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About Laurel-in-CA

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  1. Laurel-in-CA

    I am going to need a whole wardrobe.....GRRRR

    I am being silly, but here you are. Now nobody will see your face in the photo! Or you could get one that makes you look like a snarling predator? Sorry. I hate pictures too! My dh has to go to Wisconsin next week -- we live in CA. I just got him snap-on ice cleats for his shoes. For his birthday he got a long Squall coat from Land's End and some lined waterproof gloves. Oh, and wool socks. I love the hand/foot warmer suggestions.
  2. I've had 3 homeschooled all the way and on to college -- every one a slightly different path and outcome. So, plan for them to be individuals! LOL My 4th kiddo is 15 and just took her first class dual enrollment, with a homeschooled buddy. Her big victory (besides the A) was that nobody (even the prof) figured out she was homeschooled or just 15 until the end of the semester. Now, on to driver's ed.
  3. I am at the what-did-i-forget stage just now, which I think is pretty good considering we didn't know dh would have a job until November 30th and so I held off christmas shopping until then. Sorted stocking stuffers, wrapped major gifts, got about 1/2 of groceries for Christmas dinner, yard decorations just went up and tree done. I have one kiddo who won't be here until February because she works retail and vacations were blacked out from mid-November to end of January. Hopefully she'll have a *better* job next year, both paywise and vacationwise. As far as I know it will just be the 5 of us and the kids want to leave things out until oldest dd comes but I would rather keep just what is for dd or send her another box and get the christmas stuff put away in early January. Housepainters are FINALLY finished -- the process was going to be 2 weeks, but with rainy weather it was more like 4 weeks done in between storms. New paint job looks lovely and they did a lot of painting/patching/sanding so I'm very happy with it. I think next will be window cleaning and carpet cleaning....but maybe in February!
  4. Laurel-in-CA

    How accurate do you think Zillow really is?

    Our house has fluxuated over $30K in the past 3 months; values are just all over the place. But, we live in a pretty high priced area. One sale at the upper/lower end of the bracket could make quite a difference and values are distorted by post-fire housing shortages. My bil, who's a realtor north of Seattle, says zillow is almost always over priced and out of date so not to rely on it for serious shopping.
  5. Laurel-in-CA

    Northern California must see... spring vacation plans

    Humbolt to SF? In Sonoma county....Armstrong Redwoods and Sonoma Canopy Tours *zipline*, or rent canoes or inner tubes (in season) to travel the Russian River. Farthest northern mission in Sonoma (also site of Bear Flag Revolt that made CA a republic before it was a state) and a great town square, also in Sonoma a short walk to General Vallejo's "town" house (rancho is in Petaluma), and great food almost anywhere you go. Bodega Bay, where Hitchcock's Birds was filmed, downtown Petaluma where American Graffiti was filmed. Petrified Forest, nice outdoor walk. Wineries everywhere you go. The Coppola winery has a hollywood themed museum. There's a re-created Tuscan castle called Castello de Amorosa at the northern end of Napa, I think $30 for wine and castle tour but free to take pictures. Avoid "Old Faithful" Geyser -- boring. Fort Ross (windy highway 1) is a fun historic visit but what a drive! There are also farm tours if you're interested (look up Farm Trails sites). Tons of great hiking trails. Charles Schulz museum (Peanuts & gang).
  6. Laurel-in-CA

    Pioneers/settlers/refugees in hsing

    Hard to believe that article is from 2001...reminds me how long I've been homeschooling. Definitely a settler -- '96 -- and thankful for those who pioneered. Encouraging the newbies, who are not all refugees; some are even second-gen homeschoolers. My son swears he will be that someday (or his wife will), but none of my girls want that job. LOL
  7. Laurel-in-CA

    The Sonlight forums are closing......

    I began using SL in 1997 and hit the boards there about the same time...they've had several self-inflicted wounds from bad marketing decisions that alienated people, whether stuff with their boards or with their catalogs and sales policies/pricing. I stuck with the boards because of friendships even when I started using WTM strategies for some subjects and then more subjects. Have worked with charters and (more happily) independently and now, with the last kid, I am enjoying teaching at a co-op and having my kiddo have friends and do a couple of classes there, especially those science labs I hate. Sonlight was early into the homeschool market and provided a great product. They also suffered greatly from many who copied their ideas (sometimes even the layout of their IG's) and built on their success. More rigidity and exclusivity was really not the way to compete, however, and they've had some serious mis-steps and stuff happened on their boards that I am sure they regret. I am using an SL core this year again, but sadly will have to find support elsewhere. I am so glad this board remains open and an excellent place to come for ideas...but not as specific as SL's would have been. Thanks, SWB!!!
  8. Laurel-in-CA

    My baby turns 18 today

    Happy birthday to the baby of the family! My "baby" is turning 16 soon...
  9. Laurel-in-CA

    CA related question regarding CHSPE

    We took ours @ the county dept. of education. For us it was right down the street, but for others it might've been quite a drive.
  10. Laurel-in-CA

    CA related question regarding CHSPE

    Have her pay careful attention to her time allocation. My son had to take it twice due to having spent too much time on the English portion. I made him pay for the 2nd time.
  11. Laurel-in-CA

    What are your Scouts working on? (Boys & Girls)

    Our AHG troop had family camp last weekend. One of our Explorers M/C'd campfire....I think she learned from her brother who's a long-time Boy Scout, but she did a great job! I have such sympathy for the mom whose husband is deployed w/NOAA and who was camping with a toddler, preschooler, and 2nd grader, but she made it through. Sure took home a dirty little boy, though! Hiked to a historic grist mill and got a tour, which was lots of fun. I am explorer leader this year and have the biggest unit, but sadly my youngest has decided to drop AHG. Well, she's taking 8 credits this year in high school, including an online class and a community college class, but I miss her on troop nights and she was our troop's oldest and looked up to by all the girls. She came along to Family Camp, though, and all the youngers were so happy to see her. Sniff, sniff. Working on Kid Care (booboo bunnies were such a hit we're going to put them in our christmas gift boxes) and have a Heimlich dummy we'll be practicing with soon. And just started horsemanship, attending a local show in a couple of weeks and trying to arrange a lesson and a tour of a local horse rescue with grooming demonstration.
  12. And 4 volumes of Our Latin Heritage (old public school textbook; if only I could find teacher keys for vol. II-IV!).
  13. Do you have dual enrollment options available nearby or online? This was huge for my 16yo....accountable to somebody besides mom. Other ideas: consistent community service with an adult mentor/aimed at his interests -- my dd got credit for hours spent in 4H leadership and community service. Again, this can mean answering to somebody other than mom and can be in an area of passion if you both get creative. Or Venture Crew (scouts, co-ed) as PE? Another suggestion: We're using Essentials in Literature and Writing for our credit in English this year. Level 10 focuses on essay writing (dd's needs shoring up) and the literature list is not too extensive. We did a year of world geography with the Oak Meadow syllabus and it was not too demanding; dd found it pretty interesting. YMMV, as always.
  14. Laurel-in-CA

    I am so angry! DD ER Experience Last Night

    It's something our kids need to learn to manage -- difficult/scary input that may/may not be true and needs to be investigated. It's hard to see them go through it. Just FYI, I have a friend whose daughter, in her late 20s, was diagnosed this year with MS (and it's been very hard to manage) because of severe pain and tingling in her legs. No, it wasn't preceded by a car accident even several months prior, but she was *lucky* that her ER doc demanded followup for the initial symptoms.
  15. Laurel-in-CA

    YOUR Pros and Cons of homeschooling

    AND, being able to spend the best part of our day with each other, not the tired-worn-from-the-day-still-have-homework part. All our work was homework and once it was done we were able to do other things.
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