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  1. I can relate to that with some part of school but thankfully for the most part our elementary and some middleschool classes have fun and the kids can be creative but it is within limits.
  2. I think it is rude but now a days it's more and more common. I don't have a cell phone and have no desire to have one even though it seems 90% of the people I know have one.
  3. both schools could have cared aless about what we have done at home. They did their own testing with my younger ones to see where they were at with the curriclum they used. My oldest just had to wing it. Thankfully what she is learning in most classes she has already done. Her only issue was math. I used Math U See and with middle school she didn't know how to do some of the math so we are continuing with Math U See on the weekends. She's doing well and she is currently a A/B student. Be prepared for teachers saying they are behind and make little comments about them being homeschooled and how it's so great they are learning with their peers and blah blah blah. It's what I have been getting and it drives me nuts. Now with standardized testing and some survey that happens so many years that is all I hear about. How they are starting to show kids how the tests are going to be like and what questions they are going to be asked by the survey people, if picked. Kids absolutely love it and they are doing well so as long as we live overseas my children will attend the military schools.
  4. I just use a regular recipe found on the back of the bag and add a bit extra vanilla (cuz I love vanilla). I try to keep them all at 1/4 inch. I bough a mat with all the numbers and circles on it. It's not in English or in inches but I figured it out to where my 1/4 is and my cookies came out pretty good and even. I have never liked those big cookies you can get at the store. I don't have access to the Color Flow and have used it in the past but I did try Quick Fondant Icing. It does a pretty decent and quick job on top of sugar cookies. I found it at the Wilton website and used it on my daughter's itty bitty cake.
  5. :iagree: I like our MWR Youth Sports. Anyone can play up to age 18. Most children stop at the Jr. or High school age. I would like my children play on school teams when they are older if they are really good at it and it could give them a scholorship towards a college. Cousin recieved a scholorship for Track.
  6. Thanks for replying. This year three of the girls in my daughter's troop plan to work together on the Silver Award.
  7. My children all reieved As/Bs on their report cards. They are doing nicely in school. The teachers say they are a joy to have in class. I only have one teacher for my middle schooler who I have disagreements about so every day I look over my daughter's work, and document so there are no more future 'misunderstandings'. They will return to homeschooling for the 2014-2015 school year. That is when we return to the states.
  8. I finally recieved my Cricut Expressions. Not sure I can whip something up for V-Day (just got it Monday) but I do plan on making something for Easter, my children's basketball teams and for Scouts. We have World Thinking Day coming up and I am going to cut out the title with it. That will be my first project :)
  9. our store only has the starter sets. I had to shop online and was able to get a few from Toys R Us online but they are still saying Sold Out on most characters. We have at least one from each set except for the Wind one, I think. The game was bought for me but my children have taken over it.
  10. I do think that the amt the families are asking for is TOO much. There should be a second adult in the classroom. The situation should not have lasted as long as the news story stated.
  11. I spend $800-$900 a month in our food budget but this includes nonfood and now includes the lunches at my children's schools. I have used recipes from the Hillbilly Housewife and they are not all that bad. A few times we have gone off the $70 list but substituded because for one, I don't drink powdered milk and second my younger ones refuse to drink tea. That isn'ta bad thing since then they will drink water. I was just commenting to hubby theother day I was thinking of makine a few things from the site that we haven't made in almost two years.
  12. my starting over is having my kiddos in school. I will be afterschooling them with writing and science. the history they are doing with my oldest is the same timeframe as we are doing now.
  13. I likes crafts and am getting a little burnt out on my current yarn and fabric crafts. During Black Friday I saw these machines for really cheap. I almost impulsed bought but missed the deadline. That's a good thing since now I can really look to see which one would best fit me. I am looking at deciding between the Personal and Create. I don't see upcoming big projets. I like to make little homemade cards and tags for the gift in jars and welcome to the neighborhood stuff. All of my children are in school now and I have time on my hands. They are all in different grades so I easily see making little cards and whatnots for at least 60 kids. There is are about 17 in each class so I rounded up to 20 since I do have to include teachers. I don't have to make little whatnots but I like doing stuff like this and made many little yarn and plastic canvas items in the past. So if you have one, which one? What do you like? or not like about it? Did you get a Personal and wished now you upgraded? TIA
  14. My girls are in scouts so we are having parties and baking cookies for our community workers. I have scheuled the needed Dr. appts during this time as well so they do not miss out on anyschool. due to where we live they'd just take the whole day off because of the distance to the clinic. I found a whole bag of crafty foam stuff for my younger to work with, some stuff for painting and my oldest will go to the teen center for some of their scheduled events. She don't care to go but DH says she has to get out there and "socialize". Umm they are in school now for that but that is a whole new grr post.
  15. My younger two LOVE being at school and they been in for a month now. My youngest said she was both happy and sad that she had two weeks off. She isn't happy about being tutored afterschool but they want her at 1st grade level so next year it's twice a week afterschool basically learning site words and some comprehension, My middle is doing well and has adapted quite well. He's the one with hearing aides and while I still don't have speech therapy he's getting it kinda thru being in a classroom setting. he has to really think about his words and speak louder. i feel a little bad that i never noticed that he spoke differently like my husband said he did. I was always with him so I was use to his speech. Now i am like say it again, say it louder. He is catching up to the school's standards much faster than his sister. Everyday he is eager to learn. My oldest just started this past week instead of waiting. it was mostly celebration time this past week in school but with the easy atphoshere she was able to meet other kids and the teachers so now it won't be quite so new when she offically starts the classes next year. she even got her favorite electives band and then art for second semester. she has to to gym to finish out first sememster. She also wants to work on her Paces along with her school work so she understands and catches up to the school's standards. my younger ones still work out of the ETC and WWE.
  16. I would go for a quick private marriage now and celebrate big later. welcome to the military life of what is said/promised isn't going to happen 90% of the time. My husband and I had 48hrs for our wedding :) Drove nonstop to my hometown (1300 miles away), got married with a quick potluck lunch and off to pack our unopen gifts to drive back. plus if you marry before they can go on the housing list. in some places it's best to go housing first and then move out if you want. there are other perks to be married prior to going too.
  17. yes, always has been in our house. Mostly me trying to finish what I wanted by Christmas. Then trying to get all the gifts and cards out to family and friends. I usually don't school much during the time between Thanksgiving and New Years.
  18. Ya its been more me than the kids. I been trying to keep upbeat about it. Idon't like that my oldest will be one hour away from me for middle school but thankfully I have a friend there as my emergancy backup. I can pay tolls to get there in 30 minutes but that gets pricey so we always go the free way. Hubby says i will enjoy having my time back because now I can cook/bake more. I joked and said yep, I'll get up at 0400 to make fresh hot breakfasts and once everyone is out of the house I can go back to bed. :) At least my olest will have better science oppertunities and music options. Once we return to the states we may homeschool again, just depends on where we are stationed. We have 15 months left.
  19. i am recently gone homeschooling to public schooling but my rules will stay the same. before any of my children go to a friends house we must first meet both parents and have two playdates/visits while I stay there or vis versa. this way we get more of a feel of the family. if the family isn't willing to meet the requirement then my children may only play with them at school or at the playground or other common areas. most parents in my are are not into visiting with other parents. most never go past the hi stage
  20. so these are pretty normal routine shots. nothing new or crazy? I have been out of the whole shot thing for the past six years. As far as I know they are all up to day with shots or were this past August. So I am going to assume she has them since we did a shot day for everyone over summer. Even I got shots.
  21. All of my children will be attending school as of January 3. I am still upset over the first ones going in and now all of them going I am felling down. It is for the best at this time. Homeschooling wasn't a forever thing and public school isn't a forever thing. We always said we'd take one year at a time. I am excited for my children and they will get to do more than what we have now. I can do more fun things with them than just educational things. I can now be MOM instead of TEACHER MOM.
  22. What is the Tdap and MCV? My middle school may be going into school and these are required. thanks
  23. The Xbox Kinnect will be our family Christmas gift this year. The question now is, Do we get the 4GB or the 250GB. It is a $100 difference. If you have one which one do you have? Did you get the 4GB and wished you had gotten the 250GB? Gotten the 250 GB and have hardly used the memory. We are drawn to the downloadable games- yeah no more lost or scratched games. Pros n Cons of this device welcomed. Personally I am not the big gaming person but my boys are. TIA
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