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    married 23 years to my wonderful husband
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  1. A baby gate that automatically swings shut might work. With twins we had to super toddler proof the house and they were only allowed to wander unattended in the living room, where only age appropriate toys and such were allowed. I would try to further limit what areas she can access. (My DD is two years ahead of my twins, so any of her "older" kid stuff stayed in her room, which was blocked to toddlers.)
  2. @Robin M feel better soon! @Kareni I have read The Martian, and enjoyed it very much. I might have to look at the audible. I also downloaded Wolf Lost. It's on kindle unlimited right now. 😉
  3. I'm struggling a little more with this school year, so I'm not reading to much. I started Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews and quickly realized I'd missed the novella Diamond Fire, so I had to go back and read that before I went any further. I read some fluff from Kindle unlimited for quick reads and I also finished Vendetta in Death (In Death #49) by J.D. Robb. I've abandoned Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I download Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall, but I will miss Ean. I'm looking for more audible books now that I'm chauffeuring the older kids four days a week, so keep any suggestions coming please!
  4. My husband had basal cell carcinoma. The only presentation on his face was the size of a pimple. He had plastic surgery to remove it, and ended up with major surgery not long after the first cut. It was much more extensive beneath the skin. It was visible for six months from discovery until surgery with referrals.
  5. I am buried in company and the first week of homeschool. I've only managed to read Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet. It the first book in a new sci-fi romance series. I haven't finished her Kingmaker Chronicles, but saw this on the new release shelf at the library (it's a cool looking cover). 😉
  6. @Catwoman was just logged on yesterday according to the time stamps.
  7. @Robin M I loved Crucible. It leaves one with a lot of scary thoughts! @mumto2 I haven't really looked at the Innkeeper series, I may have to do that. 🙂 @Negin I'm sorry to hear about your hands. I hope a solution is quickly found. I am lost in curriculum planning, but managed to finish the Shattered Bonds ARC. Wow! I'll write a review closer to release date. Anyone following the series will find this a must read, and boy is it packed with action, emotions, and lots of Beast.
  8. Thank you for the link. I will listen to this. I found the section on writing in rhetoric in the newer edition of WTM. It reinforces the idea of waiting until high school for the progymnasmata, and although it references Classical Composition it includes a suggested plan for the stages. I feel much more comfortable using W&R for high school.
  9. Do you have any idea where you might have come across the author's recommendations? That is exactly what I've been looking for, but haven't located.
  10. DS is now in 9th grade. He has struggled immensely with writing (dysgraphia). He did the Intro to WWS and WWS1 with WTMA, and last year he took a middle school writing class with Open Tent. I took a chance this summer and started having him work through CAP W&R because it is a different approach. He is doing very well with it, doesn't complain, and it's like night and day when it comes to what he is writing. Has anyone used CAP W&R for high school and how did you pace the program? Is there anyone who switched and accelerated the program, and if so how? I have been hand selecting assignments from each book and only doing review as necessary. I see that CAP is using it for the online academy in high school, but is W&R enough for high school, or at least for the first 2-3 years?
  11. I love the Frixion pens for my younger kids cursive practice. It's great that you can erase and make them redo it when they are sloppy. 😉
  12. Has anyone else had their online access revoked? I had everything set up for biology for this year and today all materials are now gone.
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