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  1. Apples to Apples is a fun game. Dutch Blitz is our family favorite.
  2. Yes, of course. I'm not an ogre, I promise. (not saying you are saying I am!) I don't say, "I told you so," to my kids. I'm sorry for your losses. We are dealing with something quite different. I was trying to be funny because I use humor to cope with a house full of teenagers who are sure they are right and mom is wrong 100% of the time. Incidentally, I understand that the best outcome would actually be if the glasses worked for him, not if I was proved right.
  3. In my opinion, this would be the best possible outcome! I'd be right and he'd have to face that....something that's hard for him at this age. 😄
  4. Right? It's usually the kid's choice (within reason) to spend his/her money on what he/she chooses. I'd feel so bad for him, though, if he buys them and they don't work.
  5. I totally missed this info on their website. This might be the deciding factor.
  6. At his last eye appointment, my son was confirmed to be 80%-90% colorblind. The eye doc said EnChroma glasses wouldn't be much help for him, but may help him distinguish borders between colors. Unfortunately, my son is insisting (INSISTING) the glasses would help him see color because he sees advertisements saying so. Son really wants to buy these glasses for himself. If they don't work, he says he can just 'sell them on ebay or something.' I already told him I wouldn't buy them for him because of what the doc said. They are really expensive, IMO! He is relentless about getting
  7. This year, we are enjoying Dive science. Apologia and/or Master Books wasn't a good fit for us, either.
  8. My oldest had a significant underbite corrected about the same time. I was told that for boys especially, it's important to do this before puberty. He wore head gear for years and now has a permanent retainer. It wasn't a huge deal; the more faithful he was wearing his appliance (head gear) the better his outcome. It helps to be homeschooled, since he would wear it during the day. If he'd gone to PS, he wouldn't have worn his head gear during school. Overall, I think it was much less of a deal than braces later. I also recommend a second opinion, which means getting more than one qu
  9. My oldest graduated in May, had an excellent scholarship opportunity, and didn't go. I'm still really upset-probably because it's so recent. He is working a lot, saving money, and building a house. I'm not sure how things will turn out for him. I'm sad because I think he's choosing a much harder road than was available to him, but he keeps telling me he hated school (guess I did a *great* job homeschooling!) and couldn't imagine doing more of it. He has ideas and things he wants to do. He is a very hard worker and has great carpentry skills, so he has more work than he can possibly c
  10. I can really sympathize with you. We don't watch a lot of movies. Isn't there a company that will "clean up" a movie and send you the DVD? I can't remember the name, but it's not Vid Angel or Clearplay. I didn't see Oddball recommended, yet. It's adorable. There is a scene where an unmarried couple has 'their first breakfast together' but my kids think the guy came over for brekkie-there's nothing romantic portrayed. Adults will probably assume the couple has moved in together. There is another scene where the same couple travels together, but it's for work. What did you thin
  11. My son was born with severe, life threatening food allergies and had more than one anaphylactic reaction. It was horrible and terrifying. I prayed many, many times for healing. Actually, I was begging and wishing. He was so sick for so, so long. This kind of thing runs in my family, and it had not turned out well for one of my close relatives. After years of successfully living with the severe restrictions and obsessively caring for him, he had two accidental exposures that made him horribly sick about age 10ish. I was devastated, but very soon after that he was prayed for by a visitin
  12. Congratulations on making it through! Good for you for choosing exercise. That's the only thing that helps me with bad PMS, too. And sleep. Sugar always makes mine worse. I'll cast another vote for the rolling start whenever possible and delaying the non-outsourced classes. The first weeks of any school year for us (this year it's grades 7, 9, 11) are for gauging workload, tweaking, evaluating, ramping down, ramping up, whatever. Multum non multa is actually our school name.
  13. She should be keeping track, technically. That way she has her own record to compare with what her employer reports at the end of the year on her W-2. If she's already getting minimum wage, it's not as big of a deal, really. I'm glad she's getting tips on top of minimum wage. The software I'm familiar with records credit card tips according to whoever made the sale and that money is dispersed on paychecks. There is also a way to record cash tips in most payroll systems for tracking and reporting on W-2s. I'd guess that if the boss is paying out the cash tips, he/she is also recor
  14. Thank you. A million times (and it still wouldn't be enough) ❤️
  15. DH is still employed; job security has been/will be tenuous. DH & I are rebuilding a relationship, since we've been around each other so much. The kids were all going to PS in August, now they'll be home. This is unexpected and disappointing, but it's something to be thankful for, too. We've not been without food or water one time during a global pandemic. I know this is not universal. Human body immune systems. amazing. Good cops. I'm so thankful we did family portraits a few times while the kids were little. For Jesus and the Bible. I could go
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