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  1. Pretty much the same thing everyday here. Fruit smoothie with flaxseed. Love it â¤ï¸
  2. Totally agree. That comment, as well as, “I won’t quote you†- such unnecessary responses.
  3. Yes, my daughter asked me very directly about Santa when she was about 9 or maybe 10. I asked her, “Do you really want to know?â€. She did, so I let her know Santa was just a tradition for fun and it was really me and her dad. She cried herself to sleep and I felt terrible. The next day we talked about it some more and that was that. She is 16 now and has very fond memories of Santa and no regrets about us including him in our Christmases. He only ever brought one gift, but she loved leaving him cookie and milk and treats for the reindeer. It did not affect her trust in us. She still loves Santa and the memories we made including that tradition. My son no longer believes (he’s almost 14) but we never had a “talkâ€. He just figured it out at about 9 or 10 and it wasn’t a big deal. It just faded itself out.
  4. Yes, that’s me. I grew up in a upper middle class family. My parents live very comfortably with a nice home, vacation home, boat, etc. I never considered us “rich†because my high school had such wealthy kids! I thought rich people lived in the Atlanta Country Club (which they did), but when my husband met me he said he couldn’t believe how wealthy we were. For me, it was just normal. I have three sisters and they all live equal to or above the standard of living we were raised in. My one sister married very wealthy, but she’s kind of a snob about it and will point out the gap between us now. My husband and I live very comfortable & we have everything we need & more, but we definitely have a budget and I consider myself to be quite frugal. I don’t have the luxury of walking into Target and just buying something because it’s cute. I budget everything & save for big items. We live within our means though, have a lovely home, and I have the luxury of not needing to work. We have no debt & I feel that we are better off than we’ve ever been in our marriage (thanks Dave Ramsey). My husband is a worship pastor and loves his job and can provide for us. We feel so blessed, and we are rich in happiness 😊. If I’m being honest though, my family benefits from the wealth of my parents and sisters. They are all incredibly generous & frequently we get invited on vacations that we would not be able to afford on our own. My home is filled with beautiful furniture & most of it belonged to my mom or sisters and was gifted to me (so grateful) So I’m living on less than what I was raised, but fine with where we are. My husband and I have our own financial goals & they work for us.
  5. Wow, this story is heartbreaking. Thank God the one teen was able to get away and call for help. So many things about this seem weird to me, but I see or read weird stuff with homeschooling families all of the time. Families dressing identical is weird but it wouldn’t put up a red flag for me (heck, in another thread here everyone is talking about school uniforms for school hours... That’s really strange to me). The trash digging though... that’s really hard to overlook! But everything else would be easy to assume all is well enough & the family just lives very different from my own.
  6. Oh, I loved the afterschool specials. I also loved Solid Gold in the evening. I literally remember the debut song, Turn Me Looseâ€, by Loverboy, lol. It was awesome!
  7. I just received my invite. So if anyone is interested I’d just contact them and ask. That’s all I did. $59 for the year is going to save me so much money! Thank you to the poster above that mentioned the web version!
  8. We used Making Math Meaningful when my kids were little & liked it. ETA- I don’t really remember using manipulatives but in looking at samples it seems you’ll need too at times. I dont remember them though, they must be very small, basic things.
  9. I love it too. I’ve never tried anything other than chickpeas (I didn’t know you even could, lol). I always buy unsalted and add a little cream of tartar before blending.
  10. Yes, I’m sorry. I’m really comparing the panhandle to Clearwater. Really confusing & incorrect word choice on my part ðŸ‘ðŸ»
  11. I live very close to Panama City. The beaches here are just beautiful. My suggestion would be to vacation somewhere off 30A (we particularly love Rosemary Beach). 30A is sort of in-between Panama City & Destin. There’s tons to do there & it’s beautiful. When we go to PC, we always stay at The Calypso - I would highly recommend this resort if you’re open to Panama City (it’s on the beach and across from Pier Park and close to everything). Clearwater is a great place to vacation, but the beaches really don’t compare imo. The sand here is white & often the water is crystal clear. If you come to the gulf, I highly recommend St. Andrews state park and go to the jetties there. It’s across from Shell Island, which is also fabulous (but you would need to take a shuttle boat over). Wonder Works is a lot of fun too, it’s a museum. You can’t go wrong with any destination on the gulf or in Clearwater - they’re just very different beaches— but both fun places to visit.
  12. This was our experience too. Both of my children enrolled in public school in 5th & 6th grade. They had always been homeschooled up until that point... the school was very low key & nonchalant about it. I came prepared with current portfolios and standardized test grades - they weren’t interested. I would definitely talk with the guidance counselor ðŸ‘ðŸ»
  13. I grew up in Marietta, GA and love the monastery in Conyers. I would highly recommend it for a silent retreat and have been on several there. It is absolutely wonderful. The accommodations are simple, the grounds are beautiful, and the time of worship with the monks is really beautiful (the inside of the church is gorgeous). They have a silent cafeteria and everything. I also recommend their store and bread! It’s so yummy! It’s been years since I’ve been, but assuming it’s the same - you will not be disappointed. It’s called Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA
  14. At our co-op most of the classes are parent led. However, the art class is a hired instructor. She charges $150 per student. So I do think co-ops will pay, assuming it’s a class in demand that the parents either can’t or don’t want to teach. I’d definitely call around. I’d be prepared to have an idea of what your syllabus will look like, homework load, etc.
  15. Yes, we switched to Monarch for a few subjects. My son can work independently and he loves it. Im happy that he’s happy with it ðŸ‘🻠And it’s very easy to set up and use.
  16. Yes, the protein thing is a total myth and drives me crazy. As for food, you can turn any favorite food into a vegan version. I love pizza! I make the dough & add sauce, veggies, and in lieu of cheese I use nutritional yeast (although they sell processed vegan cheese). Mexican is another favorite, in place of meat, I love mushrooms tossed in taco seasoning. I also add spanish rice and beans to my burritos. Chili is also yummy. In place of meat I add brown rice. Today I just made 5 minute salsa & baked corn chips. Last week I made seitan and used it for fried chicken sandwiches. Really. Anything you normally eat, it’s really easy to make a vegan friendly version of it (cheese Queso from eggplant, Mac & cheese, etc). You can be as healthy as you want or a total junk food addict as a vegan. As for healthy sweets, I love banana ice creamâ¤ï¸
  17. Agreeing with others. Believe me, she knows she’s gaining weight. She doesn’t need her mom to tell her the obvious. Don’t say a word. Hugs.
  18. Since I don’t require an evaluation with her, I may just text her in the summer & ask if she needs anything from me before we part ways. My son will take a standardized test so if she needs anything, I can show her that plus our portfolio. She’s very nice, but I’m paying $200 a year for a service I just don’t need. My county is very friendly to homeschoolers. I think I just was nervous approaching high school and felt like an umbrella school would benefit us. But it doesn’t. And I really feel more comfortable approaching community college dual enrolllment and Bright Futures registered through the county.
  19. I love all of the ones listed, especially Helen. I would also add Dahlonega, GA
  20. I just emailed them today. They said the online version should be out soon. Right now it is by invite only. They were having issues with payments over the holidays but they are on the brink of fixing it. He said he would send me an invite when it was resolved.
  21. I ask questions. I have small talk A LOT with people I either just met or don’t know well. I’ve found asking questions and showing interest in the other person is waaaaaay easier in making conversations painless and less awkward.
  22. Thank you! Great advice! I totally wasn’t thinking about it being mid year. So, I will wait to submit my letter of intent in August. My question now is regarding this year, 8th grade. Do I have to meet with my current umbrella school to close out this year? Or can I just submit my letter of intent to the county in August and that’s sufficient? I just don’t want to overlook anything.
  23. Hi, We currently homeschool but we are registered through a private school (or umbrella school). I do not want to continue with this option. My son will be in ninth grade next school year & I just want to go back to being a homeschooler registered with my county. My question is, to do this, do I just mail in my letter of intent? Do I need to tell our umbrella school, or is my not paying during re-enrollment sufficient? Should I act now or wait until the summer when this school year is over? And lastly, should I get an evaluation for this year & have it sent in to the county? Normally I would meet with my umbrella school over the summer for a review, but if I’m leaving them I’d rather not go that route. It will just be weird... she’ll try to talk me into staying & Im not assertive and it will be uncomfortable. I hope this makes sense. Thank you so much for your time!
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