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Everything posted by DianeW88

  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. You're fine. You're stomach might get a little upset, but it won't kill you. Happens all the time.
  4. Using your high school biology starting tomorrow!! I'm so excited....and grateful. Thank you so much, Jenn!!! You're a rock star!! :hurray:
  5. I'm 21 years in, too. And honestly, no I don't ever wish I was done. I truly do love it, even on days that are less than stellar. It can be a bit of a challenge on occasion, since I also work full time (from 4:15 pm until 1:45 am), but I still enjoy it and am committed. I'm on my last child, and he's starting the high school years on Tuesday (and those are my favorite years to homeschool), and I couldn't be more excited to start!!
  6. Sarah, I love your podcast, website and book. Your enthusiasm is contagious, and that's such a blessing for homeschool moms. I've been homeschooling for the past 21 years, with four years left to go, and I've learned (and been reminded of) several things I need to be better at accomplishing from your site and your guests. The most important message for homeschool moms that I can offer is....We're all in this together, nobody's perfect, and we need to be supportive of one another and our efforts. Have a great year, everybody!
  7. 1. My two oldest are graduates. My dd is married and a professional ballerina. My ds is finishing his undergrad and starting the process of applying to law schools. They both have full-ride scholarships, and they both have been on the Dean's List every semester. Although the first semester of school, my dd called me all upset about that, thinking she had done something wrong. :lol: Homeschool mom failure...she had no idea what a Dean's List was. 2. No, I didn't follow WTM strictly. I used my own method, mixing philosophies and methodologies until I had things the way I wanted them. The high school years are my favorite years to teach. I didn't find them to be any more difficult than the younger years. No, we did nothing special to "get ahead." 3. Yes, I'm very pleased with their experience. My kids had as many friends as any public school kids, given that we are LDS, live in Utah, and kids are everywhere. lol Advice? Work hard, keep the end in mind, enjoy the ride.
  8. They're very young in the original strips. Like kindergarten age. But they do age throughout the series. I remember the older strips (I had several books of the Peanuts collections as a child), and you can tell that they were much younger than the age they are when the television specials began to air. And, yes, I remember watching those on TV in the late 1960s. Google the first Peanuts strips and you'll see how much younger they are in those.
  9. Love your stuff! I'm happy to send you a friend request.
  10. I read it on my own at age 8 and loved it. I read it repeatedly throughout my childhood. My dd read it somewhere around age 10, I think, and loved it as well.
  11. Most people that I know who have grown up in families with six or more children have a few who are bitter. The most common complaints I hear are: 1. No privacy. They hated having to share a bedroom with their siblings as they grew older. This is especially true for those who were introverted or more private by nature. Always having someone right THERE grew to be intolerable. 2. Not enough money. Sometimes it's hard to be the one who never gets to do what other kids are doing. I don't think this means the person is selfish, they just had something they really wanted to do or participate in, and it wasn't going to happen in their family. And sometimes, it wasn't exclusively for financial reasons. Some parents felt it wasn't "fair" for one child to get something or have the opportunity to do something, while the others couldn't. One of my friends was so upset because she wasn't allowed to accompany me on a beach trip (it would not have cost her a dime) because her parents felt that it wasn't fair for her to spend a week at the beach if her siblings couldn't do that, too. I think her mom just didn't want to have to deal with the other kids while she was gone. 3. Too much responsibility for home and siblings, and not enough time to just be a kid themselves. Sometimes moms don't realize just how often they ask those older children to "watch the baby" while I get dinner. 4. Not enough space, peace, or quiet in their homes. They never grew out of the "baby stage" in their homes. There was always a baby, a toddler, or noisy preschoolers underfoot. All. The. Time. My one friend used to tell me how much she loved coming to my house because it was so quiet (I have only one younger brother). We would spend summer days sitting in my room reading Nancy Drew books, and she cherished that time, because it was peaceful and she was never interrupted. In each of these cases, the (now adults) generally moved out of their homes at college age, married early, and did not have more than three children. They all get along fine with their family of origin, but they do have issues that have carried over into their adult lives. I had one friend say to me once (and it's always stuck with me), "I wonder who I could have been now, if I'd had the luxury of growing up in a home where there wasn't so much chaos. Where I could breathe, and ponder, and have time for myself. Where I wasn't consumed by the constant presence of my siblings. Where I could have had the opportunity to have lessons and develop talents." And I wouldn't say she's bitter at all...just a bit wistful.
  12. 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.
  13. Absolutely heartbreaking. :crying:
  14. Sounds good to me. I, too, would be happy to contribute to a "tip jar".
  15. Never heard that term. And I think it's stupid. LOL
  16. 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.
  17. 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:
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. I think we scared off the OP. She's heard more about "Little House" than she probably ever wanted to know. :D
  22. 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!
  23. 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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