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  1. Here’s a link from the General Ed board that may be helpful.
  2. I’m wondering the same thing. My insurance absolutely won’t let me refill until a couple days before my one prescription expires. I always refill ASAP in case I’m traveling at some point in the future so I make sure I’ll have enough to get through.
  3. The Hundred-year-Old Man Who Climbed Out His Window and Disappeared The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen age 83 1/4. The audiobook of this is great! Old Lady on the Trail: Triple Crown at 76 by Mary E Davison.
  4. So cute! There isn’t much cuter than a puppy.
  5. After trying various special detergents I have started spraying hydrogen peroxide on the arm pits of my shirts as soon as I take them off. If the clothes are especially sweaty I’ll do a pre-wash with vinegar. I launder as usual with original Tide. I have not had any problems with the perioxide bleaching clothes but you may want to test them first.
  6. After reading through this I realized I’ll be heading across I-70 this summer too. It’s my first cross country trip driving alone with my kids, I’m taking notes on breaking up our driving.
  7. The Kansas City Main Library is made to look like giant books. That may be fun to drive past.
  8. Indianapolis Childrens Museum is fantastic, maybe a bit young for your boys, but it’s probably the best children’s museum in the country. I’ve heard great things about Young’s Dairy. There is a train hotel in Indy too. I’ve always heard the air museum at Wright-Pat AFB is very neat but with you having access to both the Smithsonian Air and Space Museums I’m not sure if it would be worth it. I would definitely go up in the Arch if you get the chance.
  9. If you think a guest may be lactose intolerant, the DQ cake is the way to go. Otherwise either dessert sounds great.
  10. I tend to prepare for the adults and then also have things like fresh fruit, or fresh veggies like carrots or cucumbers. Chips are usually big too. Kids can be super picky about non-predictable things and short of asking the parent it’s impossibe to guess what little kids may or may not eat. Then again you may be inviting over kids that will eat anything. I have three kids, one will try anything, one is super picky, and one that can go either way depending on his mood. It keeps me guessing!
  11. My 6 year old did not care for Redwall. Our friends 10 year old however is really into it. My 6 year old did really enjoy Paddington though.
  12. Great update! I too hate that break between and I have many friends at my church. I usually use the bathroom and then read my bible or the bulletin. I dislike small talk but when I notice new people I do my best to break out of my shell to introduce myself. I’m not trying to be rude or unwelcoming, I’m just a bit shy. Don’t be afraid to sit with someone in your class. I’m sure they won’t mind, they just may not realize they should offer you an invitation.
  13. Is he a particularly slow reader? My husband would like to read more, but he reads slowly, and finds reading books frustrating. On the flip side he never forgets anything he’s ever read. What about graphic novels or magazines geared toward his hobbies?
  14. He’s cute! Do you have any other pets? What are their names? All but one of our dogs have had names starting with b, so we stuck with that tradition when we got a puppy a few months back. His name in Boone.
  15. You may want to read “Teaching from Rest”by Sarah Mackenzie. It may help you figure out the balance between not enough and too much with school.
  16. Our town does not have Uber, but the airport is less than 10 miles so Uber and Lyft will give you a ride home. However, the local Uber/Lyft driver has posted on the local FB page so if someone needs a ride, they know who they can contact. I live in a small town that is a bedroom community but not a suburb of a small city (pop 300k). Grubhub and Uber Eats aren’t available yet either.
  17. This is what my grandparents did.
  18. That’s a fantastic idea, thanks for sharing!
  19. I rarely mark up fiction, but I also rarely buy fiction unless it is for my kids. Usually if there is a passage I like I write it down elsewhere. Now my Bible is another story. I highlight, underline, write thoughts, write what someone said about the passage, write other ways a particular word has been translated, etc. I typically date whatever I mark so it can be interesting coming across a passage again and realizing what was going on in my life at that time. I also have letters and handwritten notes in my bible. When I read non-fiction I sometimes mark up the book and other times don’t. It all depends on how much I am learning and want to remember from the book. It also depends on if I might pass the book on, if so I probably won’t mark it. As for my kids I wouldn’t mind if they were thoughtful with their marking and the book belonged to them. I did notice my 11 year old underlining passages in his bible this past Sunday, to me it symbolized growth in his spiritual walk. My 6 year old writing in a picture book would be viewed as graffiti though.
  20. Me too and my daughter loves it, that’s why I decided to try something different.
  21. For those of you who are not artists and who are intimidated by art, I randomly saw an ad for Lets Make Art on Facebook and decided to give it a shot. It is a subscription service but you can also buy individual kits. Instead of subscribing, I bought a couple past kits that had projects I thought my daughter would enjoy. The kit comes with a sample of the completed project, basic directions, 2 pieces art paper, carbon paper, an outline of the project, and the paint. You can buy brushes from them but I bought a set from amazon. On YouTube they then post two videos showing how to paint your project. One is the instructor doing a tutorial and the other is a live stream where you can follow along with the instructor and a couple other people. I found it incredibly helpful and pretty easy to follow along. We did pause the video a couple times to catch up. There was enough paint for two complete paintings, possibly three if we knew what we were doing. I thought I would share for those of you looking for new art ideas, I am not affiliated with them in any way. The left is mine, right is my 9 year olds. It was my first time painting anything and the first time using watercolor for both of us. Here’s the link for those interested:
  22. I did not grow up eating biscuits and gravy but my husband did. My MIL does it all by feel, but when she was teaching me, we measured everything and I wrote it down. Now 20 years later I don’t have to use a recipe but I still always glance at if for approximate measurements. For 1/2 pound ground sausage (I prefer Jimmy Deans Hot, my husband prefers Sage): Brown sausage over medium to medium high heat. Then add approximately 2 round Tbsp flour to the pan and continue to cook until flour is light brown. Slowly stir in about 2 cups milk, continue cooking over medium heat until the right consistency. I have found 2% or whole milk works best and I like to have it at room temp before adding it. I keep the gravy just below boiling while it thickens. We season with pepper after the gravy has thickened. Good luck!
  23. I agree with redbud identification, that was my guess too but I didn’t know if they grew in CA. A great app for identifying plants is iNaturalist, I’ve been learning quite a bit through it.
  24. The first wildflowers I’ve seen this season.
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