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  1. I often tell mine, "Make Good Choices!"
  2. You aren't the only one that sends hand-written thank you notes. There are 2 of us!! I always send out thank you notes and have my daughters do it as well. I still love to buy nice stationery and use it! I hate that hand-written notes are dying out. Quill-- I stopped sending out Christmas cards a couple of years ago, but I miss it so, so much. I used to look forward to receiving Christmas cards so much. But fewer and fewer people were sending them out, so it didn't seem worth it to do it anymore. 😞 I don't do Facebook, so I have lost touch with numerous people.
  3. My daughter is really enjoying her freshman year so far! She is happy with her college choice. She does commute from home (20 minutes away) because the freshman housing is awful. She couldn't justify giving up her own room and bathroom to live there. I think she will live on campus next year because her good friend wants them to room together and her friend will be a junior, so she will be able to get in one of the nicest dorms. I was a bit worried about her adjusting to college life because she has ADHD, was homeschooled her whole life (except a few CC classes), and is much more interested in riding horses than school, but she is really liking most of her classes and is doing pretty well in them. I have made it very clear to her that she doesn't need to get all As. She has no desire to attend grad school and will likely do something with horses as a career, so I want her to do her best, but not have so much pressure on her when her grades ultimately aren't going to matter. As an aside, the Democratic Debate tonight is being held at her school. She got one of the (extremely limited) student tickets, so she is able to attend. I thought that was a pretty cool thing for her to have happen during her first semester at college! This past week has been a nightmare for her on campus though. Parking has been extremely limited with the media, extra police, Secret Service, etc.
  4. What type of horse showing is she doing? My 19 year old daughter is a hunter and equitation rider (English style). She wore makeup at times when she was younger but lately hasn’t been wearing any at all when she competes. Does not make a bit of difference in the judging. But I can see that it might make a difference if she shows Western.
  5. I agree with all of this. We got pre-check for the whole family 5 years ago. It has been so great. It makes everything so much easier. I've decided to upgrade all of us to Global Entry this time. I actually spent today setting up accounts for all of us and submitting the online applications. Now we just need to wait for approval to set up our interviews. I am sure that we are going to appreciate it when we go back to Europe next year!
  6. Yes, you don't have to take your shoes off in the pre-check line.
  7. My daughter will be commuting next year too. Her school is only 11 miles away, and it will take her about 20 minutes to get there. The drive is on low traffic, residential and back roads, so it is a pretty easy and peaceful drive. We are fine with her living in the dorms if she wants to, but at this point, she wants to live at home. The freshman dorms are not air conditioned, only have shared hall baths, etc. and she just has no interest in living there when she has her own bedroom and bathroom at home. She also has horses that she rides every day. They are in a barn only a mile from our house, so it is easier for her to live at home for that reason as well. If she changes her mind, we will be happy to let her live in the dorm. Her school requires all students who are not married, at least 22, a military vet, or some other conditions to live on campus unless they live within a 30 mile radius with their family. Students are not allowed to get apartments unless they meet one of the parameters. At this point, my DD feels that living at home is the best option for her. Fortunately, she already knows quite a few people at this school, so I don't think that her social life will suffer at all. OP-- In your situation, with the long commute, I would vote that your son find a way to live in the dorms if at all possible. That long, stressful drive would get old really fast!
  8. I only have one adult child, but the other one is 16. They only have one grandfather (that they know), so I just refer to him as "Grandpa." We refer to the two grandmothers as "Grandma 'Betty'" and "Grandma 'Sally.'"
  9. Thanks for posting this topic. I have a bunch of homeschooling curriculum to get rid of. I have been trying to figure out what to do with it. I honestly just want to find some place locally to donate it to. I wish that my area had a used homeschool curriculum fair, but I can't find one. I do not want to deal with pricing, selling, and especially shipping items, so eBay, etc. isn't something I want to deal with. I think I will donate some items to my library if they will take it?? Or maybe Half Price Books? I'm not sure if either of them would want homeschool items. If not, I guess I will just recycle everything. Ugh, it makes me sick to do that, but I do not want to deal with the hassle of shipping.
  10. I recently turned 50 (ugh!). I will say that the lessened anxiety is true for me as well. I have always been a major worrier and have had to fight anxiety (occasionally with meds and with CBT). About 5-7 years ago, my anxiety virtually disappeared. It honestly borders on apathy, which is probably not ideal, but it is such a relief to be so chill about everything now!
  11. I *always* salt my watermelon. I won't eat it unless I have salt available. All of my relatives in South Carolina salt their watermelon and I guess I learned it from them. I've salted it as long as I can remember. I salt apples too.
  12. I didn't really like it either. I actually bought the DVD because I had heard so many good things about it that I was sure that it would be something that we would watch again and again. No one in my family was really that excited about it and I doubt that we will ever watch it again. I didn't even love the music that much and I love musicals/Broadway/showtunes, etc.
  13. I love pretty stationery! I still buy it and use it for thank you notes and other short notes. For myself, I typically use pretty notecards from Papyrus or museum shops. I also have monogrammed notecards that I use for more formal things. My daughters use notecards for their thank you notes. They typically use personalized notecards that I ordered for them, but they also have some notecards that have a picture depicting their interests/passions. I hate that sending a receiving letters and notes has basically disappeared!
  14. My BIL is a dermatologist. He recommends Free and Clear products for my DD. It is available on Amazon. His second choice is Vanicream. It is available at CVS or on Amazon.
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