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    I am SO happy that sundown locally is at 5:30 now. It's the literal light at the end of the winter tunnel. Now, we are still getting snow and freezing rain (as recently as yesterday), but that little bit of extra daytime light helps so much!

    How is life treating you all? I taught logarithms to my algebra 2 kids over the last two weeks, and their eyes actually did NOT glaze over. I think (hope) they really understood. Those functions are always puzzling for most 16 year olds.

    DH and I are getting ready for our annual Mardi Gras party held next Saturday. For those who don't know, we don't do big xmas, Thanksgiving, or easter events. Our big hurrah for the year is Mardi Gras. Better food and alcohol, and we get to invite friends, not relatives. We have 11-13 people coming over this year with a varied and eclectic guest list. I feel like I could invite some long-time members on here (looking at YOU Alexsmom and RTB!!) and you'd fit right in.

    Share what is new for you!
    Carol

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

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    Not much going on here. It's wet, it's cold and the news people are talking about a CA polar vortex. DH says there is no vortex. It's just cold. But I just love the phrase. I use it every chance I get because it sounds so cool, like we're swirling towards something fatalistic but in the end will make it back out all right.

    Carol, I laughed when you mentioned logarithms. The word is hard to spell and my mind gets all fuzzy when I flashback to when I learned it in HS. I love doing math, but hell, I sure hated learning it.

    Love the Mardi Gras idea too! Better food and drinks is always a plus. We have turkey on Thanksgiving and then my mom will suggest turkey again at Christmas....

    I think I'm dealing with the beginnings of perimenopause.The skin on the backs of my hands feel thinner, kind of papery, and I get shorter but heavier periods. A couple of days ago, I was making an hour-long drive to my parents' side of town and had a panic attack on the freeway. I felt boxed in by all the trucks around me, had trouble getting enough air and had to crack open a window even though it was really cold. Heart palpitations, cold hands and feet and tingling which even spread to a side of my face. My index fingers and thumbs started cramping. After about 15-30 minutes, it was over. Simply insane.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    Riding is going ok. I am just very out of riding fitness and practice and feel very disjointed. It is like everything is operating separately and if I focus on and fix one thing and everything else goes out the window.

    Volunteering at the therapy riding is great. Exhausting after hours of walking round on the sand arena but rewarding, and DD10 is liking coming along to brush ponies and do some chores.

    DD10's school work is going along fine.

    I am just really over critical people who are against homeschooling or have no idea why you parent the way you do or homeschool or whatever. My mum is in super critical mode and changes her argument to suit the situation. Like previously it was all "oh you could never homeschool...who would teach her how to read...are you getting her to sit down and do at least 30 min of writing a day...are you sure you can go out and do X activity; has she done her math for the day...you have to write a end of year report for DD10 and give her assessments.." and so on and so on. Now when I say that DD5 has had no real reading or math instruction yet and they are 3 weeks into the year, or that she chose the other day to spend all morning on "playground" as her action station (which I don't actually think is a bad thing but I was saying it as an example of school is not exactly doing all she expected me to do with DD5), its "oh that's fine...it's not all about academics and achievement...I'm not like you, I'm not focused on the achievement". When I said DD5 was bored and I would happily homeschool her again she said "oh god" in a disdainful manner. Then she tells me I am the rude and critical one when I say its not her decision and she has no input into what we do. She is not the only one I have had to deal with comments from recently.

    Even the little things are getting to me. Like a public school mother of one of DD10's friends who was saying she had enjoyed going to help at school camp because she got to see what her child behaved like in other situations. And I went to say how I agree because you know, you get a lot of that homeschooling when you watch them at education things you take them along to but you are not the teacher. Or you see them work independently when you are just the guide and providing resources. Or you take them out in the community and you are in the general area but not parenting them directly and watch their interactions with others. I can't remember this mothers exact words but she said something that made it pretty clear that she thought that as a homeschool parent I would not have this experience that she had because I must be handholding and directing DD10 all.the.time.

    Anyway, most of life is going great. Except I just have absolutely no friends or support that I see regularly or anything and I seem to be getting all these criticisms from various corners.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    I agree with the extra light Inmom. We've had a really cloudy winter, making it seem extra long this year. There is a state bill that made it through the senate to keep us on daylight savings time all year long.

    I'll be at the party in spirit Carol! Sounds so fun. What's on the menu?

    This is the winter of illness - I feel like we've been sick so often. This week it is DS and me. We've still been doing light school though, so at least I feel like we are getting something done.

    We've been listening to a dramatized version of A Midsummer Night's Dream while we each read along with our own copy. It has been a hit with both kids. I've enjoyed it too, it has been relaxing. We see the play the following Monday. I will definitely put it on the plan for next school year - at least a couple of times.

    Sorry for the rough times NZ, hugs to you.
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    Oh a Mardi Gras party sounds like so much fun!
    Homeschooling newb here in eastern NC! DDs 7 and 9, and DS 5

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    Definitely ready for some spring weather here in North Carolina. It hasn't been as cold as other parts of the country, though I'm bracing for a freak snow storm. We usually get one every year around this time.

    As for this homeschooling momma, I'm trying to be more active on this site. I've found some really good info on here that has helped me. Now, it's just time to connect with others!

    I feel like I'm still stumbling through homeschool, even considering new curriculums. My head is spinning! Where I live, the majority of homeschoolers uses CC. It would be easy to go that route because there is so much support, but I didn't want to. I like doing my own thing, and it has proven to be the more difficult road to go down. I think that once we get through this first year, I will have a better idea of what works and what doesn't. And then it will change, right?

    I try to get up every morning at 5am to have a few hours to myself. Enjoying the morning so far, and I hope you all have a great day!
    Homeschooling newb here in eastern NC! DDs 7 and 9, and DS 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicsmom View Post
    I think I'm dealing with the beginnings of perimenopause.The skin on the backs of my hands feel thinner, kind of papery, and I get shorter but heavier periods. A couple of days ago, I was making an hour-long drive to my parents' side of town and had a panic attack on the freeway. I felt boxed in by all the trucks around me, had trouble getting enough air and had to crack open a window even though it was really cold. Heart palpitations, cold hands and feet and tingling which even spread to a side of my face. My index fingers and thumbs started cramping. After about 15-30 minutes, it was over. Simply insane.
    Vicsmom, I want to say I hope it ends soon, but I know better. That's exactly how I've been, except for about 5-6 years now. Regarding the driving panic attacks, I'm the irritating person driving 58 mph in the far right lane, just in case I need to pull off the highway.

    NZ Mama, that really stinks about the lack of support, especially from your mom. Unfortunately, with her changes of argument, it sounds like she'll never see your side. But remember that YOU know what's best for your kids.
    Carol

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

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeWill View Post
    I feel like I'm still stumbling through homeschool, even considering new curriculums. My head is spinning! Where I live, the majority of homeschoolers uses CC. It would be easy to go that route because there is so much support, but I didn't want to. I like doing my own thing, and it has proven to be the more difficult road to go down. I think that once we get through this first year, I will have a better idea of what works and what doesn't. And then it will change, right?

    I try to get up every morning at 5am to have a few hours to myself. Enjoying the morning so far, and I hope you all have a great day!
    DeeWill, feeling overwhelmed when you start homeschooling is totally normal. Heck, being overwhelmed can happen at any time. Don't believe all those perfect homeschooling blogs with the well-behaved children and spotless houses. Homeschooling can be nitty gritty, but so totally worth it.
    Carol

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

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    I agree with the extra light Inmom. We've had a really cloudy winter, making it seem extra long this year. There is a state bill that made it through the senate to keep us on daylight savings time all year long.

    I'll be at the party in spirit Carol! Sounds so fun. What's on the menu?
    DH and I go all out for this party. This year's menu, you ask....?

    Appetizers:

    Mini crawfish pies
    Mardi gras salad (cold combo of peas, peppers, celery, onions, pimentoes, french cut beans with a vinegar/sugar/oil dressing)
    Oysters Bienville or Rockefeller

    Meal:

    Black-eyed pan jambalya
    Po Boy or Muffaletta
    Okra Creole
    Cajun Coubion (a red fish based dish served over rice)
    Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
    Shrimp and Grits

    Dessert:

    King Cake bread pudding w/ Whiskey sauce (we order the king cake from a New Orleans bakery and have it shipped, Then I make it into this killer dessert)

    Drinks of various kinds, but primarily Abita Beer and hurricanes
    Carol

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

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    Seriously, this menu sounds absolutely fabulous! I don't know anyone who makes a spread like this anymore. We watch Kevin Belton's New Orleans cooking show and he always makes me hungry.

    Yeah, perimenopause symptoms are wicked. Towards the end of it, I did exit and take the street the rest of the way, at which point the attack subsided. My symptoms are mild compared to my sister's, who's in her early 40's. She has a long list of things, including insomnia, indigestion, panic attacks, mood swings,depression and suicidal thoughts. She finally went to a therapist who diagnosed her with premenstrual dysphoria, or severe PMS, and suggested hormones and anti-depressants.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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