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About tdbates78

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  1. I thought I was the only one who actually enjoys turbulence! For some reason it lulls me to sleep 🙂 On our long flight from Venice (Italy) to PHL last week I had 9 hours to do nothing and it was fairly relaxing as the flight was less than half full. I watched a few movies, read from my book and took a nap and my kids did the same. Had a glass of wine and lunch and a snack served to felt like a quasi spa day!
  2. Thank you all for easing my mind. I'm not worried about the test itself. I was dissapointed because it seemed as if we were somehow behind. Now that I know more about the tests I feel better. We spread the test out over a four day period and usually do something fun afterwards like playgrounds, ice cream or lunch. J-rap, are you in NC by any chance?
  3. I don't mind it. I don't love it but it doesn't really bother me too much. The actual getting on the plane before taking off is the annoying part. Dealing with long security lines, delayed flights, last minute gate changes, and the oh-so-fun running through the airport to make your connection...those are the things that stress me out. Flying is a means to an end. I love to travel, particularly abroad. So flying is pretty much my only option unless I want to take a boat. Just flew home from Italy last week. Long day of flying but so worth it.
  4. Maybe I should have just purchased the CAT. I was so worried about the material on the sample (online) test that I went back to Seton and ordered the Iowa. We usually spread the testing over a week so my girls won't get fatigued. Good suggestion about the Spectrum testing workbook. I may pick up a few of those. I don't know why I am so worried about it. I never anticipated homeschooling and when I pulled my girls out of PS (halfway through 1st grade) it was assumed that we would put them back in at some point. Now that I've been HSing for a few years and things are going so well I don't really see us putting them back in. So I guess I should just let it go. For some reason I felt like I really dropped the ball somewhere when I saw some of the questions on the sample test.
  5. My state requires standardized testing for homeschoolers annually, although the results are not submitted to anyone. So each year I dread it. My girls aren't good test takers and need lots of hand holding so I administer the test myself, in my own home, with an old fashioned paper booklet. So I just ordered a California Achievement Test sample and there are quite a few things on the sample test that we haven't covered yet this year and I'm kind of freaking out. We are "behind" in math because I switched curriculum three months into the school year. But otherwise I feel like we are on track and they should at least be on par with public schools for their grade (3rd)...but now I'm not so sure. I'm happy with our curriculum choices and I feel like my girls are learning just fine but I don't like feeling like they are behind. Does anyone else run into this problem? Do I need to be worried? I decided to go with the Iowa Form E, which we've used the past two years, so I do not have a sample of that test. Hopefully it will align more with what we have studied this year.
  6. We are traveling to Europe for vacation next week and this time around we are doing carry-on only. I have a Nikon DSLR with an additional zoom lens but they are heavy and take up quite a bit of space and need their own camera bag. I'm really considering purchasing one of the phone camera lens kits on Amazon. Something like this I'm not a professional photographer (far from it) and just want semi-decent vacation pictures. The reviews are pretty good for most kits. Anyone use these? If so, how is the quality? Are you satisfied?
  7. I'm in Charlotte. There is a very large, active homeschooling community here. There are things to do literally every day. I'm a member of about 15 different homeschooling facebook groups, including a homeschool hiking group, field trips, etc. I'm a secular homeschooler and there is a secular homeschooling facebook group. I believe there is a co-op but its north of Charlotte, too far from me. By and large this is the south and secular homeschoolers are in the minority. I don't let it deter me from doing things, but it can get a little awkward sometimes. I don't do co-ops because of it. We have great museums and there are always homeschooling events around town. Just in my area our local gymnastics studios and trampoline places have homeschool hours during the week. Our local YMCA (I'm in south Charlotte) has a homeschool academy with a lot of classes available each semester. My girls do an outdoor education class and PE and they are taking part in a field day next month. As far as legalities go, its so easy to homeschool here. I follow the guidelines but I've never been asked for anything. Nobody has asked for proof of standardized testing or attendance.
  8. Doughnuts! Sigh. I love a really good doughnut.....or five 😉 We have some really good local doughnut places around here and it's been a test to my willpower to avoid them. And roasted brussels sprouts. I can eat them like candy!
  9. I agree with how it feels inside my house versus outside. Last week it was in the mid-70s here but very humid due to rainy conditions and I turned on the AC. Right now it's low 80s and breezy so my windows are open and it feels great. At night is a different story. I need it to be on the cool side to sleep. So if its above, say, 72 in my house at bedtime I will turn the AC on.
  10. Thank you all. I'm nervous to use Rover but I found a person that has close to a hundred glowing reviews, with many repeat and regular clients. From what little interaction I've had with her she seems really sweet. Fingers crossed it works out. I think that, with any service you are paying for, there will be good experiences and bad. And with hundreds of dog sitters on Rover just in my immediate area I'm sure there are more than a few duds. I think I fielded a few when I first started reaching out. We will be traveling out of the country and won't be easily reachable so I tried to find someone with lots of reviews and that seems to know what they are doing. I will click on the link but I will probably end up tipping her assuming we are happy. I'm hoping $20 or $30 will be sufficient!
  11. We are leaving for vacation next week and are using for the first time. Our dog will be staying with someone for a week and a half and I already prepaid via Rover. When I pick her up am I expected to give a tip? I never know when to tip anymore and it stresses me out!
  12. I've gone to a few just for the vendor halls. I think if I had another homeschooling mom/friend to go with I would be more interested in the workshops and listening to the speakers. Also we are a secular homeschooling family so not all of the workshops are of interest in the conventions nearby.
  13. I edited my original response. I left out an important word by mistake as I was typing quickly so we could leave for dinner. Lesson learned! I had intended to say that I don't believe that its NOT environmental. Otherwise not sure how it would explain how one identical twin could have ASD and the other not.
  14. Yikes. I meant to say I'm not convinced that it's not environmental. Typing too fast to so we could head out to dinner....sorry about that!
  15. I have identical twin girls. One has autism. The other does not. So I'm not so sure I believe it's not environmental. Nor do I think it has anything to do with my pregnancy. Edited to add *not* before environmental
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