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  1. I don't know much about Cavaliers specifically, but small dogs can take a while to potty train...like over a year. I'm firm about crating from the day they come home...including my deaf GS puppy. They have to earn freedom, it took my shih-poo about 13 months to earn full freedom. Make DH go stay in a hotel for a week while you force the crate issue. (I do agree some dogs can't be crate trained, but that doesn't sound like the case with him.)
  2. We use Facebook groups and email, about 80 families.
  3. BTDT. Some kind of literature based curriculum, and Kindles. Workbook based math. Get books via Overdrive through some big-city library memberships.
  4. My son was 4 when he got his glasses. They are non-negotiable, like, it's a spanking infraction to Dad. (To give some perspective, the only spanking infractions we usually act on are life-threatening, such as running into the road, unbuckling a carseat, etc) DH is convinced the reason his eyes were so bad is because he didn't get glasses for many, many years after he needed them, so he absolutely doesn't play when it comes to wearing glasses. (DS6 is our third in glasses, and also the youngest to go in glasses. Stupid eye place, eye doc told me he should have been in them since birth, ugh) Also, "If they're not on your face, they're in the case." is/was non-negotiable. I say is/was because DS is very good with his glasses, and now we don't require cases. He did damage a pair right after we bought them this spring, I don't blame him. He was at a neighbor's house, the boys were doing jiu jitsu, so DS tried to give her his glasses....she told him to put them in his pocket........ No, I don't expect a 5 year old to know better in that situation. We have ONE spot they go at bedtime/bathtime, period. He is allowed to put them on a side table when he's on the trampoline. We have never lost a pair, and other than the pocket incident, the only time we have needed repairs is to straighten a little after normal 4/5/6 play. I buy from Walmart, and sometimes Zenni or other online, and I always get transitions now.
  5. These are physical orders only. I thought I bought a lot...some of you make me feel much better about my ordering habits. :blushing: 1998 2 1999 8 2000 7 2001 1 2002 3 2003 15 2004 21 2005 10 2006 24 2007 6 2008 11 2009 7 2010 34 2011 35 2012 97 2013 105 2014 86 2015 151 2016 160 Total 783 physical orders *eta, My table failed :crying:
  6. I'm so tired of being judged by my clothes. I have a "friend" on Facebook who frequently goes on rants about yoga pants in Target. Well, walk a mile, is all I can say. I guess I could start going naked, maybe that would please people's sensibilities. I'm guessing they would rather see my 3X self in loose yoga pants and a long loose shirt, though... I'd love to wear fitted clothing, with buttons and zippers. Hell, I'd love to not wear a bra...ever...because it hurts so damn bad. But I wear my t-shirt material sports bras and sport a uniboob, along with my yoga pants and my t-shirts and I function the best I can. You're welcome that I'm not running around naked. And no, I'm not EVER headed for any sort of exercise in my tacky exercise clothing, just moving around on a daily basis is about all the exercise I can handle.
  7. A post of Spryte's about probiotics has made a huge difference in my gut, I'm incredibly thankful for it. (And I tried to PM her thanks a while back, but it didn't go through...didn't think about a thread!)
  8. I was in Melbourne when little bitty Erin hit in 1995....we were without power for two weeks, and flooded in our house for over a week (water didn't come in the house, but the street was flooded and wasn't drivable) and that was in the middle of Melbourne. No way in Hell would I be on the islands in Brevard County right now.
  9. I have received random things from Amazon several times. A USB record(!!!) player, twice some kitchen items, and once a $500 AV component. Each time, it's a nightmare trying to get it back to Amazon. It takes several phone calls/chats, wastes a lot of my time, but I cannot in good conscience keep something (esp a $500 something!) that isn't supposed to be mine. I've been told to keep the item, trash the item, sell the item...ugh. Anyway, I would (and do) force the issue to return it.
  10. No, because we're in a state that doesn't believe in the 2nd amendment. Yes, we own many guns, no we don't usually carry in states where allowed because of the children. All our guns are kept triple locked with no clip/bolt, and ammo is stored in separate locked containers. When DH retires, we will both get CC permits, and will carry most of the time.
  11. Thanks! Anyone have any wonderful side dishes for potluck dinners? I find I have a bunch to attend lately, and I could really use some fresh ideas!
  12. I'm looking for a website that I can check off pantry ingredients I have on hand and it suggests recipes that I could make with them? Does this exist? Also, I would love some amazing potluck/side dish recipes, please!
  13. I'm in NY with 4 already, even though a rag doll is on my wishlist. DH's head would spin in many, many circles, though :-(
  14. I think it's the precursor to the one in the thread you linked. For some reason I thought it had the BYL, MBtP, etc lists on it, too.
  15. Found a current co-op for Prodigy if you're interested in that: https://www.facebook.com/groups/256935961369124/ (Not my group, I already got in on a group someone here on WTM started, and this one was posted in that group)
  16. A new group is going on FB now, https://www.facebook.com/groups/256935961369124/
  17. If she does well with learning through songs, there are some skip counting songs free on YouTube, Amazon Prime, or you could get the iPad app (or CDs) of Classical Conversations. (Just a side note, we don't "do" CC, but my DS LOVES music and has really enjoyed a few songs from CC, the skip counting, Presidents, and a couple others) You might also check out the Prodigy game, and if you want to pay the annual fee, be sure to hunt around for a co-op, it knocks the fee down substantially. A friend speaks very highly of an online math program (I don't think it's a full curriculum, I think it's a supplemental thing). I think it starts with an A, maybe someone will know what I'm talking about. Will try to ask her tomorrow and come edit this post with the name of it.
  18. Could you come tutor me through college algebra, please? That's such an awesome way to explain it!
  19. I'm using Easy Grammar with my 6 year old right now and we really like it. It's just a page a day, so it's quick, but he's retaining what he's learning.
  20. Thanks everyone, domestic_engineer found the one I was looking for, but these others are awesome, too. I thought I remembered it having all the literature based curricula on it, but it doesn't, so I guess it's a good thing I started one while I was looking for this one. Kiddo and I are working our way through the MENSA K-3 list right now, and since I can't seem to settle on one style/type of HS, I'm planning to pick and choose from all the really good book lists I can find. (So many good books and good literature-based or classical curricula makes it hard to choose just one!)
  21. Possibly I made this up, but I *think* some time back I found a reading spreadsheet. Possibly for K or 1st, or maybe Elementary in general. It had the titles and authors, and then it had a bunch of different programs/curricula and it checked off what lists each book was on. (Like AO, WTM, Mensa, etc) Does anyone have a link or know what I'm talking about? TIA for any help!
  22. I always use random gift cards on my cable or cell bills. Easy enough to type in the specific amount on the card, and then I throw it in the garbage. One of my credit cards sends them as rewards randomly, it used to annoy me, now I just go pay on one of those bills with them as soon as I get it in the mail and then toss it in the shredder.
  23. :hurray: :hurray: :hurray: :hurray: :hurray: :hurray: :hurray: That is FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bigs hugs :grouphug: to you, I know how exciting/relieving it is!!!
  24. Both DS6 and I got ear infections in the late winter/early spring...his I took him to the ER, was NOT pleased they wouldn't give me a script, even though I agree about antibiotic over-use. ER doc said use Motrin, and the script wasn't good until 48 hours had passed. Well, it worked. We kept him dosed on Motrin, and it went away. So when mine popped up, I decided to give the Motrin a try. It worked, got rid of the pain, but I will say my ear was clogged for at least two months. (I had terrible ear infections as a child, tubes, and continue to get them as an adult, usually once a year. My eldest child is deaf in one ear and nearly deaf in the other from infections, had 5 sets of tubes, mastoidectomies, no longer has ossicles in the deaf ear because the implants didn't take, and has to get cholesteatomas removed every few years. That's why I DO tend to want abx for ears.)
  25. My probable Aspie just got his first job about a month ago. I was very upfront with Human Resources before he ever applied...I stopped in to ask them something about my other son and somehow got on my ASD kiddo. I asked if they might have a place for him (mall-type situation, they have retail, fast food, janitorial, etc positions). I explained about customers not being something he could do well (he has a significant speech problem). They told me some possible positions and told me to have him apply. When I took him to his interview, I waited outside the building. I was quite surprised when he came out and said the HR guy wanted to talk to me, too. So I went in, and the guy asked me what I pictured DS doing and what positions I thought might be a good fit for him. HR said OK, they would call tomorrow. Well, tomorrow took a week, we really thought he wasn't hired, but a week later, they called ME and offered a janitorial position. DS was still asleep, so I ran to tell DH and we were sitting there being very happy parents when DS ran down the stairs so fast he crashed into the wall at the bottom. HR had just called HIM and offered a different position with more hours at a fried chicken FF restaurant. Anyway, the manager there is quite brusque with at least some of the employees (I saw that for myself) but he apparently treats DS well. DS has a lot of trouble with social cues, though, so I'm not sure that he would even realize if the manager wasn't being nice. Anyway, apparently he's happy with DS because he offered to hire my other son that was still looking for a job. He's also training DS on the front end/cash register when they are slow, so I'm pleased they're giving him an opportunity to try customer service. DS' co-workers seem to enjoy him, they're all chatting waiting for rides when i go pick him up most days. So, if you have bad thoughts about this place, try somewhere else. We have been blessed beyond measure with DS' job, and I hope that you and your son will be blessed with a good place for him, too.
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