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4/7/17 9:03 P

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April! Can you believe it?!

It's still spring time in my neck of the woods and I have the spring cleaning bug. I was cleaning out and organizing the "school room" and found a poem coloring book I used to read and color with my son. It has a spring poem and I thought of you Gleoria.

SPRING POEM
Kites are sailing high,
on the strong March breeze,
Daffodils are dancing
to the buzz of the bees.

Raindrops are falling,
Pussy Willows sprout,
Children with umbrellas
splash puddles with a shout:

"Springn is here at last!"
chicks peep to the hen.
Flower buds are popping,
and life begins again.


Why is it that while cleaning and organizing a bigger mess is created in the process? lol

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3/19/17 9:35 A

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This weekend has been stressful. I went to get my hair cut and colored as a birthday treat. I haven't been to the salon in over three years. I wanted to be pampered. After four hours in the chair, I wasn't in love with the cut and wasn't quite sure about the color. It was too dark. I asked for my hair to be lightened so I wouldn't look so old. LOL

Before I went to bed, while I was brushing my teeth, I see my hair had turned RED! YIKES!!!! So first thing Saturday I call. Then an hour later call again. Then I call another hour later. Finally the stylist calls me back, but no one can see me to fix this catastrophe. She wanted me to come in next week. Uh, no. That's not going to work. I'm not going out in public with this hair. So she tells me to come in Sunday. Goodness I hope it doesn't take another four hours for her to fix this.

Oh Ali what a wonderful treat to get to go to London. What did you and your kids do for five days? I would love to go someday.

Is your son's lyme disease acting up again? There's a homestead youtube channel I follow and the husband has lyme disease and is on a special diet to help with symptoms. ?? I have a friend in GA who also has lyme.

OH Phase 10 sounds more interesting than UNO. I will have to look into it and see if I can find a game at our local stores or order it on amazon. Thank you for sharing more about the game.

Oh my goodness three Bible studies?! I try to write scripture daily, but sometimes it turns out to be every other day and I listen to the audio of youversion read the Bible in a year. I got a LOT of listening done yesterday while I primered a red bedroom. (what were they thinking?) But I was so stressed about the whole hair ordeal I had to accomplish something; be productive. Has anyone else had a project like this?

I'll head to the DIY store today for more primer and paint colors. But I've noticed I prefer Benjamin Moore paints, so I need to go to my favorite store which is about an hour away.

Has anyone else ever felt as though their hair was such a big deal? I mean it's just hair right? But I was so anxious and felt so ugly yesterday. It really made me think our hair is our crowning glory. And/or I don't handle stress well anymore. The past three years have really messed me up in that respect.

Does anyone have specific struggles such as eating right or the time to exercise? Or finding a blanace for it all? Or the weight just NOT budging?! The latter is my case. I prefer my exercise to be productive like the painting for three hours. I dread just lifting weights or working out on the treadmill. Does anyone else feel this way?

Ali thanks for sharing the Bible verses. Amen, Amend!

Is anyone experiencing spring yet? I'm so excited to get started on spring time chores, but the weather keeps teasing me. I need to paint the flower garden picket fence, get the leaves raked. Ugh, WASH THE DOGS. LOL Get the kittens out of my sun room and let them spend more time outdoors, (as soon as the weather warms up). And I want to paint the sunroom. Has anyone painted bricks? Anyone want to come to my house and help me out? LOL I have two extra guest rooms. emoticon (that aren't in disarray to be remodeled.)

I hope everyone has a relaxing rest of their weekend, that school is going smoothly, and everyone finds what works for them to have a healthier lifestyle and that we all reach our desired goal weights. emoticon



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3/19/17 7:26 A

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Morning All,

I have not posted in a while. It's been busy in my household. Many struggles right now. I am in charge of graduation and prom for my homeschool group and it is that time of year. I was blessed March 5th to be able to take my children to London, UK for 5 days. It was a great trip, I will be taking my ds back to the clinic next week.

Melody, thanks for sharing the books. I am going to look at those and will probably purchase them. I am currently involved with 3 Bible studies and not doing that great. One I have not even opened the book, so far behind. UNO an Phase 10 are not really alike, Phase 10 you have something different to complete each hand, it could be all the same color, a run of 7, or a run of 4 with a set of 3, There is a little more thought in Phase 10 so it depends on the time we have.
I feel your pain as far as loosing weight. I have been working out since July and have not really lost anything.

Georgia - Welcome! emoticon Hope to see you pose often. I do not have any spring poems.

Ecclesiastes 3King James Version (KJV)

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace............

Have a blessed day,
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3/17/17 5:55 P

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Spring Song

Frogs croak
Rains soak
Chicks peep
Crickets leap
Bees hum
Robins come
Birds sing
It’s spring!

~ Author Unknown ~

LOL I have a lot of books and even a book with a CD of poems for my son. We did a lot of poetry when he was younger. We haven't done any this year. We had some tough poetry last year; we just didn't care for the authors. We even have a coloring book on poems. I'll have to check that one. It's more likely to have rhyming spring poems.

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3/17/17 3:42 P

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Yes, March is here. I am looking for a couple of nice, simple, rhyming poems about spring . Does anyone have suggestions? emoticon

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3/1/17 8:38 P

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Can you believe it?! March already!

In like a lion out like a lamb. I sure hope so, this morning I woke up to a tornado watch alarm on my cell phone! Thankfully all we had were sever thunder storms.

School is going well, but had a hiccup with my car again and dealing with crampy lady stuff. ugh. I hate cramps! At least with pregnancy a baby comes after all the pain. LOL emoticon

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2/20/17 4:29 P

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Hello Gleoria, So good of you to drop in.

I finally did get my b12 and iron supplements. The iron has vitamin C too. What kind of fish oil supplement do you use? I bought some from Walmart and they are way too big for me to swallow.

The four year planning is for high school, so I kind of have to have a rough draft.

I liked War Room so much that I went back to the Christian book store and bought The Battle Plan for Prayer book and FerVent by Priscilla Shirer. Then I found another one of her books at a half price store The Resolution for Women. (I'm still reading the last one)

God is Not Dead 2 is about a teacher taken to court for talking about Jesus in the classroom. People are so afraid of that name, but he is also a historical figure. I bought it at Walmart for a fabulous low price of about $8. It's usually double that at the Christian store.

What did everyone do today? (we didn't take the day off) We want to finish school May 1st.

I was supposed to go grocery shopping today, but I blew it off. I sat outside reading to my ds while he rode his bike. LOL Two classes in one. emoticon

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Taking a supplement is a good thing I think. I have a multiple vitamin and a fish oil that I try to take everyday.

Boy a four year plan sounds like a mammoth task.

I need to watch War Room. I saw God is not Dead 1 but I not 2.

Happy it is a holiday today. Back to schooling tomorrow.

Enjoy this day.



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Hope everyone has a delightful weekend.

I've been spending the week figuring out the course study for my ds's next four years. There's so much involved.

Ali, how did you do this?

Ds and I drove past the area where the ARK is, northern KY. I am not sure it was completed at the time. If you go let me know the impression it gives you.

I did googlepants Phase 10 and it looks very similar to UNO.

My ds and I really like War Room. He watched it numerous times on his own. Have you seen God's Not Dead 2? I especially liked this one because it mentions books I've read and so it was more powerful. Ds and I have been reading more and watching less movies. So that's the only suggestion I have.

I am completely frustrated with all the hard work I've been doing; exercising, proper eating/measurements, etc. and to no avail. A penpal of mine suggested a thyroid issue. ?? I don't know.

How has everyone's health been? I've heard there are a lot of sickies going around this winter. About four homesteaders in different states have suffered from illnesses and then reinfection. Thankfully, my ds and I have avoided anysickness this winter. So even if I haven't lost weight at least our immunity is rockin! LOL

Does anyone take daily supplements? I'm thinking of getting a One a Day and I added B12 vitamin yesterday.

Chime in everyone. We'd love to hear from you. Even if it's an emoticon. emoticon

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Morning All,

I know it has been a while since I posted. Many things going on and just emotional. Satan is trying hard. Pray for me if you think about it.

We watched the Super Bowl and being a GA girl we were disappointed. The whole evening turned into one disappointment. I will say the early evening we went to a church service featuring a gentleman from Answers In Genesis. That was good. We are hoping to go see the Ark this year. Has anyone seen it?

I am taking my son back to the clinic the end of March. The winter is never a great season for him. He is doing better than last year, but still not 100%. My dd is still just stressed all the time. We are praying for answers and direction with this.

We have another busy weekend. My weight is staying the same even with everything I am doing, but I am feeling better. I will just continue.

Melody - Did you check out Phase 10? Yes, I am enjoying tennis. This instructor is good and very patient with me. There are 4 of us and we just enjoy the exercise and the time. Lots of laughs, which I need.

I just watched War Room. Good Movie. Anyone watch any really good movies lately?

Blessings,
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Hello All~

Hope everyone is doing well in their schooling and weight loss goals.

I had to take my car in again. Actually the auto shop had a tow truck pick it up (at their cost) as well as our rental that we had all week. It's been interesting driving these different rental and getting an idea of what we absolutely want to avoid when it comes time to buy a used car for my son to drive. and let me add; IT'S SO GOOD TO HAVE MY CAR BACK. emoticon

Today was my granddaughter's bday party and afterwards ds and I went to Rural King. Does anyone else have a Rural King? I had just recently heard about this store and did an online search for a local one. Well, it's not really local to me. (it's over 65 miles from my home) However, it's so much better than the Tractor Supply Store. They even had baby chicks! I resisted, I didn't buy any. Yet. lol Not only do they have bigger selections, they also have better pricing.

Oh Ali, great job on starting your own small group for a ladies Bible study! I'd love to belong to one again. I'd even be willing to host.

Do you like tennis? I tried taking lessons once when I was younger. Unfortunately I was a baseball player and so I kept whacking the ball too hard and over the fence. LOL

I've never heard of Phase 10. I'm going to look that up.

Great job on the exercise Ali~! And decluttering. Has anyone else noticed feeling so much lighter when they do this? I know I do when I declutter.

We don't have TV so we don't do anything for superbowl.

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2/2/17 6:57 A

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Morning,

This week I have the scales going in the right direction, but that is all that seems to be going that way. This just seems to be a season of trials for my children. The Lord will get us through this.

Melody, thanks for the suggestion of the group. I will look at it. I have looked at a few different ones but just did feel like I fit.

I have started transitioning into doing more things for myself. I have started a Bible Study every other week for a small group of ladies in my home, started taking tennis lessons and I am working on getting into an exercise routine at the Y. I am also been working on decluttering and cleaning up things around the house. I am not able to do all of this each week, but it is a start.

We love playing games, we play UNO, Phase 10 and Sequence to name a few. We have not been able to play much lately so I know we are missing that. Any other fun things you all do?

Mommawantsnowaist - Missing you. How are you doing?

Anyone have plans for the Super Bowl?

Blessings,
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Ali, Did you know there's a team for emotional eaters called Shrink Yourself? Find it on my page. I'm not an emotional eater, but I asked if I could join because I do want to shrink myself. emoticon
The ladies are very nice and supportive.

I've been dealing with car repairs all month and I'm done! It took me two separate repairs to get everything fixed and due to money. I had to break it up. I got my car back on Friday didn't drive it over the weekend and drove it yesterday. Got home and it smelled like something burning and then later in the afternoon there was oil under the car. sigh. I really like my car and dislike rental cars. My ds especially abhors them as he doesn't feel safe in them. I'll be shopping for a used car for him soon enough.

My dh used to travel every week and was only home for weekends so I can relate. Ds and I usually eat together, because we pray first and then have conversation during the meal. Yes! We still play games too. We tend to go through phases; Jenga, Monopoly, Crazy Eights, etc. OH yes and we do puzzles too.

Only this year left of homeschooling, Ali?! What are yo going to do with all of your free time? I'm still thinking of the possibilities. :D

And then someone else can take over this team, because I too only have four years left of homeschooling.

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Morning,

Wow January went fast! I gained a few pounds, I am an emotional eater. I got up today and realized I have to eliminate some of my commitments and this will help. Today is a new day and I am going to declutter my life. Anyone else an emotional eater?

Yes, we read aloud when we can now. It stopped for us as the schedules did not work. My ds is 19, working, do college online and still going to Wichita here and there for treatments. My dd attends college, a drama class and piano so her schedule is also crazy. My dh travels 3 -4 days a week so I used to do it some without him, now we are just happy when we can all be together. We had family dinner last night. We usually have family dinners when my dh is home. We also still play games after dinner when the schedule permits. Anyone play games with their children still?

Thanks for the prayers for my dd. This is just not an easy year for her. We had hoped for a fun year with lots of memories as it is her senior year. She used to love drama, now she goes to honor her commitment. It's sad to see. My prayer is that my dd have peace and that she is the light to others.

Have a great day,
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1/29/17 5:25 P

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Hello Everyone~

I was reading a blog today about a 31 day challenge to read aloud. As a homeschool parent I do this, but I don't know if all homeschool parents do. It made me wonder.

How many read aloud to their children? And did you stop at a certain age?

In history this was a regular family routine. When did it stop? Why did it stop?

My uncle recently married a woman who was a principal at a school in Cali and they read aloud to each other. I think that's beautiful.

Ali, whatever your dd is facing God will make for good. Let her know she has prayers backing her and she has God's armour.

We start the same week as the local school mainly to file the letter of intent, but we don't follow the school calendar. I give my ds breaks about every 19-21 days and light loads during "holidays" and he also finishes the school year before the regular school ends.

Off to go settle the chickens in the coop for the night. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

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1/27/17 8:35 A

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Morning,

I hope everyone is having a great year so far. This is my last year homeschooling. Yes, there are so many wonderful things about homeschooling, Betsy. There are so many teachable moments in every day that homeschoolers seem to take advantage of and the flexibility is the best!

Sorry it has been a while, the whole issue with my dd was quite the emotional roller coaster for us. My dd is known for being quiet, hard to know, but kind to everyone and someone that never says anything bad about anyone. During the senior cruise we did for the teens, one of the teens came and told my husband and I "you daughter was dropped straight from heaven, she is just so kind to everyone". Now people do say she is hard to talk to and she has other faults, but not talking about people so this situation devastated her. It has changed many things and we are just praying and trusting the Lord.

Do you all follow the local school calendar and take breaks when they do?

Betsy, love the pie day and that your town participates so much. How did the day go?

Have a great day,
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1/21/17 7:51 P

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Betsy~ Welcome!
What a fun class day of making pies for the contest. Do keep us posted on the experience.
Do you live in a big town?
I remember there was a lot of drama with girls in my class in fifth grade. I was called into the principals office a few times to answer questions. I was rather put out and wanted to be in class. I didn't want anything to do with the girls' drama.
Oh yes! I love the flexibility of homeschooling and how one event, like pie making, can cover so many subjects. Plus, if a curriculum isn't working we have the freedom to change it.
I'd be willing to try the choc. cream pie. emoticon
Are the other homeschool groups not active? I think we all go through ebbs and flows due to kiddos graduating and life in general.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.


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Hi Everyone !
Am sorry to hear about the mean girls . When I taught in the public schools, I had to eradicate that from one of my classes as I came in mid -year to a 4th grade class of 9 mean girls and they changed their tune fast!!
I wanted to introduce myself. I am Betsy and have taught for more than 21 yrs. in the public schools and have Homeschooled now for 6 yrs. ,so I have now taught 27 yrs. and will have 35 years under my belt when my DS is finished !!!
Wanted to share something special coming up ~ National Pie Day is on Monday,January 23 ~ I think it is usually on the 4th Monday in January. Our town sponsors a pie -baking contest. And so it goes with our Cooking Day I have once a month with Homeschooling . As I wrote to another mom with grown children ~. What I LOVE about Homeschooling is we are COOKING that day ~using Math,Reading,Writing,Spelling , and Health Nutrition in the Homeschool classroom as I will help my child make the pie as allowed{electricity involved here !!},but he writes the recipe and does everything as I supervise!
~~My family is involved~ we are making 4 pies ~all from scratch ,of course!~my DS is making a chocolate cream pie,my DH is making a specialty pumpkin pie and I am making a fudge nut pie and also a blueberry cobbler, so if I am not on SP very much in the next few days, you know why! Incidentally,in case you are wondering ,my DS is in 4th grade!
Am HAPPY to be on a Homeschooling team that is active!

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In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
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It's appalling the way girls are these days. I faced a few mean girls in school; ugh one girl was in all of my schools, elementary, middle school and for some reasone she still hated me in high school. I didn't even know this girl.

But now, it seems as though mean girls are on steroids. Why are they so hateful? What is going on? Are these girls feeling inferior to your dd Ali? Cowardly bullies? Or just plain spoiled brats? Depending on the girl will depend on how to handle them. Ultimately it's usually insecurity on their part, in some form.

Continued prayers for your dd Ali.

We've had a lot of rain. One of my chickens died. I'm acquiring my older son's dog for about a year until he graduates college and gets a job. This will be an interesting year.

The whole family is coming over today and I still need to get some letters written, my hour of exercise in, and practice an hour of language. My ds wants me to learn French for some reason. I started last night.

I removed all the wallpaper in the hall bathroom with a wall paper remover/steamer and some of the water dripped on my ankle. It gave me second degree burn. It hurts. But thankfully not any worse and is healing.

Trying to decide if I'm going to make teriaki chicken for everyone tonight or chicken burritoes. Both are delicious. I'm leaning toward the teriaki chicken though.

How is everyone doing with their eating? Exercise? Homeschooling? LIFE IN GENERAL? LOL

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Morning,

Well I did make it through the week. I need prayer. Very hard week for my dd. Girls can just be mean.

Melody, I hope you all are getting to enjoy some time outdoors. We have had great weather the last 2 days. This has helped.

Prayers appreciated.

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Morning,

Yes, time is flying by. Enjoy every moment. I miss teaching my babies. Basically both of my children are in college now. My ds is a full time college student and my dd is dual enrolled as a high school student. I still have responsibilities concerning both, but not sure about what will happen when that changes. The Lord seems to be blessing me with gradual changes. My ds is at home because he is still working on his health so while he does school completely by himself, I make sure he eats right and has everything he needs. I help my dd with her schedule and study.

Melody, I say all of that to say you may have more time with your ds then you think, plus you are blessed with being a grand mother. On another note, wow it has been a long time, you have a great memory!

Hope everyone has a blessed day. If you drop by to visit this team, jump in. We are missing many members. Praying you all are doing great.

Blessings,
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Happy New Year~ emoticon

How was the first week for everyone? Was it a success?

Ali your daughter is still in my prayers.

What glorious news about your son; going to college and working. I remember you mentioning you were in Wichita for your son. I remember when he got the nerve injury at the bounce party. Does that seem so long ago?

For us this year, the school curriculum isn't working. I'm slowly acquiring next year's and we're getting excited about started high school. My ds keeps asking, where did the time go?

I'm already thinking about what in the world am I going to do with myself when my ds goes off to college. It's going to feel so weird. Some/most days it feels as though the time is just flying; like yesterday, it felt as though fifteen minutes would pass, but it was an entire hour. And other days where it feels like noon and it's only 10am. So strange. But I like those days better. We get more accomplished and have more time to relax. It's all still 24 hours, still spent the same way.

Hope everyone's new year is blessed.


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Morning All,

How is everyone? We had a great Christmas and so far 2017 is good. I just keep thinking last year at this time my ds and I were in Wichita for him to get treatment for his lymes. He is doing so much better.. He is in college and working! Praise God.

Melody - how are you all? I loved the quilt. You are so talented. How is school this year?

Hey if any one is reading this today, please pray for my daughter. My daughter is being tested today in many ways. Please pray for the Lords peace no matter what.

Hope you all have a blessed day!
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Hello ~

How is everyone? Is it chilly where you're at? This morning had lots of frost and whoo! super cold. I really want a wood burning stove.

Yesteray I quilted and was in the basement most of the day. Today I texted some pictures to my aunt and she texted a pic back of my great grandmother's quilt she has. It's a simple pattern, but the fabrics are fascinating!

Ali, I woke up one morning with your daughter on my mind and prayed for her before I even got out of bed.

I had to chuckle when I read about the periodic table. My ds would enjoy talking to your dh. He "light" reads science books and was quite young when I bought him a book on the periodic table. My dh of course thought I was crazy. I often desire that he had someone with knowledge he could talk with. He told me he just learned about parsec through his "light" reading. LOL

His cut is healing. I'm going to get some scaraway bandages, but he says it still hurts to bend all the way.

the coyotes are getting bold. We saw them three nights in a row when we let our dog out to go to the bathroom.

We have one neighbor we share a driveway with and we hardly ever see them. They give us homemade bread occasionally and we shared our garden produce with them. Another neighbor we border land with has cattle and I see them more often. LOL They gave us beef as a welcome to the neighborhood. The wife told me that everyone pretty much keeps to themselves unless help is needed. Which is wonderful. I gave some of my old produce to them for their chickens. The dh was a retired doctor, but he's gone back to work. =? I think it was too tight financially for him to retire completely.

I'm sorry to hear about your not so good neighbors. I can related completely with that set. I used to live next door to a CRAZY woman who had hoarding issues and I think her boyfriend was a pedophile. He'd stand on a chair watching the little kids on the other side of his fence. Creepy! Their pool was green and the crazy lady would swim in it! The rumor was she killed her husband to get his insurance and she bought a brand new camaro with it. She should have fixed the house. Ugh I do not miss living in that neighborhood! But the people on the other side of us were very nice. I need to write them a letter. :)

Our wonderful team of two. Where is everyone?

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Morning!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Enjoy the weekend!

Any special tradition you would like to share?

Melody, thank you for the prayers for my dd. I feel so for her. Yes, she has a great memory when it comes to some things like the lines of a play. My dh does not understand why she can not remember some things, like the periodic table. I get that part as it does not interest her, he is a science geek so it enjoys. She freezes up with test. Her spelling is bad. She does have a very special drive and determination. I am praying for God to open the doors for her to use these talents and give her a direction.

How is your ds doing? Have you had any issues with the coyotes? You have not said much about your neighbors. How are they? We have had some great ones and some not so good ones.

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Happy Thanksgiving to All~



Ali, sorry to hear your dd's test skills is making her feel dumb. I read a library book years ago that talked about people's intelligence. It wasn't a score taken from a test, but the different ways people learn and that achievements in life are not based on test scores.

Which is good to know, because my youngest ds has horrible spelling. I've been told engineer minded, (math/science) people tend to have horrible spelling. He'll bust out a complicated word, but then ask how to spell a simple word and I'm left scratching my head.

Does she have good memory skills? My ds does and I wonder how come he can't remember how to spell? LOL

I will absolutely pray for her. Her drive and perseverance will put her ahead in a lot of ways.

Talked to a neighbor who told me he was putting some of his cows on the property behind my house. We talked about the coyote pack that's been hanging around. And that the man with the chickens should be contacting me soon.

Ds's finger is healing. Thank you for asking He says it feels like the knuckle needs to pop. I think he expects it to be healed already.

My dd and her family will be here tomorrow. I sent a picture of the dessert, (spice cake) and texted it to her. My granddaughter is excited about it. emoticon

I'm changing things up tomorrow and making a brisket instead of the usual turkey. I was trying to remember last year and the year before and they're a little hazy. It's so good to have stability back in our lives.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving~

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Morning,

Hope everyone is having a great week. Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy a day of love and laughter with family and friends.

Melody, wow, How's your son now? Yes, I always tell my friends that do not have children, you never know what you are going to have to deal with when children are involved.

Yes, she is still in drama and working to finish her hs health. She is dedicated and she does have a strong drive, she also has anxiety and test taking is very hard for her. Her test are bringing down her grade and she is working hard to overcome this. Please pray for her as she is feeling pretty dumb most of the time. School has never come easy for her in her opinion and now she is discouraged. We offered to let her just drop it all as she does not need it, but she is determined.

Hope you have a great day!
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Hello~
Friday my ds was trying to surprise me and put together a chicken coop from scratch. My dd, her dh and the grands were visiting. My ds somes in the house and calls me from the hall bathroom and tells me he needs mme, "he cut himself."
sigh.
So I run in there and he has his hand running under water to flush out the wound. He applies pressure to stop the bleeding and tells me the lights are dimming, mom help me. He grab onto him, (he's now taller than me and I know it would be a challenge to move passed out weight.) I got him to the toilet, his head between his knees and told him to breathe.
Later he told me he saw lots of stars. OH boy.
The cut is healing nicely, but I don't think he'll attend piano tomorrow. Of course this hasn't stopped him from being a boy; climbing trees, jumping over the stair banister, etc.
Why do teens give their parents heart attacks like during the toddler age? They're so accident prone.
Weekend was relaxing which was very nice considering the accident on Friday.
Making plans for Thanksgiving dinner.
Ali, did you mention your dd IS still in drama on top of all the college classes she's taking? I love her dedication and drive!
What are you plans for Thanksgiving?

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Morning,

Hope you all have had a great week. Is everyone taking a break right now?

My children are enjoying a little more relaxed time right now.

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Melody,

This year as every year is so different. My DD is working very hard. This is her senior year and unlike my DS she is not taking it easy this semester. She is taking college algebra, biology, biology lab, and sociology. This does not include finishing hs health and she is still drama. She does nothing but study. This has kept my dh and I on our toes trying to help her where we can.

We are still at the same church we started on January. It does not feel like home, but the rest of the family seems to enjoy it. I will be prayerful for you to find a church home.

Thanks for asking about us and the hurricane. No we did not have any issues. We have not had any rain even in around 68 days! Very dry here.

Hey everyone - Chris, Julie and the rest of you join us when you can!

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Good morning Ali~
Haven't heard from anyone else on this team. Everyone has just disappeared. :(
Doing well on this end. Still looking for a church home, getting familiar with the new town. At first I thought I'd retire in this home, but now, not so much. Time will tell.
School is okay. Ds is doing well in Chinese, but he's been lackadaisical. Not sure if it's a phase or what.
Hoping to have chickens next year and a bigger garden.
How are you? Did Hurricane Matthew come anywhere near you? My ds and his wife hunkered down in Daytona. They didn't have to leave, because they're not beach side and the whole town wasn't forced to evacuate.
So good to hear from you.

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Morning All,

Sorry I have been so MIA. Life is ever changing for us. I think of you all. I miss some that never post anymore. I always want to post more and just never sit down.

Melody, how are you?

Chris, where are you?

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The beginning of this school year has been a challenge. Who has taken over my ds's personality? He used to be so sweet and helpful. Now he grumbles and complains and is becoming lazy; unless it's what he wants to do of course.

I bought the new curriculum last night and an extra curricular, learning to code. If it doesn't work or his attitude doesn't change he'll find himself in another school.

We haven't been able to take a family vacation in years. We are long overdue. Now we have pets and travel will be even more of a challenge. Dh was talking about going to The Drake in Chicago for afternoon tea. But I haven't been to Chicago since 2007 or -08. The last visit was awful and I don't want to go back there, but do want to visit the Drake. lol

Maybe we could go to Biltmore Castle instead for afternoon tea. But that place has changed too.

Any suggestions?

Hope everyone else is having a better start to their school year.

Ali, I can only imagine how quickly high school while homeschooling goes. I raised my older two through high school, but it was public school and I was working and then raising the youngest right at the end and so it was a very stressful time and the time didn't seem to go as quickly as I needed it to. Thank God that season is over! Now I have a friend who is going through a similar situation and I feel for her and wish I could help her. I try to write her snail mail letters. She says she enjoys getting lost in them if for just a moment. A little something I suppose.

Have a beautiful day y'all

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Morning,

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. We started school this week. Has everyone started?

Melody, best thing I could say is enjoy everything you can and take advantage of every opportunity. Time flies! We could not take off and do what we wanted when the my children started high school. It became a little more restrictive especially with the dual enrollment. Travel during the school year, do the special things you want to do while you can. I was not use to being limited.

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Hi Ali~

This year I'm looking to replace Sonlight. I'm considering 9th gr. Switched on Schoolhouse for all five subjects and probably elective. He wants German for foreign language, but he keeps changing his mind. And SOS doesn't have German.

The team has been extremely quiet.

Glad to hear you're enjoying this new phase of your life. And how wonderful your dd is able to take so many college courses.

I'm working on getting ds more independent on his studies since next year he'll officially be in high school. I think SOS may help in the independence.

Do you have any wisdom you'd like to share? I'll take all and opinions too. :D

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Evening.

Well we started today. My dd did anyway, her college algebra started at 7:30a this morning. It's a good thing she is pretty good at it. It's kinda sad for me, she will be taking all college classes as long as her college econ class works out. I miss my time teaching but I am enjoying this season. The Lord has blessed me with peace about what this new season will bring.

Melody, what curricula are you looking for?

Hey where is everyone?

have a great evening.

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Started the new school year today. No piano lesson tomorrow so that will help us getting into our schedule.
I still need to find a curriculum for the school year. I have a little bit of last years left over so I'm not in dire straights. And I have a webinar tomorrow for a curriculum and hopefully it will answer some of my questions.
Hope everyone is doing well!

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Good advice Ali~

My older ds will be here next month and he's going to work on math with the younger ds. Older ds has one more year at the college the younger one wants to attend. It's kind of neat they both have interest in the aerospace/aeronautical field.

I'm sure a few rockets will be set off too. emoticon

We may have found a new church to attend. I've been to Bible study and prayer hour. Sunday school and worship are today. There is a special speaker scheduled, so this won't be the deciding factor. I'll probably attend a few months before making a final decision. So far so good though. The people have been friendly, but no love bombing like the toxic place we left.

Has anyone on here ever had chickens? I'm looking for started pullets, but the shipping is more expensive than the actual birds and one would think living in the country it would be easy to find some, but I haven't had any luck. Next year, I may bite the bullet and do the chicks. I hadn't wanted to. I don't have the space for that many chicks that grow into chickens! LOL

Hope everyone has a beautiful rest of the weekend.

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Morning,

Hope you all are having a blessed Sunday. We are. We will go to church and then my dh and I will have a date night.

Welcome Sweet! so fun! You are at the beginning and I am at the end. My ds graduated last year and my dd will graduate this year. We have always homeschooled. We have used a variety of things. We did Christ-center curriculum through most of the elementary years. Middle school and high school everything varied. We did not even use the same curricula for both children all the time. My dd with be dual enrolled this year. The only thing she will do at home is to complete her health.

Melody, I have heard that about some with common core. I was told the new edition Saxon Math is common core. I have not check this myself.

My best advice is to enjoy it all, it goes quickly. Teach to the child, this is not a race. Children learn more than you realize. The rubber meets the road in high school and you will be surprised how much they know. Take your time and if you have to park on a subject thats O.K. it will all work out.

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We're starting in August too. I was going over the schedule with my ds this morning and think we can flip a few subjects around to keep the days interesting. Kind of like a "block scheduling" in high school; similar to college.

In my state kindergarten isn't mandatory but first grade is. Our requirements are super easy; letter of intent, days of attendance, and subjects taught should include reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, math, science, and civics. It is the parents’ right to offer other subjects, as well. Which we do and switch them up based on his interests. :) We don't have inspections, evaluations, or testing. I really like that. Personally I do assessments though to see what has been retained.

When my ds was six we used Horizon's and unit studies. Then in fourth grade we switched to Sonlight. This year I think I'm looking into something else. I was considering an accredited online homeschool for the final years, but recently heard some have adopted the common core. =? Have you heard any thing about this or have any information about that?

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We will start in Aug sometime, maybe 2nd or 3rd week. Going to a homeschool friends home next week to pick up some curriculum and then order the rest of what we need. We don't have to enroll till next year since she won't be 6 until Dec. So technically we are ahead of the game, lol. People have told me that they haven't had any problems w the state and that if you fill out required forms properly there really u aren't any issues. And yeah student has to be evaluated by a certified teacher. When do you start and what do you do?

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I hear ya and definitely concur. I went to private school for one year, then public school. My brother went to private school all of elementary.
My two older children went to private and public. I volunteered at a school. Then started working at the school. And that was eye opening. I had to rethink my career.
When I became pregnant with the last child I put my foot down and said there was NO WAY he was going into the system.

In our old town we were part of a bunch of co-ops for different purposes; classes, field trips, and friends. Now we live in a new area and I still need to send in my forms and fee.

I'm hoping that because we live in the country there are more active kids instead of kids that are only interested in video games.

When do you begin the school year?

I love the flexibility of homeschooling. I have five dear pen-pals. We all homeschool and live in different states. I like learning about the different requirements of the states as well.

Does your state have tough requirements?

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Thanks melody! We had decided since the beginning we wanted to homeschool for a better education and way if life basically. Public schools are really messed up the last several years and didn't feel that it was our best option. We are a part of a homeschool group though.

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Hello and emoticon

First grade is a fun age. How did you come to the decision to homeschool?

Mine was made for me. My last child was at a private school and an ethical issue came up. When we took our concerns to the dean he said he'd have to think it over and get back to us. (code for, let me call my lawyer and see where the school stands legally). LOL He gave us our tuition money back and said we were on our last week. Okie dokey.

I hope we will be a good support for you in your new lifestyle changes.

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Good morning! I'm new to the team and am in my 3rd year of homeschooling. We will be doing 1st grade this year. I have 100# to loose over all, but am aiming for 10# at a time. Can't wait to get to know everyone.

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Sorry to hear about the ten pound weight gain. That's so frustrating.

When ds and I visited an aeronautical university in Dec. the admin suggested he get as much science and math as possible as well as letters of recommendation. So we will concentrate on those areas.

I think ds can begin dual enrollment next year. I don't think we have programs like your MOWR. I remember you mentioning it before and I tried looking it up for here and didn't have any success. I have a neighbor who works at the local community college though and she said she'd hook me up with the lady I need to talk with for ds. One more year.

sigh, I'm slacking on my exercise. My steps haven't been as high as they need to be. It's just a slow week. I had been doing well. I wonder if it's because I stopped logging my daily "to do" list? hmmmm

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Morning,

Well instead of losing I have gained 10 pounds. I think it is the emotional roller coaster I have let myself stay on. I am walking some. I am going to join a gym this week so I can go to some classes. I have an accountability partner so this will help. I tend to do better in classes.

We used different things for science. My ds was in the same boat until he got sick, we used a lot of BJU with him because it fit his learning style. My dd we used Apologia. We did things with out HS co-op like marine biology with my ds since this is a passion of his. My dd did forensics because she thought it would be fun. I guess what I am saying we found their passions with science and went deeper with those since they had done the basics. Neither child wanted to do physics so we skipped that. My dh has a minor in that and said they would be fine not doing it in the area's they were looking to go into. My ds has decided to go into chiropractic medicine and work with chronically ill patience and my dd is just not sure yet. I think she just really wants to be a wife and a mother. She is currently dual enrolled though. They both dual enrolled last year some. How soon can your ds dual enroll? I just ask because we have MOWR and the children can start as early as 14 I think. Math, for my daughter this year is college algebra.

Great job on the exercising. I gotta get better. I also have to leave off the junk!

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Morning!

I have been slacking on my walking, but I plan on getting thirty minutes on the treadmill today. Even if I have to do it in two 15 min. increments.

Last night I did dumb bells. I do windmills, and push ups and other calisthenics periodically through the day. Think hummingbird; trying to sneak in 25 jumping jacks in between house chores and what not.

Ds will be starting 8th grade next month and I'm at a cross roads for his curriculum. I'm not sure what to get him. This year's (hs)math and (hs)science can be included on his high school transcript. He has been doing high school curriculum for the past two years so I don't know what to get him. We have a little bit of last years' Sonlight to complete but then... yikes.

Any suggestions?

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Morning All,

Hope you are having a wonderful July. What is everyone doing for exercise?

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everyone has disappeared. so many logged as team members, but no one is posting. emoticon

I have five more years of homeschooling Ali. I'm not sure what I'm going to do for curricula choices either.

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Morning,

I did not do as well as I thought I would at posting. Many hiccups along the way. Summer is flying by. The 2016/2017 year will be my last year of homeschooling. I miss all of you and guess you all are busy. I will work on posting a little better.

How is everyone's summer?

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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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I will send you an email.

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

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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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need motivation?

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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?

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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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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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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.

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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?

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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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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)

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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?

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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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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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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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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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1/8/16 6:27 P

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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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1/7/16 8:16 P

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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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1/7/16 5:22 P

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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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1/6/16 5:24 P

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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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1/4/16 10:15 P

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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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1/1/16 5:54 P

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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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12/29/15 9:39 P

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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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