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  1. If anyone has used this, I'd love to hear your thoughts/experience. Thanks!
  2. I plan on having my twin sons, rising juniors, take the PSAT this fall mostly as practice for the SAT's. They have done very few standardized tests and my goal is for them to feel as comfortable as possible. Any suggestions for how to prep this summer? Is one study guide better than another? How much time per day for study? Khan academy? Any suggestions from those who have gone before would be so helpful for us. Thank you so much!
  3. We stopped in KC in the fall on our way to visit our daughter in MO. We did the Lego Discovery place, Crown Center and Union Station. I wish I would have known about the WWI museum. Oh well, maybe next time:)
  4. I wanna play!! Are we doing this in September? I try to get in 10,000 steps daily. We were at the beach last week and I didn't walk nearly as much as I thought I would ( helping to watch 8 children on the beach may have had something to do with that;) but one night I was literally steps away from hitting it and so I just walked around the bed in our room. Seriously.
  5. I did a brief search but didn't come up with anything so thought I'd ask. What are your experiences with Plan to Eat? In my ever growing quest to make my life easier, I'm considering trying it but don't necessarily want to pay $$ or go to all the trouble of importing recipes if it's not helpful. Anyone? Thanks:)
  6. Oh, I forgot to add that their newest interest, in the last year or so, is making stop animation movies using, wait for it................Legos;)
  7. LOL! I'll tell my boys that I want them to go outside and do something and then I'll see them in the driveway playing with...................Legos!!
  8. You guys are awesome! Taking notes, thank you;)
  9. Our entire immediate family, 17 in total from 16mos to 53, are vacationing in the Outer Banks next week. This is a first for us and we are so excited. I know there are tons of things to do, restaurants, etc. I was hoping those of you who have been there before would share your favorite restaurants ( date night and family oriented), coffee shops, ice cream shops, shop shops:) places to take the kids and the like. We are in Corolla but are happy to drive anywhere within 30-40 minutes. Thanks!!
  10. My boys are 13 and I don't see Legos coming to an end for them any time soon. They have recently discovered Minecraft but that counts as "screen time" here so it's limited. They can do legos as much and as long as they want in their free time.
  11. This is pretty much what we did last year. I read a chapter on Mondays, discussed a little and that was that. No quizzes or tests. My boys enjoyed the stories.
  12. We've started "school lite", just enough that I can feel justified calling it a school day but not enough to cause a melt-down on anyone's part:). We will be going on vacation next week and then will ramp up to full speed the week after that. And my boys were surprised to find out that they are now officially 7th graders:) Edited to add: Pay no attention to the siggy, have to change almost everything in it.
  13. Thank you for all of these suggestions. Planning geography for my 7th graders and you all have made my work so much easier! Bless you!!
  14. I am in the middle of planning my 7th graders geography course and came on here to ask about travel videos. The Globe Trekker ones look like they will do nicely and I appreciate you "previewing" them for us. Thank you for sharing all your hard work!
  15. We pick up the boys from camp this morning! Cannot wait to see them. I expect them to be very tired ( and happy, I hope) and for me to have a day full of doing their laundry;) I did get some school planning accomplished this week as well as fun things with dh. We took a daytrip to Annapolis, went out to dinner with friends and played mini-golf last night. Oh, and watched Les Mis;) Now, it's back to reality. Pick up boys Do LAUNDRY! Some school planning Dinner: Grilled Pork Tenderloin, grilled corn on cob and lemony potato salad (directly from this month's Southern Living) Now it just needs to stop raining :glare: :grouphug: Jean :grouphug: Praying
  16. I typed MM into the search on Google Play and nothing came up. Again, it's my first week with my new phone so it's definitely possible that it's my error.
  17. Any suggestions for an android phone? I can access Flylady for free, just wondered if there was anything else out there. I just got my phone this week and have yet to discover all it's uses:)
  18. Good Morning! Wow, you all are up and going for a Saturday:) Melissa, You did in one day what would take me a week to accomplish! :hurray: Tammy, safe travels and best wishes on your property/house hunt. Let us know how it goes. I get to stay home today!! Each day this week required me to go out for something and I am so not a "runner". I like being home. Walk Bake blueberry muffins Chili in crockpot for dinner Mop kitchen floor Organize and start to pack boys things for camp next week School planning Read historical fiction that is already late for the library but I want to finsh it Laundry Dinner: Chili and sides yet to be determined
  19. Good Morning! Done: Laundry in dryer Bible study Walk Breakfast To Do: Package sold curriculum and take to PO Pick up boys from my moms Kohls, Target, Costco, Library Free afternoon and evening (probably work on school stuff and read a book:) Dinner: Chicken tenders, mac/cheese, peas and coleslaw
  20. I actually timed myself today to see how it takes me to do certain tasks. I cleaned two full baths, one half bath, folded and put away two loads of laundry, dusted the master bedroom, vacuumed the downstairs, made two trips to the outside trashcans and walked up to the mailbox. I did all that in about an hour and a half. The boys were at my parents and dh was not home so I had no interruptions. And I was motivated to accomplish everything before lunch so I could sit by the pool. :coolgleamA: On a typical day I think I spend about 2-3 hours on inside house stuff. If I work outside, it's probably another 30 minutes or so.
  21. Goal reached! All housework (that I planned on doing, cuz we know it's never truly done;) completed for the day. Ate lunch, a few more minutes on the laptop and I'm headed for my chair by the pool. Life is good;)
  22. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm making a list:) We've lived in south central PA all our lives so we've been to Gettysburg, Philly, Inner Harbor etc. many times. Love them and will go back. Some of these suggestions are places we've not been to or even heard of, thank you! I'm going to run them past dh. I'll let you know what we decide on. Annapolis is also in the running; we were there about 8 years ago and loved it. It might be time to revisit;)
  23. Good Morning! It's another gorgeous day. An extremely rare phenomenon is happening today: I will have the house to myself. :hurray: My mother is coming this morning to take the boys overnight and my husband (who works from home) will be out on business all day. It's so unheard of that I have a hard time believing it's actually possible. Done: Bible Study Walk Breakfast Laundry in washer and dryer To Do: Replace sheets in Master Clean Master Bed and Bath Clean half bath and boys bath Dust and Vac Finish laundry My goal is to have all that done by lunch so I can relax by our pool all. by. my. self:) Dinner: Will be out, of course, since boys are away. I'm thinking Macaroni Grill since we have a gc there. Have a wonderful day!
  24. I know there are at least a few of you who enjoy doing this; any and all suggestion considered:) Details: Our youngest sons will be at sleep away camp next week and I thought it would be nice for dh and I to go away just for the day. I would like to stay within a two hour drive of south central PA (Harrisburg area), thinking on the lines of a nice, quaint town with shops, restaurants, etc. Anything historical and or near water is a bonus. I would prefer to just park the car and walk for most of the day. Can't wait to hear what you come up with:)
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