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  1. Air fryers? Not sure how you fry air.... I can't imagine it tasting good either...
  2. Word for 2020 Well, the 1920's were the Roaring 20s.... but I think a decade is given a word when they are over, not when they are starting....
  3. Host family gift? That is a pretty big gift, and pretty hard to wrap..... Maybe just give away a single host?
  4. It does sound hard... I'm sorry. Raising children when you are divorced (as I assume your husband is) can be hard, and he is likely overcompensating. Raising step-children can be very difficult, and will look very different from how you raise your own children. How long have you been married? Does your step-son live with you, or visit? Honestly, you can not compare your children and step-children- it will put resentment and a wedge in everyone's relationships. Love your step-son, but realize your relationship with him will be different than the one you have with your son, and it may, at times, seem unfair. And as mentioned by another poster.... your step-son didn't ask for this relationship to come about. He might be having a hard time.
  5. I watched Mr. Rogers occasionally. I much preferred Mr. Dressup (Canadian show) I found Mr. Rogers a bit condescending, and honestly even as a child he set off my "creep" alert, and he still does. He is probably just fine, but my alarm bells in my head go off whenever I hear him talk. I hated the Make believe land too. Mr. Dressup, on the other hand, was kind and fun, and had fantastic costumes and craft items in his "tickle trunk", and it was possible to make things he made. Cassey and Finnagin (a puppet boy and puppet dog) lived in a treehouse in his yard (not sure why...) And then another Canadian show... The Friendly Giant. Only a 15 minute show, and I can't even remember what it had in the show itself, but the whole going to his castle and he had chairs (toy sized for him) for us to imagine sitting in, and he would talk to his puppets (a chicken in a bag on the wall, and a giraffe that would bring his head into the open window). Kindness!
  6. I find CLE math to be great and very independent.
  7. I have vaxed my kids, except for 1 specific fax. That said, I think it is a very basic human right to be able to refuse medical treatment/procedures for themself, and for minor children. One of my grandchildren was given a vax by the doctor that his mother had outright refused. I personally consider that a physical assault, and was one (of several, I admit) reasons that I changed doctors for my same-aged child.
  8. I agree - I still see red flags. He admitted to using the tracking app. He envisions this big relationship, one big enough to last through a 6 month job in Europe. The feeling that girls are throwing themselves at him. The long handwritten letter. Even most of his explanation still seems pretty creepy. Are you sure he is leaving for 6 months?
  9. If this is the person and videos I think it is, this person announced some sort of arrangement with Masterbooks a couple of days after the negative review of The Good and the Beautiful. Masterbooks is a company with anti-LDS products. I question her motives in the video.
  10. I had this from about age 13 until my first pregnancy (age 35!) And yes, it was horrible. Sick for 1 to 2 days every cycle (which was very erratic). I remember in my mid 20's... I had just moved and didn't have all my utilities hooked up including phone. My new apartment was across the street from my mother's work. And hormone flu. I walked to my mom's work to phone my work, and also call to get phone hooked up. And, I apparently turned totally white.... My Mom walked me home. And she said she had never realized just how sick I got with my cycle. (And I was thinking that I was faking it or over-complain all these years?)
  11. I grew up on powdered milk. Yes, blended very well, and refrigerated overnight.
  12. Strange, as I was taught in school that it is. "One should do their best" would be an example of one being used as a pronoun.
  13. Well, it was just when dh was a truck driver, and it was mostly for the kids... He picked up a small rock from the Rocky Mountains. Called it "Chip" and did occasionally take pictures of Chip at various places. (His brother / Driving Partner had one named "Rocky") Chip rode around in our glove compartment for years after my dh got a non-driving job. I think Chip is gone now though.
  14. There is also the option of custom fit ones. I have to wear them to combat lymphedema. Custom ones are $$$$ though.
  15. RUN! Ok, my opinion.... it is all "watch short video, answer multiple choice about short video". Gets boring. Not challenging. Lots of changes occur with no notice... In the 7 months we used it, the price changed twice, name changed, tutor edition and homeschool edition combined, courses removed, etc. Lots of drama caused by owner and employees in regards to the aforementioned changes on Facebook. Owner does not believe in homeschooling... trying to make their program to be a state funded program. Stated that people need an (accredited) diploma to succeed. In regards to accreditation (which doesn't apply to power homeschool.... only acellus academy), they originally granted themselves their own accreditation (a company with same address). I have seen info that their current one is a meaningless pay-for-accreditation, but have not researched it. And, speaking of granting themselves things, The owner granted himself his own PhD. And... the owner has a lot of other controversy around him.
  16. I don't want to be a short order cook but... Easy! Don't apply for any Short Order Cook Jobs! Done!
  17. Things to do before dc turn 18? The list details are pretty much up to you, but are similar to what to do after they turn 18. Basics might include: Get up, get dressed, eat, work or play or study, have lunch, eat, work or play, etc. Some people even have a bucket list...
  18. Spelling Help People ask a lot of spelling on here, but this is pretty easy... H E L P
  19. I would rather go straight to ten, then find out I should have and didn't. (I still regret my 6 hour delay... if it had been a stroke where there is a 4 hour window of making it go away or be less severe, I would still be blaming myself. I can at least tell myself that in my husband's case, the delay made very little difference.)
  20. Although it coming and going suggests this isn't the case here.... This can be the sign of a stroke. This happened with my husband. One night, not quite 2 years ago, near the kids' bedtime, his speech got strange. He would say a sentence, but some of the words were just wrong. The completely wrong word. Or he would repeat a few words over. Or would have trouble saying a word. It got worse and worse. He would sometimes say "this is crazy" in between trying to say something else... He knew it was messed up. I got the kids to bed. I tried to convince him we should call an ambulance, but he said no. I should have anyway (depending on the type of stroke, there is a medicine that greatly reduces the stroke and its effects if given within 4 hours.) Well, he went to bed, but I was worried and stayed up for quite a while in case... not sure exactly... that maybe he would get up or something. I eventually went to bed, and when I started to get in bed, he woke up, grabbed my arm, and tried to say... something. He couldn't talk... couldn't get a word out. I told him I was calling an ambulance; he shook his head no. I told him I was calling anyway... to consider if I had the same symptoms... and in any case I was calling and he could either get dressed and grab a couple of things, or he could wait for the emt's where he was, but they were coming. He got dressed, grabbed a couple of things in a backpack, and waited near the door. He had had a hemoragic stroke (the type that doesn't have the 4 hour window medicine) and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks, then in a rehabilitation center for a couple of months. He now speaks well enough that it isn't noticeable most of the time. There were some other effects... He is tired pretty much all the time, math is harder, so is stuff like puzzles. He also gets overwhelmed with a lot of things going on at once (interesting with 4 kids at home) and has a much harder time following books and movies/shows. Overall he was fortunate. All this to say.... nobody should take unexpected speech problems lightly!!!
  21. My oldest did the first unit of High School LA 1. I think it looks great, but he is a struggling student and just wasn't getting it done. I had 2 students in Level 3 LA and we all enjoyed it a lot. We did have to take a break for a bit and do a much more independent program because of my husband's health. My kids enjoyed coming back to TGTB and have learned a lot. They are looking forward to level 4 next year, which is more independent. I also had a student in Level 1. She also enjoys it, has learned a lot, and enjoyed coming back to TGTB after the break. We did Unit 1 of History 1 and that went well. Had to change to more independent program (same reason). Plan to do the other units this coming year. We also did a Science Unit - Space. Plan to do more next year.
  22. Lincoln learning solutions? You could start by buying Lincoln Logs...
  23. I've heard there is a higher percentage of Males in Alaska... maybe that is the Boys' State?
  24. I haven't yet. My husband has watched 1-2 episodes. He is enjoying it, but says it is a bit triggering for him. He was a Canadian Tank Commander stationed in Germany at the time. Right when it occurred, nobody (ie, higher ups) -absolutely nobody knew what was happening except that there was huge amounts of radiation being detected. The whole military was on high alert... his base issued a "snowball" alert and they started loading the tanks on the tank train to go to the section of the front where his division was expected to protect in case of war. This was done on occasion as a drill.... but this time he noticed they were preparing huge amounts of live ammunition... and he realized that this was not a drill. I don't remember how long he said they were there thinking it was WWIII. And on a family note... all the married soldiers drove to the base with the snowball command.... and the base was otherwise on shut-down. The families were car-less, and had no idea what was going on...
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