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    Quote Originally Posted by TFZ View Post
    Took the kids to weigh in with me at weight watchers (down 34-1/2 now, down to where I was before DS and only 11 lbs from my goal. woohoo!) and then to the library.

    I stalked and stalked and FINALLY got our math curriculum for a great price! It's stupid how excited I am about this.
    Getting ready to start 5th grade with DD. Grateful for having the guts to go with this crazy notion of homeschooling my kiddo.

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    Thank you, Only, and congrats to you! There's a special satisfaction that comes with getting a really good sale! Yay!
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Hi all! I'm still trying to get our stuff laid out for this year, planning to start next week! This week is crazy, with something planned every day. Next week I only have something on Friday, so it should be a good week to start.

    Since you are all talking jelly and jam, I make my own, too! My neighbor raises strawberries and blueberries- the kind you can just pick and eat b/c no sprays on them! I have a bunch of strawberries frozen, and 2 big bags of blueberries, too. He let the kids nad I come and pick a few weeks ago. We have wild blackberries on our farm, and the kids have been going out to pick random handfuls this week, then freezing them. I wasn't exactly watching te 5 year old yesterday- she decided to use soap to wash hers- like a BIG squeeze of dawn! It filled up the entire sink with soap bubbles- and it was like 10 blackberries! I'm sure they will taste nice and soapy. I have made a few batches of strawberry jam this season, but my family's favorite is peach. I should be getting some in the next week or two (usually a neighbor goes and gets them from a farm 2 hours away, it was my turn last year), I get enough to make 6-8 batches of jelly, and put up at least 6 pies worth of frozen peaches. That's a LOT of peaches, it takes me several days to get them all done.

    Later in the fall I also usually freeze corn, I am still eating on what I put up last year. My kids apparently have been spoiled, it's the only type of frozen corn then like
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    and at 1pm we are still working on 2 math worksheets from this morning. Nope just putting down whatever answer you feel like without doing the work is not gonna cut it with this mom. Son is dragging his feet hard today. So any fun stuff that was planned for this afternoon is not gonna happen at all. urgh!!!!!

    On the bright side daughter got up, did her chores, did her math, worked on Shakespeare and is now working on her presentation for 4h.

    Someone help me!!! urgh!!!!! I am about to pull my hair out with this kiddo son of mine.

    I want to can, sew or something but nope I get to sit and make sure son gets his 2 simple worksheets done.
    It is a day for sure.
    I am certainly not an authority on getting things done - we tend to accomplish much less formal schoolwork than other families. However, for my children, I gave up on trying to get them to do schoolwork with the intention of doing something fun afterwards. I nagged, the schoolwork would drag out all day, we would never do anything fun and we were all miserable. So, I now allow them to do fun things early in the day with the intention (hope) something will get done in the afternoon or evening. I'm not sure if they get more done, but it is completed more efficiently and I am not nagging all day. e.g today they did what they wanted (dd had Shakespeare camp commitment in the morning) they both read, played Minecraft, played around, etc. Then, in the afternoon I asked them to do a few pages of math in a 'Key To' book and practice their instruments. They were ready, knocked it out quickly (did more pages than I expected) and are now back to doing fun things. We are planning to be a bit more structured this fall and do more book work. We talked it out and are going to try to do it in the afternoon or evening. The threat of not doing 'fun things' did not motivate them to do school work in the morning. HTH
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    I am here...I've been so busy with our library's summer reading program, it's been crazy!!! I've been poking in on here once in awhile but haven't taken the time to post just due to life being hectic. My DD just started her theater camp this week (day camp) and it runs for three weeks which means I'll have a teeny bit of "me" time again, hooray!
    May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave. Learning at Home with Me
    Homeschooling DD (13)

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    Oh all of you with the canning of jellies! If you have any recipes with no sugar options, those would be awesome! I've got to figure out tons of new sugar free recipes now. *sigh*

    Only, YAY for sales!

    TFZ, wow almost 35#'s down? Congratulations! (The last time I went on a diet I wound up with Tech...terrified to do THAT again)

    We are having a slow day today. The weather is 73 outside (which is OMG amazing) but of course, it is raining. At least I don't have to go look at houses in the rain today. :-) Tech got most of his work done yesterday just going to and from the house search, all without me saying a word so that was exciting. And then he and his dad came home and watched yet ANOTHER documentary on Mars (seriously, how many are there??) So today, we're just chilling. Will get some school work going here in a bit, but I'm a bum today.

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    We finally got some math done today, and the Mr Handyman guy came and fixed my shingle, he put some tar around a vent too. I love Mr Handyman, have used them twice now. It turns out my crippling anxiety was all for the roof thing and family visiting my grandparents. We thought someone was coming and bringing their son and they didn't come anyway. So we missed nothing by waiting for the tech. I feel so good now. There's still stuff to worry about but it all seems manageable now.
    Canning sounds neat but I'm not sure it's something I'd want to do. We don't eat a lot of jams and jellies. Though I love doing homemade gifts for all the in-laws kids. This year might be bath bombs. Even the boys could have fun with that right? Knitted gifts worked out real well, but then my hands can't handle it. Maybe I'll just buy all the kids art supplies, that could be good. I get some great coupons for art supplies.
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    The Blueberry syrup comes from the book Put 'em Up! Fruit by Sherri Brooks Vinton. Most of her recipes are for small batches (but are easy to double +). This makes about 3 cups.

    1 quart blueberries (about 1.5 lbs)
    1 cup sugar
    1/4 bottled lemon juice
    1/4 cup water

    Combine the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and water in medium nonreactive pot. Slowly bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until the berries fall apart, 5-10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on and discarding the solids. If you want less seeds, I'd add some cheese cloth to that - as mine ended up with fragments of fruit (which was fine with me).

    Store 3 weeks in fridge or can using boiling water method. use half-pint jars, 1/4 inch head space. Process 10 minutes (adjusting time for altitude).

    I think I used the solids on yogurt and in smoothies. It is really yummy in lemonade with some seltzer water. She said it can be used as a pancake syrup - but imo it would need to be thickened some way - it is pretty runny.

    I made rhubarb soda syrup this year - pretty good in iced tea.
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    Oh rhubarb syrup. Yum! This thread is really bumming me out that I don't know you guys IRL.

    Thank you aselvarial! Yeah same happened with me. Taking precautions this time

    Glad you're feeling better, RM!

    Happydays - day camp sounds great! Out gymnastics place has it, and I can't wait until DS is old enough to go Lolol. Everytime I get the socialization question I say they'll be going to camp on ps breaks and summer. That even made my grandfather feel good. Seems like everyone has good memories of camp!
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at

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