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Everything posted by sassenach

  1. It's been 10 years since we lived near Orlando, but I can only imagine there are more homeschoolers. There were a ton of groups, non-traditional private schools, and opportunities. Hopefully someone with more recent intel can help you with more specifics.
  2. A dress shop lady told me that the vast majority of brides fall in love within the first 3 dresses. So I think even when they plan to make it an all day affair, it rarely is.
  3. Suck it up, Buttercup! Said with love and sympathy. I think you should definitely go.
  4. I grew up with one and we also had one for 6 years. We LOVED, adored, cherished our pool. Missed it so much when we had to move. I’m a huge fan.
  5. Our piano lives tucked on the other side of the dining table, flanked by dog crates/beds.
  6. The hospitalist had to google it. It’s one of those respiratory viruses that is so common that no one knows it by name. I think this is just an extremely virulent strain. It usually falls under the banner of common childhood respiratory virus. Fever, deep wheezy chest congestion, flowing nasal drainage. What I noticed with my son was that the secretions he coughed up were incredibly sticky and thick. In myself, it has taken a lot of effort and some violent coughing fits to pull this junk up. ETA: ds did vomit a few times but that was associated with the coughing fits. Not sure if he had underlying nausea, as he is non-verbal and unable to tell us what he is feeling.
  7. Parenting young adults is the worst. The absolute worst.
  8. There is a gnarly strain of human metapneumovirus going around. My son was hospitalized with it for 5 days last week. They ran a viral panel after the flu test came back negative. It’s like a weaker cousin of RSV but it packed a hell of a punch. I’m currently a week into my own infection and just barely feeling better. You have my sympathies! ETA: this is soooo contagious. I would very much recommend not trying to go to services this weekend, which I know is painful. We will be skipping tonight’s gathering and wear masks to Sunday’s.
  9. On the CC idea, it takes drive to pass college classes. More drive than it takes to pass a high school class, with everyone pulling for you. I would very much push for him to do what it takes to pass these 2 classes because I don’t see him (or at least this current version of him) being successful in CC.
  10. That's interesting. I've never interpretted that as an absolute and only. Do you never pray corporately?
  11. I've never seen this outside of being in the literal church building. Out of that setting, as a Christian I would find this encouraging and affirming (though I think I would still have a knee jerk weirded out reaction). As a non-Christian I can see it being 100% weird.
  12. Does the school district have an alternative high school? These high schools are generally geared to only dying on the hills they must. Lots of structure, but also lots of freedom. They get those kids across the finish line who otherwise would be lost causes.
  13. I'd take the keys. He's only paying for half of his freedom. I'm all for giving our young adults agency, but to me, this is a situation where you go the other way and shut down all the things you can. I would also make sure the school is giving him an alternative plan for completing his classes (independent study or some other way to accelerate) rather than trying to get him to make up for all the missed work.
  14. I’m not a huge fan of staying in bed, but I would take it easy and stay home. Feel better!
  15. This was going to be my suggestion. I’ve done Abide (123 John), Better (Hebrews- not currently available because it’s getting put out by life way, but my absolute favorite), and Exodus. Her studies are the best. I would print the whole thing up and then do them at my own pace and listen to each audio teaching once a finished a week.
  16. Are you guys super rule followers? Personally, I'm a rule interpreter...
  17. One sell might be she'll get to cut in line (at least on some of the rides). Would a leader be willing to rent the electric chair on her behalf?
  18. I have been in school for a few years now plugging away at prerequisites. Last year was the first that I officially crossed into full time territory. Up until this point I haven't taken the AOC. My tuition costs are low and I have several more years of school ahead of me that will be much more expensive. AOC is a 4 year maximum credit and I didn't want to start taking it too early. However, I was looking over the guidelines again and it says that it can be taken for the first 4 years of full-time enrollment. Does that mean it cannot be saved for future years that will be more expensive (but still undergrad)? Any thoughts? Just to give an idea, 2018 tuition was $1300, I estimate: 2019- $1100 2020- $1400 2021- $4500 2022- $7000 2023- $4000 (At this point I will have a bachelors)
  19. My favorite cab is Ferrari-Carano. It's a splurge, but not crazy expensive.
  20. For most of our hs years we had a combo of kids going to school (either private or public) and homeschooling. It’s just a different type of effort. I think the emotional burden on mom that first year of psing is pretty high. You spend a lot of time thinking about and praying for them. There’s also just the adjustment to being beholden to other people’s plans/schedules. I still hate that we have to deal with the school calendar. We sent 3 in at the 8th grade mark. I do think it’s a good year to make the adjustment. As as for the combo, expect your ps kid to feel a little left out. Even my kid who had the dream year in 8th would complain sometimes that we were doing things without him (even though they were things he wouldn’t even want to do- lots of ballet/theatre). Their world is shifting. I tried to do fun things just for him. Expect some growing pains, but like most things in life, you’ll get used to it.
  21. I don't feel anywhere close to coasting. Micro- 2 lecture tests and one lab practicum to go- about 50% of my grade. Big genetics and metabolism test this week that I am soooo not prepared for. Stats- 2 more tests, 4 more problem sets, and the final- 45% of my grade yet to come. They sure to throw a lot in the last 6 weeks!
  22. We had one kid that friendships were never a problem, one that it was so bad that it did end up being the driving force in her going back to school, and a third that I worked hard to make friends happen for. That last kid I found one homeschool family that ds seemed to connect with and I created a way for us to meet up weekly. For us it was lunch at the skate park on fridays. What kids have in school that they don’t necessarily have in hs is consistent time together. So I got really purposeful about making and pursuing time with anyone that he seemed to click with at all. At the time our hs group was girl heavy in his age group so I had to look outside of our group for these opportunities. It sounds like you have them involved in plenty. I would just have your eyes peeled for a family that you could start to meet with regularly. My son is in public high school now but still regularly hangs out with that friend.
  23. I would prioritize school district. Two of the younger kids can share. They’ll get their own bedroom as the older kids move out.
  24. I just recently found this store via Instagram. We don’t have any nearby. How is the quality?
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