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  1. 9 points
    Oldest DS accepted to: University of Texas at Dallas (Academic Excellence Scholarship - Distinction) Texas State (President's Honor Scholarship) Since he found out he was not accepted to UT Austin, he's decided to attend UT Dallas and major in Finance. Looks like a good fit for him!
  2. 8 points
    We went to a thrift store today and I got a couple of $3 dresses! They are sizes 10 & 12 (A year ago I was an 18/20). I also bought a giant pill dispenser for rationing our candy. I had divided up Christmas candy into 100-cal packs and this gives me place to put them. I actually won’t eat them everyday but it’s comforting (to me) to know I can. I was so hungry by the time we got lunch that I bought a full-size Whopper w/o mayo (500), but it kept me full so I had only a tiny afternoon snack. It all worked out. Last night I queued up a 90s dance playlist on Spotify, and hubby and I danced and jogged around our living room for half an hour. It ended up being a nice fun workout. I hope me neighbors enjoyed the show!
  3. 8 points
    I'm thinking that what may look like a parent passing anxiety to their kid because of the parent's words and actions may actually be a case of anxious tendencies being passed down genetically. I'm a pretty low anxiety person and a fairly laid back but consistent parent. I also do 99.9% of the parenting in this household; if anxiety or lack of anxiety in children were predominantly a matter of nurture my children ought to be low anxiety kids. But they're not; six of my seven kids have significant anxiety. Their dad has anxiety. Most of dad's siblings and some of my siblings struggle with anxiety. There is some kind of very strong genetic predisposition towards anxiety going on in this family.
  4. 8 points
    Exactly. I also think it was the excuse they used when they didn’t want to really go and don’t realize it doesn’t work anymore.
  5. 7 points
    Yesterday we were so busy I didn't' even have time to type out what we had to do! We toured 6 houses, packed 4-5 boxes of more kitchen stuff, cleaned and organized the pantry, did some yardwork, and some cleaning in the house. And dealt with the contractor, the landscaper, the realtor, and the cleaner. Today: 1. Take packed boxes to storage.- ✅ 2. Shop at Target for some staging items (laundry baskets with lids, shower curtains, hand towels) 3. Take son to Super Bowl party. ✅ 4. Pack up and clean up- ✅
  6. 7 points
  7. 7 points
    Hi. I drove 3 hours. Had a nice camp meeting. I really like this group of people. Now I am halfway home. I stopped off at the gluten free farm to table restaurant. It is not raining today and I have not had to white knuckle it on my drive.
  8. 7 points
    It seems odd to me that this would be the *only* thing as a parent that we are not supposed to question and help our kids process. Dear lord, that is all I've done for the last 20 years with mine, help her process emotional and mental issues. Asking questions about what she thinks and why she might think that, and how just because you think something doesn't mean it's true, although it might be, and are those thoughts and feelings really hers or are outside (or inside) issues affecting them... That process CAN be done gently and respectfully by a loving parent or by a qualified therapist. That is NOT the same as disowning them, calling them a freak, or kicking them out to the street. Why, especially as a parent, would this be the *one* area that you don't do that? Ask any questions to help your child process? It makes no sense.
  9. 6 points
    church pay bills walk a 5k? camp stuff
  10. 6 points
    I'm back from the science center. It is absolutely perfectly gorgeous here today. About 50 degrees, sunny, just lovely. I want to be outside doing stuff but I have too much stuff to do inside and everything is super muddy from the snow melting. Oh well, I can open windows and at least enjoy some fresh air. Dh is watching the Super Bowl I'm sure, but he was joking around about just watching last years (which he is saving on our dvr for eternity. Had a milestone today, first time I had to tell someone a class was full. Hopefully they are able to make a different time.
  11. 6 points
    Morning, all! We've had a tremendous amount of rain the last 24 hours, more expected for the next three days. Streets are flooded, mud slides, etc. I'd really like to go to the beach today to see the waves and take pics (10 ft. expected). To do: coffee, devotional laundry (in process) church figure out where to watch the Super Bowl do some grading Plan work clothes and lunches for the week read for 52 week challenge Have a great day!
  12. 6 points
    I'm going to discuss it with his doctor, but yeah, I think if there are no gluten ingredients at all we will do it right now. He had SIX sausage links for breakfast!!!!! And a gluten free pancake and a gluten free waffle. That is the most he has eaten in I don't know when. I'm amazed.
  13. 6 points
    Good morning! All our snow is melting and our driveway is a sheet of ice. My accomplishment of the morning was making it out to the barn and back without falling and breaking my butt. Dd and I are going shopping today for jewelry-making supplies (for her, not me - I am useless when it comes to anything crafty) and then going out to lunch. I think dh might come along, too. finish up morning chores get my week planned out & update calendar unpack one more Chewy box order Valentine care packages to be sent to the boys' dorm order two replacement pitchfork heads to replace the ones that got broken during the deep freeze go to jewelry supply store out to lunch I need a couple things at the grocery store, but don't know if I can handle the pre-Super Bowl hordes come home and do some more horse chores - lots of manure to pick up now that the snow is disappearing watch some of the Puppy Bowl dinner: veggie burgers and oven fries dh says he's not watching the Super Bowl, but I'm betting he will just so he can grumble about the terrible officiating and how much he hates the Patriots
  14. 6 points
    Good Morning! Happy Sunday! Go RAMS!
  15. 6 points
    Ah, today I just want to hide! There will be so much to do! -take a walk -clean house -get in *some* school -spend 3 hours taking kid to hockey, dressing kid for hockey, watching kid play hockey, and doing all the reverse. I swear, it's as much time putting on and getting off gear as it is playing! -rush to take other kid to work, because I have the car. -try to do a little more school. This week is a mess of appointments so I'm going to call Freckle and Khan Academy substitute work instead of trying to start real lessons for most subjects. -grocery shop. I haven't had time yet, and oh, it's so necessary, and I DON'T WANT TO. It's Superbowl Sunday! It will be madness! -pretend to cook dinner. Dh bought an air fryer and since it's the Superbowl, dinner is coming directly out of the freezer and into that. I'll make real food tomorrow. -keep my grumbly feelings inside myself because dh knows how I feel about a situation and he's not as mean as I am. -get ds ready for bed, pick up the one at work, and call it a day. I need a vacation.
  16. 6 points
    Good morning! Things are moving along with our move. Still trying to find a roofer willing to come out and do a 3 minute job that our buyers want (we have been laughed at by 25 roofing companies because it is such a dumb thing they want done). We are waiting to hear from the sellers of our new house about what they are willing to do with an issue that cropped up in the home inspection. -coffee -read and relax (100 pages of my book left) -laundry DONE: 0 -maybe go to the mall to look for some new flats -start thinking about the items I will not want our packers to pack because I will need them for the 2 weeks between houses (clothes, kitchen, school, DS14 stuff) -Dr. Zhivago comes on Turner Classic Movies at 4:30 (remember to set DVR, watch first half before the superbowl) -cook all sorts of superbowl junk for DS14 and I -watch superbowl and eat all sorts of junk
  17. 6 points
    Day 370 steps Day 240 hips Day 138 bird dog. Day 59 bone broth
  18. 6 points
    We is back!!! It’s pouring down rain again, but we had pretty nice weather during the day. Saw Hearst Castle. Wow!! The California residence of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Then we drove up to San Simeon and saw the elephant seals and their babies. Those things are just nasty. Had a yummy fish dinner and then saw “Aquaman”. Hmmm, that doesn’t sound right.😂
  19. 6 points
    You're both right. Too high maintenance and no fun anymore. I'm not sure why I'm even hesitating to just quit. There really is no benefit to my classes (no advertising in the group), I joined because I do like to hike in nice weather and it's nice to go with a group. But I think I'd rather just post the occasional hike in the more local group.
  20. 6 points
    Bananas. I know a few parents who are on this tragectory. A 15yo who's not allowed to take a walk or be left alone for more than an hour, a 13yo who isn't allowed to go to the movies without a really concerns me for their development as adults.
  21. 6 points
    Kitchen cleanup! 😂😂😂. That's a good one. 😂😂😂
  22. 6 points
    Y'all! Sit down! True story. I went to the Spider-Man movie really thinking I would take a nap. I don't like Marvel I Don't Like Comics I don't like those things. This movie kept us all engaged and we laughed and it was really really good. I did not take a nap.
  23. 5 points
    Yeah ain't nothing dainty, prim, OR sex-object-y (looking at you Barbie...) about giving birth--and definitely nothing more woman-ly.
  24. 5 points
    I'd say I'm usually about a 4. Unless I'm digging holes, trimming trees or playing in my worm bin, then I probably lean more towards a 5 or 6. Last time I got a flat tire I abandoned the car in a parking lot, walked home and pretended to be a 3 until my husband could get home and change the tire for me. The closest I've ever been to a 1 was probably on my wedding day thanks to my fancy hair and acrylic nails, but I wore ballet flats instead of heels, so still probably more like a 2. The most "woman" I've ever felt was probably while in the throes of labor delivering each of my children, but that can't be defined with a number. I just call that "badass."
  25. 5 points
    I think you meant to say "perfect for my room"
  26. 5 points
    Selkie, I am with your dh. dh is dragging me to a Super bowl party- but he can't make me like it. Also Aunt Flo arrived unexpectedly for the first time in four months... Pretty much feel terrible. Regular things otherwise- kids are still sleeping- dd2 went to bed at 7 last night. write garden plan grocery store for a few things general chores figure out what to bring to super bowl party besides my bad attitude Party Have a great day!
  27. 5 points
    Gah! What the heck do those pictures represent? If you have an hourglass figure and wear dresses you are one gender and if you have less of a waist you are another gender and if you wear pants but have hips you are yet another gender and if you have super broad shoulders you are another gender? I mean, I know that isn't actually what they are trying to portray (it can't be, right?) but what do they think they are doing? "I know, let's make a whole bunch of stereotype boxes and tell kids they have to figure out which stereotype they fit!" ETA also what is with the "masculine" gender presentations being at the top of the scale? We rate things all the time on scales with low number being bad and high numbers being good. Who wants to be a 1 when you can be a 10 or 12? Again, I'm sure that wasn't a conscious intention but it's not that hard to think about the implications of left to right numbered rating scales.
  28. 5 points
    Good morning! It's Sunday! I have nursery this morning during the Sunday School hour, and then my day is pretty much free. Dh will take dd16 to her cultural exchange interview this afternoon and then we'll try to find some way to watch a bit of the game but mostly we'll watch a movie or something. Must Pantz. Coffee!
  29. 5 points
  30. 5 points
    I printed off the Sunday chore list. Give me trophies.
  31. 5 points
    I need this cat in my pantry to stand guard over the snacks: 😁
  32. 5 points
  33. 5 points
    Belated happy birthday to Susan! Lovely Bonsai! Treadmills - you could always join Planet Fitness for $10/month. Each treadmill has its own TV. Youngest has been quite interested since I told her that, lol. Excel is my transcript generator, lol. 😂 Mary, so nice to see you and read your update. Glad to hear things are going well for your Dad, your family, and for Riv. ❤️ Dh and I are tag teaming the kitchen which is so nice! He watches TV for a bit, then works on the commercials. When he takes a break, I go in and work on something he left behind. And so on. What a nice way to get things done!
  34. 5 points
    It is ok that in your family 8 or 9 year olds don't walk home alone. But many families give their children the skills and independence to do that. Many kids walk home from bus stops, or take train rides, walk to friend's houses. I have sent my son at 5 to grab a loaf of bread in which he needed to cross a busy street, remember words in second language and use the key pad to make it back in the building. He has also stayed home alone for 10 minutes from 5 on. I really think you crossed a line going over to the house after you saw the girls were fine and doing what they were told. The US has such a huge problem of delaying independence in children, then getting frustrated at all the teenagers who can't do anything! Gaining skills in independence and the confidence needed grow little by little over the years.
  35. 5 points
    I started leaving my kids alone for short periods around age 7. They were also allowed to walk to the park around that age. By age 9, they could go to the store without me and stay alone for at least an hour or so. They could go off on their own at a large event with a meetup place, such as at something at the convention center or a museum. I'm glad the general gist of this thread was to tell people to stop freaking out. I mean, five years ago, I feel like it was way more harsh on parents. It feels like we've had a small shift, which is good. You don't have to be as free range as I was as a parent - it's definitely a to each their own thing to some extent. I think the key things are that you don't judge others or barge in on parenting that's perfectly safe and fine. And that you don't let your kids graduate high school still struggling to go to the store alone or walk around the neighborhood alone unless there are some real special needs at play.
  36. 4 points
    In addition to the “fad” aspect, there is an “echo chamber” effect. In a group, someone will use a product and like it. They can then recommend it widely, and a few others will start using it. If they like it, you now have a small group of people recommending it, and it continues to spread, but sometimes only in small pockets. This is why I tend to quietly watch several homeschooling groups instead of just one: each group has its own general vibe, and it’s favorite methods, and it’s common recommendations. However, sometimes there is almost no overlap between groups. As an eclectic homeschooler, I find a lot of the variety we want in our materials by taking the best parts of many different approaches. OP wonders why Master Books is so popular, yet in the many groups I’m part of, I’ve barely heard it mentioned at all.
  37. 4 points
    Happy Sunday! I really didn't get any work done yesterday, as I spent most of the day out & about. So I have lots to do today. My laundry room pipes did thaw, so I will be able to get some laundry done. Woke up. This is the hardest thing some days. Kids finished their Confirmation Class test and we all went to Sunday School & church. Went through kids' school papers. Made a partial plan for the kids to finish their work today. Caught up on social media, news, emails. Sent out request for AHG newsletter stories. To do: Many accounting reports for work. Lots of laundry. Help kids manage and finish their homework / test study. If there is time, make kids watch DVD(s) about the stuff they are studying. Kids should write thank you letters. Kids should do some AHG badge work. Sign up for summer camps. Whatever else gets done.
  38. 4 points
    @aggieamy answering a question from a few weeks back: Yes, I did enjoy Benevent Treasure - comparing it to other Miss Silver books - I gave it 4+/5. Loved the clever twist with the money at the end. Another fun thread here Robin, thank you for all the work you put in! (Off to link hop 😉) I’m working on spelling Chen Cao and Qiu for the whodunit challenge, and if I don’t make that at least Cao and Qui. Here’s hoping overdrive will deliver on the rest of the China/Chinese focused reads I’ve got on hold for this month. My Dc celebrate their birthdays, Ds on the 16th, Dd on the 18th, Dsil's birthday is on the 17th, Dh’s parents 61st wedding anniversary on the 21st; and, Dd is about to start back to academic learning for the year this week so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll achieve this month. Currently reading/listening to: The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place ~ Andy Crouch N/F Christian Content (audio) A BaWer recommended this last year (thank you!) Carnegie's Maid ~ Marie Benedict, narrated by Alana Kerr Collins (epukapuka audio) Wings Above Diamantina: Inspector Bonaparte Bk 3 ~ Arthur Upfield (library CD) (Australia) Being Maori Chinese: Mixed Identities ~ Manying Ip New Zealand N/F (epukapuka) New Sip Read: A Year With C.S. Lewis: 365 Daily Readings From His Classic Works ~ C.S. Lewis, edited by Patricia Klein (pub 2003)
  39. 4 points
    I finished a reread of Devon Monk's Ordinary Magic Series which is just as good the second time around. Also completed The Weaver Takes a Wife by Sheri Cobb Smith for my flufferton read and it was a delightful read. Ready to return to The Source at least until J.D. Robb's newest In Death book Connections in Death arrives which is being released on Tuesday. My newest sip read is A.J. Jacobs Thanks a Thousand which is quite good so far. "Author A.J. Jacobs discovers that his coffee—and every other item in our lives—would not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted: farmers, chemists, artists, presidents, truckers, mechanics, biologists, miners, smugglers, and goatherds.By thanking these people face to face, Jacobs finds some much-needed brightness in his life. Gratitude does not come naturally to Jacobs—his disposition is more Larry David than Tom Hanks—but he sets off on the journey on a dare from his son. And by the end, it’s clear to him that scientific research on gratitude is true. Gratitude’s benefits are legion: It improves compassion, heals your body, and helps battle depression. Jacobs gleans wisdom from vivid characters all over the globe, including the Minnesota miners who extract the iron that makes the steel used in coffee roasters, to the Madison Avenue marketers who captured his wandering attention for a moment, to the farmers in Colombia.Along the way, Jacobs provides wonderful insights and useful tips, from how to focus on the hundreds of things that go right every day instead of the few that go wrong. And how our culture overemphasizes the individual over the team. And how to practice the art of “savoring meditation” and fall asleep at night. Thanks a Thousand is a reminder of the amazing interconnectedness of our world. It shows us how much we take for granted. It teaches us how gratitude can make our lives happier, kinder, and more impactful. And it will inspire us to follow our own “Gratitude Trails.” Love this tidbit he quoted from Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity "It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting." And last but not the least - A reread of Death of a Red Heroine
  40. 4 points
    I tired. I stayed home from church to clean. (insert slinking away emo). I think I'm finished. I spent nearly 2 hours on the kitchen. We really need a mud room or something for coming in and out the back and dealing with dog and cat stuff. I have been denying that the area near the back door exists, but today I had to face the music. I tried to make chipotle ranch dressing. Have any of you done this? I searched online and found instructions that basically have you make homemade ranch as usual (packet, plus milk, plus mayo) and add 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely minced. Well, there weren't any minced options at the grocery, so I just cut them up a bunch before I put them in. I didn't think it changed the taste much, so I used three. It's in the fridge now so it will thicken. I guess I'll taste it again later and see if it's worth eating or a total waste. Did I mention, I am tired.
  41. 4 points
    What change for my kids in 7th and 8th was the need for more sleep and moodiness as they went through growth spurts. (ETA: They also ate a lot more so a well stocked pantry and refrigerator helped) My kids are writing phobic so we have to go the slow and steady process, concentrating on non-fiction writing which is less scary to them first and lighter on literature analysis which we do more verbally than written. I cobbled up short online courses and my husband did many verbal discussions with our kids for writing.
  42. 4 points
    I like making over wood furniture. I haven't done it since college. In the last 2 days I have decided to 1. Paint, distress and recover the dinning room furniture, 2. Paint and oil the bedroom furniture and replace the nobs with something victorianish, 3. Paint and lacker a cabinet for the living room and replace the doors with shutters. Do you think I could turn this into a side hustle? I don't make very much furniture, but Craigslist is a thing and I think I might be able to flip it for a pretty penny. I do not like working with fabric (says the quilter).
  43. 4 points
    In thinking about this a bit more, as a parent I would be unhappy about this situation. Parents pay a lot of $$ for kids to attend college. If classes can be mastered wo ever stepping inside a classroom and everything done via online/textbook, the students may as well be enrolled in an online university and sparred the cost of room and board. Classroom instruction should be what you are paying for. Sorry, but I would be an unhappy parent
  44. 4 points
    My parents did this when my brother and I were about that age. They went to an annual convention and we stayed home (went to school, took care of pets, etc). I mean, the washing machine did overflow...and our parakeet was found belly up one morning...but it was fine. 😉 (But then again, I was married and out of the house at 19, and I'm often shocked how much parenting people are doing for young adults that age, so...)
  45. 4 points
    I had a good day but was more hungry than usual so I don't know if I just haven't been eating enough or if I've been bumping up my workouts too much. Tomorrow will be a challenge for me because I'll be in the house by myself tomorrow night and it's always a struggle for me not to binge when I'm alone. If I'm feeling more hungry than usual like I did today it will be even more challenging.
  46. 4 points
    Small miracle may be happening. Will need advice. So dh's two brothers have just today started communicate about the need for their parents to move. Oldest brother is still planning for them to move in with them. MIL is willing to talk plans now, though FIL will be a struggle to convince to leave sooner than later, due to grandson living with them and his pastoring the church which he doesn't want to leave. Their grandson (26yo?) has to repeat a year of nursing school, so will not graduate until May of 2020. However, the three brothers don't think it is wise or safe for their parents to stay another winter. And they simply can't afford it. The parents know this. My suggestion is to talk with them and see if they would be willing to move this summer, and in the mean time, help the grandson find another living situation for a year until he graduates. They can ask people in the church, people in town (They've lived there for a long time), friends from the CC who might need a roommate in a cheap apartment? Any other suggestions? I think the grandson is the biggest hurdle to getting them to leave.
  47. 4 points
    The precise nine minute delay makes me think it is something electronic. I'm going to say smoke alarms. It is frequently very difficult to figure out which one is making the sound.Station someone below each one, and watch to see if a light flashes red during the sound. Note the brand and general design (or climb up and get the model number) then go online and look it up to see what that sound means.
  48. 4 points
    This is so rare in the US. I sometimes tell people that I make my kids get to their own activities regularly and they look confused, astounded, or disbelieving. I mean, they're in high school. These are only a few miles away. We live in a city with free public transit for city kids. It's just... I mean, I'm nice so I often go pick them up too, especially when they're finishing late - I don't make ds find his own way home after a late show after 11 pm or anything, but... they should be doing this for themselves sometimes. Yet... so few people do.
  49. 4 points
    This seems very, very conservative to me. At 12, my kids were babysitting. The 5 minute increment you describe happened at 7/8 in my home. I think this is a case of your personal comfort being off of the norm, which is fine with your own kids, but not healthy to apply to other parents. The situation you described does not alarm me at all.
  50. 4 points
    Another great series that is not Christian but shows a lovely deeply religious family is the All-of-a-Kind Family. It is about an Jewish family in NYC in the early 1900s. This was another one of my favorite series ever. I read all of them many times.
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