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  1. I used to have a stacked bob and I liked it. But I take medicine now that makes my hair even drier than it was before. If I blow dry or straighten it, it looks like straw. So my routine now is to wet down my hair in the shower, wrap it in a towel for 1/2-1 minute, add a little leave in conditioner, scrunch it, and let it dry naturally. 


    I use shampoo on an as needed basis, which is usually once a week in the summer and once every couple of weeks in the winter. I use Biolage Color Care shampoo because it's very mild. The leave in conditioner I use is AG Fast Food. It's kind of pricy, but I get a big bottle and it lasts for a long time. I think I buy it about once a year or less. It's light and gets rid of frizz without weighing my hair down. I like Ouidad products, too, but I get a lot more for my money with the Biolage/AG combo and I like them just as well.


    As far as cuts go, I've never been able to bite the bullet and pay for a deva curl or ouidad cut. I always think I'll do it for my birthday, but I just hate to spend that much money on a haircut. But a family from NYC moved here a few years ago and opened a hair place. Our whole family goes there. The dad is a barber, and the mom and daughter are both stylists. Cuts are $40, but I've never gotten a bad cut there. My hair is layered so that I don't have the upside V look.


    I spend less time on my hair than I have my whole life, and I get more compliments on it. :-)




    Honestly, that is the most I've ever heard of for one month.




    I'm on medicine that costs $10,436 for a 28-day supply, and I will be on it for the rest of my life unless a cure is found. I thank God every day that I have good insurance. The pharma company does give a lot of it to people who don't have insurance, but I'm thankful I don't have to deal with the hassle and stress of trying to get it through that route. 


    Joanne, I hope your copay really will be $10!

  3. I have stumbled upon a great product.


    It's called Good Morning Snore solution     http://goodmorningsnoresolution.com/



    For some reason I started snoring again after years of not snoring. And, according to the poor people who live with me, I snore really, really loud!  :crying: My sister went away with me on vacation and she said I sound like someone dragging a heavy, wrought-iron table across concrete. How is that for embarrassing?


    My kids would have to shut their bedroom doors down the hall it was so bad. It is awful to know you snore that loud. Besides that, I wasn't getting a good night sleep. I was always either waking myself up, or my poor husband was kicking me to get me to stop. I would wake up exhausted.


    The product looks kind of like a pacifier and after a few nights I have gotten used to it and am able to keep it in all night. According to my husband, I am snore-free.


    (disclaimer: I do not work for the company or anything - this isn't spam. I just thought I would pass on a good find!)


    I sometimes wake myself up with my snoring. :-( I will check it out. 

  4. You said you used Spalding for 2 years and then another OG program for 2 years. Spalding is not a true OG program; it was modified from OG to be used with neurotypical children. So your child has only had 2 years of OG, if the second program you used is an authentic OG program. Most kids who need OG need 3 years of it, some need 5-6 years of it. I'm going to agree with the previous poster's suggestion to look at Barton Reading & Spelling. There is a free screening tool on the Barton website that you can use to assess his phonemic awareness and a couple other foundational skills that may be helpful.

  5. Wow, congratulations to your DD, what a great showing!


    This weekend was also dd11's first time competing at prizewinner. She was a bit disappointed as she did not place in most of her dances, but was happier once we got the individual results showing her actual standing; she was solidly middle of the pack, and felt that was pretty decent for just having moved up. Her 8 hand team took first, which helped make up for the disappointing solos. I'm hoping the team does well at oireachtas; DD is competing solos as well, but I will be surprised if she recalls.


    DS9 competed only reel and light jig as a beginner; he totally flubbed the light jig (forgot his dance) but placed first on the reel. Maybe he will be motivated to practice more now :)


    Is this your first oireachtas? I sometimes think we would have been better off waiting for next year, I think we're in a bit over our heads. But our TC was really pushing for DD to be on a team and I figured if we were going at all we might as well do solos too. And the first time is bound to be overwhelming even if we chose to wait.


    Congrats to your kids on their wins. I agree with you that middle of the pack is great when new in a level. That's pretty much how it worked for dd when she moved to AB and novice. She did better than I expected last weekend in prizewinner. 


    This is our first oireachtas. She's not doing solos this year, but I'm sure she will next year. A lot of kids don't do solos their first time, because the teacher and other parents say that teams and trad set is stressful enough for the first one. 

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  6. I love that she got her first using St. Patrick's Day.  So many kids act like St. Patrick's Day is beneath them, and want to rush on to the "cooler" sets.  Our TC would always say that simple steps done well are better than fancy stuff that's sloppy.


    Of course, I sometimes suspect that certain judges like the flashier dances, too, even if they're a bit sloppy, but that's a whole other can of worms.


    Our kids have to get a first in St Patrick's Day before they can learn another trad set. It's hard to stand out because so many people do St Patrick's Day, so that first is well-earned. I think she told me what she's going to learn next but I forget what it is. Maybe Blackbird. 


    Our teacher is big, big, big on fundamentals like turn out and cross. He always says that if your fundamentals are good, you will win every time. DD has been dancing 4.5 years (2.5 with a TCRG), and I'm finally starting to understand the dances. When I was watching her novice hornpipe the day she won it, at first I couldn't tell whether she was better than the other dancers or not. Then I started watching their feet and realized that when dd stamped her feet, they were completely turned out, but the other girls' feet were pointing forward. She won that dance by six points!


    I'm glad they rotate the judges for the grades and have 3 judges for champs. It balances things out when you get one who likes a particular style or prefers flash over technique.

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  7. Here's a quick update:


    She has chocolate milk after every dance class, along with a meal or sandwich both before and after class. She prefers chocolate milk to a milkshake, lol. 


    She is now 5'6" and still 80 lbs. So her growth spurt hasn't ended yet and she hasn't gained weight.  (If you haven't read the earlier posts, she has her father's build. No health professional has ever been concerned that she or her sisters are underweight. The concern I had when I originally posted was building some muscle mass to prevent dance injuries.)


    She did her PT exercises very consistently and improved her strength. The second half of the year is going much more smoothly than the first half.  Her improved strength is paying off not only in injury prevention, but also her competition results.


    We did have a scare last week when another dancer cut her off during a 360 spin at dance class, and she landed on the side of her foot and felt something crack. We had it x-rayed and the radiologist said she had a talus fracture, so she was in a splint and on crutches for 4 days until her orthopedist appt. We thought she was going to miss at least one competition and possibly two.  But the orthopedist disagreed with the diagnosis and thought the line on the x-ray was a shadow where the ankle narrows. So he told dd she could try to dance and just go by her pain level as to how much she could do. It was such a relief that it wasn't broken after all, just a minor sprain.

  8. Hi everyone, how are things going with your dancers? We're gearing up for a local competition this weekend (first time competing for ds9, first time on a team for dd11) and a much larger regional competition in November. I'm really looking forward to life calming down a bit after that! The extra classes, stress over costumes (eek!), worry about the actual logistics of travel/wrangling a toddler during the competition (he's turned super clingy again and dh is afraid he won't be able to handle things at home if I leave him behind)...and everything just being so new for us--all this is making my head spin.


    It's been really great for dd though to be part of the regionals classes, she has spent so much time at the studio and gotten to know the other kids so much better, I think she feels like "part of the gang" for the first time in her life. I'm just hoping for an adequate showing at the competition, it is her first time competing at this level and a lot of the girls she will be up against have been dancing much longer than she has; I don't expect anything spectacular from her on solos. I do have hope that her team will do really well though. 


    This week's project: finish modifying her solo dress so she can wear it on Saturday. Irish dance solo dress insanity has taken over my life...


    ETA: oh, I shouldn't leave out dd6. She is at a different dance school, also Irish but not competition focused, and will be in their performance of "The Wizard of Oz" in November. Fortunately the beginner class's part in the performance is minimal--they get to represent the tornado and the flying monkeys. There are just a couple of extra rehearsals and the performance to deal with, so not too much stress for me and she is super excited :)


    DD13 had a competition 3 weeks ago and swept her solos, so she went from novice to prizewinner in all dances in one day. It was an amazing day and I was in shock for a week afterward. 


    Yesterday, she competed for the first time in prizewinner and held her own with a 5th and 2 thirds in solos. She got a first for her traditional set (St. Patricks Day), and a 3rd and 4th for teams.  This was the first time this year's teams competed, and our teacher wasn't real pleased with their performance. But the 4-hand team in 3rd place was only 1 point behind the 1st place team, so it was close and really could have gone either way. She also competed in treble reel for the first time but didn't place. She came home with 3 trophies and 3 medals, so overall it was a good day. She had it in her head that she was going to make prelim on her first try, but fortunately, she handled it well that she didn't. 


    We have two feisanna in Atlanta in a couple of weeks and then Oireachtas in early December. After that, we can relax for a bit since she won't compete again unit February.

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  9. I lived there in the late 80s, so I imagine things have changed a bit since then!


    I loved it. I didn't mind the heat and humidity because it was not as bad as Florida, where I had lived the previous three years. There was always a breeze coming off the East China Sea. It's a beautiful place. The hardest part was being so far away from family and landlocked. We did catch a ride via space available to go to the Philippines and Korea while we were there.  My sister's fiance was stationed in Korea at the time, so we met up with them there.


    Best restaurant back then was Sam's by the Sea. I still wish I could replicate their curry soup. It was so good!

  10. We have a nice upscale consignment shop close by. That's where I find nice brands for work.


    I am picky about underwear. Kohls carries the brands I like, so I shop when they're on sale and I have a coupon. The coupons range from 15-30%. If I ask if they have coupons this week, they will give me 15% off if I use my Kohls card.


    My kids get a lot at Kohls too.  My oldest has gotten some things at Macys on sale. The quality of their juniors dept is about the same as Kohls. She gets most of her clothes at Express now.  The quality is better, but they're expensive! She does shop sales and with coupons.


    When the kids were younger and needed something nice such as wedding or funeral clothes, we did pretty good shopping the sale racks at Dillards.


  11. Ok, just roll with me here, because we don't have a diagnosis on that.  We just no he did horribly on the screening tool.  He was at 16th percentile on gluing sounds together to make a word. Did your CAPD/APD dc test low like that, and if so how did you teach them to read?  


    See, if he can't turn component sounds into a word, then there's NO WAY he can sound out to read.  Can't physically happen.  Even if he starts to sound out, he won't be able to read.


    How is Barton supposedly so good for that?  (per her website)  And what did you end up doing?  What is PACE/Learning RX doing for it that is supposedly making it come together?  


    I don't know, just totally flummoxed here with what that can mean.  Or do not all CAPD/APD individuals even HAVE that issue?  Maybe many CAPD kids have NO issue learning to read??


    My 13 year old was diagnosed with all four subtypes of APD. I think OG is the ONLY thing that would have worked to teach her to read. We used LiPS first (Lindamood Bell Phonemic Sequencing), just long enough to develop her phonemic awareness to where she could pass the Barton student screening.  We also read poetry, used the sample chapter of some book that works on phonemic awareness (I'll come back and post the name if i can remember it), all while doing the Therapeutic Listening Program and Interactive Metronome. She had been in speech therapy since she was 3 until she was 10. She wasn't diagnosed with apraxia, but when she was 7, we were told that she should have been, but it was missed.


    We started this mix of therapy + LiPS then Barton when she was 7. I was close to despair when she was 9, because she was seriously falling behind in general knowledge about the world, not just reading. She wouldn't listen to audiobooks because with her APD, she got lost and confused.  I believed she would never become literate past a Dr. Seuss book level. 


    A major turning point was the Ramona movie. She loved that movie, so I got all the Ramona audiobooks from the library. Suddenly, audiobooks made sense to her. Then one day, she picked up a Boxcar children book and read it. I think she read every one of those that the library had.  The summer she turned 11, we did a refresher of Interactive Metronome. The summer she turned 12, we saw another developmental leap not just academically, but also in her dancing.  She went from  middle of the pack to medaling in every solo. That fall, she scored within or above the normal range in every test and subtest of the WJIII. 


    This July, she started traditional school for the first time. We got her first report card a week or so ago, and her grades ranged from 92-100.  She cried because she wanted straight A's (93 and up). Her teachers love her because she works so hard and wants to learn. I wish they could see all that she's been through to get to this point. 


    OG tutoring literally rewires the brain and forms new pathways. It is HARD and it is slow. When we started, she would go limp against me after 5-10 minutes of instruction. Her brain literally hurt from the effort she had to make.  I kept telling her we have to do this and some day you will thank me. When she cried, I hugged her, but I refused to let her quit (well, maybe for the day, but not forever). 


    It is a long and hard journey with these kids. She also has SPD and ADHD, so she was a difficult baby, toddler, and preschooler even before the academic difficulties started. The stress put such a strain on our marriage that I didn't know if it would survive. But I cannot tell you the joy of seeing her thrive now. It will never be over - she still reverses letters and numbers, and her spelling is still lacking. She still reads better if she enjoys the book and it has plenty of white space. She still mishears things. (During the World Cup, the announcer said the players were offsides. She cocked her head and looked at the TV, then said, "they don't look lopsided to me.") But I'm on the other side where I no longer worry about how she will survive as an adult. You will get here too. 


    ETA: Our audiologist was wonderful, but I took issue with her recommendation to teach reading using sight methods. That is totally against the research. 

  12. Someone to set up and keep updated an online schedule for rides to appointments, meals, and weekly help with housekeeping and laundry. It's much easier to keep a running schedule than trying to coordinate one need at a time.


    If a family member isn't available, someone needs to go to the doctor appointments to take notes. People who are having chemo are not always clear-minded, so there always needs to be a second person in the room for those appts.


    Gift cards to help cover extra expenses.  Just prescription co-pays can break the budget, let alone the hospital and lab bills.



  13. APD is diagnosed by an audiologist with special training. Part of the testing has to be done in a sound proof booth.  I found our audiologist by googling "audiologist auditory processing disorder" and my city.  She is wonderful and was very supportive of homeschooling. Of all the professionals that were involved with my daughters, she gave us the most practical information.


    The testing is helpful because remediation can then be tailored to the child. For example, for one daughter, we have to rephrase when she doesn't understand what we told her.  For the other daughter with APD, we have to repeat word for word, because rephrasing creates new gaps.


    ETA: The evaluation for APD starts by ruling out fluid and hearing loss.

  14. Thank you for responding. I feel like I could use all the help. To answer some questions...no,, we don't pray together anymore, and no, we rarely go out alone anymore. He never wants to do that, just likes to stay at home. I've been so lonely for so long, and I absolutely miss who we used to be. I have read so many books and articles...I'm so tired of being the only one who tries. I do feel like I need counseling. I suppose I should initiate this although admitting this makes me feel more of a failure. All of my friends are his friends too so I don't really want to confide in them or family.


    Do you have girlfriends that you get together with occasionally, just for lunch, socializing, a movie, etc?  That won't fix your marriage, but it can be a way of making sure some of your other needs are being met.  I know when kids are young, sometimes there isn't time to foster relationships outside the family, and we can become too dependent on our spouses to fulfill all of our needs. That puts a lot of pressure on the marriage relationship. Also, since you're Catholic, have you gone to adoration to pray? Maybe that would help. Many hugs as you work through this.


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    But, apparently because Baby was moving his arm so well on that side, he instructed me to keep it immobilized by wrapping an Ace bandage around it and his whole body. He wanted the arm bent with the hand on the tummy, with the whole arm wrapped close.  :huh:  I don't see this going over well with a newly active 11 mo baby. Plus, it seems very inconvenient for nursing him on that side. It seems like a bit much, considering that these thing are apparently able to heal on their own. Baby has his 1-year appt in a few weeks, but I'm not sure if I should take him in before that. Doc-in-a-box was nice, but yeah, not sure if he specializes in babies.



    My oldest daughter was 6 or 7 when she broke her clavicle, and she had to wear a brace to keep it immobilized.


    I'm glad you took him in to get checked and that it was something not serious.


  16. If this is fine with you, then good; it is easier if it doesn't bother you and I sometimes wish it didn't bother me. To me, I don't know how one can feel they have a "relationship" with God, if many things make no sense, if you can't enjoy a "relationship" in the usual way.


    Saying salvation doesn't hang on it makes no sense to me. The Bible is where we get the "instructions" for what salvation means and why it would be necessary. If parts of the Bible are just broad-based stories meant to show one larger point, i.e., "God made everything and it was good," then what makes anyone believe Jesus was Messiah, that his life, death, and resurrection happened as described Biblically? That any of that is necessary to begin with?


    If God "inspired" a person to write the account of how everything came to be, why would he NOT give the account correctly?


    The Hebrew word for day in Genesis 1-2 can mean a 24 hour day, but it can also refer to an age, a long period of time. When people insist that creation happened in 7 24-hr periods and any other interpretation is invalid, I don't think it's because God messed up the story, but rather because people fail to consider the nuances of the original language and literary genre.


  17. I agree with you BUT I have felt very weak in teaching science to my kids, because of my upbringing. I know there are OE and/or Theistic Evolution-believing Christians, but I never did see how those beliefs can co-exist without cognitive dissonance. I mean, I never did see how a person can be completely comfortable with the thematic story of Redemption of the Bible, but also rationally acknowledge that the story of creation, the specific stories of Adam & eve, Noah, etc. are allegorical stories, while still believing that all the doctrinal message of Christ is correct. Forgive my run-ons. Anyway, I avoid theological study with my kids because my beliefs have changed so substantially, but I'm not keen to inform them, nor do I have a well-formulated, down-pat concept of just what I do and don't believe.


    If you're interested, I like Fr. Longenecker, a Catholic priest who blogs on the patheos website.  He has some good articles about how he views OT stories and events.  I would try to explain more, but I don't think I'd do a good job of it. :-)


    ETA: I found the link to one of the articles I was thinking of.


  18. Wow, I had no idea blue eyes are rare. I grew up in an area settled by German immigrants and blue eyes were very common.  My parents and all of my siblings have blue eyes.  I've always been told that my eyes are my best feature.


    My husband has hazel eyes and before we had kids, he said he hoped our kids would have my eyes.  The older two have hazel eyes, but the youngest has blue eyes.  The middle one's eyes sometimes look kind of a grayish blue.

  19. Yes, unless you are fine with a bluish tone.  It must be light or white to get the best result.  And remember, the color is temporary so it will wash out in a few shampoos.  If you reapply, it will stay a few more. 


    I didn't know this until my daughter did that a couple of years ago. 


    My kids had theirs professionally done, and it stays bright for about six weeks, then slowly fades away.


    You can't swim in a chlorine pool, though.  It will strip the color right out.


    Now that I mentioned chlorine, we have well water that is not chlorinated.  Maybe that's why my kids' streaks last as long as they do.


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