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melissel

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  1. FWIW, the recipe I use says to melt the butter, and it works just fine. It's also much easier to mix. That was a relief after years of making it the old way!
  2. Aw man! I wanted these last year but decided we weren't ready for them. Now we are, but I reeeeaaaaaally shouldn't spend the money! Does anyone know if there are samples of the student/teacher guides anywhere to be found?
  3. Aw, thanks! :D I've been off the board most of the week, so I just realized your Friend request was showing up in the corner :tongue_smilie:

  4. We love a lot of the things that are listed. I don't think anyone mentioned All Creatures Great and Small, based on Jim Herriott's books. I loved that show as a child, and I still do now. Also, I find that a lot of the documentaries are above my girls' heads, but they are usually pretty interested for most of whatever we watch. We don't do TV during the week, but most weeks we'll do at least a few days of "Learning Lunch." I pick the video or documentary, and they spread out on a blanket on the living room floor and watch while they eat lunch, play, or just relax. It gives me something to listen to while I putter around making lunch or cleaning up, and they usually stick around for most or all of it. They have the option to stay or go play, no questions asked. It's one of the ways I get to watch what I want on Netflix :lol: And they pick up bits and pieces too :D ETA: Sometimes I find myself surprised at what they get engaged with--once I put on a documentary about how a group of modern researchers tried to reconstruct the boats that ancient Egyptians used to transport goods to and from India and other regions. I found it interesting and just a tad slow. When I offered to turn it off, they both yelled at me and watched it from beginning to end! That's on Netflix too, I think.
  5. :bigear: Colleen, I love what you wrote here, and I love HSing year round for all the reasons you mentioned. My kids have never been in public school, so they have no concept of summers off, or even weekends :lol: If we have schoolwork to do, we do it, no matter what day it is! Until this thread though, it never occurred to me to schedule the weeks off and then use them for lesson-planning for the next session, decluttering, catching up on household responsibilities, etc. I was just trying to fly by the seat of my pants on those things. This is a wonderful idea, and I'd love to hear more! ETA: YES! Wonderful ideas. I can see so many ways that this plan can slip right into our life here. I love this board!!!
  6. I've been suffering from a major lack of confidence lately and the concern that I'm not doing enough (or the right things) for my DD7. I didn't come across this thread until just a few days ago, but it's helped me immensely. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to give us the benefit of your wisdom and experience!
  7. deletePMS, you're full!

  8. Thank you for the positive feedback.

    I'm glad you're enjoying the books, and I've enjoyed dealing with you, too!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. Thanks! I was sooooooo very sad to be de-friended. Sigh. :D

  11. There you go, now you're even! :D

  12. OK, look, I don't have a problem, all those other people have problems! I can relax anytime I want to!!! As long as the dishes are washed, of course. And the toys picked up. And there's no mildew on the bathroom ceiling. And all the windowsills are free of that mucky gray dirt. And the ceiling fans are clean, with none of those horrible dust trails hanging down, the ones that look and feel like spiderwebs and get stuck on you and won't come off now matter how much Windex you spray... Wait. What were we talking about?

     

     

     

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    That's a little scary, but I think I'm in the clear (for the most part, no matter what my DH tells you). I'm definitely a total control freak, though I'm getting a bit better out of necessity! I have my dad to thank for that. It comes right down the family tree :glare:

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