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  1. I'm moving up from the preschool boards as well! Here's what I have planned so far: Math: RS B English: Continue with HWT and probably adding in AAS. I'm going to try to get him into a co-op next year which will hopefully take care of things like art and PE.
  2. FMLA guarantees his right to keep his job and take medical leave. Short term disability insurance is how he'll actually get money while he's on leave. The insurance may cover all or part of his pay check so you should look over the paperwork carefully to see if he'll also need to use sick leave or vacation time to cover part of his paycheck. Another really important thing to find out is if the disability insurance will withhold taxes or pay his portion of benefits for things like health insurance. When I went on maternity leave the disability insurance withheld federal but not state taxes, so we had to keep in mind to save some money for that. They also didn't deduct my portion of the health insurance premiums so I worked it out with HR to have additional money deducted from my paychecks prior to going on leave to cover the premium while I was out. You may also want to suspend retirement contributions while he's out since the insurance often won't make those payments and you probably don't want to worry about sending a check for the contribution while he's out.
  3. I will go shopping for presents for me and DH in November. I have a few small things for us, but nothing big. With getting Christmas ready for the kids, stuff for us slipped through the cracks. Get the kids asleep before 11 on Christmas Eve! If my parents come for Christmas next year, ask my Dad as soon as he arrives of needs anything wrapped or put into gift bags, so I'm not scrambling on Christmas Eve to find wrapping stuff for him. Remember to put away the elf when setting out presents so I'm not doing that at 4 am in the morning!😆😆 Take a nap on Christmas Eve!
  4. In my family Christmas Eve dinner, Vigilia, is a bigger deal then Christmas dinner. We had mushroom soup, pierogi, and fish. Given I can't stand mushrooms and fish, it was never my favorite meal. Now that I have a family of my own, we've modified it slightly. We'll do my husband's grandmother's borscht recipe, and everyone else will have fish, but I might get some cheese enchiladas to heat up in the microwave, and of course we'll have pierogi.
  5. I added the rum but now I'm sick too. I don't think I actually touched the cake when I added the rum though.
  6. Well my 4 year old was helping make it.😒
  7. The problem is it's a huge fruitcake and no one else in my immediate family will eat it. My husband is gluten intolerant, my son is too picky, and since it has alcohol in it I can't really give any to my kids anyway. I guess I can eat some of it myself, but most will probably be a loss.😭
  8. It's time for another round of that forum favorite game should I eat this or toss it! Appropriately for the Christmas season, today's episode stars a fruitcake. Some background, on Saturday afternoon DD4 and I made a nice yummy fruitcake. It's a tradition. It's my Grandma's recipe and I make it every year. Sunday morning I poured spiced rum over it. I usually put in the fridge for about a week and then cut into pieces to send off to various family members. Flash forward to Sunday evening, DD4 and DS6 both start throwing up. A few hours later I started throwing up too. It's now apparent we have a stomach bug.🤮 Now I'm worried we contaminated the fruitcake with whatever germs we have when making it. Do you think the alcohol would kill off any germs? I hate to chuck the fruitcake because I don't think I'll have time to bake another one before Christmas. The ingredients are expensive and it takes 4 hrs to bake in the oven so it's hard to find the time to do it. My Dad loves the fruitcake and I hate to not have it, but I don't want to give my family stomach flu for Christmas. What says the hive?
  9. My husband and I just bought our first house this summer. We bought it knowing a new HVAC system was needed. We just called an HVAC place recommended by our realtor. HVAC place wants 50% deposit paid by check. They say they don't take credit cards because of the fees charged by the credit card companies. Is this normal? I'm worried because I know you have more protections if you pay by credit card. Is not taking credit cards a red flag or is it typical for this kind of work?
  10. I look at various lists such angelicum academy, 1001 books to read before you get old, and the Mensa lists to come up with reading material for my kids. I will say that I've found a lot of the modern books are no longer available at the library. It would seem a lot of books written 10 20 years ago haven't withstood the test of time. That being said a lot of the "classics" haven't withstood the test of time either. I'm so glad that I preread Tarzan because I was shocked at how racist it was. Beatrix Potter was one I was I was really looking forward to, but I found it a slog and so did my kids.
  11. Yes check if the zoo is AZA accredited. Accredited zoos take their mission of conservation very seriously. They partner with other zoos for breeding purposes to ensure genetic diversity for the survival of the species. They are also trying to build better habitats for their animals. The Smithsonian zoo in DC used to have giraffes and hippos and elephants in small exhibits. Several years back they sent the giraffes and hippos to other zoos with better habitats for them and greatly expanded the elephant area to give them a better life. My sister was a zookeeper and took her job very seriously. She was constantly working to provide the birds she took care of with enrichment activities. Also remember that many of the species zoos are trying to save aren't just the large mammals but birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even insects. When people refuse to support zoos they're also negatively impacting the zoos ability to save those species as well.
  12. What email service are you using? For personal email I use Gmail. It's pretty good at sorting out promotional and spam emails into separate folders. I don't feel any obligation to read emails in those folders and they're set to delete automatically after 90 days. For work we use outlook and again have the program set to separate out spam and promotional emails so I don't really see those. For emails I need to respond to I flag them. Once I've responded they're unflagged. I don't go through and sort emails. Once or twice a month I go through and mark important emails for archiving. If I need to find a specific email I just use the search function.
  13. I see this all the time too. Like please tell me your coop is three hours away before I spend a lot of time digging through your website.
  14. Have her check with HR as to when open enrollment is. You usually have 30 days after certain events like being a new hire to get on the insurance. If not she may need to wait for open enrollment, but don't assume open enrollment is at the beginning of the year.
  15. 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.
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