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  1. I was in the same boat as you a month ago. My old phone (6s) was over 4 years old and I was constantly out of space. As in I deleted almost all the apps and couldn’t even get text messages anymore without deleting several. My husband and I decided when I replaced it instead of getting the less expensive model like I usually do that would eventually no longer be updated. Go ahead and get the newest one in hopes it will last even longer. I had been considering getting a new camera but decided to get the 11pro. Yes it’s expensive, but the photos are great. I’m not a photographer at all, my sister who has a degree in photography has been impressed with the pictures I’ve taken recently. My husband has the 11, the main difference in picture that I have noticed is wide angle shots. They are just better with the third lens. I almost switched to the Samsung Galaxy 10. It was about half the price and Samsung has had better cameras for awhile. You can also expand the memory. I just don’t care for Android as much and ended up going iPhone again. If you go to Best Buy you can compare them side by side and see which you like better. I seriously debated for a couple weeks making my decision. (I tried to attach a couple recent pictures but apparently the file size to too large and I don’t know how to reduce them.)
  2. Saying a prayer for you, your family, and your community.
  3. I didn’t grow up eating country ham but my kids cured them as a 4-h project last year and are currently doing it this year. The state fair speech topic was “how to prepare a country ham”. I found Clifty Farms website to be helpful. There are also several recipes and the Hot Ham dip is delicious if you happen to end up with 4 hams in your family. I don’t boil or broil mine. I have fried it, put it in soup, made red eyed gravy, and baked it. You also can just eat it but I don’t care for the texture that way. For baking, I did what my MIL has done for years. I soaked it for 24 hours, changing out the water every 3-4 hours or so first to remove as much salt as possible. Then I cooked it in the oven with maple syrup over the ham and water in the bottom of the roaster pan at a lower temp for 3-4 hours. I did make a foil tent over the ham too.
  4. What about seeing if she can print records of curriculum she has purchased in the past from Rainbow Resource or wherever? It won’t show that the kids completed anything, but it would be additional documentation of the grades the cover school has.
  5. Huh, I’m going to have to have my husband try some.
  6. My husband does, father does, grandfather does. My FIL does not. I don’t think my brothers do unless they are dressed up. When I was a kid and we spent the night at our grandparents, we would often wear one of his undershirts as a nightgown. One of my favorite photos of him with me and my sister is him in an undershirt and jeans. I wonder if it’s more personal preference than age.
  7. I think it’s sounds good either to invite MIL over or to do school there on the three days that are upcoming. If FIL is wanting this regularly and MIL is highly unlikely to have a real health emergency, it would be ok, but on your terms. Since people know we homeschool they have a tendency to think we are available anytime during the day. Most family members try to be respectful of that time but don’t really know how. So I just tell them we aren’t available before noon on school days. I try not to be too rigid about it, but exceptions to that plan have to truly be exceptions. It makes it easier for me to say no when something comes up, because something is always coming up.
  8. That sounds about right but they do quickly outgrow that stage and I think that female pups are generally easier to potty train. Could you possibly take the puppy to work if she’s crated? I know most workplaces aren’t conducive to having a puppy though. My husband was able to take our dog to work for about 5 months. He normally works in an office but it worked out that he was on a construction site at the time our puppy was little. The other 2 people in the job trailer loved having a puppy around otherwise it wouldn’t have worked. I loved that he handled potty training!
  9. I put them away, but I generally will rewear the next day. My husband drapes his over a chair or on our cedar chest. I’ve suggested he hang them off to the side in the closet but he’s resisted for many, many years.
  10. I don’t have any advice, but wish I could give you a big hug.
  11. I agree with Mama Shelli, instead of one long loop I’d break your list into two or three smaller loops. For the chemistry I think I’d schedule one day for it per week, then maybe once a month have a “light” week in your other subjects and immerse yourself in the chemistry for the rest of the day. That way your kids are getting regular exposure but you also aren’t worrying about not getting it down. I think 50 labs in 8 weeks is a lot unless the labs really tie together and you can do several in a day. A friend who is a bit further in her homeschooling journey doesn’t do any science during her “normal” school year and then focuses on it during the summer. It works well for her family and she feels like they are able to go deeper that way.
  12. My hands get itchy dealing with boxes too. I’ve always assumed they were drying out from handling the boxes.
  13. I didn’t recommend it on any recent threads but it’s one of my favorite books.
  14. The big fire in the Smokey Mountains a couple years back was set by teenagers. The news surround that fire was when I first realized most wild fires could have been prevented. 99% of all the wild fires in Kentucky are caused by people, mostly because of arson. I’m not familiar with other states but my understanding is that fires started by lightening is a bigger problem out west but most fires are still started intentionally. But, I don’t want to derail the thread when Australia is currently in distress. ETA: charges were eventually dropped against the boys, but initial reports pointed toward arson.
  15. I recently discovered ABeCeDarian for reading, I don’t know if it is technically phonics but it is open and go and I didn’t see it mentioned above. I found WTM to be already planned out for me. The current edition has checklists by grade saying how much time to spend on each subject and even has a curriculum planning worksheet that lists SWB’s recommended curricula choices right there. They are in the Epilogue for each of the stages, so if a new homeschooler isn’t a reader, those sections may need to be pointed out.
  16. JoAnns Fabric usually has buttons like that. I have no idea what they are called!
  17. Do you have grocery stores in the area that accepts plastic bags to recycle? I found out I can take my bubble mailers to Kroger with sacks. Only the type that are all plastic, if it’s a paper one lined with bubble wrap it has to go in the trash. I try to reuse them instead of recycling though, it just isn’t always possible.
  18. Just caught up on this thread. Saying a prayer for all the Australian boardies and for your country.
  19. Thanks for this recommendation, bought it and have spent Christmas break reading through it. I’m not sure if my 7 year old is dyslexic, but this has been helpful.
  20. I have read many books that would fit what you are looking for, but I read most before I really started tracking my reading about 9 or 10 years ago. Here is a few that I have read more recently. Fiction: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. O Pioneer or My Antonia are great too. Really, I enjoy most of Willa Cather’s writings. Non-Fiction: Trials of the Earth: the True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton. One of the few pioneer stories that I have read that is set further south. For a sad but true tale, The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin. I read this a few years ago and only rated it 3/5 stars although I don’t remember why I gave it that rating. The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (might be a bit too recent for what you are thinking). There are many great picture books on Native Americans that I have picked up for my kids at different museum gift shops. One of the best bookstores I found for these types of books was at Wall Drug in South Dakota, but their inventory does not appear to be online. Here are some links to gift shops I have visited in the last couple of years that had a good selection of books that focus on Native Americans or Pioneers. Mesa Verde National Park South Dakota Art Museum Crazy Horse Memorial I’m sure there are many other great artists but Harvey Dunn is a South Dakota artist known for depicting pioneer settlers.
  21. Giants of the Earth is one of my all time favorite books.
  22. Our library has a service called Freegal, you can download a certain number of songs for free each week. Your library may have something similar.
  23. This is a fantastic idea! I currently have plenty of bags but I’ll remember this for next time I see them.
  24. When I was growing up each kid had one gigantic bag from my grandparents and one from my parents. My mom didn’t put ours out until Christmas Eve. Grandma always tied them a special way to prevent snooping. I think it’s more likely that if we snooped, she would know rather than the knot prevented us from snooping. I hate knowing what my presents are ahead of time so I never snooped.
  25. It’s really cute! I’m excited for her and for you.
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