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  1. Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the supportive tone and nature of your replies! All of this is good. I like the idea of the kids making a list, and then getting to help set up the menu. Maybe our "health" lesson each week should be helping me make a menu plan and the accompanying shopping list!
  2. I made a mistake way early in my elder son's life: I didn't establish a regular routine. He gets up when he wants, eats his breakfast when he wants, chooses what he wants to eat... THEN we finally get to start school. When it's time for lunch break, we go through this "what are you going to eat?" process again until he finally feels full. Then I usually give him some time to play with his brother until we can finally get back to work to finish our day. So the problem is multi-faceted: 1) no set wake-up time 2) I let the kids decide what to eat for breakfast and lunch which sometimes
  3. Re: why spectators came to watch the 2nd & 3rd tasks of the Triwizard Tourney: I don't think so because Dumbledore talked Mermish to the Merpeople to find out what happened under water and why Harry took so long; he in turn explained to the other judges and that caused them to score they way they did. Maybe it was a masquerade? And Cinderella had teeny-tiny feet; very few if any girls in the kingdom had the same sized foot, right?
  4. Oh, that's good to know! I only have the primers so far, not sure if I said, so I didn't know that. I'd heard there was a lot of writing, but didn't realize it was like that. :) Do you think I should stop having him do the writing in the primer, or have him do it cursive? Will that confuse him that his book shows him to do it one way, and now I'm saying to do it another? Hmmm, maybe I should get the sandpaper letters afterall.
  5. No, they tilt in so the cats can't get into them, and if it /were/ blood, it was a lot of it, and I'd notice a wound that big on the 3yo. All I can think is some sort of oxidation, but I just can't figure out what. :(
  6. It is my son's job to "swish" the toilets at least once a week. I used to do it every day a la Flylady, and would put Mr. Clean in the toilet brush holder. But with kids and cats, I stopped doing that for fear they'd get into it. The other week in what I thought was a fit of pure brilliance, I decided to put some vinegar in the brush holders instead [keep in mind, these are the kind that tilt in when not in use so I can't see in them when they're closed]. I only managed to get one of them done though. I've been noticing that there was some dirty smudges on the floor around the brush hol
  7. I bought the Get Ready For the Code series for my 3yo because he enjoys doing "school" with his big brother. But I've also been reading about cursive first, and wishing my 8yo had done that since he REALLY struggles with reversals, spacing, etc. [We just started Logic of English] Is there a way to combine the ETC and cursive first? We're almost done with the A primer; is it too late? [he often skips the writing pages]
  8. by Mary Casanova? I was planning to do this for our next read-aloud [we just learned about Louis XIV and read "Man in the Iron Mask" [adaptation]], but one review on Amazon mentioned "love scenes" and another rec'ed it for girls 11-14? My son is 8.5. How mushy-lovey is it? TIA
  9. Popeye's Taco Bell [ETA: shoot missed it was on your list--poo!]
  10. The app didn't turn out too helpful. I'm switching back and forth btn BBC News and CNN on our Roku.
  11. Has anyone ever had an au pair? The exchange student thread got me thinking about this again. I just think it might be fun and a rich experience. I don't need it so much for the childcare.... Hmmmm... DH thinks it might be expensive though; I've only skimmed the surface. Pros? Cons?
  12. I just downloaded the app "Elections-2012" that promises to have live results and videos from election night at my fingertips. I can only hope. But if anyone has some other resources I'm :bigear: We have a Roku, and obviously internet.
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