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  1. Eight. Then six. Another expecting a 5th. All young enough to have more.
  2. Another Catholic here! We have Morning Time which includes a kiddy version of the Morning Offering, prayer for souls in Purgatory, and a monthly-ish hymn I pick from a set of out-of-date missals I swiped from my chruch. I use the Faith and Life curriculum for religious ed at home, but my kids also attend religious ed at the church. I use a lot of Memoria Press materials. It's not explicitly Catholic but very Catholic friendly. My faith has greatly influenced my decision to teach the kids (and myself) Latin. We hang out with a "support group" of local Catholic homeschoolers a few times a month, including Mass and Park every First Friday.
  3. DH and I call each other's parents Mom and Dad. We have ever since we've been married. ILs refer to themselves as such, sometimes with a last name attached on a card.
  4. A week? I'd call the office and ask. Of course it is now Friday evening...
  5. carriede

    USPS what?

    It's not necessary where I live, so I opted out. Too many emails! But I can see benefit of having the option.
  6. Yes, this. It's the son's half of the bunk bed that can be unbunked. If he leaves the room, so does his bed.
  7. My upcoming 5th grader is not the greatest speller. Not terrible, but not great. He does well on his spelling tests, but is also working a few books behind - finished Spelling Workout book C in 4th grade. I don't believe he has any learning quirks or disabilities - I think he's behind more because I jumped around programs a lot when he was younger. So, help me jump ship again. 😉 I think he's ready for something at a more typical 5th grade level for spelling... I have both the Writing Road to Reading and Phonics Pathways. I thought about doing a phonics review including dictation using one of those resources. He's particularly bad at spelling multi-syllable words. I also don't want to spend a lot of time on spelling. I think that if we could get some clear rules/guidelines for how words are spelled and chunked, he could make a big leap in usage. He's a very good reader, though I'm not sure his exact reading level. He can read The Hobbit with no issues. Does this sound like it would work? Is there another method or resource I should look into? Thanks!
  8. How exciting! We considered the flex bow, but we went with their cabin tent with the awning and walls (6 people, 4 tiny but growing fast!). We were able to cook under the awning while it was raining and it worked out nicely. But either way, the canvas kept the temperature much more constant and felt much softer to just be in. Very refreshing.
  9. Check out for using c-rods or other base ten blocks.
  10. With only 2 inches left, I'd go for a booster.
  11. Pic of the fork clip things. I'm not good with names...
  12. For our full size bikes, DH put fork bracket things onto a 2x4, which he secured to the front railing of the trailer (next to the spare tire) with an adjustable plumbers ring thing. He let's out some air from the back tire so it can grip more securely, then he ties them down to the trailer with tie-downs. For the kids bikes, he stands them up, releases some air from the tires, then ties them down. Also, we have wood planks for our flooring, so DH screwed some extra hook things into the floor for the tie-downs to hook onto. Sounds odd, but we've done it for years. This is also how we pack for camping.
  13. We've been tent camping for 7 years. We started at Disney with plenty of family support (camping with young children!). But last year we took our first extended trip by ourselves. We went for two weeks to North Georgia, Pisgah National Forest, and Smokey Mountain National Park. And now we're planning one for this fall to include Niagara Falls and Acadia National Park. Our extended family (DH camped with his family growing up) keeps wondering when we're going to get a camper... but we have to haul too many people and too much equipment as it is! Maybe my tune will change as I get older, but for now we prefer the tent. In fact, we just purchased our first canvas tent. We used it in N GA over spring break and it works well so far! The more common plastic tents are SO HOT in the South. When we camp, we camp to camp - we don't do too much sight-seeing or day trips. It takes a bit of effort to get all 6 of us fed throughout the day, cleaned up, etc... plus my kids are young enough that just exploring the woods and trails nearby are enough for them. My DH LOVES to camp, but for me it's an aquired taste - I never call it a vacation since I'm still doing so many household duties, but it is a nice change of pace and a lot more peaceful and calm (as long as it isn't raining!)
  14. This is what we've done for years - Live of lasts month's pay.
  15. Ecclesiastical here. We're Catholic, so my kids will be hearing and speaking Latin at church (sporadically, we don't have Latin Mass here). I'd like for them (and me) to only worry about one type of pronunciation for the time being. I don't imagine it will be difficult to adjust to classical if/when the time comes.
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