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  1. Been going to Red River, NM most summers for almost 20 years. Once Texas starts heating up in the spring, Red River is all I can think about. Even when I know it is miserably cold there in the winter, I want to go. We usually camp and sometimes rent a house. I almost ALWAYS look at property when I'm there... the town is so small I know absolutely every neighborhood and I even watch property listings from home. I've just never found the cabin that I want to spend the money on for a summer house. As much as I love it, I don't think I would ever live there full-time.
  2. Sounds like an easy decision. My middle son wants to buy his own personal cell phone now, so that even solved the problem of the extra device. Thanks for the input!
  3. So, Lara, do you leave the phone in the house for the kids when you are away?
  4. I'm almost ready to take the plunge. I'm paying $30/month for my land-line. I can add one more cell phone to my family plan for $10/month AND keep my existing phone number. Is there a good reason I shouldn't do this? Four of the five of us already have cell phones. My youngest, 14 yo, doesn't have a phone yet. I could get the 5th line for him, but then we would just be dropping our house phone. Or the 5th line could be the house phone, for now, and we could gradually switch all house phone calls over to my or husband's cell phone, then give the phone to the youngest. I'm just t
  5. I had one when the kids were young b/c it was easy to clean, but I never really liked it. It was nice leather (and the pillows were attached) but the brown was boring and it was hot in the summer & cold in the winter. I tried colorful pillows, but they kept sliding off the slick leather. I sold it on Craigslist. With that money I bought a down-stuffed sofa, also on Craigslist, and had a linen slipcover made for it. It is amazingly comfortable and cute. I did go back and get a new leather chair.
  6. One of my kids had a down comforter that was ruined when we had a water leak. I replaced it with a (cheaper) down alternative. He thinks it's just as warm.
  7. Update... Took oldest to visit with his calculus teacher/co-op administrator/homeschool dad - for the 2nd time. Ds really respects him. He didn't mince any words and told ds that his dc grades demonstrate that he just doesn't give a crap. He didn't listen to any of ds excuses and explained that he is between (a) NMS, full-ride scholarship to Baylor (and possibly law school, too) or (b) he can be 2.9 GPA at community college. Those are the options before him. Not only did he give ds a "talking to", he also gave him some clear goals. In particular, ds agreed to a clear timeline of gettin
  8. Almost all our heat is from our wood stove. It's a newer, very efficient stove, but we live out in the country and I don't have to buy wood. Buying fire wood might cost us more than our electric heat. I like to dry clothes on the line, too. It makes them smell better. But I use the dryer for my whites or, at least, run them through it after they are dry. I don't like crunchy underwear! Crock-pot or toaster oven so I don't heat up the big stove. It's gas, so doesn't cost much to heat, but we live in Texas and in the summer I don't want any more heat in the house. A/C is our major
  9. Something that hasn't been mentioned... officers DO NOT need probable cause IF you give them permission to search. Same with your home. If they ask if they can search, you should always say "no" (respectfully!) Saying "yes" allows them to go on a fishing expedition and use anything they find against you. If they do have probable cause, they can/will search even without your permission, but they very well may skip it without consent.
  10. Many thanks to everyone that replied to my "Ready to give up" post. Oldest ds would love to have a part-time job. He had one over the summer and enjoyed the independence. But I have some questions... 1) My biggest concern - how do they balance work and school? A job over the summer is one thing, but a job during school is quite another. Do you cut the course load to allow for work? Ds is having a hard time keeping up with school, so I'm afraid to give him more to do. But, then again, he's wasting tremendous amounts of time, so maybe he needs more work. 2) How do you handle the c
  11. Wintermom, I would love to do that. Dh won't or can't. He tells them to do something, then when they don't he never notices. Just today ds #1 went to coffee with a another man to ask if he could take his daughter to prom. When I found out about it (last night - dh has known all along) I asked dh if he told ds that he could go to the prom. Dh said no, they didn't even discuss that. Seems like it was an assumed "okay" or just up to the other dad. I'm okay with him going, but it seems to me he should at least ask first. Dh is in charge of math for one son only. He's done about 30% of what s
  12. Apparently, Lehman has also written Have a New Teenager by Friday. Reading it now. Thanks!
  13. I really don't want to farm out any more classes; I'm fine farming out math/science/foreign language, but I know I can teach literature & writing much better than any outside class I've seen. But if I can't make them actually do the work, I will have to do that. I cannot believe how much grief they can give me. Losing internet or cell phones prompts yelling rants. ALL the other kids get to text, go to social events, work out, manage their own time, etc... Future attorney was yelling at me the other day, so I sent him out of the house. He told me that taking away his cell phone an
  14. I'm really feeling like a failure right now. I'm tired of pushing my three teen boys. I have worked so hard homeschooling them for the past 13 years, but they just don't seem to want what I want. Oldest DS, 18yo, is a National Merit Semi-Finalist. He wants to be an attorney and has won all kinds of speech, debate & moot court awards. He's smart & a pretty good writer, but he seems to have just given up. He has a pending scholarship to Baylor, but just won't put forth the effort to see it through to completion. (We don't have the money to send him w/o the scholarship.) He has
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