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  1. I love my mil. She is everything a mil should be. She has a good relationship with her son (dh), yet she realizes that his marriage is first. She loves her grandkids, but offers no advice on how to raise them unless asked first. She is kind and loving to me. She has a good sense of humor. The only thing is... shh, I didn't say this, but... she's not a very good cook.
  2. Of the ones listed, I prefer Glenn Beck. There's a couple local conservative talk show hosts I listen to on a more regular basis. Although you just can't beat Mark Levin's trademark "Get off the phone ya big dope!"
  3. I've had several and they're not a big deal. Could be because I'm "not a big deal" if you catch my drift.:glare: I had to go back for a second because the first was abnormal and that hurt a bit, but not for too long. The one thing I really dread is my annual "peek-a-boo". Now that one I have to take a valium for.;)
  4. We are doing Writing for Power by JE Sparks. When I was teaching jr. high English I taught a program that was similar and had tremendous success, so when someone gave me this program I jumped all over it. It's great for teaching organization within your essays.
  5. Hmm, well, "as the crow flies" it probably totals about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Today, what with all the breaks and etc. etc., it took us about 4 hours to get it all done. I have 2 very squirrely boys, so we don't just plug right along. I really wish we could get it all done in the morning, and if we start at 8:30 or a little before we can. Today it was after 9:00 and we were still doing science after lunch.
  6. One thing it does is cause you to re-prioritize. It's hard, but I find myself asking "Will that really make me happy? Is it worth it?" Generally, my answer is "no!" because things don't make you happy. You mentioned the superficiality of where you live. I guess my question is, are you really that kind of person anyway? Do you want to be that kind of person? DH makes a decent income, but after taking DR we've really gone through and just cut the fat. Sometimes, after you've plugged all the leaks you find you have more disposable income than you thought you did.
  7. I lost my weight with WW, too, and then fizzled out, so we're working on South Beach, now. It's our first week, and it's going rather well. I find that I'm not as hungry as I thought I'd be and I love not counting points. Breakfasts are the hardest because I'm an oatmeal gal, but I think I can work that in in Phase 2. The hardest is that I'm a carb addict (which is why I think WW wasn't working for me anymore), but it's been going ok. It's a doable diet.
  8. We get World, also, which we love. I also get: Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home Cuisine at Home Martha Stewart Everyday Foods
  9. Hmm. Well, I probably won't be of much help to you, but I'll tell you what I do and you can take it or leave it.;) I've got younger children, but I use A Beka's materials. I wouldn't say they are horribly expensive (compared to some boxed curriculum) and you can supplement with library books for free. The thing I like about A Beka is that the lesson plans are done for you in the teacher's guide. That helps me tremendously. A Beka is Christian, however, and you mentioned you wanted secular, so I'm not sure how to help you there. But, for ease of use, A Beka is pretty easy.
  10. I'm doing FLL with my 6 & 5 year old boys. THey're both at the first grade reading level (my 5 year old is doing K math, and his maturity is definitely on the K side of things, but he's doing well reading), but at this age, the only thing I'm really working at toward mastery is reading and math. Everything else is just frosting. Really. I don't know if they grasp the concept of a noun, but we do the lessons as written. They enjoy them. They've memorized the definition of a noun and some day, when they are older, that definition will come in handy, whether they understand it now or not. I think it's important to take advantage of this age from the aspect of memorization, which is that the Grammar Stage is all about. Who cares if they understand it? Memorize it. Then it's there. Forever. And they can take it out again in jr. high and figure out what it means. Now, of course I'm not saying that we shouldn't be teaching kids things they don't understand... but, well, you all know what I mean.
  11. We have three adopted children all from the foster care system. My boys are bio brothers. It was a very good experience for us. However, the System is the System. You have to be pro-active and just deal with what comes. The social workers are overworked and there are some bleeding heart judges out there so, it's risky. And you have to be flexible. One afternoon my baby girl was 6 months old and we'd just gotten home from a bd party, we were tired, hot and sticky and all were in need of a nap. The doorbell rings and this man is there who flashes a badge at me, says he's from the DA's office and needs me to answer some questions. I about wet my pants, after having a "Law & Order" flashback. It was all fine. He was there in behalf of my daughter's lawyer (don't ask why, I really have no idea why she had a lawyer and my boys didn't) and he was doing some investigative work on her placement (she's a Safe Surrender Baby). I think we made a decent impression since we still have our daughter.:D Anyhow, all I have to say it, adoption is awesome, but it's scary, risky and every single case is different. I've known tons of people who've adopted and not one situation/case/ etc. is the same. There is no "normal". But, I would suggest join a Support Group of some type. We still hang with the people who we took our classes with. It's purely social, but we all know about adoption and what we're dealing with and our kids all have friends who are adopted, so that's important.
  12. Oh yes. He's even more adamant that we homeschool that I am. I'd put them in the local Christian school in a heart beat, but... well, I'm too cheap to really push it. So... we homeschool.
  13. I just heard the ad on our local radio station this morning and really want to get tickets. They're awesome!
  14. Ditto what everyone else says. I stop him and say, "No, sound it out please!" They do this more as they're getting to be better readers and they want to actually read and not stop and figure out the word.
  15. I got the ones on Native Americans to use with our BJU Heritage Studies 1 Unit on Native Americans. The text goes through various tribes from each region and there's a "Pocket" that goes perfectly with the text. So, I'll be using it as a hands-on supplement. It looks really good to me.
  16. Oh, if you're going to do rockets, you must build one from scratch. Don't get a kit. I used to teach an after school rocket club with my jr. highers (when I was teaching jr. high science) and we'd build rockets made out of wrapping paper tubes with balsa wood fins and nose cones made of file folders. THen we'd spray paint them and launch them. And then we'd have a pizza party and watch "October Sky". Those were good times!
  17. I just found ours through a friend. It's pretty loosely organized, but I'm getting used to that aspect (I'm not loosely organized) and have found that I really enjoy the companionship. One thing I appreciate about this group is when we get together we don't talk about homeschooling. Honestly, I have no idea what curriculum anyone uses or what philosophy of education anyone espouses. It's great. We just sit around and tell funny stories about our kids and chat about... well, whatever. It's been a real blessing to me.
  18. I think my parents did a pretty good job. I have to keep reminding myself that they are only human and have their faults and flaws and hang-ups, just like everyone else. For a while there I blamed them for a lot of my own problems, but I had to come to the realization that our sinfulness has an effect on other people and that's just the way it is. Another thing I've been pondering lately regarding my own parenting is that I look at life and my relationship with my kids from my perspective and my personality and my knowledge of the circumstances. My kids look at their relationship with me from their own perspective and that whole dymanic can produce some pretty funky results. It scares me to think sometimes that even though I am doing the best that I can with raising these kids, they may look at me when they are grown up and think I did a lousy job.
  19. OK, I made these really cute molded glittery soaps for my wedding 7 year ago. They were scented, too. Took me a lot of time. They were cute. I wrapped them in cellophane bags with irridescent ribbons and a tag with our names and the date on them. Do you know what our friends did with them? Used them to write things on the get away car. Yes, that is what they did with my precious soaps. If I were going to do it again I'd probably just make little bags of candies or something and place them at each place setting. But, overall, I don't think wedding favors are necessary.
  20. I hate the phone. I hate talking to someone I can't see. I hate that, unless it's business, I am calling them and it may be an inconvenient time for them to talk. I hate that "dead time" where, if you are just chit-chatting and you run out of things to say. Generally, if I'm calling someone, even if it's just business, I try to time it when I know they'll be out, or at work or something and I can leave a message.
  21. I've never grown it before, but I'm always up for an experiment, so we tried it. It turned out great. Much better than the store bought kind.
  22. And then there's the child who, in the middle of what I would consider a pretty interesting story on the Vikings, says, "Are we done yet?"
  23. My DH is the 4th of 5 children. He has a wonderful family and I feel extremely accepted by all of them. There's a funny thing about his family - he's got 3 brothers and 1 sister. His oldest brother married a Kristin, another brother married a Christa, his sister is named Christine and my name is Kristen. My sil Kristin is a rather well-respected OB/Gyn in town, so people take me for her all the time, especially when I'm taking care of business in the women's health mileu. I once had an argument with a doctor who was doing an ultrasound on me who insisted I was my sil and I kept insisting that I was K the teacher, not K the doctor. It was pretty funny.
  24. I just did. I left the cherry tomatoes, because they'll produce until Thanksgiving, but everything came out. It was a huge job. Now it'll all just sit for about a month until I put in the winter garden.
  25. I lost 15 lbs. with WW and it was hard. But, what made it hard this time (this is my third time in about 20 years) is that I'm over 40 now and I can tell my metabolism went south. One thing is that they stress healthy eating and portion control, but I really think I'm addicted to carbs and sugar because I just "need" them. So, we're going to try the South Beach diet. We're going into it slowly, and next week will do it full bore.
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