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  1. My son has broken both arms. The first time was his non-dominant hand and it was during the school year but he was only 5. The second time he was older (8) and it was his dominant arm and a much worse break (both bones, displaced and had to be set under anesthesia, in a soft cast for weeks as wasn’t stable enough to change it). It was luckily (or unluckily depending) during the summer. With the first one he was able to use it pretty normally within a week. He even played Tball with it. It would have been fine for him to write with it if it had been his dominant hand. The second one was much worse and he really didn’t feel great for a few weeks, until he got the hard cast on. I would not have made him try to write and would have just done school orally. :grouphug:
  2. New fever, vomiting and stomachache after a respiratory virus are all signs of pneumonia. That is particularly likely and worrisome if it was influenza. Definitely take her on somewhere today. (I’m a pediatrician.)
  3. NO. My Mom also saved all mine and my hair from haircuts. She still has them so I’ll have to deal with that one day. I find it really weird and kind of creepy.
  4. At least one theater here has them and they are super cheap. They call it the wake-up matinee. A bunch of theaters also have a cry-baby matinee which is adult movies but you can bring a baby or kid. It’s designed for parents at home. Those are usualy in the mornings.
  5. Yes! This would so make my teen son’s birthday. I was also going to say favorite foods and some kind of movie marathon. Or for my guy it would be agreeing to play a long involved board game that no one else really likes.
  6. The best game we got at Christmas was Revolution. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/34887/revolution Each round you bid on different people who you want to influence to your side. Whoever wins that person gets points, plus some other things that help you get points in the end. It’s fairly easy to understand. My eight year old very quickly got it. There is a good amount of strategy as you have to kind of guess what other people will bid and figure out how best to use the resources you have. But it’s not super long like some strategy games. I have one kid who loves games like Catan and Risk. And one son who will play them but gets really distracted if it’s too complicated and who doesn’t like to sit for a game that goes more than about an hour. This one can be played in an hour or slightly less which was just about right. The other nice thing was that everyone is doing something every turn so there really isn’t any time when you are sitting and waiting for your turn (like in Catan).
  7. I don’t know if it will work in a dryer, but I’ve gotten ink off of surfaces with toothpaste. Works better if it’s the whitening kind. Just rub it on the ink, let it sit and then wipe it off. It may not work as well on a metal surface but it’s worked on cabinets, counters and tables.
  8. Thanks for all the suggestions! Lots to check out.
  9. I run a book club for my daughter and her friends. They are all 8 years old and in 2nd or 3rd grade. There is a wide range of reading abilities but most are pretty much on grade level or a little above. Books we’ve done to give an example: The Happy Hollisters, The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, Sarah Plain and Tall, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I’m trying to pick our next book...any thoughts?
  10. I finished The Alice Network, for my book club. It was fine. I didn’t love it or hate it. I did find the real story of the female WWI spies interesting and would like to learn more about that but the book was a little too full of caricatures and simplistic. Someone in my book club commented that it felt like a screenplay and I think that was probably the perfect comment...I felt like the author was writing for the potential movie instead of really developing the characters. I also read two short stories this week with my 9th grader: Big Two Hearted River by Hemingway and The Bear by Faulkner. I’m still reading Diary of Anne Frank with him as well. I run a book club for my daughter and her friends and had to read a book for that. It was ok, but interesting in that it’s a self-published autobiography by the grandmother of one of the book club girls. The girl is super excited that we chose it and I think all the girls are intrigued because of the connection. Up next I think is Autumn by Ali Smith. I have a bunch on my nightstand stack but I believe that has to go back to the library soon so it will be next.
  11. For all the mystery readers, a book I read last year and really enjoyed was The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards. It tells the story of the creation of the Detection club which was a group that started in the 1920s/1930s of mystery writers in Britain. Lots of info about Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers among others. He also talks about a lot of real crimes that inspired them or that they were interested in.
  12. My oldest does Lukeion Latin. He’s in Latin II this year and did Latin I last year. He really loves it. It is a lot of work, but he does not spend nearly 10 hours a week on it. I’d guess it’s about 5-6 most weeks and 8 on a heavy week, like before the midterm. He had finished Lively Latin through BB2 before doing Luekion and I think that helped a lot last year. It made it easier as he was learning how to navigate the pace and difficulty level of Lukeion to have the vocabulary and grammar be familiar. I know that I’ve seen other people spend a lot longer but I thought I’d just chime in to say that’s not always the case. Could you start with one course and see how it goes and then add in another course the next year? I haven’t used CLRC so can’t compare it to Lukeion.
  13. I think the main reason that ours works is that it’s sponsored by a church and the pastor who started it many years ago does most of the organizational/support work. Also, it’s very large and has a mix of all ages. There are about 70 high schoolers, for example. That means that there are enough teachers that people can teach and also take years off of being the main teacher without feeling like there aren’t other classes to be offered. And there are enough people so that it works out that people can choose the jobs that fit their skills and stage of life. I did nursery and preschool when my youngest was that age, because I thought it would be fun to be with her. But that is not at all what I enjoy and I was happy to stop doing it. There are other Moms who have all high schoolers but who really love preschool and who keep teaching in there.
  14. We pay for Co-Op but the teachers aren’t paid. Fees go for supplies. Every parent has a job. Ours is divided into three class periods. Parents work two periods and have one off. The off period is a support group time with food, sometimes speakers, or just time to hang out. If you aren’t a Lead teacher you can be an assistant. You can work on the nursery or preschool classes. We also have a group that does support for the co-op...collects payments and paperwork, organizes things, runs the website, plans field trip. We also have a group of people who are floaters, they aren’t assigned to a class but fill in if someone is sick.
  15. Awesome! I’ll have to show that to my kids. At the time my daughter (the one who thought it was Writing Without E’s) was learning to read and doing phonics. So her world was all about letters and sounds and it kind of made sense for her to hear it that way. But still funny.
  16. I totally would. My kids would love that. Dh would probably think it was weird.
  17. I make the fried tofu from Budget Bytes a lot. https://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/02/pan-fried-sesame-tofu-with-broccoli/ The linked recipe is our favorite but she has lots of other variations with different sauces/flavors. I made this one of hers last week and everyone liked it. https://www.budgetbytes.com/2017/12/soy-marinated-tofu-bowls-spicy-peanut-sauce/ My middle son is a vegetarian and sometimes if we are having meat we just take tofu for him and slice it and then pan fry it just by itself in a little oil. He then seasons it himself with some kind of sauce. (BBQ, hoisin, orange, soy sauce, various seasonings, etc). Buy the extra firm. It’s better if you have time to press it to get rid of the water, but it works without doing that. For the kind where you coat it and fry it you really have to press it to get it to work well, but that’s easy. The linked recipes have steps to walk you through that. I find it in our produce section.
  18. My oldest hates writing. He called Writing With Ease “Writing Without Easeâ€. Which then became a family joke because we always called it that and then discovered years later that our youngest thought that it was “Writing Without E’s (the letter)â€. And we all agreed that would indeed be a challenge...no words with Es allowed. :)
  19. I finished Uncommon Type this week. It’s the book of short stories by Tom Hanks. They were enjoyable, definitely worth reading for themselves and not just the celebrity factor. Other than that most of my reading has been guided by reading for or with the kids. My daughter and I had the “mother-daughter†book club she requested on Friday. We had tea and blueberry muffins that she made and discussed Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth. It was a very sweet time togther. My oldest and I are working through The Art of Reading from The Great Courses. This week we read two short stories before listening to a lecture (Updike’s Pigeon Feathers and Flannery O’Connors’ Revelation). I began reading The Diary of Anne Frank, which I assigned to my son to read for English. As a family we are reading A Wrinkle in Time. I also just started The Alice Network for my book club. It’s about a ring of female spies in WWI. Haven’t gotten far enough to say much about it. I’m also listening to Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty on audiobook. The audiobooks are such ear candy. So fun and I love the Australian accent. It’s helped me keep my New Year resolution to exercise as I’ve been listening on the treadmill at the gym when my son swims.
  20. We loved those audiobooks. Other series we’ve loved... Gregor the Overlander The Sisters Grimm The Frog Princess The Sixty-Eight Rooms Harry Potter audiobooks are also really good, even if you’ve already read the series.
  21. I have no idea but I think you won best thread title of the day award.
  22. Deep Space Sparkle has good projects, although a lot less of it is free than it used to be. I also like the artfulparent.com. We have done some really cool and fun art projects from there: making marbleized paper, scratch art.
  23. You can go to the website and enter the amount you walked and it will add those steps to your amount. I’ve done that when I was focused on a number of steps and for some reason it didn’t count or I forgot to wear it. I’m focusing on developing new habits incrementally as goals rather than the ultimate goal of weight loss. I had worked on sleep before the holidays, getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. I mostly maintained the amount of sleep over break, or slept more so it wasn’t a huge adjustment to go back to those habits the past few days. I’m tracking walking now with the goal of walking daily. I’m counting either walking on a treadmill, outside or a Leslie Sansone video as walking. I prefer walking outside but sometimes schedule and weather isn’t conducive to that. So far, so good: 1/1- Walked 4 miles on our annual New Year’s Day Walk with other families, 1/2- Walked the treadmill for 45 minutes at the gym while my son was at swim practice, 1/3- Did a Walking Video this morning before work. I think the biggest thing for me and exercise is to plan it. I always feel good when I do it but I it’s not my default. So for example, tomorrow I plan to walk in the morning with dh...but I know the weather might be bad. In that case I have a Plan B which is to walk at the gym during swim practice. I did one day of Yoga with Adrienne. I’m interested in yoga but I’m not going to track this or stress over it. It was fun, although I felt a bit goofy since the kids were in the room. Food wise I’m trying to stick with the No-S plan, which I’ve done so far and had started before the holidays.
  24. Dh and oldest are going to Chile in March for a missions trip. I just bought tickets last week to take the other two kids (ages 11 and 8) to San Antonio and Austin. I’ve never been to Texas and we are getting excited to start planning. We go to the beach every May with my parents. We’ll probably do some other long weekend family trip in the fall but not sure where.
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