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    It's the start of another week, and almost the end of January. I'm really enjoying the slightly longer daylight hours. Winter here seems so dark. Alaska fascinates me, but I don't think I could handle the dark winters!

    My homeschool math classes are humming along. The algebra kids are learning how to **gasp** factor! I enjoy being able to take looks of confusion and change them to looks of confidence and understanding. The geometry class is learning about trig functions (sine, cosine, tangent) with the goal of solving real-life problems. Probably the most useful geometry concept after calculating area and volume!


    What has been happening in your neck of the woods? School running smoothly, or running into bumps and detours, or somewhere in-between? Tell us about neat projects, surprises, plans, etc!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Same here Carol, I've noticed how much lighter it is in the evenings. Hurrah! Alaska - the dark winters or the endless daylight summers. We seem to get a fair amount of Alaska transplants here and I always love to ask them a million questions.

    I've spent the day moving the water around my garden. It is so warm and dry here, I'm afraid if I don't water, stuff will struggle through the summer. I'm also assuming that means zero camp fires this summer (due to restrictions), unless a miracle amount of moisture happens. However, on the positive side, I've enjoyed strolling the irrigation canals (called acequias here) and watching the cranes and coyotes in a t-shirt.

    School is plugging along. We've taken a break from our normal curriculum to do stuff a little differently. Last winter we took a break to do unit studies and it was nice. DD has rejected her math (Mammoth) and is now using Khan under the guidance of her dad (who loves math), so I guess that is one more thing off my plate. I don't think the kids have connected their dad taking over math, with their increase in writing (now that I have more time to focus on it). I don't think we'll take a real break until March, when the Colorado bffs come to stay with us for a week.

    Anyone doing anything special for the Eclipse? The local natural history museum is having an observation event. It starts at 5 am - I'm thinking we may be there (coffee in hand).
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    We are in a full schooling mode. 4 weeks left until our SoCal vacation. The weather is wintry, so the kids get to go skiing a few times a week.

    DD8 is steadily plowing through all of her curricula, she should be exactly at midpoint before we stop. DD5 is playing around and still shows no interest in any schoolish learning, but she graduated from her speech therapy, and now I can understand her 100%.

    DD9 (SN) is a puzzle piece. Right now we are just unschooling - she plays her computer games, listens to read-alouds and audio-books, goes to therapies, watches movies, and pretty much this is it. She CAN read, but she does not want to, and I backed off with math after the last meltdown. She had all of the addition and subtraction down perfectly (one- and two-digit numbers), or so we thought, and then MM threw in some problems where you are supposed to add/subtract 3 numbers instead of two, and that was the end of her 'mastery'. She was completely unable to transfer what she learned about operations with 2 numbers to operations with 3 numbers. Threw a major fit. Me too. And now we are both in a conundrum.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Roll Call, 1/28
    I hear ya on warm and dry! 90^ here with 11% humidity.

    My baby fruit trees are totally confused, have started budding out already.
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    Homeschooling is going alright, I think! We have our last IEP meeting (hopefully) with the charter tomorrow, and it looks like we will get baby’s speech and OT covered.
    I honestly cant imagine trying to get a child with SN educated in any reasonable manner depending just on the neighborhood schools.
    Older boy is making his way through the BYL course, and everyone has been impressed with the reading list. I just finished pre-reading I Am Malala though - I think she goes into a little too much background detail for what my son can take. We will see.

    Oksana, let me know if you want my opinion on fun places to go down here! I really recommend LEGOLAND over any of the amusement parks - less crowds, friendlier employees, less lines, better kid-friendly rides, and a huge 3storey castle hideaways jungle gym next to Apple Fries. Cinnamon sugar coated apple sticks thatve been fried, what could be better?

    Oooh and tax season opened today, I had mine filed by 8am this morning. Amazing what having a refund coming can do for motivation!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Our homeschool life is running smoothly. Our oldest is now fully caught up in math since starting TT for math a full year ago (she started on Math 7 and then did Pre-Algebra) and so far is having no problems in Algebra 1.

    I however had to get blood work done yesterday for possible Celiac disease; oh yay, now I get to wait 2 weeks for those results.

    My husband has been doing great since his mini stroke. He is done wearing the 30 day heart monitor and the results found no A-fib. We had his neuro and cardiology followups last week. Now we are waiting for another appointment with another cardiologist to see if they plan to try to repair his heart birth defect or not. We were told probably not since his hole is small. We are also waiting to find out if the Air Force med board is going to possibly medically retire him.

    Lots of waiting going on here.
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    Alexsmom, I surely would love an honest opinion of the local! We rented a house right on the beach in Oceanside and we do plan to go to Legoland since the girls are currently obsessed with Lego Friends and carousels, and I saw they have a horse carousel in Legoland. We also want to go to SeaWorld, the aquarium, visit Santa Catalina island, and go to the Safari Park or the Zoo (which one would you recommend ??). We do not do rides at all - DH and myself have very 'tender' vestibular systems, and SN DD would just plainly freak out at any vestibular challenges. All we want to do is see the animals, hang out on the beach, and eat good food
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    However, on the positive side, I've enjoyed strolling the irrigation canals (called acequias here) and watching the cranes and coyotes in a t-shirt.
    RTB, that sounds heavenly. Our best wildlife watching is birds at the feeder in the snow, the stray rabbit that eats the carrot tops we set out, and our own chickens on the few days its warm enough to let them roam a bit!

    Oooh and tax season opened today, I had mine filed by 8am this morning. Amazing what having a refund coming can do for motivation!
    Arggh!! Don't even wan t to think about it. Probably getting a refund, but I just hate the hassle.

    We are in a full schooling mode. 4 weeks left until our SoCal vacation.
    Oksana, have a great and relaxing trip. I'm accompanying dh on a biz trip/long weekend to San Francisco at the end of February...I'm hoping most of their rainy season is done by the time we're there!! Not as warm as SoCal, but warmer than here!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lianne13 View Post
    Our homeschool life is running smoothly. Our oldest is now fully caught up in math since starting TT for math a full year ago (she started on Math 7 and then did Pre-Algebra) and so far is having no problems in Algebra 1.

    I however had to get blood work done yesterday for possible Celiac disease; oh yay, now I get to wait 2 weeks for those results.

    My husband has been doing great since his mini stroke. He is done wearing the 30 day heart monitor and the results found no A-fib. We had his neuro and cardiology followups last week. Now we are waiting for another appointment with another cardiologist to see if they plan to try to repair his heart birth defect or not. We were told probably not since his hole is small. We are also waiting to find out if the Air Force med board is going to possibly medically retire him.

    Lots of waiting going on here.
    Lianne, are they treating the suspected celiac as such, or are they waiting for a firm diagnosis? What made you suspect celiac?

    How are you and your husband taking the uncertainty about his retirement? Is he okay with the possible decision to not repair the birth defect? If he already had a mini-stroke, have they given a prognosis for another one if things are left alone?

    You two certainly have a lot on your plate! At least the homeschooling is going well. Hope you get answers all around--sometimes that is just enough to feel better, to know how to fight it.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Inmom, I have been battling skin rashes and chronic headaches for two years in addition to several other symptoms that all seem to line up with either celiac or non-celiac sensitivity like fatigue, bloating, brain fog, joint pain, and a couple others. Both an MRI and hip x-ray I had last fall were clean. I have been doing some reading lately and celiac popped up seeming to match my symptoms so I mentioned it to her, and she had no hesitation in ordering the tests. We also did a complete metabolic panel to check pretty much everything that could raise a red flag for anything autoimmune and deficiencies. My mother and maternal grandfather both are lactose-intolerant and had diverticulitis which are also known connections. My mom also has esophagitis which a study found a certain connection to celiac so it really makes me wonder. No one in my family has ever been tested for it. She did ask me if I had ever been on a gluten-free diet before, but I haven't. We have not made any official diet changes yet. If my results are positive they will need me on gluten to do the endoscopy.

    As for my husband's situation, we are both excited and scared. Getting out of the military is like leaving prison. You kind of get tossed out to live like normal people which we have not done in 20 years. It will just be an adjustment. When someone gets MEB'd, as it is called, you can try to appeal it twice, but he says he won't bother because he is tired of being in and will just take his pension and the VA disability and move on to another job. He is on aspirin indefinitely the cardiologist said. They say the ASD (the hole) could have caused the stroke or maybe not. They are also setting him up to do a sleep study to see if his PVCs (premature ventricular contractions/ a futter he feels which the hearth monitor picked up) could be caused by sleep apnea, but I have never really noticed him have any apnea symptoms other than the occasional light snore.
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    Lianne,

    I hope you get answers soon. After my husband had his heart attack, he was depressed for a while. Mostly because he HAD been doing everything right, like I'm sure your husband does as well. We both run, including half-marathons, eat right, etc. He just got the bad end of a genetic crap-shoot on cholesterol. He is also on baby aspirin, BP and cholesterol meds for the rest of his life.

    However, once he got back running (about 3 months after the heart attack), he felt more in control of his life again. Once you both have answers, you may mentally feel better.

    Also, usually PVCs and PACs are not a problem. I have PACs all the time; according to my cardiologist, studies show those who have them on average actually live a bit longer than those who don't. They can be "smoothed out" with blood pressure meds, but I choose not to. Mildly disconcerting when I run or swim, but otherwise harmless. Coffee and/or alcohol can also trigger them, so if they bother your dh, he might have to cut back on those. (I can pass on the alcohol, but I NEED MY COFFEE!!)
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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