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About natalie

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  • Birthday 06/26/1969

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  1. My dc loved (and still do) the larger size plus plus blocks. The ages of my youngest dc are 3 and 5. My ds8 still plays with them, and dd10 and dd12 still make things out of them occasionally, esp. to make things to supplement their play with others toys. Dd10 and dd12 have requested the smaller ones to make more intricate items.
  2. I would like an invite please. I have one that just graduated college and is now out on his own far away 😞 , one still at home, and another who just started college. Thank you.
  3. Exactly! Many days I feel as though I am barely keeping my head above water with all that needs to be done. I can only juggle so many balls. I chose to let this one drop ☺️. As a side note, my dh is a ruthless deleter and frequently needs info from emails he has gotten rid of. I NEVER have that problem ... lol!
  4. Well, I am going to make you all feel totally on top of things. In my inbox I have 163,213 emails dating back to 2007. Of these 124,570 are unread. Feel better now?
  5. Thank you so much for posting this!!! Right now all of my downloads are spread across about 5 computers and I can never find anything. I usually just go to my "library" to find what I am looking for and redownload. I will just redo it all to make sure I haven't missed or lost anything (I am too embarrassed to say how many items I have in my library ... lol). As a bonus, it will all be in one place now!
  6. I'm fairly certain city chicken is pork. We ate it when I was growing up. It was reserved for special! Tuna tetrazzini ... YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!!! It was canned tuna, overcooked spaghetti noodles, canned sliced green olives mixed and an unbelievable amount of cream of mushroom soup dumped into a casserole dish and baked. Everyone in the entire extended family raved about it. Extras were always made so that everyone could have leftovers to take with them to eat during the week. Did I mention, "Yuck!"? Well, it isn't any better the following days either! Also on my list is sauerkraut. Not only won't I make it, I will not allow it in my house. Relatives have tested me on this rule, but I will not waiver. They must leave it in their vehicle. The mere smell will have me heaving for hours.
  7. Unfortunately, there is still a significant co-pay, at least for me (dh grumbles a little every time I fill the rx). It is definitely worth it, though, as albuterol was really hard on me.
  8. ??? Do you mean did she start doing this at a young age? I have no idea. I met her the first time when dating dh. Possibly though. No one else seems to find it odd -- dh just says she's old. Of course, dh has been saying that for over 20 years now.
  9. I think it is odd, however ... my MIL always tells the servers how EACH person at the table is related to everyone else AND shares various details of each person's life, and she does this to EVERY person that comes by the table: servers, runners, buspeople, manager, etc, while she holds on to their arm (maybe so they can't make a quick getaway?)
  10. When I ordered in 2016, I chose my delayed start date during the ordering and payment process. ETA: Oops ... now that it's the middle of the night and I was sleeping, I think they actually sent me an email after the fact with a link asking me to assign courses to children and choose the start dates. I hope I didn't mess you up ... apparently my sleeping brain is a lot more with it than my daytime brain.
  11. I've had 4 colonoscopies ... yuck ... all with different preps. The first three were horrific. The last one was with Suprep. It was unbelievable how much easier the prep was with this and how much better I tolerated it. It was a total breeze. My insurance paid for it, but if in the future it doesn't, I told dh we would be scraping together the money to pay for it out of pocket. (I even saved the packaging so I wouldn't forget what it was called ... lol!)
  12. Not true. Excerpts from the following link: Who May Home School Home school education is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The parent assigns homework, gives tests and grades these tests. The issuance of report cards, transcripts, and diplomas are the responsibility of the home school family (based on internal standards). If home schooling continues through grade 12, the parent issues a high school diploma to the graduate. ... Reporting Process The annual reporting of a home school to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is voluntary. It is not required unless the student is requesting eligible special education services from the local public school or intermediate school district. ... Teacher Requirement A parent or legal guardian who home schools his or her child is not required to hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate, permit, or occupational authorization. A parent or legal guardian reporting to MDE must have a minimum bachelor’s degree to be approved unless they claim a sincerely held religious belief against teacher certification (People v DeJonge). Reporting is required if the parent or legal guardian is seeking eligible special education services for their child(ren). and this link:,4615,7-140-81351_81352_35175-307002--,00.html Exemption (f) Home SchoolExemption (f) Home School 380.1561(3)(f) states: A child shall not be required to attend the public schools in the following cases: (f) The child is being educated at the child's home by his or her parent or legal guardian in an organized educational program in the subject areas of reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and English grammar. If a home school family chooses to operate under exemption (f), the conditions listed below apply: The Michigan Department of Education plays no role with the home school family. The home school family does not report as a nonpublic school to the Michigan Department of Education. Intermediate and local school districts are responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Compulsory School Attendance Law. There are no minimum qualifications for teachers except that they must be the parents or legal guardians of the children. The home school family must provide "an organized educational program in the subject areas of reading, spelling mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and English grammar." Students in home school families operating under exemption (f), solely, are not entitled to Auxiliary Services. Students in these home school families may enroll in noncore courses such as band, physical education, or music in public schools.
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