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  1. Depending on where you are in GA, look and see if there are any IEW classes being offered or a Classical Conversations community where you could get some help on these areas you feel week on. My 4th grade girls are loving IEW in a class setting and we all love CC.
  2. we just pull the sheets/covers up and put the pillow on top. It makes it easier for me to put their laundry on their beds for them to put away and them be able to tell what's there. They also like to sit on their beds to do school work or read. And it's just a cleaner feel to the room.
  3. I just got my lab work back from Quest Diagnostics. According to the lab results, the normal range for Vit D is 20 - 100. My doctor wrote next to my results that it should be more than 60. Mine was 22. I had 3 different scores for Vit D - Total, D2 and D3 Underneath the results was written: 25-OHD3 indicates both endogenous production and supplementation. 25-OHD2 is an indicator of exogenous sources such as diet or supplementation. Thereapy is based on measurement of total 25-OHD, with levels <20 indicative of Vitamin D deficiency while levels between 20 and 30 suggest insufficiency. Optimal levels are >30.
  4. when she was younger. The first one I remember was when she was trying to draw a picture of her Barbie doll and it wasn't coming out right. She got mad and wadded up the paper and threw it across the room. A few times. I just stepped in and told her we were all done drawing and let's go read a book. Later on we discussed practice makes perfect, etc. She still gets frustrated when things don't come out just right, but makes the adjustment and moves on.
  5. I have two friends in physical therapy for their backs after using the videos, so make sure you are doing the moves correctly!
  6. We like the EB White audio books where EB White is reading them (Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little). We also liked an audio version of "Just So Stories" that I got from the library. It was a collection of the stories.
  7. I've recorded it and will watch as soon as I get off the computer!
  8. the first thing they did this for was before their 7th birthday, they wanted American Girl dolls. They studied the catalog for months and planned what they wanted. Their initial list was for over $300 worth of stuff so they had to go back to the drawing board and be more realistic! LOL. We took them to the store on their bday and they were so proud to buy the dolls with their own money and walk out with the bags and the receipts. They still take very good care of those dolls. Now they save up for DS games, something for their bedroom, or other things they really want. We do buy silly stuff now and again - their favorite place is the $1 section at Target. I try to limit the amount of sugar they purchase.
  9. it drives me crazy! He is mostly supportive, but on occasion something comes up that rattles his cage. Like if we sleep late and don't get started til 10am - he has a cow. Most of his inner battle comes from being a public school teacher himself. He is constantly comparing what we do to what ps kids are doing, which is crazy since we are classical. He doesn't want them to go to school, but wishes I was a little more rigid and structured with our school day - which is not me at all. I've tried to find a middle ground with a schedule we can all live with.
  10. This is our first year in Essentials with my 9yo twin girls. We are using Our Mother Tongue with the Essentials guide. At first I thought it was throwing too much at them, but they have handled it very well. The 3 of us have learned a LOT about grammar. IEW is working very well for our 1st writing curriculum.
  11. Wii Fit plus & 2 sweaters - DH Jewelry tree - the kids Cash - my mom & stepdad Gift Card - FIL Christmas at my dad's tomorrow.
  12. Thanks, Ladies - you made me laugh about it, at least. DH's mom passed away a few years ago and she used to do stuff like this, too. Wish she were here to do it now. My mom is a "this is Mimi's house, your mom's not here" kind of grandmother, which is what makes me the maddest about the whole thing. Mom did both girl's hair, but the other didn't turn out so orange. Turns out Mimi lost track of time on Olivia's, but kept a better check on Molly's. For the Christmas Eve service tonight I just parted her hair on the other side and it was barely noticeable. Merry Christmas!
  13. DD's brown hair now has blondish/orange streaks framing her face. :001_huh: What can I do about it? I don't want to make a bigger mess. The girls spent the week with her and no one called to ask it if was OK to highlight (it wasn't!). DH is furious!
  14. Sausage Hashbrown Casserole Ingredients: •1 to 2 pounds hot or mild sausage •2 cups shredded cheddar cheese •1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup •1 cup sour cream •1 (8-oz) container of French onion dip •1 large onion, chopped •1/4 cup green bell pepper •1/4 cup red bell pepper •salt and pepper to taste •1 (30 oz.) package shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed Preparation: In a heavy skillet cook the sausage until browned, breaking up as you stir and cook. Drain off excess grease. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, French onion dip, chopped onion, chopped bell peppers, salt and pepper. Fold in thawed hash brown potatoes. Mix well. Spread half of the hash brown mixture over bottom of a greased 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish. Spread half of the browned sausage over hash browns. Repeat layering second 1/2 of has brown mixture. Top with remaining sausage. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour, until casserole is hot and golden brown. Serves 8 to 12. I follow this recipe except I go ahead and mix the sausage into the hashbrown mixture and spread all into pan.
  15. 1. pick up all clothes 2. put shoes in closet 3. put Playmobil stuff in bin 4. put legos in bin 5. put k'nex in bin 6. put books on shelf 7. throw away any garbage 8. put away anything that is left 9. vaccuum this is for my boys room (age 6 and 5) and I still have to stay in there with them or set the timer and go in every few minutes. Hopefully they will get it on their own one day. But breaking it down into pieces like this seems to help them know where to start and what to do. The 5 yo still gets easily distracted and is hard to keep on task.
  16. that comes with a DVD. It's called Essential Elements 2000 plus for Strings. We bought it at our local music store. It does a good job of explaining how to hold the instrument and bow and takes you through the lessons on the video. It also comes with a CD to play the exercises along with. DH is a band director and he uses this line of books with his beginning students. DD has taken 1 year of violin, but we just won't be able to afford lessons this spring. He got her this book to be able to play along with the DVD/CD and because it has good explanations. I would second trying to afford just a few lessons to begin with and then maybe a follow up lesson every once in a while. Our instructor is willing to let DD come once a month or so to check her progress and give tips.
  17. bisquick sausage cheddar cheese small amount of milk
  18. We just got a box delivered from Amazon. I put it under the tree to tease the kids - it's a present for one of them. They got all excited and ran over wanting to know what was in it. DD 9 saw "Amazon" on the box and said, "Maybe it's a big snake or lizard!" We watch too much Animal Planet! LOL
  19. My dh was a public school teacher, then principal for 12 years before leaving the system for a sales position. We have since started homeschooling our children. Is is considering going back to education but is concerned about how our HSing will effect his position as administrator. I know that will probably differ depending on the area and cirmcumstances, but I just wanted to know if anyone else was in this position and what your experince has been.
  20. anyone with State Farm? My dh is being laid off and is considering pursuing his own agency with SF. We have friends of the family that are SF agents and they will help him get started. Any experience out there?
  21. We use science from Answers in Genesis, Mystory of History, Saxon Math, Latin for Children, Spelling Plus and we participate in Classical Conversations
  22. and for budgeting purposes I allocated about the same amount of money for each DC, but I don't get technical about it. Can you wrap two of DD's gifts together to appear as one? If not, I'd get something small to have the same number of packages.
  23. DH just called and said he's coming home to take him to the Dr and for me to make an appt somewhere. So I guess that ends the debate there, huh? Hopefully it will be nothing. THanks,
  24. My 6yo DS woke up this am complaining of his leg hurting. It is only his right leg and it hurts in the front where his leg bends at the hip. He's been limping all morning. I tried rotating it around and massaging it and he winced the whole time. I looked up "growing pains" and according to Dr "Google", growing pains are always in both legs and go away in the morning and do not cause limping. My DH is a "take him immediately to an orthopedic" kind of person and I am a "wait and see how he feels tomorrow" kind of person, so I'm looking for a 3rd opinion here - thanks
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