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  2. The wealthiest client I dealt with in the vet field walked around with no makeup, saggy yoga pants, and a worn tank top 24/7. Hair pulled back in a greasy bun. Cheap target flip flops. But she had a black American Express card and had the kind of money to take her 6 month old luxury car in for an oil change at the dealership and on a whim buy a whole new car instead of getting the oil changes. So yeah, as we said in the vet field, you can't x-ray someone's wallet, lol. (and she kept that black card tucked into her cleavage in that tank top, lol) Because for a whole heck of a lot of people saving 10-20 percent of a house price is NEVER EVER going to happen. And it certainly won't happen in a few months/years. Particularly when they are already paying student loans, high rent, etc. Mortgage may be significantly less monthly than their rent, allow them to get their kid in a better school district, give their kid a safe place to play, etc etc. It's why we have HUD. It has been shown that people who own are better neighbors than those who rent, in that they take better care of the property if they own it, and the neighborhood is more stable. FHA and agricultural loans, etc are there for a reason. That said, of course people should be sure they can afford the monthly mortgage, insurance, taxes, and maintenance. But if they put their savings towards closing costs that means no savings to put towards unexpected maintenance issues, in many cases.
  3. Supposedly the seborrhea type is not allergy related, unlike other forms of eczema.
  4. I'd say strown in that sentence I think, which is probably not a word, lol.
  5. okay - I actually found a good deal on one - bit of a drive though.... does it have in/out usb? I'd like to be able to hook it up to my computer for lessons.
  6. This is one of the reasons we decided to homeschool. After a long commute home I want to enjoy time as a family not spend the evening doing homework battles.
  7. Has he had an evaluation from a PROMPT therapist for apraxia?
  8. I'm more grossed out by the fact that he didn't clean it Monday night and transported it back home in his vehicle in that state. Then let it sit. Eww. But to answer your question - my DH would be buying me new washcloths and the ones he used would become garage rags.
  9. Two puppies are a handful for anyone. No good breeder that I know would ever agree to sell two puppies to the same home at once. No good trainer would ever advise it. It's really difficult to raise one puppy "right" and almost impossible to do so with two at the same time. @sheryl -- If you're worried about puppy eating too fast then rather than put anything in the bowl I'd buy a special bowl designed for that purpose. Before such bowls were available the usual trick was to put a good sized rock in the dog's bowl--large/heavy enough that there was no risk of swallowing it by mistake, of course. The dog you know may carefully eat around a ball, but many smarter dogs would simply pick up the ball and drop it on the floor, or flip it out of the bowl with their nose. Not that I'm implying the dog you know isn't smart, just saying that trick wouldn't work for a lot of dogs.
  10. I don’t find the Forester to be wide. It’s very easy to park, even in tight spaces, and the backup camera really helped him learn proper spacing and angling (not Subaru specific, obviously, but our VW doesn’t have one and it is surprisingly useful in parking). I prefer that it isn’t as fast off the start as the Jetta and definitely you “feel” the road more, which I find slows everyone down a bit. Plus, there’s that stellar safety rating and story after story about being in an accident and walking away...I hope to always drive them, honestly (or a Volvo). If I were buying him a car, the only consideration would be which model Subaru.
  11. The booster club managed the payments but, if asked, would provide a breakdown. Per diem allowances for food, lodging and travel were budgeted/paid for out of the assessments collected. Coaches did not have to spend the full amount. They also weren’t expected to share rooms.
  12. No itemized breakdown, I don't expect to see one. When my husband travels for work his per diem is more than we would ever pay per person for private travel. Most of the coaches we have worked with are just as frugal as any of the families, but I wouldn't hold them to a super frugal standard; they work hard and are definitely not over compensated.
  13. Ds did his archery and some school this morning. I didn't get out to mow before it got too hot. Kept getting interrupted. Mail card to sister (this requires a trip to the PO. We don't have a mailbox outside. There's a story to that and I've probably already told it here). Dinner will be leftovers and/or sloppy joes. Email customer support. Now videos won't load on the science curriculum. I've already removed blocker. Put away laundry. Assemble cart? I'll probably have ds put the things he's actively using on this cart since he keeps losing everything.
  14. Hi, does anyone want to debrief? Today is my kids' first day of school, so I feel like thinking out loud about how the summer went. On one hand, I feel like we accomplished a lot. We were very busy much of the time. We touched on all of the areas we wanted to, to a greater or lesser degree. As usual, they did a lot of science, especially biology / zoology and engineering. We did 5 or 6 "road trips" that included visits to zoos, museums, natural wonders, or camping. We did all the recreational things and experienced the arts. We read some good books and watched movies together. We made pretty good progress on many scout requirements. We kept up a reasonably healthy level of activity, and the house ... well, it's not worse than it was when school let out. 🙂 On the other hand ... I am bummed about some things we did not finish. I wanted to do more academic review/prep. What got done: About half [5ish weeks] of their summer bridge books. (Mostly math & reading, a little vocab/spelling and geography.) Some mental math / basics review using a younger math book. Mostly daily journals. (But the entries are short.) A 2 week review course at a private school - math, language, and study skills. I am not sure what all was covered, but I'm sure it was better than nothing. 2 short Brave Writer courses, but they did not fully participate due to time constraints. 2 History Unboxed boxes, minus the projects. The goal was to get through 3 boxes before school started. Grammar review - using a couple of MCT books I had lying around. Parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, clauses, and a few other things. Spanish - an extremely small amount of review at culture camp & at home. I wanted to do about twice as much of everything. But that's how I am, year after year. I still plan on finishing up some of the goals that will feed into the school year, but I need to let the rest go. 😞 My kids did a lot of thinking about high school plans. They went from being almost sure they wanted to go to the Lutheran high school, to being mostly sure they want the public school. I have been 50/50, but I am now also leaning toward the public school. This will probably be helpful in placing my kids according to their strengths and interests, and I am hoping that may mean less intense review and study for one of them. Maybe. So now we embark on our last year at the Lutheran K-8 school. This will be a special year for them, as upperclassmen. The school does a variety of special things with the 8th graders, from pairing them with a KG child to mentor, to the 8th grade vs. faculty volleyball game, to the Washington D.C. trip. In addition, the majority of the kids will be "confirmed" in the spring (Lutheran first communion etc.), and they will of course have a big fuss over graduation. I hope my kids are able to really enjoy the special parts and not get too buried in the day to day slog. And I hope they won't get sucked into girl drama either. 🙂 We shall see.
  15. Theme is self-explanatory! LOL Hello, and welcome to the Lounge! Pickings are sparse around here today as far as refreshments go. But coffee, tea, and water are always available! What's something new you've learned/are learning this week? Here: I'm working through some interesting things about life in general that I don't know how to explain to another person yet without them possibly thinking I'm "out there." When I figure out how to explain it in an understandable way, I'll let you know! Anyone incorporating some new subjects in schooling this year? Here: not yet, but soon we'll be doing nature study (beginning with cultivated crops) along with music and art appreciation. Who's gearing up to make things for a holiday bazaar? Here: maybe. I have the opportunity to contribute to a silent auction happening mid-September. I was writing out a list this morning of various herbal concoctions I could make for that. Talk to me! 👂 👂 Ear:
  16. Hi all, my DD3 has been attending SLP since she was 2. We recently had an evaluation done as part of an initial IEP meeting and she's basically scoring at 1% for articulation for her age level. She has a lot of issues with consonants. As an example, "taco" and "Costco" sound the same as she's not saying the initial consonants or the /st/ part of Costco. The SLP has made a lot of progress in getting her to say sentences and we're working on /f/ and /s/. For instance, we've gone from her asking "mo!" to "I wa mo, mommy!" Most of the homework from the SLP has been to encourage her to speak slowly and using syllables and sentences, which is definitely working, but I'm wondering if there's anything else we could be doing at home.
  17. The preK students here have a PE twice a week. It's not free play and it's not spread out during the week. It's two days in a row. I think dd may have dodged a bullet by staying home. Tomorrow we are meeting up with kids of varying ages for a game day. I'm trying to get us outside more or to the nearby indoor basketball court when it's not in use. Dd needs new tennis shoes, though, and I don't really want her using the gym in rainboots and flip flops lol. I know the private school has recess.
  18. When my kids are gone I'll go back to work full time and enjoy my alone time at night. The pay in my professional field is currently well over $100,000, so while a huge chunk will go towards college and retirement, I will spend a bit on doing fun things that I haven't had the time to do while raising children.
  19. I'm blasting Taylor Swift. Babiness is continuously slamming the door to make it clear that he is unappreciative.
  20. Yes it will be this afternoon. I am out running errands
  21. I don't feel so bad now about getting the prong collar for our husky. I resisted for months,. I tried a "no-pull' harness that would have her literally walking diagonally as her feet dug into the ground. She's only 40 lbs but drags and pulls so hard we've almost fallen several times. I gave up and got the Sprenger. It was instantly like night and day. Walking her is so much easier! I worried about looks from other dog park people but noticed that almost every husky has one!
  22. Yes. For private coaches, if a coach is representing more than one student, the cost is split among the students. If just going for one, that student pays the whole thing. For teams, the team funds pay for the coach lodging, food, etc.
  23. Yes and no. Travel volleyball and soccer teams here cover all coach expenses. My kids participate in a shoot in team and our coach pays for everything out of pocket.
  24. Have any of you used Mystery of History for high school? If so, was there anything you added to make it more high school level? We do the lessons by reading and taking notes, notecards, timeline, maps, tests, etc. We do the activities occasionally; sometimes they just don't seem to match my goals for her, so we skip them. She is very visual, so we often find a youtube video to go along with the lesson or watch a movie if there's one about the time. However, I feel like we need to add more to it. Any suggestions?
  25. I'm just going to say THANK YOU for this! I haven't been on the boards much lately, so It was mostly luck that I clicked on this thread, but we started our free trial of uzinggo 9 days ago after hearing you recommend it, and ds10 is already 12% through the Physical science course and LOVES it. It's all the content he's been begging me for for the last year or two, without any of the work I didn't want, and doesn't tax his dysgraphic writing skills. It's GREAT!! Outside of the fine motor issues, how well would you say this mimics actual middle school science? Is it a level below? About on point? What about the high school level uzinggo?
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