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  1. Received: LCR and we played with nickels so it was a little more “skin in the game”. My extended family are not gamers so they don’t give or like receiving games. Boo! i did however have a second copy of Santorini and gave it to a friend that has game night with kids. played: Santorini: well loved by all. We played multiple times and each time had a different winner. 12 Days of Christmas (card game): a simple easy to learn game that is fun for everyone. We look forward to playing this every year. Finally pulled out Kodama and while it isn’t the most exciting game ever it makes up for it in beauty. It is easy to play and is just strategic enough to keep it interesting. I really enjoyed it and we probably played it 5 times in a span of three days. oldie but goodie: Bananagrams: everyone loves this game
  2. When I picked our home school name years ago I had no intention of schooling through high school yet here I am. My daughter will graduate this year and is not happy that Jubilee Learning Center is the name to be on her diploma. I have a short window of time to change it but would love to keep the Jubilee part. Any ideas? We are Christian so it can be part of the name but not a necessity. Honestly I would love ideas of random words that sound right with Jubilee as a school name rather than just Jubilee Academy.
  3. We purchased something called Fireworks from Petco but you can get it online. It’s drops that you give them based on weight. It helps tremendously with our Indy. We have tried everything else even the shirts.
  4. For Mother’s Day we spent two days playing multiple rounds of board games. Here’s my review: Aquarius card game: a fast, easily understood game yet very fun. Ages 8-47 all enjoyed it. It is card matching designs similar to matching in dominoes. First person to match 7 cards to their “goal” card wins. There are several action cards that can change the game as well. There is some luck in the game but it has enough strategy to keep interesting even for avid gamers as well as teaching beginners. The play time is quick as well. Picture Charades for Kids is exactly what you expect with charades but it has pics rather than words allowing prereaders to play as well. Even so, our entire family loves playing regardless of age (8-47). I will say we have played so many times that we know the cards as well as most players’ actions by memory so we might have to retire this one soon. Jeff Foxworthy’s Relative Insanity: We have played this many times as a large group when in-laws are together. It’s more fun when we read the cards aloud in Jeff’s voice or at least a country accent. Now I allow all ages 8+ to play but some cards can get a wee bit racey. Most of it goes over their heads though. Just be aware. It is played like Apples to Apples but I enjoy this more. Steam Time: a risk when I bought it as a new unreviewed game but turned out to be a real gem. It is my favorite worker placement game. Myself, 8; 10; 12 yr old played it two times. All of us loved it. The 10 yr old still prefers Machi Koro but likes this one. I am not sure if most young kids can play it but mine have been playing this style long enough to do well. Matter of fact, my 10 and 8 yr old tied one game and my 12 yr old won the other. They left me in the dust even though I fancy myself as a pretty good strategy gamer. It is cumbersome to learn but is easy and quick to pick up speed once you understand all the rules. Still it will take around an hour to play minimum. No two games are the same, nor are the five rounds due to the changing board. Trust me when I say it’s best to watch a video to learn to play but this game is so worth it. Definitely in my top 3 games list.
  5. We have so many games and several we haven’t even had time to play yet. I feel guilty that I am even considering buying more but this is my one addiction. For us we get out a new game and it takes us a bit to get a feel for it. If we love it, we play it over and over without trying a new one especially if the directions are complicated. One of our recent loves is Midnight Werewolves. We have played it at least 20 or so times in the past couple weeks. Everyone loves it from age 7-46. Some of us love games and two of us only tolerate it, dh and son age 19. Really one of our favorites ever!!!! We got an expansion packet for Dixit as we were tired of using the original cards and never picked it anymore. Back to loving an old favorite of ours. Another favorite is wits and wagers but the younger kids are not able to play as well. On on my list of wants is Photosynthesis.
  6. I have heard so many southerners say exactly this. Darned if you do and darned if you don't.
  7. Nope, they don't have to wink but not everyone that winks is a racist. Sometimes people are just winking. Just recently the elderly parents of friends of ours were beat to death with a hammer in their shop by a former employee that they provided housing and a job. Many speculate it was drug related. It was a horrible crime scene. Anyway, many comments on the news stories were from people stating comments like "bring back public hangings" "hang him" "let the family have a go at him" Yet not once was it considered racist. To be honest, there is a measure of me that wants him to have to pay in a way that is equally as horrible as them and their family. Part of me says, maybe if there were public hangings, people would pause before committing these type of crimes. Yet then I come back to my senses and realize how wrong it is for me as a Christian to feel this way. It has nothing to do with racism. Matter of fact, all involved are white. Yet those very same comments can be twisted to mean something differently had the criminal been AA. Many, especially those not from her whether we mean our town, state, or south in general, would want to scream that this would be another example of southern racism when in fact, it could just as easily been the same type of comments that people are making in regards to the slaying of an elderly white couple by a white man. So many are quick to jump to racism when we should take the time to see if it is true first. That isn't to say that it isn't understandable to have that be your first inclination but to jump on it without further knowledge is wrong. And in regards to the shirt, there is no mistaking his racism. He puts it out there for all to see so I see no reason not to discuss his despicable actions but to group all Southerners or Mississippians in with him is wrong.
  8. I have so many binders that my kids use that don't fit in their desk and end up on the floor. Is there a pretty way to store binders?
  9. We live hours away from family so it is just dh and myself doing the driving. My daughter has her permit but no license yet. We told her she can get it as soon as she completes all of her work for the week before Friday so we can go then since I schedule Fridays as light days for all the kids. She likes to procrastinate and never finishes all her M-T work without some carrying over on Friday so she hasn't earned the privilege of a licence yet.
  10. Thank you for all the responses especially concerning our schedule and allowing down time. You have given me much to think about. I guess part of why I do all this is because I was never allowed to do outside activities growing up because my parents were not willing to drive us places. Church was not even a given while I grew up until I began driving myself. I wanted more for my kids but somehow more has taken over. I do need to reconsider everything. I definitely don't want to lose any personal relationship or closeness we have because of time constraints on things even if they are not necessarily bad. One thing I cherish is the between time with my preteen on Mondays is our "dinner time". Her dance is too far to drive back home and back in time for class to end so I park and stay. I have a couple of hours of "me time" to read quietly in the truck or work on whatever I want. In between classes we grab a quick bite to eat at a local restaurant and talk. It is usually only 30-40 minutes but enough time to enjoy each other's company. I need to figure out how to incorporate individual time for the rest of the kids too.
  11. I've have dreamed of pulling back but the kids are fine with the other siblings pulling back but not them. Then I feel guilty just considering it since my oldest two, one in college and one newly college graduated and married, were able to do multiple activities because we didn't have so many children at the time. It wasn't them that chose to have a big family.
  12. Here football practice starts at 6 and ends at 8 if the coach doesn't run over a few minutes and is four days a week. Thankfully the fields are 5 minutes from house so not much driving time there. I did include driving times in all the other practices though. My son didn't start playing until last year and was the only newbie on the field. Kids start playing at 5 and 6 yrs old but we refused to let my son start that young even though he begged every year even though we let him try many other sports that were less time consuming. Honestly we would rethink even letting him play now if he wasn't so devoted to it and he has by far the best, safest set of coaches around. I don't say that lightly as I had another boy that played from 8yrs old through high school. If we drop the team now, he isn't guaranteed to get these coaches again. While at practice I see some of the ways the other ages/teams are treated with the cursing at them (younger than middle school aged kids) and the few water breaks, I know I don't want one of them. I called my husband and told him he needed to talk me down before I marched across the practice field and let a coach have it last week after hearing 4 curse words thrown at a approx 10 yr old with the last one being "get your head out of your #@@" He quickly told me that all the parents are required to stay at practice just as we are so they obviously know and are okay with it. I was livid!
  13. I am curious as to how many activities do your children attend that are away from homeschool time at home. (Coops count too.) I only ask because it seems many limit their children much more than we do and yet sometimes I find my teen complaining because I don't have enough time to "listen" or "drive her to the store" etc. The listen complaint comes usually when I am teaching the younger siblings and she is finished for the day and wants to talk about shopping, the social media account she runs for the church, etc. I don't have as much "down time" free because I do so much for them. Okay, that was just a vent but I would like to know what you all do. Currently we have.... Teen (recently quit judo three days a week (her choice that we were not entirely happy with) and tournament soccer (chose to play on the homeschool team only this season but wants to go back next season to both) Monday - 3 hr soccer practice Tuesday- 3hr soccer practice Wednesday- youth for 2 hours Thursday- 3 hr soccer practice Saturdays-refs soccer games Preteen Monday- dance 4 hours Wednesday- church dance team practice and youth total of 3 hours Thursday-dance 2 hours 9 Yr old Monday - football practice 2 hours Tuesday- football practice 2 hours Wednesday- we alternate weeks between Awanas and judo both of which are 1.5 hours Thursday- football practice 2 hours Friday- football practice 2 hours Saturday- football games 2-3 hours 7 yr old Monday- judo 1 hour Tuesday- dance 2 hours Wednesday- Awanas 1.5 hours Thursday- judo 1 hour Mom and Dad every other week we have our church's in home meeting while kids are in Awanas and on the Wednesday nights we don't have our meetings, after dropping kids off at their functions we have an hour to go get coffee together just us two. Our oldest just started college out of state so we now do not have his football games and practices to account for. Our youngest three also play spring soccer when there is no football for my son. Dh coaches and that accounts for 1 hour practice per week per kid plus all day Saturday games. Oh, and Sundays are church days.
  14. I am so glad it went well. It is so hard to put yourself out there. I think people think that introverts are the only ones that have it hard at get togethers but as an extrovert, I always second guess whether or not I talked too much. Self doubt is a bad thing. I will continue to pray it goes well from now on.
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