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  1. One of my favorite meals: cold grilled chicken, barley salad (cooked barley mixed with greek yogurt and sauteed onions, mushrooms, & carrots), quick-pickled cucumber on the side. The barley makes it sit heavy in the stomach. I also tend to cook up a pot of black beans with cilantro, onion, peppers, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. I'll eat that with corn tortillas, pico, and avocado. Or I'll swap the corn tortillas for baked sweet potato rounds. You also might like looking into something like shakshuka. It's totally nutrient dense and you can tailor it to your tastes. I put chickpeas and fried potatoes in mine to not rely on bread to go with. (I'm not adverse to bread, but it's hard to get my kid to eat it) Tonight we're having rice with dinner but I'm making it with coconut milk for extra fat, cooking up some plantain slices, black beans, and a side salad. It'll keep well for dh to take for lunch tomorrow, too.
  2. Well, I managed to slip and fall into something again, so let me add another tip: divide and conquer when you can't bow out gracefully. ๐Ÿ˜„ I took over a small task for an event this year, made some helpful suggestions for other parts that have worked for me in the past, and at the very end, the coordinator told me, "I feel very confident passing this event on to you next year. Thank you." ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Not what I intended! ๐Ÿ˜„ Since I have about 300 days to think about it I'm going to rope in someone else so there's two of us doing this one person's job and we'll each take the tasks we're suited for. (No worries, she had expressed interest in taking a more active role next year ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  3. Trust me, I'm not thrilled. The cast included one kid who may be immunodeficient and their parents really weren't happy with that turn of events, either. If I had known we could have kept ds to only the important rehearsals and segregated him from those who were ill, made him wash his hands, kept him from know, as much as you can expect out of a little boy. ๐Ÿ˜„ And I'm going to be *that* parent today who is even more frustrated because ds ended up missing an evaluation over it already and will probably miss tryouts this week for a fall sport he really wants to do. If not all of the important things were happening within this one week, he could get the rest he needs instead of stressing over everything. So, yeah, I'm feeling all the mom guilt: my kid performed really sick because he had to, he's overscheduled this week, I'm not spending $300 on oils that would make him instantaneously better and keep him from ever getting sick again, we exposed his friend to something probably more serious for him...
  4. Would Luke 10 be evidence of that? The chapter before might as well. Jesus sent out 12 to perform miracles (which always mystified me - why aren't these mentioned elsewhere in any text? Surely people would be wondering wtf is going on!) and then it talks about him visiting a Samaritan town. After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, โ€œThe harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5 โ€œWhen you enter a house, first say, โ€˜Peace to this house.โ€™ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 โ€œWhen you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, โ€˜The kingdom of God has come near to you.โ€™ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 โ€˜Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.โ€™ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 13 โ€œWoe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[b] ---------------------------------
  5. Sounds like here. It ran through the cast and nobody said anything. We would have taken more precautions for ds if we had known. He's had the flu shot but it never seems to help. Poor ds was hit hard on opening night, having stomach issues by the next night, and is currently curled up next to me with a fever and lethargy. He made it through the play only by the skin of his teeth and I have finally gotten him to eat something more substantial than a smoothie. The good weather can't come fast enough. More time outside means less opportunities for the germs to pass to each other in close quarters.
  6. It was easiest for us to start with small checklists. Toy cleanup was always part of the bedtime checklist. I consider them a fire hazard, but I won't stop a kid from playing first thing in the morning. So I check that at night. Every kid starts with the same basic morning chores: make bed, get dressed, brush teeth. Only one of those is really tidying, but it's quick, easy goals. Night is: put clothes in hamper, brush teeth, pick up toys. Again, easy and quick. We also do clean ups before meals, so the mess never gets out of hand. As kids get older or more capable, they take on more. A kid will first be responsible for stripping their bed and vacuuming/sweeping their bedroom floor weekly. Mom & dad still remake the bed and dust. Then they take over wiping down their bathroom counter after brushing teeth. Then weekly cleaning of the bathroom. As long as it's all added at a slow pace, it's not that big of a deal. It becomes me quickly checking over established habits and being more critical of the new one being learned. ETA: I am not a naturally neat person. I did not have chores growing up and had way too many things, as did the rest of the people in my house. It took Flylady and knowing I could do one small thing for a month or spend 10 minutes and be done, even if it wasn't perfect, for me to get over the hump of trying to start a whole new routine and then failing at it a week in. If I could spend a month focused only on making sure my kitchen sink was empty at night, I could keep that up even after. It's the same method I'm using with new year's resolutions. I can do one thing for 30 days. Sometimes they last, sometimes they don't, but I have developed a habit I know I can go back to or tweak easily.
  7. I had never heard of FAN, but thank you. I went and looked it up on CBD and that seems absolutely perfect for a kid I know.
  8. I thought of another quality that makes our vacations fun: no cell service. If no one's on their phones, it forces everyone to do other things. We have a couple of areas in the country that we like to go to because they're remote enough that cell service hasn't caught up yet. In fact, our best Disney vacation was when they charged for internet in the rooms and smart phones weren't as popular. Our last one I took a picture of both ds and dh trying to navigate fastpasses, meals, etc. but everything had to be done on the phone. All around them people were doing the same thing. It took away from the magic somewhat.
  9. I think you'd really like the way Gattegno is laid out. The entire first book and part of the second is just play. Kids are making patterns, doubling and halving and splitting things into groups and back again. They're making trains and finding common factors and learning how to intuit how the numbers work with blocks. They're playing with squares and cubes. And 95% of this is just oral work and block work if needed. AFTER they do all this, they're introduced to setting up problems vertically and the standard carry method if they want to use it. It's such an interesting perspective to math, to have it feel so out of order but so definitely right for what he believed was a valid path of development: play with everything, then learn how to read a traditional math book. Clock and calendar work isn't introduced until even further, when he introduces playing with vertices.
  10. There is a disagreement in our house. I like ours with a roux made from smoked bacon drippings. It adds a little bit of extra flavor. The kids prefer when I make the roux with the sausage drippings only. To both I add milk, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder. It's pretty basic. I have never heard of using chicken broth and I think that's just one more thing at 6:30 in the morning that I'd be inclined not to remember.
  11. ๐Ÿ˜„ I think most of us who set firm boundaries have reached the breaking point, fell head first over it, and been electrocuted by the demands of others in a pit of servitude. There was a time I took on EVERYTHING. Now my motto is simply, "I'll show up." When I do choose to take on something it's because I've carefully thought it out and weighed the demands that it makes on my family. It's not just me. It's me taking away from the things I do with them and so they lose out, too.
  12. Our most fun vacations have been the unplanned. ๐Ÿ˜„ They've been the mistakes and oopsies, like accidentally going to a quiet sleepy town the same day as their national bike race. Or going to the only Mexican restaurant in town to find out they got their "salsa" from the Italian restaurant down the street. Our kids are excited to go back camping this summer. Last year during our trip someone nearly took the mirror off the car, we were stranded in the road because another driver was fascinated by the local birds and refused to let anyone pass, I told everyone our shoes would be fine outside and that night it was a trip full of fun and stories to bring back. ๐Ÿ˜„
  13. It's time for mom to start taking advantage of car time. I had the best conversations with my young teen when we weren't forced to look at each other but were in a confined area. I agree, mom is naive if she thinks a 15yo is going to come to her first with all those thoughts. And it's important for mom to separate thoughts and actions in her own head - she could be making mountains out of molehills. The idea that her daughter has hit puberty may be a shock to her, but it's time to step back and look objectively. Second, mom needs to start relating: talking about her own experiences as a teen, or talking about such n such on tv and how it could have been handled better or whatnot. (Ds and I went through a LOT of teen/young adult movies and critiqued their idea of romance. He did Romeo & Juliet that year, too, which was the most fabulous opener for a conversation) And if this girl doesn't have a cool aunt, she needs one. EVERY teen needs someone they can trust to have no judgement, but offer guidance. For ds, it was a couple of mentors through activities he did. He could have different conversations with them because of the fact they were not mom and dad. And he got to see how they approach relationships and what it looked like for each of them. In turn, I've been that person for some of his female friends - someone willing to tell them bluntly and honestly, but encourage them in appropriate steps and do it all in a friendly manner.
  14. We are using the first book along with FFL this year. There's more vocabulary, but for the most part it's a nice, enjoyable read that touches on the grammar that First Form pushes hard. I know a lot of places use both book 1 and 2 in the first year, and then a book a year for 3 and 4. This site has the first section of book 1 available so you can see the format.
  15. From what I understand, they will be able to but they will need a warrant. I think that's a good thing. To flip it, I'm not sure I agree that other states should allow police departments to mine data without a warrant. There will still be accessibility in case of an emergency, but putting the onus on the law to prove probable cause is a step in the right direction.
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