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Noreen Claire

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  1. I use Clinique's All About Eyes. It's spendy, but you use the tiniest amount. I buy it at Macy's.
  2. I make a baked mac and cheese that is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. It's usually part Velveeta, part cheddar, part something else (American or gruyere or Munster, whatever's on hand). It starts with a bechamel and finishes with buttered panko crumbs on top. Baked, then broiled just for a minute. It's delicious! Just ask my kids. 🤣
  3. "please don't pee on the seat/floor" and "please keep your hands/feet/butt/head/mouth to yourself" come to mind.... *sigh*
  4. I'm taking an exam this coming Friday as the first hurdle towards getting my teaching licence back up-to-date (I've been out of work since DS7 was born). I would like to schedule a very light week for DS10 and DS7, so that I can study and panic during the week. They will still do math and independent literature reading, but I need something to keep them busy while I study. We have been studying dinosaurs, paleontology, archeology, and early civilizations (at chapter 4 in SOTW1). We have been reading The Odyssey (McCaughrean) as a family read-aloud. Can anyone recommend good tv shows/movies that I can put on for a 10, 7, 5, and nearly-3 year old? We have Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and a fabulous library. Thanks!
  5. DS7 would like to learn Python coding. He already spends two hours a week with my father playing around with Scratch and robots and a bit of Raspberry Pi. He spends hours pouring over coding books. He's extremely bright, reads well, and is very driven when he's interested in something. I would like to find him an online Python course that he can work through mostly by himself, though I understand most courses will be aimed at older Learners. Does anyone have any recommendations?
  6. My five boys each have two godparents, and I'm so sad that none of them have the close relationship that I have with my godparents. I guess I got very lucky. I became a godmother for the first time last Sunday! My brother and his wife had their first child, a daughter. I am hoping to be the best Aunt/godmother that little girl can have!
  7. We have DS23 listed as guardian of the younger four boys (10, 7, 5, & 2), with my mother in charge of the money. DH has an insurance policy that will cover all debts and offer several years of cushion, given that DS23 isn't yet,self-sufficient, employment-wise.
  8. If he refuses to get dressed/ready to go, I physically get him ready (he doesn't put up a fight, but will complain) and bring him to the car. He *always* gets over himself in the car ride and forgets his objections once we are wherever we were going. If he doesn't finish his school work before quiet time, he doesn't get his audiobook. If it's tv time and it's still not done, he doesn't get to watch with his brothers. If it's Wednesday, he will usually do the barest minimum in order to go to his coding lesson (with my father), but there is much arguing involved.
  9. A few weeks ago, DS7 decided he didn't want to do penmanship anymore. I told him we could skip the manuscript review (even though he really needs it, he's a lefty who forms all his letter bottom-up and right-to-left) and go on to the cursive section. He agreed, and hasn't refused penmanship work since. (He writes for himself all the time, this is not a physical issue.) The next week, he started refusing to do narrations. We are using WWE2, and he had no problems doing it last year. He will still listen and answer comprehension questions, but won't do the oral narration part. This week, he refuses to do the copywork and the dictations. So, he'll only answer the comprehension questions. When I tell him to do the other work, he just sits and doodles and tells me he doesn't want to do it. Last week, he started refusing to do certain pages in the spelling book (SWO2), and won't write his word lists (once per day). I'm asking him to spell the words out loud, and he's getting them all right, so I'm not worried too much right now, especially because he will still do the pages that have puzzles/rhymes/proofreading. I'm not sure what to do with him. He will still happily do the work that he likes (cursive, math, logic, grammar, phonics, history, science, reading, Greek, coding). His personality has always been to dig in and refuse to do things that he doesn't want, which can be a struggle when you are trying to get everyone dressed and out the door. However, it's never extended to school work before. He has plenty of free time each morning and afternoon to read and play. He has had some testing, and shows signs of both giftedness and possible selective mutism/social anxiety. The school work is an appropriate level for him. Does anyone have any 'been there, done that' advice?
  10. My living room is twice as long as it is wide. My husband insisted on lining both long walls with bookshelves, so I have a couch and a loveseat both free-floating in the room, perpendicular to the walls and parallel to each other. With four young, rambunctious boys in the house all day, I am constantly moving furniture back into place. This is constantly aggravating. In an attempt to keep the furniture from moving so much, I emptied FIVE bookshelves and moved both couches. I HATE IT. The symmetry of the room is gone and it's just no good. However, I now have roughly a thousand books to put back into bookshelves and I don't like the way the room is set up and I don't remember what bookshelves the books came out of and aaaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!!! We went to the library. I never want to go home. My husband will be home in 6 hours. Ugh. 😥
  11. I have this rower: (I bought it for myself last Christmas. It was on sale and then they had a coupon, which I was able to stack with the sale, that included free shipping.) It's not the best/fanciest, but it gets the job done and it folds in half for storage. The one thing that I don't like is that the monitor is not really helpful. It's kinda junky. If you're just going to row for time, without worrying about speed or splits or other stuff like that, it works fine.
  12. I deactivated my Facebook account. It was the only way to maintain a relationship with someone I love. I've lost connection with all the other people I was friends with, as well as connection to the local homeschool groups as a result. But, it was the only way.
  13. Could I get an invite, please? I have an alleged adult living in my basement. 😒
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