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  1. Our 5 hs'ed kids, 2 boys and 3 girls, were all very physical. Even as adults they all still exercise a couple of hours or more every day, run 3k's, 5k's, marathons, mud runs, swim, ride mountain bikes, workout at a gym, play pickup basketball and soccer, do karate, hike, climb mountains, etc. Our boys played various sports until they were about 14 or 15. Then, I stopped all the sports for various reasons - cost, time, some bad influences, etc. And they did miss the small amount of socializing that went with the sports, plus the physical activity. I didn't care about the socialization part. But I did want them to continue to be challenged physically, and view exercise as just a part of daily life. What we did worked beautifully for our kids and our situation. But I doubt most people would do what we did. In your case, I'd use whatever was available to me. Just look around and use your imagination (and ignore any complaining from dc) and come up with a big variety of challenging things for them to do, as long as those things don't cause them to get behind in their academics. And I'm not talking about sports teams or lessons or organized stuff (nothing wrong with that, just try to think out of the box a little). I'm thinking more of things that are mostly free and you can go - or not go - so that you can just pick up and take off whenever everyone needs a break from the routine and hard work of academics. And remember that physical activity also comes in the form of chores and learning everything involved in keeping up a house and a car and whatnot. Thus, yard work, painting the house, gardening, building a chicken coop, building a duck pond and water garden, buidling a deck, ripping the guts out of the house to remodel it, working on the car, maintaining the car, raising animals, cleaning up your property, cutting and hauling and stacking firewood, self-defense classes, and so on are excellent ways for kids to burn up some of that energy and learn basic skills at the same time. IOW, try to mix it up to keep it interesting and challenging, physically as well as mentally. Some entertainment-based, some education-based, some just for the pure physical joy of moving, etc. Another way I found to do interesting physical things was to keep up with all the local hs groups' fields trips. We didn't go with the hs groups (5 kids, 10-year gap between oldest and youngest), but we did do most of the fields trips as a family on the weekends when dh was home and could do the driving. We all enjoyed that more than going with the hs group because we could take as long as we wanted to explore whatever it was. So we did tons of day trips involving hiking and such. We camped and went on beach trips and explored museums and national/state parks and all kinds of things. Yet another way is helping out neighbors or relatives or whomever. Our kids helped one neighbor hunt for wild mushrooms. Dc also helped him set up his shiitake logs to grow his own mushrooms. They helped him set up and take down his deer stands. Just look around and look for the opportunities. Although I didn't realize it at the time, there is a lot to be said for kids working as hard at something physical as they do at their academics. The two balanced each other out and provided a release for our dc. And I noticed that there was a peculiar overlap with the mental and physical - while they were doing the one, the other often came into play. Collecting material for writing stories while hiking and listening to some of the crazy interactions between the other hikers, for example. Anyway, for the socialization part, I didn't worry about it. And when our dc began college and jobs, the only thing that a few of dc said is that they might have benefitted some had they known a little more about the pop culture. I have my doubts about that, but I could see their point. Only they get far more comments about what a good education they've had vs whatever it is they don't know about pop culture. Oh well. 😉
  2. Will be praying. Also that you find an excellent surgeon and have a fast and easy recovery. Also, just to throw this out there, pain doesn't always accompany uterine cancer or cervical cancer. Obviously it CAN be very painful. But I felt fine, no pain, and even went to the gym the day before my surgery (radical hysterectomy). And if I had only had to have the surgery it would have been wonderful. The worst part was the chemo and radiation afterwards. Not that you will have to deal with any of that, Mercy. Keep us updated on your progress.
  3. I stopped using deodorants in my 20's after I began itching when I used them. Sometimes I use a little apple cider vinegar in the shower.
  4. Oh, I loved going to the landfill and getting rid of all the garbage and junk from our house. It was somehow cathartic for me. And being able to do that myself was even better. I don't get quite the same feeling just tossing stuff into these 2 lame city trash cans we now have where we live. lol
  5. I just had my first one last October. It was by far the easiest procedure/test I've had done out of all the tests, procedures, surgeries, and treatments I've had. But if you find a way to make that nasty prep drink any better, I'd love to know. The first drink was OK. But the second time around, I knew what was coming and gagged a few times. It all went smoothly. They removed 3 polyps, 2 small and 1 larger. No problems before or after. I was sooo relieved that it went well. Such an easy test to avoid a very nasty and deadly disease. :) Good luck with choking down the goo. 😉
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