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  1. I have 4 kids. I found stockings I liked 6 years ago. I bought 12 of them. 2 for us, 8 for my kids and spouses and 2 spares (I don't know why.) We won't do stocking and gifts for the grandkids so they wil each have a giant gift bag we reuse each year which will serve as stocking & gift.
  2. My eldest daughter deals with bipolar. She has be pretty stable for the past 3 years which is great. But recently the dr wants to change her meds due to weight gain and because she should never get pregant on those meds. She isn't spirallying downwards yet but she has had a few "wobbles" and it makes me nervous because I'm just starting to feel like I'm beginning to heal emotionally myself. It is good to know that we aren't alone because sometimes when you are sitting in the emergency room at 3am you do feel very alone.
  3. I can't even remember the last time I took time to just read through the thoughts and comments of you wonderful ladies! What have I missed? So, this has been my life. This past weekend dd#2 graduated from college and dd#3 graduated from grade 8. I've completed building three powerpoint courses to teach parents about homeschooling in Ontario (preschool, grade school and high school) so now other parents can teach the classes out in the community. It's been a year and my YL essential oils business is booming. I'm still on target to be able to retire my husband in four years when we are done homeschooling. I discovered by accident that I can do graphics for my industry. So, I'm launching a side business in which I hope to make enough to get the software I really want to use. My biplor dd#1 has been stable and is successfully running her own Social media company. We celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this summer and the farms 90th anniversary this summer. So, I have less then 70 days to get the party for the weekend all set to go. All the spring planting is in the ground and we have 2 field to finish poking up their heads, hopefully in another day or so. we learned I had a benign nodule on my thyroid so we are going to see a specialist shortly for that. that's all that I can think of! LOL
  4. I got an email that one of the homeschoolers school boards has be suddenly shut down. Anyone out there know what is going on? For those that aren't familiar with Alberta homeschool policy, parents can register with a homeschool school board and received funds from the Alberta government to use towards homeschooling thier children. People frequently in Ontario think we should lobby to get the same thing but I don't want it. With government money comes government input so I'd rather steer clear myself.
  5. If they call back and say they are bring papers to serve you again, tell them to pick up a pizza for dinner since it's on their way anyways. :P
  6. World geography games: http://sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm Stack the Countries - available in iOS or android https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack-the-countries/id407838198?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 USA geography games: http://sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm Stack the States - available in iOS or android https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/stack-the-states/id381342267?mt=8 Stack the States 2 - available in iOS or android https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/stack-the-states-2/id1080767538?mt=8 Canada geography games: http://sheppardsoftware.com/Canadian_Geography.htm Trying googling "Homeschool geography games" for a slew of more ideas :)
  7. Just curious, if you are constantly waking up around 3am and lets say you usually took it around 9am. What would happen if you took it at say noon? Would you wake up around 6am instead? Again, just curious. You have to get sleep, its not good for you physically and mentally or for your family if you aren't getting enough sleep. Have you run your medicine list through something like https://www.drugs.com ? I track all my dd's meds and dosages through that app on my phone so if we ended up in the hospital I can quickly give the dr's access to what she is currently taking because when I'm stressed I can't remember the dosages. This way they see the list of current meds and I have a second list of meds she has taken with notes on if they caused reactions and what happened because of the reactions. This way we don't leave any dr's appointment or emergency room with specific drugs that make her... ... in her words "loopy".
  8. My bipolar dd was on Cymbalta for 5 months. Then they wanted her to change drugs. My dr said there would be no withdrawl issues when I asked in the office. My gut told me this kid never does anything easy. So, I started researching what people did to go off of it. We found so many stories of people who were taking years to get off of it successfully and this surprised me and my daughter. Together we compiled a list of what people did that they felt successfully helped them get off of the Cymbalta. We decided (with the dr who felt we were over preparing) to do all the suggestions and go off cold turkey like the dr wanted. She was at the 30 mg dosage. Worst 9 days of my life. We spend 2 weeks ahead of time take Vit D, staying extremely hydrated, eating a raw veggies, high protein diet to prepare. Then she stopped taking the drug. The first 3 days were ok-ish. I was a nervous wreck. The she came to us crying in the middle of the night, talking gibberish, shaking saying she was cold and her head hurt. Then 10 mins later she was hot, laughing at the worried look on my face and wanting to clean. I had never seen her cycle like this, it was too fast and she was so random. It terrified me. Between cycles - like a mid-way point. She would take my face or her daddy's face in her hands and say, No matter what, I want you to help me get off of this drug. No matter what I say. Don't give it to me. I spent days 4-7 barely sleeping, she slept in bed with me. She never left my side. I made her take epson salt baths multiple times a day, drink water and go for a walk outside with me. Day 8 she was great! She felt like the worst was over, she thought life was great! Day 9 she felt like hell and slept all day, she was pleasant when awake and would sit up and eat and drink when I brought her stuff, but then kept sleeping. Day 10 still very lathargic, but dragged herself outside to basically sleep in the sun. Day 11 started the day vomitting. I thought she had a viral bug. It might have been. After an hour of vomitting off and on. She took a shower came upstairs and said she felt like everything was done and out of her system. Then asked for breakfast. She has never gone back on it. Now, when a dr wants to change meds, we share this experience with them and we investigate what others have had to do to get off the drug before she goes on it.
  9. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I9TCFBQ/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A99MZGWBBIGK9 These last me about 2 years. It would be longer if my kids would leave mine alone! But for the price, they aren't bad to have to replace.
  10. We've just recently started using essential oils and I was surprised to learn that for some people specific oils could cause seizures. With people trying to be organic more often, etc. Take a look to see what products the kids are exposed to and maybe explore if something they are using has become a trigger.
  11. I agree take the placement test and I'd also look into http://www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.org/ They have a AYOP = At Your Own Pace class for the Saxon Math textbooks. Even if you want him to do the work in a notebook, the videos by Tammy Moore and her team are great.
  12. Never10 Never10 https://www.grc.com/never10.htm I put this on all my kids computers. It has worked great. Later on when we want Windows 10 then I can remove it. But honestly, we won't make that move until this desktop needs to upgrade. Then I'll upgrade their laptops at the same time.
  13. We bought our daughter a fire proof safe to store her meds in. Like this one: https://www.amazon.com/SentrySafe-500-FIRE-SAFE-Cubic-Black/dp/B000W8J75E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1467580946&sr=8-2&keywords=Fire+proof+safe Because of the meds dd is on, we sat down and talked with the Dorm mother about what our dd was bringing with her and she let us know that they have a safe to store larger quanity of meds. So, dd only kept 2 weeks worth in her dorm room at a time.
  14. Do you want to cross the border into Windsor?? I live outside of Windsor and would happy to come meet up with you! ;) http://alphamom.com/family-fun/activities/50-things-to-do-with-kids-around-detroit-before-they-grow-up/
  15. Or their mouths stapled shut. I'm so sorry for your lose.
  16. My son loves history. We used this book for grade 9. I wouldn't have wanted to use it at a younger age level. I'd suggest you put it back on the shelf until high school.
  17. I was able to get an outdated version of the Well Planned Day High School 4 year planner at one point for under a buck. Honestly, I'm glad I did. As I started looking through it I quickly realized it would never work for me. I kept it just to show other parents in our local homeschool group. One lady simply LOVED it and immediately went and ordered the current year for her child. Everyone is different. Over at www.cbd.com you can check out excerpts of the current book to see what it looks like. http://www.christianbook.com/well-planned-high-school-year-planner/rebecca-keliher/9781942192060/pd/192060?event=ESRCN
  18. My daughter Nichole does this for a living. She sets up people's pages, create a marketing plan/schedule for posting items on the page and then the owner takes over from there. She can also integrate FB and website blog posts together, along with many other platforms (twitter, pinterest, amazon, etc) Your friend can google someone close to her if she wants a face to face meeting, or her publishing house can suggest someone. Most of my dd's clients are in the USA, we live in Canada. She also works for a company in England. Everything is done online so you don't actually need to be in the same town any longer. With such a specialized niche market I would suggest your friend finds someone to take care of setting this all up for her.
  19. We have a shelf in the fridge that can be used any time. So, if my son needs food because he's starving to death, he can eat anything on that shelf. I keep it stocked with leftovers, 1-2 cheese sticks, fruit and some sort of protein. There were days I felt like I was stocking it every 5 mins, but honestly if the kid will eat cold Brussel sprouts from the day before, then he is hungry! LOL We developed the shelf idea after a family meeting and 2 pounds of cooked ground beef disappeared while I was gone one afternoon.
  20. Praying the house sells ASAP for you. Enjoy your new adventure. I'll also be praying you find the perfect new home for your new adventure!
  21. In an ideal world.... ipads can be great tools. However, if I could build a system using them it would work this way. Parents can request additional apps on the ipad but they have to email the teacher who then will then add it to your child's ipad if it supports the child's IEP and is beneficial for the child. Kids/Parents would not be able download apps themselves. The ipad belongs to the school for schoolwork, not entertainment/babysitting. Teacher's should have a way of adding an app to the whole class set in just a few clicks and then removing the app when they don't feel the class/child need access to it any longer. Safari is hidden so they can't just "surf" and somehow the cameras are shut off. Each child has a small list of "reward" apps, so when they get all their work done in class, the teacher's aid can click one reward app for the student to "play" on while the rest of the class finishes. This could also used on the bus to help keep the kids "quiet", they can only play it for 1 hour after school and it "disappears" again.
  22. You can check out http://virtualhomeschoolgroup.org/ They have a "At-Your-Own-Pace" ( AYOP) track that you could register for and check out the class for free.
  23. I had to google what a trackless garage door was. That's pretty neat!
  24. Margaret in CO, we are using NARHS also. Put the kids daily lessons into skedtrek which helps me track what they have gotten done and how long it took them.
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