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  1. DS has been gifted a 5 day trip for our family to FL with three day passes for us all to Disney. We have never been. (We are bad parents.). Our kids are 20 (but emotionally closer to 12ish), 16. and 14. The last time I was at Disney, they were just starting Epcot, so it's been... awhile. DH has not been. I am overwhelmed. I know nothing. What parks should we hit? I am definitely wanting to do Animal Kingdom. But what is there at the other parks for teens? Not 100% sure they will all love roller coasters, but we will try some. DD20 might actually want to do some of the younger
  2. I have had this terrible taste in my mouth for a few months now and it will not go away! Very metallic. Like cold metal. It's gross. I've been to the dentist for a cleaning and all looks good there. No bleeding gums. DH says my breath smells OK. Haven't started any new medications. I can still taste foods and such, but have this constant metallic taste. I know it is such a little thing, but it is wearing. me. out. I've been to the dr for fatigue and my labs show low Vitamin D and low B12, so I am wondering if that may cause it? I have a follow up appointment next week, so I
  3. Our DD20 with special needs requires that level of assistance. She always will. She will be a great employee, but she doesn't have the skill to initiate all the work it takes to get to that point. And that is OK. My DH and I are fine with this, but when you have a young adult with "invisible" special needs, it appears to other people that you are "doing too much". Those folks are worng. You are right. You are awesome.
  4. At my sister's wedding the groom's cousins got carried away with the car. They put flour in all the air vents, cooking oil on the seats with flour on top of that, covered the windows in so much writing that you couldn't see out to drive. My sister had to leave the reception with my parents while her groom stayed there to try and clean up the car enough to pick her up at our house. They ended up not being able to leave for their honeymoon that night because the car was so trashed, and they had to borrow a car the next day to go. I do not like the cake smashing thing either, but I get
  5. Also a TN resident. We live within spitting distance of a CC that has a solid academic reputation. DS will probably do some DE classes there next year, and he is seriously considering the 2 years of CC there before going to university. From an academic standpoint he could go straight to a 4 year university (and that is not off the table), but his logic is that he can get his basic courses completed at the CC free while maintaining his current job and saving up $$$ for his final 2 years or more depending on what program he does. Dh and I are committed to helping the kids get a college
  6. If you don't see any improvement soon, I second going to see a dr.
  7. I had this about a week and a half ago and it was AWFUL. It wasn't "faint" dizzy, but vertigo dizzy. Usually I drink a lot of water when I feel a little off, but that didn't help and the vertigo was INSANE. Could barely walk straight. Went to Urgent Care (thinking ear infection), and they sent me straight to the ER because they said sudden onset dizziness can be a sign of stroke. I didn't have any other symptoms, but off to the ER we went. Turns out it was the BPPV, and the ER dr showed me how to do these exercises. After doing them a few times the vertigo was gone. But just an FYI -
  8. For DS here is what I have so far... Math - Jacobs ALgebra Science - Apologia Physical Science w/lab World Geography - using some of this and that, and hope we can really dig into this. LA - Writers in Residence, Spelling (he will need spelling practice every year), Vocab from latin roots Lit - we are reading books to go along with our Geography. Logic - Finish Art of Argument, Nonsense He will also have basketball, serve team at church, youth group, volunteering, etc. so busy with extra curriculars. I really want him to use this year to develop some of
  9. DS and I are going to see Hamilton in DC this fall. We are paying around $250 per seat. I am a total theater NERD, and when the opportunity for two tickets came up (to go along with extended family which makes it even more exciting!), I knew I'd pay most any amount we could possibly swing. But I am also the person who travels to see a show with my theater friend in another city, gets a hotel room for the weekend there, and sees the same show five times. Is this something my husband would ever spend money on? Nope. But for ME, it was joy and therapy all rolled up together.
  10. We don't vacation as a family all that often anymore. DD has ID and changes in routine or expectations increase her anxiety which then affects everyone else's enjoyment. She is also sensitive to high or low temps and once she is tired or hungry it is over. We have done the beach together, and that is about the best arrangement we have found because we can rent a place and call most of our own shots. DH and I have started vacationing seperately to recharge. I go with a friend to see musicals and he goes away with friends to a cabin for game nights. We also try to do "date nights" loca
  11. When you started missing periods, did you still have period like symptoms? Cramps, fatigue, etc? I am 45 y.o. and have had a rough time of the month since I was a teenager - cramps, heavy periods, etc. I have always been regular except for two times when I was late, and those two times I was pregnant with our bio kids. My cycles have also always been short - 22-24 days. I have had night sweats off and on (mostly on) for at least a year, so I know that menopause is looming. I am late by about two weeks, but when I was supposed to have my period I had all the symptoms, including te
  12. My oldest DS is starting 11th grade, and as I look at his transcript I am starting to panic a little. We are doing fine as far as meeting the colege prep requirements as outlined by our umbrella school, but I have used a wide variety of curriculum even within the same subject. For instance, with history in 9th grade we used Notgrass, but DS hated it so this year we used Oak Meadow. Now I am not sure we will do Oak Meadow this year for Government/Econ. Will not using the same curriculum through high school for one subject seem like a red flag as he applies to colleges? Or is that not
  13. This fall DS16 and I were lucky enough to get tickets to see Hamilton in DC (SQUEAL!), and it looks like we may be able to stay for a few extra days to do some sightseeing. DC is one of my favorite places, and I have some idea of what we may want to hit (Capitol, Mall, Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, Arlington). Would love input from others as I try and plan this! Should we drive so we have a car or fly and do metro? Not a fan of driving in DC, and probably wouldn't use the car once we are there, but flying and doing Uber/taxi seems like it may be expensive. Rent an AirBnB or stay
  14. ...as far as planning for next homeschool year if you have five days all to yourself at home? I will, of course, do plenty of relaxing and little house projects here and there in the peace and quiet, but I really want to get serious headway made on next year's planning. I will have a junior and an 8th/9th grader (he's doing some high school and some middle school). I am trying to plan my planning time so I don't end up staring for five days at planners and books. What would you MOST want to tackle as far as planning? In what order would you tackle it? I always get inspired
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