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    Alexsmom, I am impressed with the amount of flexibility you show in trying to find the right things that work for your kids. So many of us get bogged down in the "but I paid for this, we have to use it" mentality, rather than chucking the whole thing and trying something else. Also, hope the quinoa works. We find it an improvement over rice, but we're not your dh, so who knows? (Also envious of the open door--I'm freezing right now sitting next to a closed window!)

    MapleHill, I hope they find some answers for your husband. It must be hard for everyone in the family. You seem made of some pretty strong stuff though. But if you ever need to vent, we're here!

    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Roll Call, 1/27
    I learned about Konmarie here on SHS back in 2015 (I searched back posts). The idea of having clothes where I cant see them or underneath others seems alien to me now. Im still not the best housekeeper, and I cant summon up enough love to enjoy folding clothes, but now I am just embarrassed by dust and a layer of dog hair when guests come over, not clutter like “I didnt know you had a room there”.

    As far as flexibility for schoolwork, Im sure a lot is because of the charter. A lot of curriculum is there in a library, so I can try whatever I think will “spark joy”. In the 8 years we have been there, theyve never told me I couldnt get something disposable (like workbooks), either. Their reading specialist recommended AAR (I loathe those tiles!), their SpEd person recommended the online one... and it just costs me time and frustration when they dont work for us. Everyone in America should have access to these damn charters, imo. The local school districts seem to HATE the principle of allowing this education model, perhaps that is a reason they arent elsewhere?

    My non-murdered tomato bush is still going crazy with flowers. It seems the tomatoes stay green - maybe it needs long warmth to ripen? Its a horticultural mystery of life to me.

    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    The idea of seeing everything so it doesn't get flung or disheveled every time a kid wants to find their favorite shirt of the day was one of those face palm moments for me. Like "geesh, that is so simple and makes so much sense, how did I not think of that?". I've been pretty out of touch with the "outside world" for years now, hence the reason I hadn't heard of it until the show on Netflix. I hate folding clothes, always have and always will, but I hate Mount Clean Laundry even more so folding laundry just becomes the lesser of two evils. lol

    I agree about the charters, Alexsmom. We had one very similar to how yours is set up when we lived in Okinawa. Basically, in exchange for the DoD schools to count my kids as students so they would get the funding for them, we got a share of the funding and all kinds of resources like the lending library and computers and internet service paid for and teachers and specialists we can consult with whenever we wanted. It was win-win for everyone, the schools got extra funding and we still got to homeschool with very little oversight and a generous amount of money to spend on curriculum. The program for military dependents living overseas in the Pacific was run by a charter program out of Alaska. The program was open to anyone, military or not, if you lived in Alaska but it was only open to military and military contractors stationed in the Pacific region outside of Alaska. We've actually considered moving to Alaska and access to the charter was on the list of pros lol!

    Can't help you with your death fruit, I mean, tomato plants. I'm anaphylactically allergic to tomatoes, carry an epi-pen and everything. You have no idea how many things have tomato in them until you can't eat them lol! Oh and my two favorite cuisines before finding out I was allergic... Italian and Mexican... sigh.

    Inmom, I don't know about how strong of stuff I'm made of, I just take things one day at a time and one therapy appointment a week. I know I don't share a lot here and what I have shared is just a tiny fraction of everything, but I do appreciate knowing I can vent here if I need to. ;-)

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    That tomato plant is insanely huge. Is it like a bush tomato variety; it does not seem to need much support/tying up. I don't know why they don't ripen. Maybe pick some off or remove some growth so it can put more energy into the fruit you have remaining?

    MapleHill, hope you can find somewhere for your son to ride if you wish to go down that path. I know horses are technically a hugely dangerous animal to be around, but I have always found them to be super calming and riding is a mental health/meditative thing for me. There's a reason they use them for therapy. Having owned a pony as a child vs. once a week riding lessons and the odd trek as an adult, I have also found I don't need that full on horse owning experience to reach my horse zen. Sure I would be happy with more lessons per week, but one does it. It is hard finding somewhere to ride that keeps you safe (does not push you too far) and has learner friendly horses. I have found the best luck for a riding program for myself at the local therapy stables. They run an able-bodied program as a fundraiser to feed/keep their horses. Good luck for your DH too. I hope you find something that improves his quality of life.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Roll Call, 1/27
    Maple, here are some other horse pics for your DS. A station bred clydesdale cross paint and an appaloosa that I have ridden on other horse treks during the past year.


    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 01-29-2019 at 03:14 PM.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Hi All!

    I've been out of the loop for a while. Have decided to jump back into HS after taking a year to try PS again, while we got our small cafe up and running. DS started Kindergarten there and DD went to 4th. However, between deciding to spend part of the year in the states and lengthy strikes here in CR I'm jumping back in.

    We haven't started school yet...sounds like we might be on the same school schedule NZ. I'm a little nervous but extremely excited to start up again. This will be DS's first experience with hs and DD is not super excited to not be with her friends but, here's to hoping for the best! I plan on going back to BYL and haven't decided on math yet but I'm really liking Dimensions Math from Singapore. We don't have a lot of resources here but I do have a friend that runs a private school where I'm thinking about sending both kids to on Fridays for extra classes. I'm hoping this might ease DD's transition back into hs.

    AM, I am so happy to have found you in this thread. You helped me out so much when I was starting out. I so appreciated that! Oh, and it's 85 but the feels like temp is 'surface of the sun' degrees.

    Loving this Roll Call! Thanks so much!
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    Roll Call, 1/27
    Did someone say Marie Kondo?!

    I binged watch the series over our winter break and proceeded to tear apart half of the house. This is my daughter's sheet drawer. Now she can see everything and find what she's looking for. It works much better than the mess it was before. But all my other closets look much nicer as well.

    @AM - If you are looking to get away from simple carbs - have you tried Banza pasta? It is made from chickpeas, and pretty tasty. Not as delicious as white wheat pasta - but a good compromise. We never used the tiles with AAR - they made me crazy, and DS hated them. Also, I'm so envious of your lemon tree. My aunt and uncle lived in SD when I was a kid, and I always remember the field of citrus trees they had. They smell amazing in bloom!

    @Carol and anyone else in the Arctic air path - hope you are staying warm!

    @ NZ - beautiful horses <3.

    @MapleHill - have they said how many more spinal taps before they consider a shunt? Your poor hubby. Hang in there.
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    Roll Call, 1/27
    So far so good on staying warm. Have shoveled snow every day including this morning (wind chill -13 F), but I'm done now until Friday. I have no tutoring kids coming over until then, so the darn driveway can just drift shut. I managed to get out this morning to the YMCA to take care of my cabin fever (a run and a swim) and stopped for groceries and bird seed.

    Tomorrow is supposed to be the worst day of the week. We are supposed to be colder than Antarctica. Our hourly temp for tomorrow is below. The second # is wind chill. Thankfully, classes for DD in Iowa City and for DS at Purdue (W Lafayette, IN) have been cancelled. One can get frostbite in minutes.

    On a positive note, the temp will be in the 30s on the weekend in in the 40s on Monday. It will be a relative 80 degree temp difference when you factor in wind chill. It will be T-shirt weather!!


    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    NZ_Mama - You just made ds's day! His current favorite horse is an appaloosa. We definitely want to get him into riding if that's what he wants. Problem is, there are lots of trail riding clubs around here, for tourists and whatnot that want a scenic ride up the mountain or through the country, but no riding stables that specialize in teaching people how to ride, much less children, that aren't at least a 90 minute drive away. As dh's grandma puts it, most people around here learned to ride in their mama's laps and never had riding lessons. I've never had an interest in riding or horses but my sister (who lives far away and I have no contact with) has been riding English style and going to competitions since she was a teenager. I used to drop her off at her lessons before she had a license and she kept her horse at my dad's house when I was living with him while my (now-ex) husband was in boot camp joining the military. I know just enough about horses to not know much about it all lol! I've been researching a lot though since it seems to be ds's passion and dh's grandma is trying to find someone willing to teach him in the area. We live on a portion of Grandma's 7 acres of land (which is in a trust that will be passed to dh when grandma passes) and hope one day to get ds a horse if he stays interested. Ds asked Grandma this past weekend if he could turn her detached garage into a barn for his horses. She asked him how many he was planning on getting and his answer was "At least 10." lol

    RTB- Love your drawer picture lol! We don't know how many more spinal taps they will do sadly. One of the prescribed treatments for IH is therapeutic spinal taps where they do them every time the pressure comes back up but that's more for people who get several months or even years of relief from the spinal tap. The fact that they couldn't even remove enough spinal fluid to bring the pressure down to normal range (they can only remove up to a certain amount of spinal fluid at once without causing more issues) and that the pressure went back up so quickly, we are hoping they will just want to do one more to see how much the pressure rose since the last one and then start scheduling the necessary appointments to get the shunt placed. But we will find out something in about 3 weeks when we go back to the university hospital.

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    @inmom, hope you're hunkered down Where in IN do you live? I went to JR high and HS in Carmel. My dad's in Illinois and a lot of my friends are in the Indy area so I've been keeping up with the weather via Facebook posts. Looks like it should warming up again this weekend. Hopefully, it doesn't stay for too long.
    Mama of two, DS (6) and DD (11). 4 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, and 2 cats. My cup and plate overfloweth but life ain't boring, that's for sure! Pura Vida!

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