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    married to my best friend, mom to 5 boys and 4 girls, home educating forever, Nana to 3 and growing
  • Location
    Aurora, Oregon
  • Interests
    reading, gardening, goatherding, tinkering around the house
  • Occupation
    I'm in charge of morale.
  1. Sorry, no time to read the other suggestions, but I dress them in overalls put on backwards for a little while and soon they forget about undressing themselves. In my experience, if they won't keep their clothes on when you tell them to, they won't use the potty either. Spring/early summer are terrific times for toilet training..less clothing to pull up and down. Good luck :)
  2. :grouphug: When mine is at its worst I make an appt. with the physical therapist. They know how to work out the trigger points and get me some relief. Recently, I set mine off pushing a recreational toy out of our pasture...I should have left that chore for the older boys, but I had a buyer coming for it and I was so glad to be rid of it! I haven't made an appt. yet and still hope that it will ease on its own, but I can empathize with the lack of sleep and how it just hurts all over :(
  3. Aw, I gave everything away HOPING I'd need it and it didn't work.
  4. There was a news report just a few days ago of a family expecting two babies with different due dates. They hope to have the first close to the EDD and the second will be a couple of weeks "early." I used all the NFP rules to help us conceive. I give my girls their own copy of the book and discuss it with them after they begin mens. so that they have an opportunity to know their cycles before they have to worry about the consequences. I also didn't need a pregnancy test to tell me what a high basal temperature could so we saved $$. The ladies in our family have wild cycles and could conceive anywhere from 14 days to 28 of a cycle. Body awareness is very helpful.
  5. Land's End are good, but they were better a few years ago :( We buy most of our boys' jeans at Walmart until they grow into the smallest size of Kirkland jeans (Costco brand). Kirkland are very good for the price.
  6. We soak ours overnight in salty water, drain them, pat them dryish with paper towels, fry them(cast iron or stainless steel frying pan) in olive oil stirring a bit(it sizzles away any water that didn't drain or pat away) until they are browned, spread them onto cookie sheets and move them to the oven for another 7 - 10 minutes to dry/crisp. It seems like a lot of fuss, but they are delicious.
  7. Our cabin's walls weren't one piece, but dh assembled them quickly side-by-side with the next wall so the spacing was perfect.
  8. We built the Dura-Craft Shenandoah Log Cabin kit for our children a few years ago. We started out with enthusiasm, set it aside for awhile, and then forged ahead and completed it. That is how we are with many projects :glare: The kit was not really that difficult to assemble and it is very sturdy. I just googled it and the kit is still being sold. Our log cabin has had several "families" inhabit it. Currently a family of bears. We had a group of Precious Moments dolls whose hair all fell out :( I think that the cabin has been a worthwhile project and the children enjoy decorating it for Christmas.
  9. My email spellchecker is kept "off." It has a problem with several of our children's names and I shushed it. I know that you have the option of adding a spelling to the accepted spellchecker list. I believe that "homeschool" will end up an accepted spelling in modern dictionaries eventually. You can be a pioneer :D
  10. The new ones were identical to the one my sister had years ago. My kids kept turning off or removing the battery, lol
  11. Our kids never played with the Erector set :( and the track we bought for their Hot Wheels saw little playtime. In a nostalgic moment I bought two Drowsy dolls and the girls couldn't stand them after just a few days. I have since donated all of the above toys. The children enjoy their Lego and Playmobil sets for years and years. (although I mutter about the constant mess) The Electronic Snap Circuits was a huge hit and every couple of years a child will take it out and go through the book doing every project. I honestly have no idea what to get the dears this year...they don't "need" anything.
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