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Noreen Claire

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  1. I wasn't familiar with either Cindy Rollins or Charlotte Mason, except by name, when I decided to order the book. I finished it last month. It wasn't what I expected, not really realizing that it was more memoir than homeschool text. That being said, I enjoyed her stories!
  2. It's here! It's here! My Leuchtturm and my pens are here! Woohoo!
  3. All I can think of right now is art (actually 'doing' art... we will cover art appreciation along with history). I'm just not artsy. If they show interest (pretty sure my 4yr old will want it) I will farm it out to a tutor.
  4. My grandmother (nearing 90) gets a chocolate bar and a gift certificate to her local supermarket. (DS21 will buy her lottery tickets.) My father is getting a shirt, wool socks, and a flashlight. My mother is getting a weaving loom. (She's going to be so excited!) My father-in-law is getting Celtics tickets (husband and DS7 will go with him). My mother-in-law is getting a membership to her local art museum, as she just moved there last month. Hope that helps!
  5. I tried this idea... no one besides myself would put their shoes/boots on it. All the shoes would end up on the floor in front of it. Grrrrr..... I have hand-me-downs in plastic totes lined up & stacked in the basement. I have one bin for each size, and clothes have been passed down from DS7 to DS4 to DS2 and now DS baby. I buy brands for DS7 that I know will last with minor mending (lots of knee patches). I do not keep shoes/sandals, but I will keep winter/rain boots and soccer cleats. Everything that they currently wear is in their closets, using hanging shelves and extra rods. I have the same problem with toys... I feel like there are too many and they can't/won't put them away themselves. I move toys into boxes in the basement and purge routinely. I *rarely* buy them toys... I'm not looking forward to all the crap they will get this Christmas.
  6. Have you tried just plain probiotics? All the benefits of yogurt without the dairy! Or sauerkraut, kimchee, or kombucha? Don't they all have the same good microbes?
  7. I second this. My 7yr old started with something like this over the summer (compulsive hand washing, intense separation anxiety, fear of germs/disease/poisoning, etc). We treated with antibiotics right away (he tested positive for strep without any obvious symptoms) and he seemed to get better. My husband is absolutely against therapy of any kind (long story) so my son is still living with OCD issues, though the high anxiety/fear stuff subsided after the antibiotics. He still cradles/hides his right hand (the one he eats with) when doing some dirty tasks, but it is a lot less noticeable now. Good luck.
  8. Does your son finger knit or use knitting needles? I think my 7yr old would like to learn to knit - I think it would be good for getting him to sit and focus.
  9. I found a lump at 32 and had a mammogram at that time. After using more than one online assessment tool, I have decided to delay starting regular mammograms until *at least* 45. I should be finished breast feeding by then, at least...
  10. I had never heard of this before...can you elaborate for me, please? Thanks!
  11. From the American Cancer Society: " Breast cancerWomen ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so. Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year." You can use an assessment tool like the one at to see if you have any risk factors, if it makes you feel more comfortable about waiting.
  12. Following! My sons, ages 2, 4, and 7, are already making me nuts this winter! It's hard to get them outside when I have a baby in the house...
  13. I like the idea but I'm notorious for saying I'm going to do things and not ever doing/completing them. I think I'll kick this around for a bit before I list them here...
  14. I ordered the same! (Well, no pen loop.) Happy birthday!
  15. I agreed to let my 10yr old DS skip his weekly visits his father for much less than that... :hugs:
  16. I apologized to a cashier a few weeks ago for the behavior of the customer that had been in front of me... my mother. :ohmy: She wasn't horrible, she was just rude. :banghead:
  17. Oh, dear. I should not have opened this thread. I know what I will be obsessing about for the rest of the week now... :lol:
  18. We've been married for 8 years; during that time I've had 7 pregnancies and 4 more children. (I *literally* got pregnant on my wedding night!) I've been nursing for the last 4.5 years straight. I've had maybe a half-dozen cycles and, at 42, I'm not looking forward to them starting again.
  19. I have. I was stunned by it, and had to watch it again. Horrifying.
  20. DS21 works and lives at home. He's getting two pairs of wool boot socks, a board game, a video game, and a watch, along with stocking stuffers (candy, snacks, toothbrush, etc).
  21. Oh, thank you for giving me hope! I have a newly-21yr old who is just starting to show signs of 'getting it'. He eats most of his paycheck each week... *sigh*
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