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Tess in the Burbs

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  1. I have a Land's End coat. it's heavy and warm for super cold weather. I also have a fleece coat from them that I use more often where I live. It's a long fleece which I like better. The quality was worth the price and I've had both my coats for 7 years already and I can't imagine replacing anytime soon. I did get a decent light rain coat from Cabela's a few years back but not sure how high their sizing goes
  2. My dd's university is known to be empty on weekends, a lot of kids go home every other weekend like clockwork. However last weekend she was feeling pretty lonely and discovered the housing had a painting event. She had a fantastic time. I know the kids have to get dialed in to how things are advertised and look regularly. She has found there is plenty to do even when it feels like an empty weekend if she looks hard enough.
  3. Sadly his scoliosis prevents any military or police occupations. At this point with the pandemic going on we will just let him hang out, maybe get a job in the fall, and keep re-evaluating a new course for him. I will add that soon as my kids were in high school we were driving through college campuses. If we had a road trip and the campus was within 10 min off the highway we drove through it. My kids knew early on some schools were too big or in the middle of nowhere for them. By the time we got to Junior year any serious college consideration was considered for an official visit. The only reason we flew DD to view schools is b/c her major is only certified at 14 schools. We could rule some out by location and cost. Then we visited the others. And again, the best choice in person wasn't on paper/online. Glad we did the tours. And seeing how my son hated the campus he picked without a visit? I encourage visits if possible. Even a drive through might give some initial impression. I also found DH was able to get personal opinions about several schools by asking coworkers about their colleges. Two schools my son was accepted at had been attended by dh's coworkers and we got some great insights about the campus and type of people there from these conversations. I encourage people not to wait until senior year to visit...check out the ones you can. My daughter's meeting the department as a junior has helped her in admissions since the lady knows my daughter by face who answers all the questions. I kind of wish we had done more visits when they were younger to get the discussion going sooner.
  4. Well my son was accepted into his schools but never wanted to go visit. We paid deposits for one. Finally got a weekend to go visit and he knew before the visit was over there was no way he wanted to be there. In fact that visit led him not only to withdraw his admission but decide college wasn't for him! Our entire family thought it a perfect fit for him. My daughter and I narrowed down her choices and visited a few schools. it was worth the money. The one we both wanted to love was awful in person. The one I worried about was perfect for her. I guess kids can be different but for mine, those visits were super important. And now I've got a kid not going to college and no clue what to do. I spent some deposit money and the weekend visit, but glad I didn't drop him off only to have him call wanting to come home that first week after thousands of $$$
  5. Well my dd's college just cancelled on campus orientation this summer. Now I am getting doubtful about fall since it usually starts mid August.
  6. my daughter is going to attend university out of state come fall and orientation already shifted to July. Changed our reservations(for another $650!). I'm hoping they won't change to online b/c then I'm out a lot of money for flights. Her program is offered entirely online but she wanted to do campus for 2 years. They also have mandatory in person summer sessions to graduate in 4 years, so I will be watching to see how they handle the current students this summer. I want to believe they can make it work to be on campus. THere are some students still living there in the dorms and getting take out meals from the dining hall. If they cancel fall in person she may just shift to all online and that would make her so sad
  7. I haven't been on here in a long time but I was on the forums since my kids were in preschool! My son was accepted at Eastern Washington University, Utah State University, and Fort Lewis College. He initially chose Eastern, but has since rescinded his offer. He is still thinking about what he wants to do in life. His dream is to live on a boat. This was a kid who hated school all the way and pushed my buttons every day, but he loves to read, remembers way more school knowledge than anyone else, and when he gets into a subject pursues it to the end! College isn't for everyone, but we are still proud he actually applied and was accepted at all 3 schools. Now to shift into support role while he figures out his next move. My daughter is graduating a year early! She was accepted at University of Northern Colorado in the Honors program, and will be pursuing their ASL Interpreting program. She will be 16 when she moves to the dorms, so it's a lot of excitement for her and a lot of praying from me LOL. She took an online ASL class at my insistence way back in 7th grade for fun, and look where it's taking her. It's exciting to see the kids and their future plans from many of you after so many years of posting here.
  8. Slow it down. I had my dd work an hour a day, sometimes longer if she wasn't complaining. At some point she settled into 1.5 hours a day and some weekends to keep up, but make it work for you. The schedule is too fast at times.
  9. do they still have to put in the homeschool SAT code? 970000 ? I read that before, but then heard it changed. anyone know? My two take it for the first time tomorrow
  10. My 15 year old did pre-calc and physics last year at the same time. Self grading option. She did email for help a few times. It was a lot of work, but she put forth the effort and did great in both. We love DO classes
  11. splurge: Pendelton wool blanket. So warm and comfy. Just the right amount of heavy. Everyone in my family wants mine! regret: instapot I just don't love it and use it rarely
  12. thank you for sharing! I didn't know they had ASL, so I'm excited about this class, my daughter is definitely signing up!
  13. we are contemplating letting DD graduate early. With next year she will be at 32 credits. She's mature for her age, and ready to go off into the world. Her current next year plan: SL Lit 330, advanced math, anatomy, gov't/econ, ASL 4 somewhere, personal finance, psychology, Bible
  14. My dd is doing Pre-Calc and Physics this year. We are going slightly slower than the schedule provided. She had a rough week but given the option to drop one she chose to keep moving forward. I knew it would be a heavy year, so some of her other courses were easier to offset that plan
  15. DS will graduate early. He never loved school, and while he's been successful doing college prep work he could care less about college. He chose his 11th grade year but I'm over the whining. We just made some major changes for this year's math, and going into 12th grade (with help from a wise friend) we are doing what needs to be done in the fall semester and he will graduate in January 2020. Econ, Gov't, Life math/personal finance, adult writing skills It's not many credits but he has everything needed to apply to college and will graduate with 29 credits. I'm hoping he will figure out a trade to learn and work until he has the money to go do it. Getting a driver license is also the plan for 2020 when he turns 18. DD...I might graduate her early. She would then graduate in June 2020. If so, this is her plan: SL 330 Lit, Advanced math, personal finance, Anatomy, Gov't, Econ, ASL 4 somewhere, Psychology, Bible If she goes to a state school she will definitely graduate early and go at 17. If she chooses to go to a school 3k miles away we will graduate in 2021 with her senior year being work, some mission work, keeping math skills up to date. Then she would be 18 when college started. I feel like next year is a mess in progress. We are moving this summer an hour north, so completely different area/community and with no ties I think they will focus on school and getting jobs. The plan is to get DD focused on her career plans and schools to apply to she is ok location wise. Only 1 option in our state for her interests, so lots to think about for her future and how to manage an out of state school...why are none easy to fly into?
  16. honestly, I let my kids pick high school science. college wants 2 to 4 sciences, usually at least 2 with labs. ds will have Environmental, Biology, Chemistry and Geology DD will have Physical, Biology, Astronomy, and Physics. She might also do Anatomy. This year one is doing Chemistry, one is doing Physics. They pick b/c they have to do the work.
  17. go with your gut. Our Ymca had an age 4+ had to be in specific dressing room. I got away bringing ds in with me a few times after swimming saying his clothes were in my bag, but many times he had to go in the men's alone. He came out many times upset saying there were groups of naked men in there! The other option was to ask to change in the employee's locker closet. no bathroom/shower, just enough space to stand. I hated the arrangement, so did DS. I often stood just outside the door watching people go in and out and my kid in there forever and my mind going crazy wondering what was happening. Years later, another YMCA...same situation. He had to go into that bathroom and again, said multiple naked men just sitting around talking. He was uncomfortable about changing in there and eventually opted to ride home wet. We tried Target bathroom when he was 8, but he was in there so long I finally had to ask men to stop going in so I could go investigate. Apparently my son was holding the door open for everyone he never went bathroom! But again, I was nervous and he wasn't ready to just go in, do his thing, and get out. So consider the kid and maturity and understanding what he needs to do, and trust how you feel about it. Some will be ready long before others.
  18. my stepdad built a garage on to their home a decade ago...BY HIMSELF. He had permits but built it as he could after work. Some laborers stopped by one day asking if he needed workers. He declined but told them to come back the day he needed to do the roof trusses. They did, and they put it all up themselves. Otherwise stepdad built the whole darn thing himself. I know he was super frugal so that garage wasn't expensive other than the day laborer guys. My thoughts are it could be a small $ or a large $4 depending on how much help you need to hire out.
  19. if you don't mind Christian, Mr Dally teaches level 2 and 3. I know he teaches at Bright Ideas Press but also his own website, so you have more time choices. aslyoucando.com He prays at the beginning of class, but after that I can't remember how Christian it is. DD is in level 3 this year. Love this teacher!
  20. Yes, sometimes life is super hard. My dad died suddenly in May. We were going to visit him in July. My sister fell off the wagon yet again and got into trouble with the law. My stepdad was put into hospice on father's day...and my mom fell and had a subdural hematoma. Stepdad died while she was in ICU unconscious. Dh's grandma died the next day. Mom was in hospital 5 weeks. We finally did my stepdad's funeral. His best friend died the next day. I am over funerals at the moment. I am over estates and wills and family drama. I have been gone over 10 weeks this summer handling it all. Been home 24 hours and summer is almost over. It's almost like a dream. But then all the emotions come rolling in. Life is hard. But sometimes it's beyond hard. Sorry for your multiple losses. I completely understand how you feel right now. Hang in there.
  21. you need a durable POA. Or someone does. I was told recently a living will doesn't matter...legally the medical POA can do whatever and it supersedes the living will. Depending on the size of the city call the law offices about a will. POA would have been filed with the county she is in, but I don't know they can tell you yay or nay about one for her. If she is capable tel her she has to redo it all NOW. It doesn't have to be you or your sister but you want to know she has a plan and you will stop asking ?
  22. Well, we have a family trip the first week of October. So we are doing a slow start when dd's online class starts this month. Add 1 subject a week through Sept, take the vacation, and then come back in mid October full force. The online class has to start, we might as well try to push through the rest. Kids have been having a good time with friends...so I may be the only one not in school mode by the end of the month. But I need to get back to reality. My own life. Too much time to just sit and think and I get too emotional about it all.
  23. I have been gone from home 11 weeks due to multiple deaths and almost life ending injury to my mom. We cut school short. And we may start late. I am so behind planning. I did buy some curriculum this week and hopefully it will be there when I get home. My kids have been in another state with friends this last month, and DH is ready for me to be home. I'm mentally not in school mode. I may not be for awhile. Hoping the kids will jump in and do what they need to do this year. I'm just mentally exhausted from funerals and estate dealings. I still have a house 3k miles away from me to sell.... So no, school and the fact it is Aug isn't on my radar at all. I've been gone since May. Missed all of summer. I may not recognize my kids when I finally get home!
  24. My kids are thriving with this company. We did IEW in middle school, but tried the SoVerbose essay classes and am pleased with the course and cost. They are now Lantern English. It is now 8 weeks for $60. They revamped the organization so what my kids took overlaps a few class titles now. You get an email on your day of the week and the assignment is written out with some examples(full essays in most cases). You then have 1 to 2 assignments due a week later. You email it back by end of day. Within a few days you get a graded report. Their rubric is super detailed. Many categories and levels so the score is easy to figure out where you are needing more work/help. The teacher then points out positives and things to work on. My kids emailed more than once to ask more specific questions about assignments. In one case the teacher approved my DS's idea, but agreed she didn't think it through when she read the final paper lol. She was fair about the grade since she had said he could proceed with the idea. They will give links to citation help but now have a citation class(yay!). Mine are taking the Citations in the fall, and will do Argumentative and Advanced essays this spring. I like the simplicity of this course. I like how easy it is to email questions. I like the report they get back. My writing phobic kid is doing great with this format. My writer is doing well with this format. It just works for us. I highly recommend. They do discounts for referrals, so if you decide to try it Teressa LaPrade is my name ?
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