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  1. My family loves a roast pork roast in the crockpot. It's a bit more expensive than other cuts of meat, but it makes a lot and we use it over 4-5 different meals.


    One pork roast (I buy the largest one I can find)

    1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

    2 cans of whole cranberries (next to the cranberry sauce at the store)

    one onion sliced into small rings or slivers


    Mix the cranberries, bbq and onion in the bottom of your crockpot. Put the pork roast on top... I usually cook it on high for 2-3 hours and then put it on low for another 4-6. When you're ready to eat shred the meat (it will literally fall apart) and mix everything together with the sauce.


    To make it stretch we will use it as a topping for baked potatoes, BBQ pork pizza, mini shredded pork sandwiches with cole slaw and baked beans, quesadillas... it's also great by itself!!

  2. Perhaps her emotions are running rampant because of hormones. I notice my DD (also 12) is a bit more emotional/brain foggy just before her cycle starts each month. It was much worse the 3-6 months before she started. She wasn't disrespectful or disobedient... just emotional. I allow my DD to get as much sleep as she needs, when she needs it. Any sort of sleep deprivation seems to heighten her emotions. Just a thought... and a :grouphug:.

  3. My DH is finishing up a one year deployment this month... our 6th one... Want a :grouphug:? I've got plenty of those floating around and lots and lots of sympathy. Hang in there... and give yourself permission to take the month off during his block leave, no matter where you are in your curriculum. You will all need the chance to reconnect and rest and just... breathe. Glad you are on the home stretch... you're doing great, Momma.:patriot:

  4. 1. Every single day. Multiple times a day :)

    2. Regular tap water

    3. Two years and it's still going strong!

    4. "Donut Shop" and we buy it in bulk from Amazon and have it automatically shipped to us each month.


    I adore my Keurig and have recommended them for all of my family members who now all have one and love them, too :).


    This. Exactly.


    Does this mean we can be friends?

  5. Bottom line is you have to do what is best for your child and best for your family. We have 2... One has been at the classical private school for going on 4 years... Very good fit for her... It's helped her grow up, become more independent... she still hangs out and loves her homeschooling friends, and the school hasn't really changed her for the worse..


    We sent my son on the other hand to this same school for three years.. Eighth, tenth, and eleventh. He is a classical musician a pianist and a composer.. He has had much more time this year (senior year at HOME) to work on his music, apply to colleges, and hold down a volunteer job at the local aquarium. For him, homeschooling senior year was definitely the right choice.. He was accepted into his number one music school and got the money he needed to attend. Had he been at the small private school this year, I do not know if that would be the case. He also had time to do music during school hours (first thing in the morning) when he is his freshest. He also chose to be home this year. He was 17 when he made the choice.. and we felt he had the maturity to make his own choice.. Had he not done well this year, he would have repeated the year at a local charter school... so we had a plan B..


    bottom line, is unfortunately there is no right answer... only a right answer for that year and that child.


    Just my opinion.




    :iagree: This. Exactly.

  6. When my DS was around 3 we were snuggling on the couch one morning and he looked down at his lap, pulled his man panties out and exclaimed, "I have a weenis!"


    Before I could formulate my response, he took a second peak and pronounced, "My weenis is very big."


    My husband replied, "That's my boy."


    I never said a word. I just kept sipping my coffee.:D

  7. :001_huh:


    So, what was the boy's punishemnt for calling you such a vile name? From your post, it seems like he got no punishment at all. Dad telling him not to ever speak to you like that again is NOT a punishment.


    I'm trying to imagine my 15yo stepson calling me that. (Which is near impossible to imagine, but I'm trying.) The boy would lose more priviledges than he even knew he *had*. And trust me, it wouldn't be ME having the conversation with him. Dh would want to be the one handling the punishment.


    This. Exactly.

  8. Soscol Cafe - great for breakfast


    Boonfly Cafe - also great for breakfast


    Mini-mango Thai Bistro -


    If you're going to splurge for an expensive meal then I would eat at Mustards over The French Laundry anyday.


    Really good pizza place... azzurro something or other enoteca...



    Cakebread Cellars is our all time favorite winery.


    Can't help you on a place to stay... try some of the local B & B's, maybe?


    Umm, wine train... I actually have heard really good things about it, but we've never done it.


    If you're going to winery hop, I would definitely hire a car. Have fun and enjoy!!

  9. You've gotten some great advice so I won't repeat anything. We have a homeschool "field trip" planned in December to Disney World. It's great because we're going with a bunch of other homeschool families and will be able to hit the parks when it's not crowded. We love, love, love the freedom that homeschooling provides. It's always scary to step out into the unknown but I think your son will come to love it. There's something to be said for not having hours worth of homework after sitting in a classroom all day.


    BTW... where is MS are you from? I'm originally from Meridian.

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