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  1. Ok so here are my thoughts... I have a competitive swimmer that is often in a prelims/ finals meets over a 2-3 day period. How old are the swimmers and how many events do they have per day? Is this meet a prelims/ finals meet or just one time swimming per day? What time do warm ups begin? If you decide to drive home, you will need to take into account extra time added in for driving, in case you run into problems or traffic. Also realistically figure out gas costs to return home/ back to meet and subtract that from hotel costs. Is the difference worth it or not? If it were our family, we wouldn't drive back home for anything more than maybe an hour trip, depending on warm ups and if the meet was a prelims/ finals meet. For 90 miles away, we would stay overnight. First, the time on the road and the gas costs just don't make it worth it for us to be exhausted more than we already are. The swimmers really need some downtime, as well as a good night's sleep so staying locally just makes that easier. Can you find a hotel with a kitchenette like Homewood Suites, Residence Inn, Staybridge etc... That way you could fix something in the room to eat. If not, what about a crockpot meal? Just some ideas.
  2. We swim on a year round competitive team. I have two sons, ages 14 and 9yo. Little did I know that my oldest would reach the highest level of training on the team and swim would become all consuming ( in every way) for our family. As much sacrifice as we make to support his dream of swimming on scholarship in college, this sport has been so positive for him in so many ways. I always enjoy being a timer as my volunteer position of choice. Of course, I have also helped in hospitality (food/ snacks/drinks for coaches/ officials and meet volunteers) and other areas. I think I enjoy timing not only because you are on pool deck, but it helps you to understand the sport, as well as getting to know the kids names. In our cooler or snack bags I have kept the following depending on how long/ how many days the meet is. Also if we have a prelims/finals during the meet. fruit... bananas, sliced strawberries, blueberries, apples, watermelon, cantelope bagels with cream cheese pita bread with hummus muffins pasta salad potato salad green garden salad chicken salad sandwich wraps meatballs in thermos nuts... peanuts, cashews, etc... apple slices with peanut butter crackers/ wheat thins cubed cheese boiled eggs yogurt parfaits ( yogurt, fruit, granola) cliff bars and recovery bars bottled waters, gatorade chocolate milk and protein recovery shakes
  3. Bachelors in Social Work Double minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Was accepted to complete my MSW... but life became too complicated at that time with my husband's Army career
  4. I have a competitive club swimmer ( training at the highest level) and we are out of the house daily from 215-800 or 830pm M-F. Since we live 30 miles south of the training facility, I do not have the option of dropping off/picking up so I stay at the pool during swim training. I am in desperate need of more crockpot ideas to add to my list. Please provide me with your favorites. Allison
  5. Wow... what a beautiful tribute! I could truly see what a beautiful soul she is :) Thank you for sharing.
  6. If she is very nervous, I can't recommend IV sedation enough. I have been terrified of having teeth pulled for a long time.Years ago, I had one wisdom tooth removed with local anesthetic in my mid 20's and it was a horrific experience. A few months ago, I was told that I needed my 3 remaining wisdom teeth extracted and I was extremely anxious... couldn't eat, sleep, etc... After reading many reviews, I decided to muster up the courage to find an oral surgeon that specialized in IV sedation. I am soooo glad I did. I have no memory of the procedure whatsoever. I wish I had removed the final 3 wisdom teeth sooner as healing when you are in your late 30's takes so much longer :(
  7. Unfortunately in my case, when I was pregnant with our second son, my ex-husband began having an affair. He walked out on us when I was 30 weeks pregnant. I didn't know at the time why... he just said he wasn't in love anymore, wasn't what I deserved, didn't want the commitment of marriage, blah, blah, blah. Found out after he left that there was another married woman he was involved with, as her husband contacted me. My ex and his new "fling" didn't last more than a few months. That was over 9 years ago and he has dated many, many women since then.
  8. Mandy....not sure we want to do only an online school, but I will add it to my possibilities for a class or two. Dawn... Thank you for the encouraging words. Funny how God works but we continue to see his blessings daily in what has to be the most difficult situation we have found ourselves in. God is good.. all the time!
  9. Yes we tend toward Classical at least some. I have been thinking of some online help next year... maybe Memoria Press for Henle Latin, BJUonline for a subject or 2, maybe Potters school for an elective, Robotics. As far as TOG, I found that it is just soooo teacher intensive and to save some money, we use the library for many of the required books. Though we still use the library on a weekly basis, I just honestly don't have the time to research and put books on hold, pick them up, return them, etc.... Teaching Textbooks... btdt... switched back to Saxon Math, which I am pleased with. Thank you for the suggestions. Lolly... I will send you a private message. Thank you for sharing your story.
  10. Ok so I will just lay it all out in the open. Though I have been a member on the forums, I don't post often but really need some input and/or encouragement. Sorry if this is long... I will try and keep it to the point. So here is my reality. We are an active duty Army family and just moved to NC to be close to my parents ( about 45 minutes away), who are both terminally ill. Dad has ALS and looks like he will be leaving us sometime sooner than later to go home (Heaven) and my Mom is terminal with Stage IV metastatic Breast Cancer. Mom is currently Dad's full time caregiver and my siblings and I help on a regular, rotating basis. The decision has been made that once Dad passes, Mom will move in with me and I will become her caregiver once it is needed, with help from Hospice. I homeschool both of our sons and am needing ideas on what would be the best curriculum path for high schoool, which begins next Fall. I have homeschooled for the past 5 years and have used curriculum ranging from TOG to Textbooks. My son is a competitive swimmer and is looking for a college scholarship. So with that said, we will also need to go through the NCAA eligibility process, which I am knowledgeable of. I need curriculum that is college prep but also not too extremely time consuming on my part, given my involvement needed with my parents, and still schooling my other son, as well as being a wife and swim taxi daily! My son is smart but isn't necessarily loving school unless it is fun. He does school because it is required not because he really enjoys school. Any ideas or thoughts are more than appreciated. Please be considerate- I don't need to hear that I need to maybe put them back in a brick and mortar school or sacrifice swim training at this time. Those are just NOT options.
  11. Cassy, Hugs.... I am sorry to hear about your Uncle. I agree with the others. Be kind to yourself and take it one day at a time. On the days that you feel better than others, do more. On days you just don't have an ounce of emotional energy, do the bare necessities and give yourself time. Grief is so hard and can feel so suffocating and like a dark cloud is just lingering. It is ok to grieve and good for the children to see you working through the process of grief. I know all too well how grief feels. We are a military family and recently moved back near home to provide support and the physical caretaking responsibilites of my parents- both are terminal :( My Dad needs constant care as he is unable to take care of his needs anymore due to the nature of the disease. I help my Mom by staying a day every week for her to have some time. I also just started adding in an overnight every week as well... which is exhausting as you have to be up every 2 hours to help with Dad's needs and medications/etc. I will be thinking of you and saying prayer for your situation. Hug your kids :) that always helps....
  12. I am trying to send a PM but don't have enough "new" posts to send a PM. My son is 9yo and has been asking for a penpal. We live in NC and my son is into everything boy!! Let me know if you would be interested since I apparently can't send a PM yet. Allison
  13. Thank you :) I tried doing a search before posting my question, but didn't come up with the threads you did. Thanks so much. Allison
  14. For those of you that have had children go on to play sports in college, can you give me some advice on curriculum? I have an 8th grader that is a competitive swimmer and would like to swim in college. I have read the NCAA rules/ requirements for eligibility, but would like some clarification from Moms who have been there/done that. It looks as if the textbook approach would be the easiest way to get eligibility, but we haven't used traditional textbooks very often in our schooling... other than some BJU science and Saxon Math. Would you mind sharing with me what materials/curriculm you did use for your high schooler that qualified for NCAA eligibility? Allison
  15. Currently in KS, but moving back to NC this summer ( hopefully). We are active duty Army and will be living in the Fuquay-Varina area.
  16. We are an active duty family and had been living in Manhattan (KS) for the past year, until we moved to Topeka to be near my oldest son's swim team training. Let me say that, as with any state, what city/ area you live in really can dictate whether or not you love or even like that state. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Manhattan KS!! I Like almost nothing about Topeka. Manhattan was a smaller city and had the nicest group of people I have ever met in my life. Everyone we ever met or even passed by during our walks or bike rides, almost instantly became friends :) Young and old alike were just genuinely warm and friendly. Crime is pretty much unheard of in that area.. other than some petty crimes. Traffic is pretty much non-existant most of the time. The city is small enough that you can get around very easily, but large enough to have what you may want/need. It is situated right in the rolling Flint Hills of KS, which make the scenery just beautiful. The stars are so bright on a clear night :) The thunderstorms rolling in were just beautiful. Within a matter of minutes, you could be out in the country surrounded by farms and cows... it was just so peaceful to me. I sure do miss Manhattan. Topeka is the complete opposite. It is a much bigger city with a lot more poverty, and crime. The overall "feel" of this place to me is just rude and everyone is in a rush. If Topeka were my only experience living in KS, I would have to say I dislike KS. However, I know that I LOVE certain parts of KS!
  17. I would love a penpal for my 8yo son. He also loves Legos and anything star wars. We are an active duty military family and currently stationed in KS. Feel free to send me a PM and we can work out the particulars :) Blessings, Allison
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