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  1. Anyone get Cook’s Country? Earlier this year one of their issues had a recipe for Salted Carmel Pretzel Cake. DD8 immediately said she wanted it for her birthday, but *mom fail* I apparently do not have the recipe for the pretzel. It was one of those you have to go online for and I guess I have the recipe for the frosting but not the cake itself! Can anyone help me out?? I would sure appreciate your help fixing my fail!😬
  2. At what age, and I know it will probably be all across the board, did your DDs start shaving their legs? DD 10 will turn 11 in October, and while I personally think 5th grade is too young for a girl to start shaving her legs, I was noticing that she is actually fairly hairy! Both DH and I come from Northern European stock, so I suppose it is to expected🙄. As HS’s who are not out and about much with sports etc, I am not too worried about her being teased for not shaving. Not to mention she is so clueless (yet strangely confident) in things like that, that she probably would not notice even if s
  3. My sister and I love these containers. You have to use two containers for the whole years’ worth of cards, but I like to split them up anyway so it is not a big deal. I like having the smaller containers if we are taking a trip, and it doesn’t look as daunting for the kids. I use these containers for most MP flashcards, plus storage for much more. https://www.amazon.com/Sistema-41544-Collection-Storage-containers/dp/B072JTZTRG/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-drs1_0?crid=3F4QCBSRY7JO0&cv_ct_cx=sistema+containers&dchild=1&keywords=sistema+containers&pd_rd_i=B072JTZTRG&pd_rd_r=c4f3
  4. Well my neighbor stays at home with her 4 year old. Not looking down, just saying, as others on here, you cannot call it homeschooling. As for the other people, dude, I get it. I desperately want a break from my kids at times. But, if you read it the way it I was meant to be, my problem is when they say stuff like that in front of their children. Goodness knows I know their lives are disrupted and it will be hard, but don’t make it harder on your children by saying that you won’t be able to stand having them home in front of them!
  5. And saying, “It’s not so hard. We all did it that month (or however long). I don’t see what the big deal is. You really do just watch TV all day!”
  6. My neighbor told DH that now she will be “homeschooling her DD for the next to weeks.” Her DD is in kindergarten. I like my neighbor, we actually get along quite well, both being outsiders in this small town, but really. Homeschooling? It’s kindergarten! You are just living! Heaven forbid you have to read a book with your child. Also, what gets to me about the people worrying about having their kids home and having to actually be in the same house with them is the fact they say as much in front of their kids. What does that tell their children? I would have felt horrible if my mother had
  7. I received one for my birthday a few months ago and am very happy to have it! The education wing in our church has a long, painted cinder block hallway that has painted handprints down the entire length. It has given me the heebie-jeebies since we came to this town 5 years ago—it is the dearest ambition of all kids up to grade 6 to find the handprint that best matches their hands! Took R2 (my name for steam cleaner) to church this morning and cleaned the ENTIRE WALL! Looks so much better! I told my DC, if you want to touch the wall, NOW is the time to do it! Am going to go in later this week a
  8. When I worked at a group home a number of the residents took Lutein for macular degeneration. Don’t know if there is science behind it, but I have had it called “the eye vitamin.” Might be worth looking into. Pun definitely NOT intended.
  9. I have not done excel. I have an irrational fear/dislike of spread sheets. I have thought about just getting over it, however, and making a log there. Just trying to see if there is any other option first! 🙂 Two votes for Goodreads. Maybe I will have to check it out. I have logged most of the books in our house into bookbuddy, which I love. But as I don’t have a smart phone, I can’t enter things into apps or websites on the go. A notebook with sticky divider tabs would be good. I would be able to mark if I had purchased the book, and any other information I might want to a
  10. So. How do you all keep track of the books you want to read, or you want your kids to read? I have a booklist binder with compiled booklists from random sites and sources, but right now my system for individual books I find or hear about is to write them down on a scrap of paper, lose it, then find it two years later. Any brilliant, easy, ideas? That keeps random scraps or sheets of notebook paper out of my life? I would like to be able to organize it easily for different people/interests. No online suggestions or bullet journaling, please! Anyone who comes up with a solution that works for me
  11. Morning “Basket Time!” Lovely idea, but in no way is it workable for us. Tried a few times. Failed every time! There is no way we can ‘ease’ into the morning in this way. Our steam just petered out and we would end up just wandering aimlessly around the house! We need to jump feet first into the morning. Plus all the lap books/crafts/recorders! Also: Unit Studies (much to my mother’s chagrin)
  12. Good reminders. I also have fallen into the “busy” trap of not feeling like I have the time to explain and teach. He does think about things, sometimes for a few days then he surprises you with an insight on something you had almost forgotten.
  13. Thank you! I think something like this would work well.
  14. Thank you! My father, though I love him dearly and I know he only wants to help (and I have asked for his advice from time to time), has a lot of things to say, mostly revolving around the fact that boys need dogs and need to be in the country so they have room to run and fall and do physical things. Which I don’t disagree with, but as DH is a pastor, we live in a parsonage and have people breathing down our necks about the state of the house and the yard, his “advice” mostly just makes me feel even worse and like things are hopeless! You made me feel better🙂
  15. Yes. Need to play more games. Just seems like all my time right now is taken up by teaching DDs10&8 and keeping DD1 from climbing everything! Plus, he spends almost all day playing outside, so we try to play catch-up together in the evenings. Helpful to remember!
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