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  1. I also recommend the ScanSnap. It's fantastic! It also runs OCR (if you want it to) so you can search for a document by a keyword. Oh wait, that might be Evernote, which is what I was going to recommend you use to organize what you scan. It's so helpful, and I have an app on my phone so I can pull up documents on the go. I am far behind on my scanning, but I always feel better when I have scanned things in. You can also take pictures of papers (or kid's artwork!) and keep it organized. You can tag documents and/or keep them in folders called notebooks. You can also clip things from online, like recipes or articles and keep them for later. I love it. And since it's backed up online, I toss or shred everything. Highly recommend it!
  2. Why, thank you. I thought it was a good idea myself! It took some time (I did tell her that she deserved a break so wasn't expecting a response anytime soon) but she did respond to me. She said the party line "we don't know yet what school will look like in the fall" followed by something like "if you choose to homeschool, we will do our best to partner with you and share resources" or something like that. I had mentioned in my email that by partnering with families like that, they would be able to retain funding by still being able to count those kids as students. I'm hopeful things will work out.
  3. I guess I don't know how to quote. I rarely post so I haven't learned how to do that! Anyway, @Pen and @MEmamaare in a similar situation as me with my oldest. I homeschooled until 8th, but he's an extrovert and really needed more social interaction (among other things). Public school has been a great fit for him and if the school reopened at all, he is the one child I would consider sending. He doesn't care much about dances but would miss the day to day social stuff and the overall Senior year experience. Oh look, that worked! Excuse me while I figure this out, lol. The above quote is what I'm hoping for, along with access to the online resources. @Arctic Mama you mentioned just some of the reasons I don't want to send me kids back. They haven't decided what school will be like yet, but I imagine it will be similar to what you described. It sounds like a nightmare!! @PerfectFifth congrats on your grads! It's a tough time to graduate too. And yes, wearing masks all day is just rough all around. Like I said, they will most likely be home, but I'm struggling to wrap my brain around how that's going to work.
  4. I thought my homeschool days were behind me. After homeschooling for around 16 years or so, all the kids were in public school, and things were going (over all) well. I won't go into the reasons I stopped homeschooling (number 1 reason is that I got burned out, but there were other factors), but let's just say that I never thought I would do it again, unless maybe one of my kids had a situation crop up that required it, but I didn't think that was likely. Lol, thanks Covid-19! Ugh!! (I'm logging in on my phone so I can't see my sig but I'm guessing it's woefully out of date. Kids still at home are 17, 11 & 7, so Senior, 6th grade and 2nd, which means 3 different schools because middle school is 5th-8th here - don't get me started!) Very long story short, "remote learning" was not fun. Each child's experience was different, but none were awesome. Dh and I have been following this dang virus since late January - in fact, right around the time the Covid-19 thread started. I feel like I know more than the average person about all of this, and our family has been rather cautious. At this point, I can't fathom a scenario that includes my dh and I being comfortable sending our kids back to school. I also can't stomach the possibility of doing remote learning again, especially with my youngest, who needed the most supervision, and my main goal was to get through the required materials without swearing (out loud) in front of her!! I have already written to the superintendent, who has actually been pretty awesome throughout, and she even took the time to reply. My email was long, and included some suggestions, one of which was to consider a modified remote learning/homeschooling hybrid, where families would have access to the curriculum and resources the school provides, but the flexibility to go at our own pace and substitute materials as we see fit, and to report less frequently. Under remote learning, we had to submit work every week, which was really annoying, especially since our internet was stretched thin with all of us working and schooling at the same time. My suggestion was to allow us to report monthly, if not just at the end of the year. My reason for proposing this was that I hope to transition my kids back to school once I feel it is safe to do so, and I want them to be at the same level academically. But I find myself in a state of denial about what next year will be like. I should mention that I started a part-time job last fall, and juggling that (thankfully I can work from home) with the kids at home has been challenging. My youngest is a handful and has taken full advantage of the time that I'm working. Helping herself to ice cream at random times or bringing toads in the house, etc.! She is strong willed and independent and I don't know how I'm going to handle homeschooling her!! I don't even know what I'm hoping to hear from you all, other than maybe support for the crazy times we're in, and what you think next school year might be like for you. I sold or gave away almost all of my curriculum. I feel like I should be preparing now, but everything is so up in the air, and I feel like I'm using most of my energy to just get through each day. And to keep my newly expanded garden growing because of likely food shortages. Gah! It's a lot to process! Help?
  5. I really hope this isn't true (I can't find it listed anywhere else online, so I'm skeptical), although he has been sick... I'm mainly posting this since I haven't seen anyone mention this possibility, and the impact it would have. I'm not Catholic, but I'll be praying for him!
  6. I checked the forum just to see if there was an update. And then I logged in (perpetual lurker here) to say "congratulations on your sweet baby boy! I will keep praying for you both, and your family too."
  7. The pedestrian is referring her to a different GI specialist, and agrees it's likely time to do further testing. Other than encouraging her to drink more, I will probably not make any significant changes to her diet until she is seen. Thanks again for the feedback.
  8. Drinking enough fluids has always been a struggle, especially when she is in school all day. I've tried various things to get her to drink more, but it's hit or miss. I am definitely going to push for more help from her doctor. We had tried an elimination diet a couple of years ago, with no noticeable change. Interesting about some people getting constipated with increased fiber - I had never heard of that! I'm not familiar with a scope for checking for celiac. What does that entail? There's SO much conflicting information out there about celiac, testing and diet. It's very frustrating to sift through it all. We are braving nasty weather to head to her annual physical soon, so any last minute things to ask her pedestrian? Thanks, all!
  9. I'll have to look back at the results to see what exactly they tested for, but this is helpful. Thanks.
  10. Thanks for the quick responses. She eats very little dairy, but I think it's worth eliminating completely for awhile. Gluten would be harder, but I'm sure we could do it. There is such conflicting and confusing info out there about food sensitivities. Both the pedestrian and the GI specialist seemed to take the blood results as proof that food sensitivities were not to blame.
  11. She just turned 7, and has battled recurring constipation for almost 5 years, despite daily consumption of miralax, fiber gummies and probiotics, combined with a high fiber diet. She often complains of belly pain, which we treat by heating up a rice pack for her and giving her minty ginger extract, which was recommended by a pediatric GI specialist. She has her annual physical tomorrow with her pediatrician, and I'm wondering what questions I should ask, or testing I should request. She had blood testing about a year ago to check for allergies to dairy, eggs and gluten, which all came back negative. Her belly is often bloated. Oh, and a week ago, she had a nasty tummy bug in addition to severe abdominal pain, which had me worried about appendicitis, so I took her to the ER. They agreed it was worth looking into, so they did a CT scan, which ruled out appendicitis, but showed constipation. I just can't believe she can still get that backed up with all the measures we take to attempt to avoid it. Has anyone been through something similar? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  12. We were SO close to being in this category. We traveled across the country (stopping at lots of other great places, but still) to go there. While we visited Yellowstone, we learned that wildfires help rejuvenate the land by burning off the older trees so the younger ones can get the sunlight they need to thrive, but it still stinks if you have made plans/spent money to travel there only to find the place filled with smoke. I remember at least one other post about planning a cross country trip, and I figured it was worth it to post a warning to other families that might not have heard about it. I can't imagine just showing up and learning about it!
  13. The wildfire nearby has filled Yosemite Valley with smoke. The air quality is awful, and visibility is diminished so much that you can't see the beautiful views. I don't know why they are keeping the park open, or why people are still going. We were there last week and had to leave early. The fire has grown a lot since then, and has gotten closer to the park. We were hiking in Zion National Park yesterday and got chatting with a family about it. A guy stopped to listen and I could tell I just ruined his day. His family was planning to visit and they had no idea about the fire! He decided right then to make other plans. So I decided to post a warning in case anyone here was planning on going. At the very least, check for updates before you go. It is a beautiful place, and I'm so glad we arrived when we did because we got to see the beauty before the smoke rolled in.
  14. We were just there with our family as part of a road trip. I *hate* Vegas, mostly because of the smoke (cigars are the worst!!), but the scantily clad ladies, etc. aren't great either. I wouldn't have added it to our agenda, but dh sold me with the Hoover dam. Our stay ended up getting extended because we had to "flee" Yosemite due to smoke from the nearby wildfire. Anyway, I definitely recommend Airbnb, preferably with a pool. It was SO hot!! Even quick walks from the car to a store were brutal, let alone all the walking involved on the strip. I found a great list of things to do with kids, but the free ones were either mentioned above (note that the fountains at the Bellagio and the Fall of Atlantis shows happen infrequently during the day and we missed both) or $$. We did do the Hoover dam tour. If the tour is too pricey, you should at least go see it if possible. There is a really cool playground that I considered because it has a splash pad. A Google search for Vegas with kids listed it. I would look it up and link it, but I'm in the car. 4 more days of our trip to go! Oh, and the bus (the Deuce) is pretty affordable and it stops in much more convenient locations than the trams. There are a few lots with free parking. We parked behind Circus circus. The downside was walking through it. They had a huge arcade for kids, which just felt like a grooming ground for future gamblers, considering all the casinos everywhere, but I realize I was jaded by the Vegas atmosphere. I have no issues with arcades normally. I hope you can find ways to make the best of a trip you'd rather not do!
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