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  2. Shrimp is high in cholesterol:( I substitute lentils for meat or use half lentils, half meat. I make a great lentil sauce for pasta, which DH does enjoy. I also have a heart health cookbook that I still use.
  3. Not so much gross as hilariously ineffective, lol. I agree that washcloths would not survive a grill cleaning anyway. I must say that I have never in my life seen someone attempt to clean a grill with cloth of any kind, lol.
  4. On the bolded- haven't ordered Barton yet. I'm not ordering anything else until I get the eval back and make sure I'm not totally off target on this. That's a good idea to riff off the lesson and to go use letter tiles or a chalk board. I have one from HWoT we can use, and lots of letter tiles from Banana-grams if she wanted to do that too. FiS is totally pre-reading. There isn't reading instruction in it- well, they do nonsense words toward that latter part, and yes they do use the cards for that. But other wise it's focused on getting them to hear those sounds. There is a lot of, okay, I'll give you two words and you tell me which begins with the sound /n/ or whatever. It does build to nonsense words in later lessons, and for that they seem to use the sound cards to indicate the beginning sounds for each part of the word. We aren't there yet though. But from what I saw on the videos/have read in the guide, say, you have the nonsense word Fash, you would use the Fish card for /f/, the apple card for the /a/, and then the ship card for /sh/. You put those cards on what they call the sound stoplight mat, which is like a U with a green light at the upper left, a yellow light at the bottom of the "U" and then a red light at the upper right. You use your finger to say f-a-sh, as you put your finger over each card. (Man this is hard to explain on a post! - they have videos you watch before.) Then after you do that, you say, okay, change one sound to make Fash say Pash (or something). And then you do that with nonsense words, changing whatever sound you need to make the next nonsense word. Then at a later step, you do the same thing, but without the sound pictures. You tell them to picture the sounds in their head and use the stoplight mat, but you don't use the cards. You use the tiles (like in Barton) instead to represent different sounds. (Hopefully it isn't against rules for me to be writing all of this out?!?) I honestly am in no way qualified to have any clue whether it's sound product or not. It's recommended on Barton's website as parent friendly (and it is that), so that's what I really went off of when I bought it. I honestly wish I'd waited to buy everything almost, LOL. FiS, books on dyslexia, all of it, because I feel like I am getting more bogged down instead of more clarity. I guess like Storygirl mentioned it's normal to get more questions than answers. That's what it feels like right now. On a happy note we did many games of Pickles to Penguins this morning and both ds8 and dd7 LOVED it. I was cracking up and the connections they would make between the cards. They're so funny. Then we did a whole box of MEL science, which is always a huge hit, so it's been a fun morning for them. Just finishing lunch so back to work!
  5. It sounds like he will be driving frequently and for far distances rather quickly after getting his licence, so make sure you do way over the minimum practice hours. I would want him to do that commute with someone multiple, multiple times before doing it on his own - both of your examples are really long commutes for a beginning driver. Getting your driver's license is a very low bar, it doesn't mean you're ready to take on the world. All of those cars would be good, safe choices for most people. I can't speak to the snow aspect, though. I agree with PeterPan that being comfortable with the vehicle is a huge part of safety. Do you know anyone who drives those cars? It would be good to have more than a test drive if someone would let him try their vehicle (after lots of practice, of course). This would obviously have to be someone who really likes y'all 😎
  6. So sorry -- I was unclear. Guide Dogs protocol is baby puppy in a carrier (either back seat of a car, or the back floor of an SUV), and then older puppies (after 4 months) on the floor where backseat passenger feet would go. But, this is also partly due to how the adult/trained Guide Dogs will ride in cars with their unsighted human partner -- right at the feet of the human, still in harness. Yes, that's a great idea. If you crate train and have the puppy sleeping in the crate at night, they do not want to soil their "den", so they WILL wake you up to let you know they need to go out. And since you're taking them out, you might as well practice the relieving command *as* they are relieving and then you reward, which all reinforces the relieving command with very little effort on your part. I keep a little cup of kibble in the bedroom, up out of dog reach, but right near the crate, and grab a few pieces as I bend down to open the crate, so I have the reward already to go. Also, when doing initial crate training, you might also teach the command "wait" so that the dog doesn't launch out of the crate whenever the door opens, lol. You might look for a dog training classes or a dog trainer to work with you for the first weeks, and help you get into the habit. Also, you can wear a "bait bag" or tuck a handful of kibble in a pocket every morning so you always have the reward on you ready to go. (I have a bait bag that has a waist strap and a clip, so easy to wear like a fanny pack, or clip to a pocket or waistband. It also has a pocket for a roll of plastic bags for dog litter clean-up, and a place for your keys and/or small wallet.) You can take 5-10 minutes several times a day and work on a different command each brief training session time. That keeps it within the puppy's attention span, and gives the puppy multiple training reinforcements throughout the day, but also gets *you* into the habit of reward training -- looking for the positive behaviors to reward and build on, carrying kibble on you, etc. I highly encourage you to try and go this route if you can at all manage it -- most labs (at least all the labs I've seen in our Guide Dog puppy raising group) are *highly* food motivated, so it makes training SO much easier! They are motivated to work! Go have FUN! Puppies are hilarious and sweet and have great personalities. You're going to love your new furry family member! Warmest regards, Lori D.
  7. Not gross, but a waste of a nice washcloth. There is no way to get a grease stain out of terrycloth.
  8. 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.
  9. Supposedly the seborrhea type is not allergy related, unlike other forms of eczema.
  10. I'd say strown in that sentence I think, which is probably not a word, lol.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Has he had an evaluation from a PROMPT therapist for apraxia?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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:
  22. 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.
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  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. I'm blasting Taylor Swift. Babiness is continuously slamming the door to make it clear that he is unappreciative.
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