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DianeW88 last won the day on January 22 2014

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    Homeschooling for 21 years. Mother of 3 wonderful kids.
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  1. I love makeup! I love wearing nice clothes. I love fixing my hair. I enjoy it when people tell me I'm pretty, or I look nice. I can't imagine leaving my house looking like a fright. To me that sort of look means, "I don't think I'm worth the effort." I like to put my best self forward at all times, and for me, that best self is well dressed, with makeup, and decent looking hair. And to be honest, the reality is, people are nicer to you and treat you better if you're more attractive. I wish the world didn't work that way....but it does.
  2. My dd is a professional ballerina. She received a full scholarship to her university for ballet, and received a BFA in ballet. She danced professionally while in college as well. If your dd is naturally talented in ballet, she should be able to get a scholarship easily. Has she attended any ballet summer programs with professional companies, and did she enjoy them? The field of ballet is ruthless and competitive for women, so whatever she can do to get a leg up early on is essential. Have her attend as many summer programs as she can in the coming two years (my dd usually attended two different ones each summer), and not at her home studio (unless she already studies at SAB or JKO, lol). Have her get letters of recommendation from the instructors, and attend programs where she is able to make serious connections in the ballet world. Make sure her teachers at her home studio are professional dancers (or former ones) who can give her advice based on real world experience. Having her participate in the YAGP competition is also a great way to see where she stands in relation to her competition. If she can make it to the finals in NYC, then I can almost guarantee she'll get a job as a ballet dancer if she wants it. The great thing about ballet is, if you're good enough, all of your higher education will be paid for (if you decide to go the college route). My dd loved everything about being a ballet major in college, and going to college while dancing has made her a more mature, level-headed, and serious dancer. Her company director loves that!
  3. Unfortunately, young women making up stories to get attention isn't anything new. A girl that I went to school with alleged for weeks that she was being stalked by a certain guy, and then she went missing. For several days. Hundreds of people were searching for her. Turns out she kidnapped herself. Yeah. Obviously there are psychological issues at play in these situations. Sadly, it only hurts women who are real victims of sexual assault and other crimes.
  4. Absolutely heartbreaking. :crying:
  5. Sounds good to me. I, too, would be happy to contribute to a "tip jar".
  6. Never heard that term. And I think it's stupid. LOL
  7. I think that depends on how old you are. I was in sixth grade in 1975-1976, and yes, we read all of those fourth and fifth grade. Actually, we read "The Jumping Frog..." in third.
  8. I don't have any words for you other than I'm sorry and you're in my prayers. I wish it could be so much more. :grouphug:
  9. Never, ever, ever. Not for one second. It has been a wonderful experience, and I have enjoyed it so much more than I can express. This is my 20th year, and I still look forward to each and every day. It is such a privilege and a blessing. My grown up kids have expressed how thankful and happy they are that my dh and I chose homeschooling at a time when you were definitely a weirdo if you did it. They both plan on homeschooling their own children someday. My youngest and I are having a blast together, and it's honestly been such a joy to teach him and learn with him. His friends all wish they were homeschooled, and on days when PS isn't in session...they all come down to my house and "do school". Those days are REALLY fun, and they're always amazed at what my son studies and learns and how fun it is. Seriously...THE best decision of my life.
  10. It can be a long, difficult, time consuming and EXPENSIVE road. LOL My dd is now living her dream as a professional ballerina, but it was a roller coaster ride to get her there. If your dd is pursuing that type of dance life, then she will receive more time, attention and money than her siblings. Maybe more than all her other siblings put together. It's the nature of the beast. My dh and I are now spending our resources on our boys, but during her pre-teen and teen years, it all went to her. She was in an all-day pre-professional ballet school, M-F, for six years (with a merit scholarship, thank goodness). She also performed with her school's company, as well as a professional ballet company, whenever they cast roles for children. She attended two ballet summer intensives every year (fortunately she had scholarships for those as well), and that meant some travel time getting her to and from whatever state they were in. My dd only participated in one ballet competition a year (as ballet students generally don't compete, with the exception of YGPA), but that involved a trip to either Denver or San Francisco, and then New York City. We paid for choreographers and private lessons ($90 per hour) to prepare her for those. Was it worth it? Yes. She is living her dream, and she achieved the goal she set for herself at age 11. Fortunately, it was a realistic goal for her, given her natural talent and ability. We just needed to provide the means for her to achieve it, and it was a sacrifice at times. I often told her that the world will probably never see the best ballerina out there, because she was born into circumstances that did not allow her to pursue her talent and live her dream. My dd knows she is blessed and privileged to be where she is today, and she is very grateful. She is also an incredibly dedicated dancer and hard worker. There is also a mental component to dance that often destroys the best dancers. It can get very vicious as they get older, and they are always in competition with their best friends. My dd knew that every time she was taking class, she was being judged and potentially cast for whatever production was coming up. She regularly auditioned with her best friend, and you have to have the right mindset to be able to remain friends, no matter what. You also have to be willing to withstand the abuse that seems to be inherent in the dance world. Artistic directors are cut from the cloth of crazy...and you really need a thick skin. Teachers can also be very demanding and often rude as dancers get to be teens. It doesn't happen so much when the dancer is a professional, but those years between 14 and 18 are rough. My dd loved participating in her ballet competition, and especially loved receiving the scoring and feedback sheets from the judges. Again, you need a thick skin for that. My dd looked forward to corrections, because she said it helped her to know what to focus on and how to improve. But not everyone is kind in their evaluations, and your dd needs to be prepared for the harsh reality of the competitive world. Will she be okay if she never advances beyond a certain point? Is she okay with nasty comments from other dancers? Can she handle pressure well? Can you afford to give her all the material advantages (dresses, shoes, private coaching) that she'll need to do well in this endeavor? All of these things come into play when you are pursuing the world of serious dance.
  11. Just for fun, and because I know this recipe is already well published all over the place, here is Laura's gingerbread recipe for those who don't have it. This is delicious with homemade cinnamon/vanilla whipped cream. 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup molasses 2 tsp baking soda 1 cup boiling water measured in a 2 cup (or larger) measuring cup 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp each ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves 1/2 tsp salt 1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan. 2. Blend the sugar and the shortening and mix in the molasses. 3. Add the baking soda to the boiling water, and mix well. 4. Combine the flour and the spices and sift. Combine the sugar-molasses mixture with the flour mixture and the baking soda-water liquid. Mix ingredients well and pour into prepared pan. 5. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake tester inserted in the center of the gingerbread comes out clean.
  12. I think we scared off the OP. She's heard more about "Little House" than she probably ever wanted to know. :D
  13. If you want to make recipes from Laura's personal cookbook, this is the book you need: I've tried many of them, and they're delicious. Rose's chicken pot pie is well worth the trouble!
  14. Great articles!! They hit all the main points and show people the real Ingalls family, not the idealized book version. Edited to say that I loved these quotes: “The First Four Years suggests Laura could not write anywhere near as well on her own as she did with Rose. And, in fact, I think they needed each other, the odd chemistry of their closeness and distance and past, to transcend the limitations they both had." "That impulse to romanticize, which is part of the success of the series, probably comes from Rose. Laura herself did not have it, as The First Four Years suggests." I think the books worked because they were a collaboration. Each supplied something the other could not, and the synergy resulted in a series that has withstood the test of time. I'm so glad that, in spite of their personal difficulties with each other, they were able to work together and create a body of work that has enriched the lives of many generations of children. What a great partnership!
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