. My last dog was half husky, half blue heeler. She went with my ex when the relationship before my current husband went sour. It was such a bummer at the time, but she would not have done well with our kids, and it turns out it was for the best.

Did you get snow for Christmas? Your meal sounded very yummy. Ours was interesting - we did not have power at either location on either day. We were able to plug my slow cooker of shredded chicken into the generator on Eve and a turkey roaster into the generator on Christmas. Everything else we cooked on the BBQ. It was a quirky adventure. Hehehe.

Your book sounds really interesting! I will have to see if our library has it. Between the kids and I, we have several books going at one time - plus I usually have a magazine stuffed in my purse for waiting at activities. It boggles my mind that their small minds can keep more than one book straight at a time. It is amazing what kids can do.

I hope you have a great upcoming week!

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We just adopted a Boxer. I had a Boxer whom I absolutely loved 9 years ago. He got sick from one of the dog foods that was poisoned from China. I was told by the vets they could operate, but it wasn't even a 50/50 chance of survival. The vet actually recommended putting him down. It's taken me this long to get over him. He was by far THE best dog I've ever owned. I also didn't want to compare a dog to him. Our new dog is Bella. She's old and was over bred. https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/
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I don't know how long this link will have her photos, one was already taken down.
We're looking for a Brittany puppy for my ds, but the breeders husband supposedly changed his mind.

I'm allergic to cats, so I understand the frustrations your dh is faced with. My ds wants a cat, but it would have to be a "barn" cat. A few years ago, two kittens showed up in our back yard. Weird considering we were in a gated community. It was kind of like, "where did you two come from?" I wonder if the mom was moving them and these two got separated? I don't know. But ds fell in love with the male and we called him Wallace because he was so brave. He was a great mouser!! And a great first cat for ds. But one winter he went out to do his business and never came back. =/ We were so sad. Anyway, as asthmatic as I am around cats, I was able to have both of them in the house for short periods of time in the breakfast area. The only thing I can think of that is different is my diet. I know allergies are genetic though and passed on, so I'm not sure how much diet has to do with allergies, but I did find it interesting.

Hopefully the breed of dog your family is considering will work out perfectly. :)

We handmade our Christmas cards this year with good quality construction paper, gel pens and decorations on the front. I include letters every year too. I have only received three this year, so that's how many went out. I have lots left over and I'm sure a few will straggle in after the 25th. So many people have stopped doing cards. I miss hearing about distant friends and what has happened with them during the year.

OH! I really wanted tamales this year for Christmas. I don't know how to make them though and it's not going to happen this year. LOL I am all for creating new traditions by doing something different every year. We were doing that for awhile with Thanksgiving. My dh, ds, and I would travel some place different; Chicago, Colonial Williamsburg, etc. More and more places are remaining open. I don't know if this is a good thing or not.

This year, I'm making steak, broccoli, mashed potatoes and choc. chip cookies for dessert. with a new dog in the house, this is probably a good idea to do something quick and easy. Though Bella is a very well behaved and smart dog, she still tries to sniff around the table which I will have none of that. Good news is she LOVES her new dog food. I asked about her feeding and acclimating her new food into the old food, but the shelter just said to start her on her new food she'd be fine.

My daughter in law is a vet tech and so I asked what they, (her and my son) feed their two dogs. They have a black German Shepherd that has the shiniest coat I've ever seen. He truly could do commercials. My son joked once about giving him to us. I told him I'd take him in a heartbeat, but they'll never give him up. I think my son was just testing me.

The weather is rainy today, but we were really REALLY hoping for snow this Christmas.

Yesterday I shared with my youngest ds about something I read in a book about Abe Lincoln and his involvement with the railroad from MS to the Pacific. And wonder how that ties him into the Chinese slavery. Then, in one of his school reading books, Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep, it mentions the very same thing. This was such a shock to us, because he had a choice between this book and A Wrinkle in Time and the book I'm reading I've had for at least 5-7 years and I'm just now reading it. The odds are amazing. If I were a mathematician I could probably figure it out. LOL emoticon

I usually have about 2-3 books going at one time, but this one: Did Lincoln Own Slaves is written in a Q&A format with questions throughout the year by various visitors to a museum and the answer with the explanation. So far, the silliest question is "about the original birthplace cabin-is it true that Lincoln helped his father build it with his own hands?" the response is "next question, please." LOL

Hope everyone has a blessed Christmas, joyful and healthy and full of LOVE.


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You got a dog? I am so jealous! ;) And hat a fun surprise for your visiting family! You should totally share a picture of her with us. My husband is allergic to dogs, but kiddos keep begging him to get one. I think we have him convinced to spend some time with one of the supposed hypo-allergenic breeds to see how he does- now we just need to find someone nearby who has one.

I was running behind on Christmas cards too this year. Did you get them finished? I actually made them on Shutterfly and purchased them during the first week of December with the intent of being done shortly after, but by the time they came, things had gotten busy. Most of them went out over the weekend and I finished the last of the yesterday. I still have to package the gifts we are mailing, so those won't make it in time. Fortunately, they are all adults.

We always do a non-traditional dinner at my mom's house on Christmas Eve. Do you have a theme (so to speak)? We are doing Mexican this year. Last year we did Italian. My mother-in-law is very traditional and would probably freak out if I even suggested not having turkey or ham on Christmas. Hehehe.

It is going to be busy over the next couple days, so if I do not make it back on before the weekend, have a great holiday!

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Our weekend was very busy. Ds had his piano recital and we adopted a dog. We haven't had a dog in about 9 years. We are looking into getting a puppy too, but not in a hurry.

I've noticed we tend to go through phases of motivation and then slacking off. I think this is normal.

There used to be a great many members on this thread, but I think a lot of them have graduated their kids and/or a few have become MIA; life happens.

There are a lot of higher grade homeschool info available now than in years past which is very helpful. I do a lot of research for the higher grades, but I also try to stay focused on the current year so I don't feel overwhelmed. It's funny, I remember beginning a new school year and thinking, what am I supposed to do? What did I do last year? Then I look at my notes and ease back into it. :)

My son has wanted to be an aeronautical engineer since he was 6. This has never changed. He played violin for a short time. (we stopped because the instructor was getting mean). He plays piano because he enjoys it and I enjoy him playing. But it would be nice if he could make some money playing at weddings or whatever as a mad cash type of situation. You know Remmie I have heard the same about playing musical instruments. When my ds was younger he said he could hear colors when he played.

I am so behind this year as far as Christmas cards and preparation. I am doing a non traditional dinner this year because I don't want to go to the grocery store with all the people and deal with the traffic. The gifts are pretty much done, except for my son who is in FL. He said I could hold their (he and his wife) gifts ransom. LOL

Our new (old) dog is sleeping on the floor and every time my ds needs to get up he's tiptoeing around the house. I cracked up. I teased him for walking around the house as if a baby is sleeping. She gets up and stands watching him while her stubby little tail goes crazy. It's so cute.

My dd and her dd have been sick so I haven't seen them in about a week. I'll see them all Christmas. Boy are they going to be surprised we have a dog. LOL

When my grand-daughter was younger she was really into Go Dog Go and she said, "all dogs go to Gramma's house." So I'm going to remind her of this on Christmas. :)

What is everyone else's plans for Christmas?

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They are at a fun age (when they are not being so fussy). LOL. Actually, we did school today because they are going to miss tomorrow, and both were done by lunch. It was such a pleasure for all of us - it boggles my mind why they don't just do that everyday. I am also crossing my fingers that it means we are past the funk we were in last week.

It will be nice having people like you and Ali that I can bounce questions off of as they progress in the years. Figuring out the higher grades freaks me out!

That is awesome that your son is learning the piano! How did the recital go? My mother-in-law tells me that my husband was a terrible practice when he was a child too - now he is a band director who can play darn near any instrument and the pianist/choir director for a local church. If your son decides he wants to go a musical direction, I am sure he will see the importance of increasing his practice time. From my understanding, even a small bit of musical anything is beneficial for children on so many different levels.

We didn't do anything noteworthy this weekend and I think this upcoming week is going to be pretty low-key. What about everyone else?

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Oh your kids are at a really fun age! When we vacationed for that age I made part of the vacation educational and brought very little school work or just fun stuff, like www.enchantedlearning.com/math/geome
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I'd let him color it, he'd cut it out, paste the shapes together, learn how to say the name and carry the shape around like a ball while we did touristy stuff.
He learned about the state we would vacation, capital, random stuff like bird, flower, tree, etc. Just whatever I could think of to make it fun learning. And if he picked up on something then I'd go down that avenue.

Oh yes, I did and still do the B&N books for supplemental work during the summer. :)

Congratulations to your dd for swimming the full length of the pool on her own!!! That is so exciting. It's so wonderful to stumble upon great opportunities such as the pool instructors mom/dd team. And to have a private pool indoors is amazing. :)

Not very long ago Ali and I were talking about stress eating on this thread. How well conditioned are we to grab a pint of Haagan Dazs when we're sad?

Oh, I wanted to add, when my ds was your ds's age I did unit studies, (combining all subjects together on a topic) and created goals I wanted him to achieve for that year, so the year was more flexible than it is now. Now we're more concentrated on learning the bigger math, science, grammar, literature, history, etc. to apply to a future transcript for high school. Gahaahahahahhh no pressure. LOL

Ali, how are you and your kids doing in high school?

Does anyone have any plans this weekend before Christmas? My ds has a piano recital on Sunday. He's been taking piano for about three years now. Oh to think of what he could be playing if he actually practiced. LOL He enjoys it and doesn't want to quit, but he only practices about 10 minutes a day. Awful. He has such a natural ability to memorize the music notes and play too. Oh well, I'll keep supporting him. :) That's what we mom's do.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.


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Thanks for listening, Melody. If you don't mind me asking, how do you usually do vacations? Do you usually make him do school during them or do make up like he is now? I only ask because the only one we have ever taken during the school year I just pushed everything back a week. My husband is looking for a job out of the area, so I know we will be traveling back to North Idaho alot to visit our parents, and I want to see what other people do.

I like your idea of giving days off every so often. We do not do snow days either, but every so often we take a sick day if one of them is totally out to lunch because of an illness or if I am terribly under the weather. This year we have been pretty darn healthy, so that's been nice. We also take days off if my husband's school has a day off and we want to do something as a family. As for summer, last year I just picked little workbooks at Barnes and Noble. I want them to keep working so we don't have to do back-to-school catch-up, like you said, but since the hubby is off, I do not want to do anything super strenuous so we can go camping and hiking.

My son is 6 (will be 7 in April) and I have a daughter who just turned 5 last week. Things are going much better today. It is both relieving and a tad frustrating how my husband's presence can do that. LOL. I do not think he will be all caught up today, but he will have made a pretty big dent and I am satisfied with his progress. It is also just nice not being the person nagging him (for lack of a better way of putting it) and being able to give some academic focus on my youngest.

My two have been in the water as much as possible since birth, but we did not begin formal swim lessons until this fall. The teachers, a mother/daughter team have a private, enclosed pool on their property and keeps the class sizes small. The classes are mixed ages, so both of my children are in the same class, but the teacher is really good at challenging them on an individual level. My son could not swim when we started, but now he works with another homeschooler who is 9 on different strokes one would do at a swim meet. They have not competed yet, but the teacher said she would love to see them competing by spring. As for the younger 4 in the class, she works with them as the older ones do laps or a breathing exercise she calls bobs. My little one just swam from the deep end to shallow at the last class without help, so that was pretty awesome. The teachers do not do any sort of advertising, so we were so lucky we just happened to hear about them.

I get cravings all the time, but mine tend to be spurred by stress. Its frustrating. Oooo, I haven't had baklava in years. Yummy!

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Hi Remmie,
Nice to have you chatting here. No need to apologize for venting. This thread is for everything we want to share or get off our shoulders.
We sort of have a four day in our week as well, due to piano though instead of swimming. (though I do still give my ds work. Since he's registered as a "middle schooler" I want him to realize just because he has something planned, the world will not revolve around him; i.e. professors giving homework, etc.)
How old is your ds? Has he been swimming long? Does he compete?
I had looked into this for my ds, but practices were early in the morning and the weather and water were super cold. It was torture. Too bad the pool wasn't inside or the water heated. Oh well.
We sort of follow the public school calendar, (we start when they do and I'll give main holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but usually I give a day off every 19-21 days or if he gets everything I scheduled for the week done early say a Thursday, then he'd get that Friday off. (It's happened once. LOL) But we don't take snow days and I don't take days off for teacher meetings, etc. so we always finish on time which is about a month, depending on the amount of snow days taken off by public school, before they do.
Then there's summer school; reading or working on some fun project or just random stuff to keep his brain functioning so we don't play "what do you remember from last year?"
We just got back from a family vacation and he decided not to do any of his work. Today he said the vacation wasn't even worth it. (that's another story, family dynamics, sigh). Anyway he regrets now not doing his work, because he lost a week.
Oh you live in a very cold area. Glad you were able to get out today and stave off the cabin fever. Great job on eating "okay-ish" too. It's good to enjoy some treats it helps us all to find balance in what works for each of us. I tend to go through phases. Does anyone else do this? Sometimes, like now, I'm craving veggies and loads of salads. Two weeks ago I wanted sweets. I had some baklava. Then one day I took a bite, and blech it was WAY too sweet. I haven't had any since. (it wasn't even that tom.)
Well Remmie, if you find out what works for getting your son (dear son-ds) appreciating his schedule be sure to share. :)
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I like you car analogy.

Our holiday school is a bit derailed at the moment. LOL. Since my husband and mother work in a public schools, my son is old enough or aware enough this year to be aware of the difference in schedules. He has been demanding to get the same time off as the public school kids for Christmas break, but what he doesn't realize is that he gets way more time off then them in the first place. We only do a four-day week since we live so far from town and do swim team- by the time we get there, do the swimming, eat lunch, and then get home, the day is shot. I have tried to explain to him that the "school time" averages out about the same, but he has been digging his heals in since last Friday. The husband has been super busy and the kiddos haven't seen him all week, so I am hoping he can talk some sense into our son when he gets home this afternoon because everything I am trying seems to not be working. And its not like I am going to have him work on the holidays- next week we would only have 2 days, plus one of swimming. *SIGH*

Sorry everyone, that turned into a bit of a vent. Other than that, things are going good. I have been doing okay-ish with my eating (considering the time of year). Its been below 20 the last few days, but yesterday we got out and took a walk, which helped with the cabin fever.

I hope the week has been good for all of you. (((HUGS)))

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Last week ds went to visit a college he's considering. Dh would like him to do general ed at the local state college then transfer. So funny, he wants to transition him into the "world" before he's in college out of state. I have to laugh, because isn't it usually the mom that wants to hold on?

Ali, are you back from your vacation?

How is everyone doing with their eating? I know with the holidays there are a lot of parties and food gifts.

How is everyone doing with school during the holidays? I told my ds today I feel as though he's in a v2 engine car merging onto the autobahn. I need to get him into a v8 in a very short period of time.

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So good to see you post Ali! I'm happy you are able to spend more time with your kids as they're doing high school work and will be off to college or jobs and their own lives in a short period of time. don't blink, right? The time is flying in general. My ds made a comment a couple of weeks ago about sixth grade and I laughed and reminded him he was registered as a 7th grader. LOL
The house situation is not good. The bank turned down our loan because it won't be dh's main resident. I've never heard of such a thing. And ds is in Cali for his job and taking care of his father who has MS. It was such a blow. We're now looking at a smaller bank loan where it won't matter where dh is living in.
The good news is where we are currently renting is a 1000 times better than where we were previously.
Your trip sounds divine. When you get home and have the chance please share. I've never been on a cruise. Dh gets motion sickness and never wanted to do that as a family trip. But I think ds and I would have fun. I have many family members and friends who have taken the Alaskan cruise and all say it's incredibly beautiful.
Dh has said I can buy a new treadmill. My old one was left in our old state when we moved. I was limited on what I could take back with us to our home. I sacrificed the dining room table/chairs and exercise equipment. But now that ds is older he's interested in working out too. :)
Our Thanksgiving was blessed. I printed out a picture with a tree and leaves that I cut out and my gd glued the leaves on the tree for each person's comment of what they were grateful for. She really enjoyed it. Of course I missed my older ds and his wife who couldn't be with us, but God willing will be for Christmas.
You are right Ali, we have so much to be thankful for.

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Morning,

Wow, I did not realize it has been so long. Busy school year. Life is just flying by. I have gained so much weight by not paying attention and just going.

Yes we have been working on school some. Both my children worked on school Wednesday, my ds did Friday and my dd did Saturday and we probably will today. This is dual enrollment. They both have papers and speeches due for their final. We are not going to dual enroll next semester. The children just want to enjoy some time. We will continue the high school subjects we are doing.

Melody, what's the house situation like right now? have you closed or did you move on to something else.

We are working at enjoying this year with the children. We are going on a cruise with many of their friends and parents. There are 15 of us going in a couple of weeks. We have tried to have something for them every month. We is the team working with the juniors and seniors in our homeschool group.

Hope everyone has had a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoyed some time with family and friends.
We all have so much to be thankful for. Enjoy!

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How is school going? I feel as though we are not making as much progress as we should be. Thanksgiving is next week. I forgot to buy a turkey at the store this week and I refuse to go back. I have pot roast in the freezer so that is what I'll make.
I recently found out that one of my friends is ill and may have pancreatitis? The way she described it sounded very much like what my mother recently went through. Makes me thankful everyday for good health.
How is everyone? It sure has been quiet on here.

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Did anyone do school today? We did. Yesterday we took off and went to lunch with my dd and the grandbabies and went to the library and played. It was a great visit. They had been fighting some flu and we haven't been able to spend a lot of time together. They've missed three Sunday dinners; two were from illness.
Is anyone preparing for Thanksgiving?

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Remember doing mountain climbers in school? Here's what they work
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I thought the size of cheese was amazing. I don't eat cheese, haven't since 2007, but wow, one serving size is three dice?! I've never seen that serving size anywhere.

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Has anyone tasted these drinks?
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I haven't but I'm shocked at the amount of sugar in each drink.

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Well total frustration this week. I gained my two pounds I lost last week. I shouldn't be surprised, but I'm still disappointed. My consolation is I'm telling myself I'm getting stronger and able to walk better around the property. I know it's true, because even my ds can as well and he's always active and extremely fit. (just as I was at his age)

And the sellers for the house we are pending on are refusing to fix anything on the inspection report. We may lose the house.

Yesterday we drove two hours north to look at a house. It was quaint, but needs SOOOO much work. I'm guessing about $100k of work.

Today we are driving three hours south to look at a house that is on more property and hopefully doesn't need that kind of work. It is very far from my dd and the grandkids though. =/ But still in the same state. I hated it when my grandparents retired and moved three states away. I think I saw them twice in my childhood after that.

I hope everyone has a lovely Sunday. It's nice and drizzly fall weather with the leaves yellow, orange and red. Slight breeze making the leaves dance in the trees with many on the ground as well. It's so pretty.



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Morning Friends,

Hope everyone has a blessed Sunday! Enjoy your family and friends.

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Morning,

We are having a good week overall. My ds has not been doing that great recently. I hate that he has these issues, it is like a roller coaster for him. I know to many on the outside it seems he is fine. My dd is just stressed. I think teenage girls just go through this. All her friends seem to be stressed also.

Melody, so happy for you. Praying all goes well.

Is the walk ten minutes challenge on spark? I could do this.

My children attend Eng. 101 twice a week. My dd is stressed because she has a B in the class and really wants an A. If I had her in the public school system she would be in the 10th grade so I think she is doing great. She has text anxiety so this has been very hard for her.

I can not seem to get back on track. Praying today is the day. I seem to focus on everything but me and emotionally eat even when I am not hungry. Gotta get it together!

Hope you all have a blessed Wednesday!
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I joined the walk ten minutes a day challenge and so ds is joining me. It's so much better than the walking we did in the city. We just walk the property we are renting, but because the ground is hilly in areas we get a really good workout.
Inside the house I have ds give me some calisthenics which is really fun. He's enjoying it.
Yesterday while I was mowing I went in a ditch by the road and almost fell off the mower. I wrenched my lower back and it still hurts. I've never had this happen before and don't think it would have happened if I were in better shape. Shame on me. grrrr.
Today we go to the house we're trying to buy for the home inspection. If all goes according to schedule we should close next month around Thanksgiving. I have no idea what moving company to use since two local companies I've used were nightmares. (sigh)
The weather is getting chilly in my neck of the woods. Ds said there was actually frost outside this morning.
Hope everyone is doing well with their lifestyle changes and exercises. Get that heart pumping. emoticon

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Hello ~

Well good news, the sellers accepted an offer we put on a house with the things we were looking for; small amount of land, a pond, a pool, a barn, and a pig barn I can convert to a chicken coop. Dh is scheduling the home inspection. God willing it will pass and all will be well.

I checked the town the house is in and it seems they have a 4-H program for ds and a quilt group for me.

Thank you so much Ali for your prayers. Not too many months ago, July I think, I was telling my dad this very thing; God keeps closing doors on me and if he'll just leave a window cracked open I can get in that way. LOL

I know building is really stressful, but we already have 30 acres in another county and I'd be more than willing to build, but dh won't go for it. He wants to sell the land. How long did it take you to build Ali? I've heard that when people build when it's all said and done there's at least one thing they would have done differently.

I tried to look up the HOPE program and I think it is specifically for your state. Very blessed!

I have a friend in NH who's daughter is taking art at a local high school and has to attend every day and the time loss is getting on her nerves, but the dd is enjoying it. The next class she's going to take is only every other day so that might work better for them.

How often do your kids have Eng. 101 Ali? Is it every day?

Oh my, my body is achy today. I need to get to the grocery store and stock up on veggies and fruits. My ds is snacking on entire packages of frozen veggies. He claims it's because they're the small kind, (meaning not the family size) LOL

My grandson has been born. Did I mention this? And my granddaughter has decided she's ready for potty training. She's doing really well. She knows that when she is potty trained she can spend the night at grandma's house. She asks every time she visits. :) Makes me so happy. She did get to spend the night when her baby brother was born. She said, "waiting is so hard." LOL

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Morning,

Hope everyone is having a blessed week. We miss so many on this site. Chris if you happen to pop in, stop and say hi. We miss everyone.

Melody, praying for God to open and close doors for you as you all look for a home. We looked for years before we ended up building. I know finding a home is hard.

We are enjoying both children taking Eng. 101. My dd does not think she will take anything next semester. We are O.K. with whatever they decide. I have since learned that if a child has 30 credit hours earned before college they are eligible for the HOPE. Homeschoolers looking for the HOPE usually have to wait a year and the it is retroactive. That is what I have been told anyway.

Have a great day!
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It feels as though people are losing their ever lovin' mind! And now the surviving students have said the killer asked if they were Christians, then smiled and shot the ones that said yes.
Praying indeed! I feel such heartache for the families that will be facing this winter without a family member.

Oh wow that is fantastic about the new GA law!!! Every state should offer that. Ds and I are studying U.S. History and reading about various people going to college at 13 makes me frustrated with the system in place now.

Ali, your son is smart to start slow and steady. I remember taking an English 101 class with a high school student in my class. :)

Still in the process of buying a house. Ds and I are tired of looking. We are in negotiations, but the sellers aren't budging much. The bad news is that it's so far from my dd and grandkiddos. But it's a lot closer than being a state or more away.

If we get this house I'll need to look into new co-ops. I'm not able to find anything online. I'm thinking of keeping his piano teacher and we'll just drive the 1.5 hours to it and visit family and do all of our "in town" errands. I'm really not sure how long I would want to maintain that. But when I mentioned getting a new instructor he became really sad.

You are so right Ali; God is in control and His timing is perfect.

I hope everyone is having a blessed weekend.

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Morning,

Hope everyone has a blessed day. We need to pray for our country and at this time especially for all the families in OR. Take time to pray.

Melody, wow congratulations on the new grandboy! Yes, I understand about making plans and things not ever happening. It is hard and I have to be honest, I have been on both sides. I have been the one making plans and the one not able to follow through for many different reasons.

My ds is taking his English 101 at college and that is the only class. He was afraid to do too much with his health. When he was 15 he started clepping and trying to take classes, but we ended taking him out of everything including hs classes. We are in GA and this year GA has Move On When Ready, which basically lets any child from 9th (I think) grade on take college classes if they are ready. The program is free, we do not pay for books or anything. I almost wish we would have done this sooner. God is in control and His timing is perfect.

Hope everyone is having a great year.

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Hey Ali, I'm happy to hear you're spending time in the now and being purposeful in that. You're so right, the time goes by so quickly. And the kids will remember the little daily things in life as important more than planned time. (that's what I've noticed about my adult children anyway.) I like hearing them tell things that I don't remember and there are things I remember that they do not.
btw, my dd had her second child this past week! a boy. We all called it. LOL We thought for sure this baby would be a boy. I'm not sure if they're coming over for Sunday dinner or not. I'm sure she'd like to just stay home and rest. But I'm making pot roast just in case.
This past week I also talked with a lady from the church we left. She wants to get together for girl time. I don't want to be pessimistic, but this happens a lot. Women say they want to get together for lunch or whatever and nothing ever comes of it. (sigh)
I love watching the fellowship of the women on base in the film We Were Soldiers. I don't know any community where the women are like that. Well, maybe the Amish?
Ali, how is your ds doing with the dual enrollment? I'd like for my ds to do that his senior year. There's a great college in a town near us that offers this with a great discount for seniors.
What classes is he taking?
Well, I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Enjoy your families.

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Morning,

I know I have been out for quite a while. Just busy with my children. This is my ds senior year and the time is flying. I am spending as much time as I can with my children. Please take the time to enjoy every moment, even the not so good ones.

We are well on our way. My ds is duel enrolled so our school year started in August, much to my dismay. This messed up our vacation and everything.

I am also trying to give my self some more time. We need to do this. I am attempting to be purposeful about my time with the Lord, exercise and making time to date my husband.

Melody, so sorry it has been such a whirlwind for you. Praying you all find a home you all want to stay in.

How's everyone else doing?

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Hello All~

When it rains it pours and it's been pouring in my life like a monsoon! The week after the phone company set up the internet connection my computer died. Completely died as in wouldn't even turn on, zip, zilch, nada. Some of these crazy issues have been dealt with and more have popped up to take their place. It's been slightly overwhelming.

How is everyone else doing? How was summer? It's officially fall next week right?

Has everyone started their new school years?

Chime in, I'd love to hear what everyone is doing.

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Hello~
Finally moved and never thought it could be worse than last year, but I was sadly mistaken. I'm so relieved it's over and I don't have any desire to completely unpack, because I know I'm not staying here. Ugh. We just want our own home again.
Didn't have internet connection for three weeks.
Still dealing with the movers and the damage they caused. Haven't received the rent deposit back from the old place yet, etc. etc. etc.
We've started back to school and I was able to get the letter of intent mailed yesterday. We're easing our way back into a schedule.
Ds had a bloody nose and is dealing with that as I am here. He's back so I'm signing off.
Hope everyone is enjoying the last part of summer.

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Morning,

Hope you all have a blessed Sunday, enjoying time with the Lord, family and friends.

Blessings,
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Morning Friends,

Wow, I missed all of July. We had our homeschool's group open house, camp for my daughter and I and then visited friends that have moved to Texas. My dd also did drivers ed last week. We never stopped in July. Time is flying by with my children. My ds is a senior this year! Where did the time go?

We are going to get to squeeze in a family vacation for about 5 days next week. Working to do this is getting harder and harder with everyone's schedule. I am just happy we finally worked something out.

Any fun things you all did or are going to do?

Melody, so glad you found something to move into. Praying it all goes well. Sorry the houses you wanted to buy did not work out. God has a plan. It sounds like you have a great rental.

Yes, I have a FB account. i do not spend much time on it. I travel some with a group of girls from high school and we did this to exchange photos years ago. That is still primarily what I use it for is photos for these friends to see. Not much time if I am not traveling on FB at all. I think some people let it suck their time away. Just my opinion.

I have been exercising more, but that is it for what I have started. The eating is hard sometimes with the schedule we have kept. My children asked for fruits and veggies when we got home last Sunday and to just eat at home.

Hope everyone has a great day!

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where did June and July go?!

Finally in the process of moving. Unfortunately didn't get the house we had originally tried to get. Didn't like the issues brought up in the inspection and didn't trust the sellers to fix them properly. I didn't even trust the inspector since I was the one that found the leak in the basement. grrr

Tried to buy another house on 18 acres, but the elderly couple was moving out of state and they wanted a full month to look and close escrow which would have left ds and I without a roof over our heads for a full month. Not terrible, but not convenient either.

So long story short ds and I will be in another rental. It's on 10 acres outside of town, but still close to everything. It's a bigger house than the one we're in now so my longarm quilting machine will have a room and not be in the formal living room! LOL We can have dogs and chickens and we're really looking forward to the move being done!

Trying to get everything scheduled has been a juggling act. The good news is, since the rental is in the same city I won't have to pay an extra $200 to the movers.

How is everyone doing on their healthier way of living? Exercise? Food choices?

I've gone back to the raw sugar instead of the white sugar. that's the biggest change I made before all this weight gain. I want to see if that makes a difference.

Just curious; does everyone on here have facebook accounts? If so, how much time would you say you spend on FB?

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Ali that is a huge relief! I'm so happy it all worked out.
What a great summer you all are having. I'll live vicariously through your summer. :)

Dh is working with a bank for the loan. I wanted to do 15 he wants to do 30 yrs. but no early pay off penalty, so I can get it paid in 15 or less. The payment should be less than the rent I'm currently paying.

There were two showings on the rental, (same family), and then I receive a text from the landlady wanting to know if I can vacate three weeks early. Then I get a text from her real estate agent asking the same thing. good grief. So I let the landlady know I would be sticking to the date given on my notice to vacate letter. She then stated how we she wanted to accommodate us first. How we've been such good renters, etc. Would be willing to reduce the rent $100 a month if we'd stay another year. But that isn't enticing to me at all. She just does the bare minimum for upkeep in maintenance and there's so much wrong with this place. Plus the utilities are through the roof! (gas and elec) because the insulation in this house is horrible. And the bugs in the city are awful!

Today is the house inspection for the house ds and I want to buy. We're looking forward to living on a country road again. I'm hoping we can have a firefly party in August and then it hit me, good grief school starts in August! We have a month left of summer and it will be spent packing.

My dh used to hate tomatoes. He loved ketchup and salsa and sauce, but wouldn't touch a tomato. Until I had ds. (I couldn't touch anything tomato while pregnant and I though, oh no, not another tomato hater. LOL) But he loves tomatoes and we both convinced him to eat them for protection against prostrate cancer. now he likes them and even likes when I made bruschetta. (which ds and I had the other day. SO delicious. It's something we rarely eat so it's a treat.)

no, not getting excited yet. maybe when we are moved in I can pinch myself? LOL

Has anyone been to the movie to see the new Jurassic park movie? We just found out about it and now ds wants to see it. But I'm thinking we should wait for video.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. The month of June sure sped by fast.

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Morning Friends,

I know its been a while. Thank you all for the prayers. It took about a week, but I did get my issue resolved and I did not lose any money.

We are having a busy summer. This is deliberate. My ds will be a senior this coming year so we are trying to do as many fun things and enjoy time as much as possible. We probably attended 6-7 graduation parties. This has caused some of us to decide to have combined parties after graduation in 2016.

Yes, I like garbanzo and hummus. The funny thing about me is I like tomato sauce but do not like tomatoes. I do like ketchup either though. I also hate when people put sugar in their tomato sauce.

Melody, so happy you all have found a house! Have you all worked out the bank yet? Are you are getting closer to being able to get excited?

Heather, hope you are doing great!

Have a blessed Sunday, all!
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thought this was a good article to share. I had to check the calories of my veganaise and the vegan sour cream I use. I don't use either often, but the calories are lower than regular mayo and sour cream, so I'm happy.

I am considering getting the battery for my scale. I am not in a hurry to know how much weight I've gain since renting, but I think I've lost something in two weeks just based on how my clothes are fitting.

I think it's interesting that this seems to be happening at the same time as I may be getting a new home. Is it possible to have gained all this weight due to stress and being unhappy where I'm at? I haven't really changed my eating all that much. I'm walking less and yet I seem to be slimming down. How is this possible? It goes against all scientific study of how to lose weight.

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Hellooooo~

Hope everyone is doing well.
Heather, I know you're probably busting your bum finishing up school. Stay calm and carry on.
:)

My dd was talking to me the other day about the dgd having more interest in potty training, but she isn't pushing it.

Ali, how are your kids doing? How are you doing? How many graduation parties did you end up attending?

Ds and I found a house we like, (didn't get the first two we liked), and now we're waiting on the banks. (which ever bank can give us the best loan will get our business) and we should be moved the end of next month! We are excited, but trying not to get too excited in case something happens to burst our happy bubble. LOL

I hope everyone is happy and healthy.

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Found this on the internet while researching menu plans for my ds. Now that he's increased his athletic performance again I need to adjust his meals accordingly. Anyway, I found a letter from
a weight loss consultant apologizing for all the mistakes and outright lies:
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I was surprised, but glad this person came clean too. There's so much contradictory information, just this week I saw online that said, do not eat complex carbs in the morning and today a site that said not to eat them in the evening, because it turns into fat. Very frustrating.

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their weekend. Newbies, jump in! I know this thread can be intimidating. When I first joined it seemed as though everyone was already well established and it seemed cliquish then. Oh my that was so many years ago. It was bigger then and a lot has changed. We've now become a smaller group and this thread is to talk about everything, not just diet, not just homeschool, but all that life throws at us.

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curious question,
who likes garbanzo beans?

I do not. Not whole anyway. But I do like garbanzo/chickpea hummus. Weird? Why yes I am. LOL

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Ds was telling me that he was really sucking wind at his last Urban Ninja class during the running. So I was coaching him on how to control his breathing. I used to run and loved it and became quite good at it. Oh boy, back in the day. LOL
So I thought, well there's only one way to do it and that's by well, doing it. So I told him I'd start running with him. I went online to look up the best way to begin a running program. I figured in all this time there's probably more knowledge, etc. Ha! The very first program suggests running 20 minutes at a time. Now I don't know about you, but it's been a long time since I've been running and there's no way I could run 20 minutes. My ds is in very good physical shape, but I'm not even sure he could run 20 minutes straight. In my opinion, not a very good suggestion for those just starting out. So we will be doing my program of walk/run/walk and increase the running.

How is everyone else doing?

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Ali, I prayed it was all worked out for your good.

We have a new member: HMRS2OF2
WELCOME~

Heather, keep up the fantastic streak. Way to go.

Dh is looking into loans for the house we want. It's basically in God's hands. I'll keep you posted.

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Afternoon Friends,

Woohoo! Melody, that is great that your dh got a job! Praying you all do get the house.

Heather, great job on the weight!

Stopping by to ask for q quick prayer. I did not do something I thought I had done and this could end up being a costly mistake. Please pray that this gets worked and and that grace is extended.

Thanks,
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Melody,
That is amazingly wonderful that your DH got such a prestigious level of a job. Many prayers and blessings that you receive the housing that you desire. I know it will be hard for your DD to get the potty training going for DGD with the new little one due so soon but if DGD is showing interest in being potty trained she should really start with the principle of it using pull ups and at least a sticker chart as a reward method because she may take a bit to pick up on it fully but getting pee trained is the first big step to do.

I started with my DD at a little over a year old and she got it for the most part but now that we have put her in big girl panties after getting the fundamentals down and her recognizing when she has to pee she has been doing wonderful. Month after month she ends up with 100+ stickers for going on bye byes with out pee in her pants and I think she is almost ready for big girl undies for on bye byes. Now if only we could get the poo accidents managed all would be good. It may have taken me almost 2 years to get this far but with your DGD showing interest in it she shouldn't have much problems. Plus DGD being potty trained when the new little one gets potty training age can be an assistant to potty training the younger one or so others have found it easier LOL.

Kool so I am on the right path with the weight loss. I'm down to 177.2 as of this morning so Diet is definitely the major helper.

Scale needing batteries is a hindrance for keeping numerical track of weight loss but if your seeing it leave then all is good plus not having it to weigh constantly will be helpful because i weigh like 3-4 times a day to watch my weight flux so that i can see things that will help and hurt my efforts but I'm slowly getting better about it and trying to weigh only first thing in the morning and even skip a few days though right now I'm tracking hard core because I want to get to the goal line on the charts that spark people has for weight tracking.

I know its almost June and that means I'm another year older in 3 days but it also means that i only have 1 month left of classes which will make me happy in the end.

DD is fixing to be mad because though she is quietly working on school she needs to go down for a nap and i need to get to work in a major way on my school work. I have been sick from stress of school work and school pushing for the job hunt but today I spoke with the PR person at our local walmart and she said they will be hiring cashiers soon so I'm like cool I might have a job soon even if its minimum wage I can handle it with little to no problems.

Well off i go to make her mad and then get school work done.

TTFN

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Praise God, Dh was hired yesterday in a managerial position. A bit lower level than president of a company, but it's a job and a paycheck.

need prayers we receive the home ds and I have picked out. Thank you!

Heather,
I don't think my dd is potty training my dgd. Of course I think she should, dgd is two and understands when her body needs to go. Dd has baby #2 due in five months and I think it will be harder for her then. I'll see what happens.

Congrats again on the continued weight loss. Years ago a trainer told me weight loss is 90% diet and 10% exercise.

My scale needs batteries and I'm not in a big hurry to get any. Perhaps when we are moved into our new home. I can tell my belly is shrinking though. It will be so nice to have a waist again. :)

Is anyone else amazed it is almost JUNE?! emoticon

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Melody hope the changes go well for you and your DS and its sad to see that your DH isn't trying harder to become employed to support yall but all shall work out for you in the end. Traveling would be nice for DS education but finacially could put a strain on things so your best option for you and your DS would be to get the small house. How is your DGD doing on the potty training? My DD is doing wonderful though she still has issues with poo in the potty timing but that will come in time so I'm not too worried yet.

Life here has been busy I am going out to work on job hunting this afternoon with DH assistance since he knows the area better. Dollar Tree didn't see me as a good fit for assistant Manager so now I'm going to apply for cashier work with them when I go out today. I am also going to try and touch base with Walmart and see what is going on with my application there.

I am getting pestered by school on them wanting to help me find a job as a manager but I am unsure at my strengths of doing that though i am willing to try.

school is almost over last week ends July 5th so i am anxiously awaiting that day so no more school stress and hopefully I will be employed by then.

Dieting is going great I'm down to 178.8 as of this morning so I'm happy with that. slow and steady always works out the best in the end. Exercise could go better but im so stressed with everything else that it has been making me sick and not feeling up to it so im trying my best to get into a routine that will work and once i have a job that has me active I'll feel less guilty about exercising.

Well busy bee am I and school is nearing the end of week 7 fast and i haven't really got started so off I go to get that knocked out.

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I thought there was a link Ali, but the book I have about homeopathic suggestions on lyme gives papaya leaves for tea as a home remedy. There are two books given:
Healing Lyme by Stephen Buhner and Top Ten Lyme Disease Treatments by Bryan Rosner.

Enjoy the graduate parties there's always time to get back on track when they're over.

No summer plans. I've given my landlady notice to vacate and ds and I do not know where we are going after July 31st. Dh still doesn't have a job and though I've threatened to go back to Cali ds and I do not want to. I had tentatively suggested traveling, but we may use our saved up money to buy a small home and then I guess I'll file for divorce. Not sure yet.

One of my friend's mom's sent me a fantastic Bible Study Guide, by Arlo E. Moehlenpah. I'm not familiar with him or his website: DoingGood.org. She gave me most of the NT and in two days I've gotten to chapter 7. I just can't do it quick enough I'm enjoying it that much.

I ordered two books regarding the experience ds and I recently went through with the controlling pastor. The book I'm reading first is The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse. I'm only on page 25, but have already put my highlighter to use. LOL

I'm going to watch the documentary you suggested Under Our Skin now.

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Morning,

Hope you all have a blessed Memorial Day. My ds is a senior now! Wow time has flown by. We have many friends that had seniors this past school year. My diet has not been so good with all the graduation parties. This has been a double edge sword for me as it is the end of a season for us, so many play dates, parties and so on with the children that are now going on to college. We have 2 more parties to go.

I am not sure how much more school we have. Both my children need to finish their math. We will see. I know we need some test proctored.

Anyone have some fun plans for the summer? I think we are just going to enjoy time with friends and try to get organized. We need to also see where my ds is and what we can do for him.

yes, Heather it is my ds that has lymes and rocky mountain spotted fever. I would love the link.

Have any of you seen the documentary "Under Our Skin"

Have a great day.

Blessings,
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Thanks Melody.

What's even more of a booster to my self esteem is that my DW and DH both last night told me that they can see that I am losing the weight physically. I don't see much difference when I look in the mirror but they say they see it so that makes me happy that someone can see the change. I feel much better now that I am sticking to a low carb and low calorie diet that my DW has managed to put a theme menu together for each day of the week and the only day that gets to be a slight splurge and indulgence day is Saturdays which i can handle. Last night all I ate was a Michelina's sweet and sour chicken and like a quarter of a potato diced that had been baked in the oven earlier in the week.

Tonight is a quiche night for Fertile Friday which when we had quiche last week or week before last it was good so I'm looking forward to it because we only do like a 3 egg portion each with some meat and veggies. DW suggested making it in a cornbread pan that is segmented so that we can personalize our own segments which i kind of like that idea so i hope we are going to do that tonight.

well i got homework to be doing so I'm gonna scoot on out of here.

TTFN

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CONGRATULATIONS Heather~~~
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WAY TO GO!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am at 180.4 so I'm counting that as a milestone met emoticon

I thought I would share the successful weigh in with everyone so that we can all celebrate.

Got DD to do a lesson today on ABCmouse and she is almost half way through her prek lessons on Time4Learning. I am so proud of her though her playing the letter songs and running away from the computer is slightly annoying but she listens to them and sings with them so all is good she is still learning from the repetition LOL.

Well I have lots of school work to get to since I'm hitting my procrastination point because I'm ready for this term to be over. Therefore I am off to work on at least 2 of the 3 classes.

Have a good day and its almost the weekend so fun is right around the corner.

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I am so close today's weigh in for curiosity I am at 181.4 sooooooooo very close to the first goal of making it to 180 which will make me very happy.

The diet is going well. DW and I drink non dairy smoothies once a day. I usually mark them as breakfast. Its only a little over one cup in measurement but they are so good and such.

congratulations on finding healthy alternatives to your preferred tea. I have gotten myself to one 12 oz mountain lightning a day unless DH gets me a 20 oz bottle of Mountain Dew and drinking Clear American Flavored Sparkling Water. Clear American makes many good flavors. Managed to get DD away from koolaid and high sugar juices by giving her slightly watered down Poweraid and half water half Clear American water. I am slowly working on getting an exercise routine figured out between doing park days for DD twice a week which has a about .25 mile walking trail to get walking in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Working on picking out Exercise videos from here to do on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Your DGD might potty train if she wants big girl underwear tell your DD to fulfill that wish by putting your DGD in her big girl undies. I have found the gerber training undies work pretty well for my DD and she now has very limited accidents and is doing very well when it comes to being out of the house. I think she has only had one accident in her pull ups since we started the big girl undies and such. Your DGD might have thought about it on the way home and decided that she wants to do that so that she can stay with you more. So definately tell your DD to do the training undies and a shirt when at home and see what DGD does because she will probably do very well. Have her start with about every 30 to 45 minutes doing a potty time. We are now to the point that DD goes about every hour and a half to two hours between potty times.

I forget to sign on on my computer everyday but i have the spark app on my phone so i do all my tracking of food and water and log in spins on it. I update my status through the app about once every few weeks. I stay so busy between school and such that it is hard but its getting better.

I only have 6 weeks of classes left and will be very happy when that is done. Still sitting on presidential list at the moment so I'm very happy with that. well i have other stuff to get to so I'll TTYL.

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