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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. Using your high school biology starting tomorrow!! I'm so excited....and grateful. Thank you so much, Jenn!!! You're a rock star!! :hurray:
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Love your stuff! I'm happy to send you a friend request.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I just returned from Stake Conference, and Elder Oaks was our speaker. He said that Elder Perry attended their Tuesday meeting, and participated in it. Then he called on Wednesday and told Elder Oaks what his doctors said, and that he wouldn't be able to work with them anymore. Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard went to visit him at his home today at noon, and he told them that he didn't feel he would be here much longer. Then Elder Oaks got the call that Elder Perry had passed away at 3 pm. He shared some wonderful stories about their friendship and how much he loved and respected him. It was very touching.
  11. Exactly. Victims bear NO responsibility for what happened to them. At all.
  12. Loved his personality. In spite of a great deal of tragedy in his life (the death of his first wife, his daughter, and two grandchildren), he was always smiling. He taught me a lot through the years, and he will be missed.
  13. I'm in Utah as well. Run. As far and as fast as you can away from this nonsense. Seriously. It's complete and utter nonsense. And it doesn't work.
  14. 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.
  15. Elder Uchtdorf...best explanation of grace and obedience I have ever heard. And if I look half as good as he does at 75, I will be happy dancing all over the place. :D
  16. Elder Holland...wow! Such a powerful talk on Christ and redemption.
  17. Newbie: Not until you have five years under your belt. Veteran status: You've graduated at least one child and taught every grade. Insanity: You've done the veteran thing more than once.
  18. I'd probably do better answering specific questions. What would you like to know? I have to head off to work now, but I'm sure some of the other soapers here will be happy to help if they see your questions first. PS. I just made some yummy honey soap today!
  19. http://www.brambleberry.com/ is my favorite. She has lots of videos to demonstrate soap making for beginners. Great products and great service! Wanted to add that soap making is one craft that you can actually turn into a business and make a profit from. There is a learning curve though, and you have to spend quite a bit of time doing research, as well as studying all the ingredients involved and how they work together. You will have some disasters in the beginning. :D I've gotten customers mainly by word of mouth, and I have several customers with specific needs for whom I make custom soaps. And you can bet that I will charge a premium price for a custom designed soap. And those people are willing to pay it. It's very satisfying to help someone who has been struggling with skin sensitivity or other problems find something that finally works for them. Go through the tutorials on Brambleberry. Soap Queen TV is awesome, and so it the Teach Soap site. There are links on the main page. And ask questions here, too. With so many soapers, you're sure to find an answer.
  20. I make my own soaps (and occasionally sell them as well), and I find that the more natural the ingredients, the better the soap. Whenever I use commercially made soap, my skin is much itchier. I'm not a fan of the detergents, lathering agents, and other chemicals in commercially made soap. You can make your own for much less, and it's a better product all the way around. I just made some gardening soap for the gardeners in my life the other day. Smells heavenly, and it has ground walnut shells and shredded loofah in it, to really remove the dirt. If you're interested in making your own soap, let me know and I can provide with links (if we're still allowed to link to outside sites) to help you get started.
  21. If the worst thing you do in life is drink some soda on a daily basis....you have no worries.
  22. I cannot stand parents who will stop their conversation with me every single time their child interrupts and wants to speak to them about anything that comes to mind. The constant whining of "mommy, mommy, mommy" while we're trying to talk drives me bonkers. And those parents are not doing their children any favors, by not teaching them manners. Eventually, society will. Those kinds of parents (and their children) quickly go on my list of people to avoid.
  23. Well, last year I did my son's in June, and my dd waited until August the year before that, because she had to wait until her wedding had taken place so she could file as "married'. Usually I just wait until after my tax returns have been filed. Sometimes that's March, sometimes it's May. It's never mattered one way or another.
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