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  1. I got little water guns and some water balloons and buckets. Unfortunately, we have retaining wall all around our back yard and sliding would not be safe. Good ideas, though!
  2. We think the leak is in the tub itself...saw bubbles coming up. Tub has had water in it all winter, so not dried out. It was a slug habitat, though. Eeew.
  3. We're having what was supposed to be a teen hot tub party for our homeschool group this Saturday, so dh was cleaning the hot tub out for summer. Unfortunately, we seem to have sprung a leak in the tub. Does anyone know if it's possible to patch this somehow and what the process would be? Thanks....we hardly use the hot tub, but with the leak I'm nervous about even turning it on. I think we are switching to squirt guns (it's been <100 degF this week) but would still like the hot tub to be functional. Help!
  4. Here's what we've got for an artsy dd: Math -- Financial Principles (Dave Ramsey workbook & DVDs, co-op class, outside reading) -- she's finishing MUS Alg. 2 this year Science -- Health (Abeka + co-op class, outside reading) - already done with Bio & Chem will last into this summer. History -- US history @ home, probably using K12's American Odyssey English -- HSLDA online English class Foreign Language -- Spanish 1 & 2 @ CC; taking Spanish 1 in the fall with a friend so they can study together. Hoping the background in latin will help with grammar and vocab. PE -- Still need to do 1 semester, may take it @ CC in the winter semester Bible -- Still need to do 1 semester, will probably work through a catechism of some kind. Other -- Get her license!!! We're expecting that most of her senior year will be at community college.
  5. Long time ago and a different house. LOL A reminder that even the frustrating seasons will change and the challenging stages will pass. She's a pretty cool kid now!
  6. 3 graduates and 1 still working on it! 26yo -- BFA, working at Goodwill while taking graphic design classes, will be job hunting in May. Has medical issues that make it very hard to freelance (she needs insurance) and that have limited her stamina for side jobs, plus she is still a 4H horse project leader and that takes up most of her free time. We joke that she must love the horses more than the rest of the family, since they're keeping her from moving closer to us. Really, she loves her independence but we miss each other. She would LOVE to get a job that involves both travel AND art. 24yo -- BA Communications, AA Speech, Cert. Marketing -- summer job thru college was at a local zipline tour, where he still works p/t. After college a prof recommendation got him a f/t media/marketing job with a local company but he and they were both frustrated with his learning curve. He has cut back to working p/t (3 days/week) on video and social media projects while also working 3 days @ zipline company. 22yo -- AA in Humanities -- summer job as lifeguard at senior center led to doing in-home health care for disabled adults, including seniors, while at community college. Quitting both her jobs in May to backpack in Europe for the summer with a friend. Not sure what next. almost 16yo -- took her first class at community college this year, planning to get an AA and take at least one gap year. We shall see.
  7. I'd love some recruiting ideas. Our AHG/TL group is at a large church but people there sort of expect church activities to be free and are a bit put off when they find out we charge dues and they pay for uniforms. We used to have a local homeschool convention and advertised there, but that has dwindled and died and we are at a loss as to where else to publicize because public schools won't advertise for religious org. and private schools are unwilling to advertise for us as they see it as competition for tuition $$ or else have a GSA troop that they funnel kids to. Any suggestions?
  8. Just wanted to say that I'm not organized enough to post a list, but I am really enjoying reading the reviews and checking out the titles listed. Thanks!!
  9. Dropbox account belongs to the troop. We have some general folders (Level Awards, Ceremonies) and then yearly folders with special events, badge stuff that we do, schedules, etc. And some photos, altho' most of those are now on the troop's private FB page.
  10. We keep lists of prospects and former members to invite to big events in gmail, and that's also where we handle inquiries about the troop. It seems so much simpler than TT, which we keep just for the scouting stuff.
  11. We have 7 or 8 years worth of records in dropbox: forms, board meeting minutes, flyers, etc. And keep our yearly budget there too on a specially designed spreadsheet. We use a separate program for tracking badges/service hours and gmail for troop communications. Dropbox has been GREAT! It was especially helpful during the 2017 fires in our area when board members were evacuated all over the place....our treasurer records burned up in somebody's house, but we were able to recover most of it from online stuff.
  12. This is so true! Just this week we were reviewing our figures for selling soda floats at our charter's Easter event -- 2 years of records with 2 different types of weather and we have a good roadmap for what we need to buy this year. We keep a special events folder in our dropbox for each troop year and put all the planning and schedule and gear list, etc. documents in there for future reference.
  13. Still all over the place for dd next year. Spanish 1 & 2 -- dual enrollment @ local CC -- We may even have a bunch of homeschool buddies taking this together (I hope). MUS pre-calculus at home -- she could take math @ CC but I don't want to combine that with Spanish, which will be weighty. US History -- I have American Odyssey for this and may add in some SL reading American Lit -- looking @ Lightning Lit for this, 2 semesters Health -- we must tick the box.... PE -- maybe something @ CC Art -- entering contests for fun -- we already have too much of this on the transcript, LOL. Bible -- we need another semester's worth to meet our PSP's requirement for graduation. Any ideas for something enjoyable?
  14. Wordly Wise will extend vocab but it's not a spelling program. Of course, so will any number of other vocab-focused programs. And then there's remembering the spelling *while* you're writing. One year my son tested out of Spelling power -- words like rheumatism and chronology -- but misspelled bunny in his writing (buny) because he could spell in isolation but couldn't keep it in his head while writing. That's mostly practice to develop fluency.
  15. Travelling is not my favorite thing, but we have some air travel credits from a cancelled trip that must be used before April 1. 15yo dd wants to go to Hawaii and I am finding it so hard to take the steps to make it happen. Can you help me with some positive and/or low-cost lodging ideas for Oahu in March? Help this non-traveller plan something for the sake of the rest of the family!
  16. I am being silly, but here you are. Now nobody will see your face in the photo!;qid=1547529143&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;keywords=balaclava+women&amp;psc=1 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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).
  21. 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
  22. 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!!!
  23. Happy birthday to the baby of the family! My "baby" is turning 16 soon...
  24. 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.
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