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  1. Thanks for al the replies! Funny thing was I was thinking I should look into MM or JA. Now it looks like I should look at both. And the online book looks promising too. Now to decide. Or make her decide since she is the one who will be using it.
  2. At this school they give it the first week of 7th grade, so what she learns over the summer will affect how she does on the test. I know, it's kind of different.
  3. My oldest is in public school this year, and will continue in ps next year. She is finishing 6th grade, and wants to learn pre-algebra over the summer so when she takes the 7th grade placement test she'll go right into algebra. Her math teacher suggested this as she is at the top of her class. We've gone through all the Singapore elementary books, and they are a great fit for her (which is one reason why I think she's so far ahead of most of her public school peers). If I was homeschooling her next year I'd use AoPS, but I think it would be too much for just a summer course. What is your f
  4. Aren’t ears and brains fascinating? Sometimes our brain will detect a sound wave, but not quite have all the information, so it will fill in the blanks with what it already knows and we will hear something that isn’t there. For example, once I was sitting in my room and I distinctly heard squirrels in the attic. I had had squirrels in a previous house so I knew exactly what it sounded like. I could follow their movement across the ceiling. But we lived in an area without squirrels when I heard it this time. I figured it must be some other critter up there, maybe bats. We checked the at
  5. I've heard of Yowie eggs, but I've never seen them. I can easily get Kinder Eggs because I live on the Canadian border. We eat them before we cross back. I know other people who sneak them across. It's sort of the principle of the thing. In my mind there is really no good reason to ban them here, and any resources dedicated to the enforcement of this law are resources wasted. But mainly, I don't want to give my address to a website I'm not sure about, and would like to know if anyone here is familiar with it.
  6. I just saw a post from a friend on Facebook asking to sign a petition from change.org. I can fully get behind the cause - to remove the ban on Kinder Surprise Eggs in the USA. But I don't know if change.org is legit. I hesitate to give my address to an unfamiliar website. A google search came up with mixed opinions. I thought I'd ask here.
  7. Just putting this out there - the family's specific religion isn't necessarily an indicator of how they would react. For instance, I'm LDS, and if one of my children came out I would absolutely show them love and compassion and help them through their hurt and vulnerability, rather than causing more. Some religious parents would be abusive, but many would not. And some non-religious parents would be abusive while many would not. I understand the thinking behind using caution with members of specific churches, but I respectfully don't think it's an accurate litmus test. Ravin, I am truly so
  8. It didn't seem too complicated, but maybe I was just not trying to look deeply. There were many references to the original books, including the death of Moriarty at the falls. John showed up because he's Sherlock's friend, so Sherlock doesn't have to do things alone, so he can beat someone like Moriarty who doesn't have a friend like that. Didn't he jump at the end just to wake up? I thought John asked him how he was going to wake up, and since you can't die in a dream, jumping off a waterfall seemed like a good way to wake up.
  9. We did go. It was nice. 30 minutes early was not quite early enough. It looked like everything was full, but an usher led us to a front balcony that I couldn’t even see until we got there. We ended up sitting in front of some friends of ours who were very helpful with our two smallest kids who were a bit loud and squirmy. It was serendipitous. Some children put on a cute nativity and the priest gave a nice message, then continued with Mass. We couldn’t see the program very well from our seats, but the kids loved seeing their piano teacher play the piano and organ. Afterward we all agreed t
  10. Thanks again. I live in a small town (population 4,000), so I doubt I'll be seeing any of you today ;). But I suppose if you live in a small northeastern town with a Christmas Pageant at 4:00 today, you could pm me. That'd be fun to meet a boardie in real life. :)
  11. It's been a while since I've seen it, but I remember thinking that Liv Tyler's only job in Armageddon was to look pretty and cry.
  12. :lol: Thanks everyone for the help!
  13. Our local Catholic church is having a Christmas pageant for 4:00 mass today. A friend invited us, but then found out she can’t make it. But our church isn’t doing anything today, and a Christmas pageant sounds like a lovely way to spend the afternoon. We’d still like to go, even without the friend. That’s not weird, is it? We’ve never been inside a Catholic church before. What do we expect? How do we dress? Where do we sit? How early should we arrive? What do we need to know so that we don’t feel completely awkward? Thanks for your help!
  14. Hello, OP here. I had no idea this would become a discussion with such strong feelings. Thanks for all the advice. Part of the problem was that I was just cranky yesterday. We had been battling illness in our home for about three weeks, so the cleaning had been neglected. Dirty houses put me in a bad mood, and the house was much dirtier than usual. Also I was PMSing a bit. Another part of the problem I realized from a few of your posts. I hadn’t realized that my kids really have been box deprived the few months. We are currently renting a tiny home, but will be purchasing and
  15. Thanks for talking some sense into me. Getting extra bins wouldn't work. We actually have extra bins. And they have all sorts of things they've made out of boxes. But they want to use EVERY bin or box or other container they can find. I have to keep up on taking out the recycling because it gets raided often for imaginative supplies. I've been planning on a toy purge soon. That will probably help a bit. And kids will grow up. Who knows, maybe someday when they're all grown up I'll miss the creative mess. Off to bed I go. Good night.
  16. I need you to tell me how mean my plan is so I don’t inflict it on my children. I am tired of the mess. The toys are everywhere. Not because children are playing imaginatively with toys, but because they love the toy bins so much that they dump out all the toys in order to play with the bins. We have purged toys, and will again. But considering that I have five kids, they don’t really have that many toys. But we live in a small house, and 5 kids worth of toys dumped out in a small house means I feel like I can't breathe. When they do the big dump, they have to clean it up, but
  17. Just my opinion. I've been trying to figure this out too. Here is what I think the thinking is. If heterosexual parents are not married, to repent they can get married. The family stays together. If an alcoholic repents, he stops drinking alcohol. The family still stays together. Repentance for the majority of sins will make a family stronger. But to repent from a same-sex relationship, the partners would have to break apart. The family would be broken. This is one of the few cases where repentance of a sin would do that. Polygamy is another. I think that's why the policy is in place f
  18. Agreed that it's an annoying habit of many LDS people (generally well-intentioned though). And just to clarify, earlier I said I've got some thinking and praying to do about this. I hadn't noticed that bit in the article. I really just figure that thinking and praying about stuff that's hard to understand is a good way to get understanding. I'm not saying I'm going to sit down and shut up. ;)
  19. I'm curious how this rule will play out. I have a hard time imagining the church telling someone that they can't care for their elderly parent. There could be extenuating circumstances where the rule is breakable. I only pictured the rule from the young person's side. Trying to make a clean break from the lifestyle by moving out rather than living in their parents' basement for the next 5-10 years as many people do. I don't know how it would work when the parents were the ones needing to be cared for. I'm curious to see. And hopeful that compassion wins. It might just be taken case by
  20. ugh. I didn't know that. I've never heard of that blog before today. Hopefully the church will come out with an official statement soon.
  21. Sort of. The LDS church has never changed it's stance that homosexual relationships are a sin. They have tried to be more open minded about why people have homosexual feelings. They've made it very clear that homosexual feelings are not a sin, and it's only when those feelings are acted upon that one needs to repent. They've also been vocal about not discriminating against homosexual people in civil matters (housing, jobs, etc.) They've been vocal about loving all people, regardless of anything (race, religion, or sexual orientation). They do not want anyone to feel that God d
  22. I'm LDS, and I don't understand everything my church does. I've seen a lot on the internet today, and I'll share my thoughts-in-progress. I was about to share the blog post Amira shared. It is a good one. The LDS church is very family oriented. The LDS church says that same-gender relations are wrong. The church does not want to cause contention in families. If a child of same-gender parents were to be baptized they would always be in conflict. They live at home with parents they love. They go to church and find that their parents' relationship is sinful. Then they are asked if the
  23. I don't really see racism in Back to the Future. IIRC there are 3 times we see black people in the movies. One is a mayor. One is the grandson of the mayor who owns a successful car business. And one is a decently portrayed family trying to protect themselves in a place where everyone else is shooting guns at each other. All three examples seem to be in positive light. I don't know what the population mix was in that area in the 80s. The only slightly racist thing I could think of is that there weren't more non-white people in the movies, if the true population of that area had more than just
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