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    With holiday season approaching, how many of us have stopped schooling for a bit, or cut back, or added more winter-themed activities?

    The classes I teach are on break now until after the new year. It's nice to have a bit of a breather and recharge. DS will be home in a couple of days from college, and DD will manage to find a few days around xmas to come home. As they get older and more busy with their own lives, opportunities for all of us to be together will occur less often, so I take what I can get.

    DH and I returned a couple of days ago from a 5-day trip to London. I'd never been; it was fascinating in two ways. First, one can be overwhelmed by the massive history behind so many things there (went to Westminster Abbey to see where Darwin, Newton, & Hawking are buried, among dozens and dozens of others). Second, we tend to think of American as a melting pot of cultures, but I think London, at least as a city, has us beat. I loved hearing and seeing people from all over.

    What's new for you and your family?
    Carol

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    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Welcome back, Inmom!

    Wow, London! Im both envious and happy for you, getting to travel all around. When I grow up.....
    And yay for the kids coming home. My mother in law will have both her kids on christmas morning for the first time in twenty years - she is almost beyond excited. I guess liking having your kids around together isnt something that fades away.

    We dabbled with some “Jewish” food last week. My boys are now huge Kugel fans. So am I! Lemon ricotta with cherries!
    https://www.thespruceeats.com/lemon-...erries-2121441

    We have been slacking on the school front - Ive been working hard trying to finish a quilt for a friend, it’s a bit all-involving of my attention. And it always takes longer than I expect - but its worth it for the quilts to be done “right”.

    Oh, and our tomato bush is still flowering, but i havent seen any fruit lately. I should murder it, but it feels wrong to kill something just because its outlived its usefulness.
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    We spent two days in London when we visited my (now ex) MIL who lives near Oxford. One day with the kids and one day by myself. I still feel like we barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do there. I would love to go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapleHillAcademy View Post
    We spent two days in London when we visited my (now ex) MIL who lives near Oxford. One day with the kids and one day by myself. I still feel like we barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do there. I would love to go back.
    Agreed. We also feel like we only scratched the surface. Had two separate meals with Brit friends of DH. It was interesting getting their take on things, especially as we walk by the Parliament building with groups of protesters on each side of the Brexit issue. Don't know if it makes one feel any better knowing that they're all messed up as a country too......
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    We dabbled with some “Jewish” food last week. My boys are now huge Kugel fans. So am I! Lemon ricotta with cherries!
    https://www.thespruceeats.com/lemon-...erries-2121441
    DH and I would love to try that, but in looking at the recipe, the cholesterol count would be through the roof for him! lol. But it looks totally yummy.
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Sounds like a great trip to London. I have never been. It is such a long flight (two long flights actually) from here. I think if we were going to go overseas somewhere it would be Asia. I have been to Singapore and Thailand and would love to revisit Thailand and go to to China.

    That kugel looks so delicious. I will have to see if I can make a dairy free version.

    Last day of school today (homeschool and public school for both DDs) and then 7 weeks of summer holidays.

    DH gets home today. He has had 2 weeks away in various places, most recently, San Diego. I am so looking forward to not doing everything around the house. Doing public school drop off and pick up (takes me 2 h each day to walk back and forth), DD10's homeschool, work, and making all the meals, I have had no time for exercise or walking the dog. Poor dog has only had 2 walks in 2 weeks. He is not suitable to take on the to and fro from school as he has fear aggression issues and if I left him with DD10 at the gate (no dogs on school grounds) he would just bark and get anxious. And my hips, so sore, so looking forward to having time to do some yoga.

    Have booked DD10 into pony camp for Jan. She is experienced enough now to go on an overnight one (3 days, 2 nights). She will also do 2 weeks of daily swim lessons and maybe a ballet workshop. Not sure what DD5 will do. I am not so keen to send her away to stuff in the holidays now she is at school. The main reasons I send DD10 to holiday activities are to have some "school like" things in terms of social/group time, learning from other adults, and to us both a break from each other. And to give her the 10 swimming lessons per year that she would get at school if she was going. But DD5 gets those things at school now. So we may just hang at home and do some math, science, art, and reading since school is just play for her. This week she got over her starting school tiredness and has asked to do school work with me every morning and after school.

    Oh and school the past 2 weeks has been such a drag every morning. It has been a popularity contest of kids coming and handing out cards and candy canes to select people in the class. And DD5 has felt really left out and sad. Particularly because her twin friends – the entire reason she wanted to go to school – they started being mean to her. One of them was excited to have her there to play, but then the other said "you're not my friend anymore", and eventually the other stopped playing with her to. So they have brought candy canes/cards along at least two different times in the past two weeks and run around giving them to all sorts of people but very purposefully avoided DD5 and given her a smirky little smile as they go past. Ergh. Its kind of good they are moving away next year, so she can have a fresh start at making friends. Currently she only has one friend at the school, who is unfortunately 2 years ahead of her, so they only see each other at lunch time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    Sounds like a great trip to London. I have never been. It is such a long flight (two long flights actually) from here. I think if we were going to go overseas somewhere it would be Asia. I have been to Singapore and Thailand and would love to revisit Thailand and go to to China.
    When we went to England, we were living in Okinawa, Japan at the time. So we flew from Okinawa to Tokyo, Tokyo to LA and we managed to get a non-stop flight from LA to London. It was indeed a very long trip but totally worth it. Then we had to do it all over again to get back home. Did I mention my oldest three kids (who are 20, 18 and 17 now) were 6, 4 and 3 on this trip?

    The big deal at the time in England when we went was Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding. We went to Windsor Castle while we were there as well and they had the whole town around the castle decorated in preparation for the wedding which was a week or two after we left.

    Inmom, did you stand at Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station? My kids thought that was awesome! lol

    I wish we had managed to go to Singapore when we were living in Japan. And Australia/New Zealand too. Maybe someday...

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    Hello all!

    We went to London for part of our honeymoon. I really enjoyed it! We had been in Paris the week before and it was really nice to be able to read and ask questions. I'd go back. Would love to spend sometime outside of the city too, seeing the rest of the country. Glad you had fun, Carol!

    School has been wonky for us as both kids are sick AGAIN! I think they are licking doorknobs when I'm not looking. I updated our Amazon watch list this fall to include only educational shows. So glad I did. I works to tell a kiddo to read, listen to an audio book, then watch 2 shows from Amazon before spending the rest of the day watching junk. At least school is not a total wash.

    We are only going to take a week for winter break - the last few days of December and first week of January. We are doing a quick CO run to fetch the bff, who will spend the week with us.

    Yay for summer break NZ! Enjoy.

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    NZMama: I'm so sorry to hear about how your DD's friends are treating her. That is so hard to watch, as a parent. As you describe her, though, she seems gregarious. She should find more friends soon.

    MapleHill: Kudos to you for such a long trip with little ones! We did not do Platform 9 3/4, but while visiting a friend who lives nearby, we toured Windsor Castle--it was all decked out for Xmas so it was extra beautiful.

    RTB: DH and I also plan to go back either this summer of next summer. We will take a pack each and walk part of their National Trail system along the southern coast for 10-14 days. From what I've heard and seen on TV, the countryside is beautiful. (I'm not really a city girl anyway--they are nice to visit but I could never live in one!)
    Carol

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    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Happy Saturday, Everyone!

    We've had a busy couple of weeks, topsy-turvy. My family took care of a neighbor down the street who had MS. He was a bachelor and lived alone. DH and DS always looked forward to going over there, because he was just a lot of fun to talk to. He loved to eat, loved the food I cooked him, and had a severe case of the allerjesus. He finally passed after living 37 years in constant pain; he was 71. He was cremated and did not want a memorial service, but we wanted to do something to honor his memory. So last night, a few of us gathered and had a nice dinner in one of his favorite restaurants. DH came up with the idea of honoring him with some Chinese traditions that we perform for our deceased. We lit incense and burned Chinese papers for the dead, which symbolize prosperity, wealth, and peace, in our backyard fire pit. Some things that can be burned, for example, might be a pair of shoes made of paper, a paper car, and fake money. The idea is that whatever is burned will reach the person who has died. Our friend loved to eat, so we also burned a thick stack of menus he kept by his bedside. One of our other friends even circled menu items with a Sharpie to "order" for him.


    Inmom: Glad you get to spend time with your kids over the holidays. They grow up so fast. I never went to London, but did spend about a week in Paris and I know what you mean about the history being overwhelming. Things are just on a different scale from the States.

    NZ_Mama: I'm really sorry to hear about the way those so-called friends are treating your daughter. That really, really stinks. I hope she will find new friends soon.

    AM: I'm still getting a couple of sour tomatoes from my Sun Golds, and I'm debating taking them down. But that massive rain we had a week ago seems to have revived them.

    RTB: Your cactus look lovely!

    MapleHill: Such moxy for taking the littles on such a long trip! I had one and I did not dare...
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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