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Everything posted by Momto6inIN

  1. Yep, January - after the New Year's weekend. My college age boys don't start spring semester til after MLK Jr Day, so we we're taking advantage of their extra time off πŸ™‚
  2. In lieu of gifts this year we are planning a surprise trip to Florida (driving, rental house, cooking for ourselves, beach, kayak, hiking, and other outdoor activities) for ourselves and the kids. Made my shopping very easy as all I had to do was stocking gifts for everybody! I designed and am getting printed a puzzle piece collage of pictures of the rental house and pictures of activities we will do there and each kid will open a puzzle piece. I'm so excited to tell them about it! (and also to actually go, of course!)
  3. We've brined ours the last few years and I'll never make it a different way now! We use Kate's Thanksgiving Turkey that I printed off several years ago but can't find the link to right now, sorry. I've done it both ways - the day before and reheat slowly in a roaster with the juice and some gravy the next day and also roasting right before serving. Both are delicious. I like using a countertop roaster for the turkey so I can use the oven for other stuff.
  4. I think starting with real printed photos from 2020 onward is a great idea! Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good and all that πŸ˜‰ If you like the printed photos better than the digital books, then go for it! But if you want the backlog to just be done and accessible to look at and off your mental to do list plate, I'd consider doing a digitally printed book for the mountain of photos from pre-2020. Forever.com has something called an Auto Book. You can upload photos and print them in books (4 to a page for 99 pages for a total of 398 photos per book) and the program automatically
  5. Some texts don't require a response, and I'm not talking about those. Silly "hey look at this" type texts or random observances or info given with no response required - then no response is no problem. But if a question is asked, then yes, I think over a day means something is up. Most of the time I would assume it was my fault for poor communication - that I had somehow worded my request in a funny way that didn't come across the way I meant it. I mean, if I left someone a voice mail and they didn't get back to me by the end of the next day, I would think something was wrong. Wouldn't yo
  6. I often don't have my phone with me or am doing something that can't easily be interrupted, so I definitely don't always text back immediately. But I check it several times a day when I do have time, and try to respond to texts then. If I text someone and it goes several hours with no reply, it's no biggie. But if it goes a full day or more, I assume (rightly or wrongly) that I said something wrong and they're upset or offended or are struggling to formulate a response.
  7. Well, switching to online school is just going to result in the same problems, but leave you with no power to control the assignments or time spent, so there's that πŸ˜‰ I also have to spend time with my 12 and 8 year olds doing school right with them most of the time. I tell them they are welcome to waste their own time, but they aren't going to waste mine and I need them to focus while we work together. I work right there with them until I'm satisfied they understand the lesson and what is expected of them, then I leave them to the assignment. There's usually not much to do on her own for
  8. I was on BC as a teen til after after I got married for heavy periods and intense cramps due to ovarian cysts and I took them for about 7 years. After I went off to try to start a family, it took me over 18 months to have a period and my new obgyn wasn't sure my hormone levels would ever support a pregnancy. Obviously, that turned out not to be the case, but it made for a very emotional and angst ridden time for me and I have had trouble with irregular periods and hormonal issues ever since. I don't have any medical proof, but I blame the extended use of BC pills during my development for mess
  9. I actually bought one very similar to this on amazon. They personalize them up to families of 9 πŸ™‚
  10. I have 1 friend who says if she could take a pill for the rest of her life and never eat again she'd be thrilled. I can't wrap my brain around that. Like, at all. But I know my friend is awesome and not overly weird and so you're not the only one 😁
  11. 1 & 2 - I have no idea. We usually did take out even before covid hit. 3 - Hu Hot! You just can't beat mixing your own sauces and watching them cook it on the stone in front of you and going back for seconds ... yum 4 - I don't care where I eat it as long as I don't have to cook it. 5 - I don't think any have closed so far around here.
  12. I don't have any idea ... mine are about 15+ years old!
  13. It's probably just a case of the Novembers, exacerbated by covid πŸ˜› I was pleasantly surprised when I went back and counted our weeks of school to find that we weren't as behind as I thought we were either!
  14. Books, warm hugs from DH, Nutella, my kids' laughter, cozy warm fleecy blankets, new school supplies
  15. My Fridge Smart Tupperware can keep veggies and fruit fresh for a full week or longer. Definitely worth the price! For pickles I am not particular about jars.
  16. We love the History of Us concise version too, but IME it doesn't work well for younger than 6th grade. YMMV of course, but that was our experience.
  17. Dr Wile (SitB author) is YEC but he actually had a falling out with Apologia about it because he felt they (and I assume others) were being too dogmatic about it being the only possible way for a Christian to believe and he cut his business ties with them over it and started Berean Builders. So his stuff is YEC but not anything like most other YEC stuff in its tone.
  18. I envy all of you with good libraries ... we live in a small rural town of about 1100 people and the library is pretty good at keeping stocked with James Patterson and Danielle Steel, but that's about it πŸ˜‰
  19. I haven't heard of it either but it sounds interesting!
  20. We used Math Mammoth and then went on to Video Text, but I don't have any experience with Saxon to know if that would be a good transition or not. (Well, there was that one year we tried Saxon, but that was The Year Of Tears and we don't like to talk about it 😜) Only my oldest particularly likes math, but even my math haters have a good conceptual understanding after having gone through these programs. I hope you get some more responses with people who have used Saxon!
  21. We get a later start than many hs'ers - we do morning meeting at 8:45 and them work on math first thing because math in the afternoon sucks for everybody. After that I rotate who I work with and they do things on their own in between until lunch. We take a long break from 12 to 2 and after lunch they go outside and/or have time to work on their own projects. At 2 we start back up and work til we're done. For the younger middle schoolers, 5th and 6th graders, that's usually only another hour or two. In 7th and 8th they often go til 5ish. We usually save the fun stuff like science experiments fo
  22. Macauley Caulkin does ballet??? Who knew! Lol Yes, we googled for short clips after reading parts of the Child's Ballet book, and we really enjoyed those! But for a longer selection, I wasn't sure what to google and didn't want to miss any really great ones just because I don't know who/what to search for, iykwim. I will look at Carnival of the Animals, thanks! I'm ok with tights, but since so many of the story lines were romances, I didn't know how much the dancers play up the kissing scenes and whatnot. We watched a clip of Romeo and Juliet that was ... pretty steamy and passion
  23. Over quarantine we bought a ballet video to do some PE here at home, and the girls loved it. So then we got A Child's Introduction to Ballet for our morning meeting time and just got done reading that. I'd love to watch a good ballet online somewhere with them, but as an uncultured hick from the sticks, I have no idea what would be a good one to watch or what would be appropriate for young girls. I know operas can get kinda bawdy sometimes - are ballets like that? I also don't want to spend 2 hours watching it - a half hour or hour would be perfect. Any suggestions for me? Thanks!
  24. Can you add more photos to a page or are you limited to using their layouts? I seem to remember I couldn't do that years ago when I looked but that may have changed since then. I like to pack lots of pictures on a page πŸ™‚
  25. So does Elements do anything different than just plain Adobe Photshop? I've been considering a Lightroom subscription now that I'm becoming a better (amateur) photographer, and "Photoshop on desktop and ipad" comes with some of their subscriptions but since I haven't used any of it yet I'm unclear what programs do what. Is this primarily for pictures from a phone? I can't quite tell from the website. I don't take photos with my phone, it's cheap and has a crappy camera, I use my DSLR.
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