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  1. I don't know if this is helpful since we stay off site, but we stay at a place with free, hot breakfast and a fridge/microwave in the room. So we fill up on breakfast so we go in full. I bring a backpack with snacks, drinks, and lunch every day. I buy some "special" snacks I wouldn't always get the kids at home so it still seems fun to them. We then just buy dinner and maybe a fun ice cream or something. It works well for us and we stay super low cost on food. We also typically use points for the hotel and go during the homeschool days to get our tickets. We really can do Disney that way for super duper low cost to us.
  2. He has not been checked for hernias. At the appt she asked if we had a family history of hernias which we do not. She ended up deciding to check on the h.pylori first but I'm wondering if hernias will be next. I've actually not heard of abdominal migraines before...interesting. Off to look it up.
  3. I'd love some thoughts on this if you have a minute. My son (8) started almost 3 weeks ago complained of a stomach ache one night. Nothing too bad but it was bothering him enough that he had trouble falling asleep. This continued on and off for a couple days, mainly at night. I took him to the doctor for something else (ended up being diagnosed with PANDAS and put on antibiotics). Due to the strep associated with pandas we assumed the stomach ache was from that and that it would clear up. Well the PANDAS issues resolved quickly but the stomach ache remained. So we went back in a week ago. He was tested for h. pylori as the symptoms seemed to fit with that. We just got the results back today and it's negative. I'm waiting to hear back from the doctor on what I should do next. Basically his stomach is hurting on and off through the day, particularly at night and early morning. There has been no vomiting or diarrhea or fever. He is eating normally and says that everything has been normal in the bathroom. The pain is in the upper middle of his stomach. The pediatrician last week also put us on Prevacid to see if it was acid related (although he has never had acid issues) but that has not made a difference. Yesterday he told me it hurts worse when he sneezes or coughs or runs hard...which just seems weird to me, more like a pulled muscle or something but at night he's not moving around and it's still hurting. Overall he's running and playing normally so it's not like he's in a bunch of pain, but he does consistently bring it up most nights and occasionally some other time. Any thoughts?
  4. I was wondering about this. I have only heard of PANDAS here (and know almost nothing about it), but when I was googling sudden onset stuttering, this came up several times. I don't believe he has had strep since he was little, but definitely want to get him checked out this week in case I'm missing something. Anything you'd recommend for reading about PANDAS?
  5. I've got some concerns with my middle son's speech and would love some input. Both of our boys have had some issues with speech since they were younger, but this son has typically been the "easy" one regarding speech. He says all sounds correctly, never had trouble with that. His only trouble for the most part has been that he speaks super fast and kind of smushes his words together. Speech therapists have really never been concerned. They've just said his brain is working fast than his mouth and he's just trying to get it all out quickly. He's now 8.5 and we started back to speech this spring, more for our other son than for this one, but we wanted to work on his speed/articulation a little more because it was not getting better and he's getting older. When we did his evaluation, it was fine and the speech therapist thought giving some focus to it for the summer would probably be very helpful. The speech therapist is great. Super nice, and the boys enjoy her. They both don't mind going or doing their homework stuff with me during the week. So my middle son has been having therapy for probably 2 months when about 10 days ago or so, he started stuttering. A lot. Whole words or phrases, not just sounds, mainly at the beginning of a sentence. It generally is accompanied by facial grimacing/closing his eyes as he's trying to get the words/phrases out. He has stuttered a little in the past, a little more when he was 3 or so (even then not a lot and we did speech back then too) but it went away as he got older. He would stutter maybe once every few weeks or months just slightly if he were excited, but no grimacing or blinking. This is different. It's many, many times a day. He says he is frustrated he can't get it out. We have not had anything unusual happen in the last few weeks. It's been a normal summer with lots of sleeping in/pool/playing with friends/etc... When we went to speech last week, the speech therapist definitely noticed the difference. She recommended quietly placing a hand on his arm to remind him to stop, take a breath, think about what he wanted to say, and starting over. He does generally do better if he does this, but not always. And he does it so often, I feel bad stopping him all the time. And he does not like to be stopped. I made an appt. for the pediatrician this week...can you think of anything medical this could be? We are trying to be very calm about this with him. We don't want him to think we're worried about it (though we are!!). Has anyone had anything like this happen? Thoughts, ideas? Things I should be thinking about? Thanks!
  6. I've got some concerns with my middle son's speech and would love some input. Both of our boys have had some issues with speech since they were younger, but this son has typically been the "easy" one regarding speech. He says all sounds correctly, never had trouble with that. His only trouble for the most part has been that he speaks super fast and kind of smushes his words together. Speech therapists have really never been concerned. They've just said his brain is working fast than his mouth and he's just trying to get it all out quickly. He's now 8.5 and we started back to speech this spring, more for our other son than for this one, but we wanted to work on his speed/articulation a little more because it was not getting better and he's getting older. When we did his evaluation, it was fine and the speech therapist thought giving some focus to it for the summer would probably be very helpful. The speech therapist is great. Super nice, and the boys enjoy her. They both don't mind going or doing their homework stuff with me during the week. So my middle son has been having therapy for probably 2 months when about 10 days ago or so, he started stuttering. A lot. Whole words or phrases, not just sounds, mainly at the beginning of a sentence. It generally is accompanied by facial grimacing/closing his eyes as he's trying to get the words/phrases out. He has stuttered a little in the past, a little more when he was 3 or so (even then not a lot and we did speech back then too) but it went away as he got older. He would stutter maybe once every few weeks or months just slightly if he were excited, but no grimacing or blinking. This is different. It's many, many times a day. He says he is frustrated he can't get it out. We have not had anything unusual happen in the last few weeks. It's been a normal summer with lots of sleeping in/pool/playing with friends/etc... When we went to speech last week, the speech therapist definitely noticed the difference. She recommended quietly placing a hand on his arm to remind him to stop, take a breath, think about what he wanted to say, and starting over. He does generally do better if he does this, but not always. And he does it so often, I feel bad stopping him all the time. And he does not like to be stopped. I made an appt. for the pediatrician this week...can you think of anything medical this could be? We are trying to be very calm about this with him. We don't want him to think we're worried about it (though we are!!). Has anyone had anything like this happen? Thoughts, ideas? Things I should be thinking about? I think I'll cross post this on special needs as well. Thanks!
  7. This happened to us in Paris years ago. 4 star hotel, $750 bucks, extra night in Paris, money for food. We paid for two extra nights and took the Chunnel to London. And yes, it was Delta. It was pretty awesome.
  8. I'd probably just think...I am alone at a nice hotel for 2.5 days! Woohoo! I'd sleep in, read a couple great books by the pool, workout, eat good food, shop if I wanted, people watch, etc... Then go out with your husband at night for a nice dinner or movie or whatever. I'd just take it as a break and a recharge and not really think as much about it being Vegas.
  9. Let me look. I just put a few in our recycle bin. Let me see what year they are.
  10. If you want tropical, but maybe less expensive/stressful, what if you picked a beach area you like. Maybe Florida? We love the gulf coast side. Then look on VRBO.com and pick out a reasonable house by the beach. Stock up on easy breakfast/lunch fun stuff when you get there and go out for dinners. Sleep in, lay on the beach, bring great books and family games. Just chill out and enjoy as each person wants to.
  11. Hyatt Place have rooms with 2 queens plus a living area that has a pull out couch. Most also have a microwave/sink/fridge/counter area in the living area plus they do free breakfast. This is also true of Country Inn and Suites but they have a door dividing the two areas so you could have privacy if you took the pull out couch. Both of these places definitely sleep six and have not charged us extra.
  12. Love mine!! I have the smaller one that also came with three single serving cups with travel lids. We use them constantly for smoothies and such.
  13. I've actually always done best on ebay...sold 4 big things there this week.
  14. $1 summer movies, play in kids area of the library/ read special books there, free summer bowling (can't think of the site offhand), maybe go to a park she likes, get ice cream, summer craft from michaels (usually half off by now), public pool?
  15. Elemental science felt very repetitive to us. Read, narrate, read, narrate. Experiments did not always feel like they fit. Plus I had to gather all supplies. Not bad, just not for us. We did not enjoy it.
  16. I would purposely avoid any homeschool coop that did fundraising. Ugh. I hate it enough in scouts and AHG. And I really haven't seen my kids learn much of anything from doing it there. The one we are in has a flat $35 annual fee. Then there are some other things we pay during the year.
  17. I check at the beginning of the year how many of pages of mental math there are and divide that by the number of weeks we are doing school. Generally it works out to 1-2 pages of mental math a week. If it's a harder page we may spread one page out over two days. I say the problem to them and they give me the answer. They can look at it while I'm reading if it helps them.
  18. Well I actually rent from Lowes or Home Depot and have been really satisfied. I think the brand has been Bissell. It costs $25 for 24 hours. $3 extra dollars for the stair/upholstery attachment. The cleaner is a bit pricey (I want to say $20) but it lasts me for at least 3 cleanings so I usually just spend $28 to do my house. It works out cheaper for me than having people out and I feel like my carpets look great afterwards.
  19. If you add up the return value amounts, will it add up to the total you paid? If yes, I'd return it all, get all my money back, and tell them they had lost my business due to their return policy. If it didn't add up to what I paid them....well...they'd get an earful!
  20. I used it a ton. I would not have gotten the same results without it.
  21. Almost positive they are the Enjoy Life cookies. Same flavors, same ingredients, much better price. Taste exactly the same.
  22. Did not work for us here. Listening to music CDs of them combined with flash master and xtra math finally did.
  23. Just echoing others... Chewy necklaces and pencil toppers, lots of gum (find a couple she loves), headphones for books, exercise ball to sit on, thinking putty, mini trampoline, etc...
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