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    Happy April!

    The weather is still far from feeling like spring here..snow on and off the last couple of days. Nothing that lasts, but it is certainly not warm!

    Current projects around here include building/re-doing some flower beds, dragging out all my physics lab materials in preparation for next year in order to see what I still need, and trying to light a fire under DD to find a sublease to live in this summer at Iowa City. "Why yes, that IS my homeless daughter. She found a job, but didn't bother to find a place to live!!"

    What projects are you working on, house, homeschool, yard, or otherwise? How are things going for you?
    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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    It has been warm around here, high 70s,but we trade nice temps for 50 mph winds. Outdoor projects become a bit more difficult due to blowing dirt. So much dirt. However, on the nice days, we'll be putting in more raised beds for our garden.

    DH has an engineering banquet tonight - so yay to free food I didn't have to cook! I'm in a bit of a cooking slump lately. I think it is just being ready for some spring / summer foods. Also, summer food is much easier to make, since half of it you don't actually cook.

    School is in the homestretch. April!? When did that happen? It is so tempting to be lazy, but nose to the grindstone and all. We'll take our summer break from the end of May through June.
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    Same weather here as inmom. I typically do not mind snow, but I don't like it once the bulbs are up and/or blooming.

    I'm not working on any big projects; just keeping up with day-to-day things and working more hours than in the past.

    With regards to school, I don't know where the year went. The kids' algebra class ended this week - thank you inmom for a great class! Their chemistry and language arts classes continue until Memorial Day. I hope the kids will do some history, geography, and math review the next few months.
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    I'm just sitting here, waiting for spring, trying not to let my kids drive me insane.
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    Life has been consumed by our move so we have been in 'homeschool light' mode for the past couple of weeks. We put some furniture together together the other day and called it a STEAM lesson We have found a couple of OutSchool instructors we like so more classes have been signed up for there. There are several community gardens, two parks and a library near our new place so some adventuring is planned as soon as we get some decent weather.

    DD cranked through the last of the lessons on Math Seeds so our easy default for getting some math in is done. If anyone has suggestions for 4th grade math material presented in 2nd grade song and dance animated Math Seeds style I'd love to hear it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotYourName View Post
    I'm just sitting here, waiting for spring, trying not to let my kids drive me insane.
    We've all been there! Ha! Hugs.
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    Spring is on hold because of the crazy weather. Homeschooling is on hold because of the flu virus that DD8 has brought home from her spring break horse camp. Just hanging in there...
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    The 6th was Man Childs 20th birthday (how did THAT happen)
    He has a BAD cold, so we went out to Sushi and he just crawled back to bed as it started to snow (poor guy). Then had his first day of work at his summer job (security at the downtown amusement park ... his dad worked at Disneyland for his college "summer job") the next day.
    We can't even turn on sprinklers until May because we can still get snow until then (of course that is in between 70 degree days)
    The dudes are chugging along with home schooling. I hope their self motivation stays with them through the teen years
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post
    The 6th was Man Childs 20th birthday (how did THAT happen)
    He has a BAD cold, so we went out to Sushi and he just crawled back to bed as it started to snow (poor guy). Then had his first day of work at his summer job (security at the downtown amusement park ... his dad worked at Disneyland for his college "summer job") the next day.
    We can't even turn on sprinklers until May because we can still get snow until then (of course that is in between 70 degree days)
    The dudes are chugging along with home schooling. I hope their self motivation stays with them through the teen years
    I hope Man Child feels better soon.

    We have snow today but are supposed to have 70 degrees by Friday. Someone is certainly not paying attention at the weather controls this spring!!
    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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    Unseasonably cold/windy here, but on the bright side, it's sunny and most of the snowpack is gone, and it's dry, not wet and rainy, and playgrounds are no longer muddy. So that's a bonus, when the wind chill isn't too much. DD13 brought home a cold from high school, and we are all getting the junky cough and lassitude. We lucked out for Easter, with a nice sunny day, mild, and Saturday I did a lot of pulling up grass and overturning turf around my emerging hostas. Crocus blooms were flattened by unexpected snow right after Easter, but thankfully the budding daffodils and 4 inches of emerging tulip leaves, survived a hard freeze (19 degrees!) because I managed to cover them with tarp and they were snugged up next to a warm southern exposure.

    I want to plant a Montmorency cherry tree and a redbud tree if possible, though how much each costs will be a factor. Our neighborhood is so devoid of anything natural and pretty, and instead of hating the ugly views, I can try to do something about it. But if there isn't money for both, we need basement replacement windows and car repairs, before trees and shrubs. But I really do want to get something blooming in.

    As for homeschooling, DS6 finished 1st grade math but still needs extra work with base ten blocks, and both of them need more focus on handwriting, but we're on minimalist lessons while we look toward a top-to-bottom home decluttering and cleaning.
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