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    Hello all! How was mother's day for those of you who are moms? I hope you go a little treat, or some quiet time, if that is what you wanted.

    Personally, last weekend I went to Iowa to see my daughter graduate from college, then we spent Mother's day moving her out of a dorm room and into an apartment. Curious to see where her future takes her!


    With May almost half over, are you making summer plans (those of you in the northern hemisphere), or winter plans (those of you in the sourthern? Trips/camps/ new hobbies? Just lounging by a pool? Do tell!
    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 - Congratulations! That is so exciting!

    DS got his braces off! Hooray for straight teeth and one less appointment to fit into the schedule.

    We were suppose to be camping this weekend, but this spring has been wonky - tons of rain and very mild temps. Temps in Santa Fe were going to be below freezing with snow, I'm not a big fan of being cold and wet the entire camping trip so we rescheduled. The picture was taken on Friday 20 minutes or so east of my house.

    Two more weeks of school! No big trips planned for the summer. We don't take a really long summer break, only about 6 weeks. We start a few days before Memorial day and break through the 4th. I am ready for a break.

    DS is at the leave in swim where he is expected to be attending practice more regularly over the summer - he does not seem thrilled about this at this point. Hopefully his two week break in CO will help him get over the hump.

    So any GOT fans on here? Ugh, this last season, visually appealing, but the story line, the writing! I was up late last night too irritated to sleep!

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    Oh my! Our last snow was 2 weeks ago, and thatís quite late into spring.

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    So cool on the graduation for your daughter Inmom. I hope she finds something enjoyable to do next.

    RTB, that looks and sounds like a NZ spring. So changeable and so unpredictable. I also do not like to be cold and wet when camping. Even though we bought this amazing Canadian tent that could handle weather of all sorts so we could camp all year round, we usually only do summer and good weather in spring and autumn.

    For us, winter is starting and it has definitely got cooler. We have had to start using the fire for heating. I can't really think of anything that we have been up to. Mother's day was great. My kids went to my mum's place to play for the day. DD10 said "is it bad that it is mother's day and we are going to nanny's", um no, its great because I get a break!

    Oh, I have been recently inspired to start knitting again after a 10 year break. So first thing up is finishing the sweater that only had about 10 cm to finish on a sleeve, but has been in hibernation for 10 years. Then I can get more yarn. I think it must mean that I have finally accepted my residency in this cold place as opposed to imagining we would move back to the SoCal warmth. Only took me 6 years! So now it is "I am cold and I am going to knit ALL the warm things". I have also developed a recent obsession with autumnal colours of gold/mustard, rust, and deep/dark reds, which really does not gel with my almost decade of minimalism/capsule wardrobe and cutting myself down to a pretty happy uniform of grey, green, and blue in various shades for the different seasons. Now I don't know what to make of this "I want a mustard knitted sweater". Confusing times of the privileged enough financially, time, and emotional space wise to have such confusions.

    Homeschool is great. Having DD5 at school has really allowed us (DD10 and I) the space to get on a good schedule with things like field trips that are beyond DD5's tolerance to stand around and look at stuff, and the more one on one stuff that often got done really quickly between work and DD5 jumping all over us. And it is so much easier to not have the conflict between curricula for different ages. But DD5 has started saying she hates school and I do miss her. But I also know that there was a dearth of friends for her when she homeschooled, so it would be so much work to try find her social time. It is like I did not want her to go, but now she is there, I would like her to stay for the time being until I can figure out the social time thing.
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    Oh I know what I had to post on the next roll call, a photo of a Torrey Pine from our local botanic garden for AM. I am just posting this as a reminder to myself to get it off my phone and put it on here. I find it fairly hilarious what a Torrey Pine looks like in a different climate to SoCal, and could not think of anyone else who may appreciate it apart from you AM.

    We used to live across the road (as much as you can be across the road from it)/down the hill from Torrey Pines state park, and DD10 and I would hike there every day. So I really miss it, and the Torrey Pines. I feel affinity with them in how they are so shaped by the environment but still trying to grow.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Carol! Congratulations!! What an exciting time for her and you. I hope you had a great Mother's day
    Kids are so much more than a test score.
    Qualities not measured by a test: creativity, persistence, curiosity, humor, self-discipline, empathy, humility and so many more!

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    What a peaceful picture Rebecca. Looks a tad cold for my liking in real life, but I do love snow pictures.
    Kids are so much more than a test score.
    Qualities not measured by a test: creativity, persistence, curiosity, humor, self-discipline, empathy, humility and so many more!

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    Congratulations Carol!!!

    We live a mile and half away from the Stem School that was victim to a school shooting last Tue. All four of our neighbor kids go there. Their mom and dad are Columbine High School survivors (she was a Sr. he was a Jr.). It was a hard few hours because they didn't hear from their 11 year old son for HOURS. I am not sure how to help other than bring dinners, babysit the 5 year old when needed and help schlep anyone to what ever is needed.

    We had snow on Thur (freshly turned 21 DS had 2 finals that day). Mothers day was causal (the way I like it). Yesterday the younger 2 took me sailing (it was a HOT 82*) to show me all they learned. It still impresses me how fast they learn... and how well it sticks.


    We decided to try "part time home schooling" next year. We found a home school program the guys will go 2 days a week. One mom described it as "University Style" … I think that was referring to the fact the kids (or parents) pick what kind of classes the kids take on those days. When they are ready this school also help with concurrent enrollment. I am excited but nervous. our favorite home school friend goes and his whole family loves it. I just hope it is not to "school-ish":
    Our homeschool program is unique because it offers both elective classes AND core academic classes. Students are challenged academically and behaviorally in a small environment with caring highly qualified teachers. Our homeschool program offers homeschool families fabulous opportunities like Outdoor Lab, AmeriTowne, International Towne, Middle School sports, a top notch drama program, and a huge curriculum lending library. Our secondary homeschool students have the opportunity to participate in Student Council, Lettering opportunities, Concurrent Enrollment (which is our college program for high school students), and great school dances and social events.

    Hope everyone has a great week
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post

    We live a mile and half away from the Stem School that was victim to a school shooting last Tue. All four of our neighbor kids go there. Their mom and dad are Columbine High School survivors (she was a Sr. he was a Jr.). It was a hard few hours because they didn't hear from their 11 year old son for HOURS. I am not sure how to help other than bring dinners, babysit the 5 year old when needed and help schlep anyone to what ever is needed.

    We had snow on Thur (freshly turned 21 DS had 2 finals that day). Mothers day was causal (the way I like it). Yesterday the younger 2 took me sailing (it was a HOT 82*) to show me all they learned. It still impresses me how fast they learn... and how well it sticks.


    We decided to try "part time home schooling" next year. We found a home school program the guys will go 2 days a week. One mom described it as "University Style" … I think that was referring to the fact the kids (or parents) pick what kind of classes the kids take on those days. When they are ready this school also help with concurrent enrollment. I am excited but nervous. our favorite home school friend goes and his whole family loves it. I just hope it is not to "school-ish":
    Our homeschool program is unique because it offers both elective classes AND core academic classes. Students are challenged academically and behaviorally in a small environment with caring highly qualified teachers. Our homeschool program offers homeschool families fabulous opportunities like Outdoor Lab, AmeriTowne, International Towne, Middle School sports, a top notch drama program, and a huge curriculum lending library. Our secondary homeschool students have the opportunity to participate in Student Council, Lettering opportunities, Concurrent Enrollment (which is our college program for high school students), and great school dances and social events.

    Hope everyone has a great week
    Wow! That is so scary!

    The part time school sounds wonderful - I wish we had options like that in NM.
    Rebecca
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    In other updates - I hosted a dinner party this past weekend and served this limonada, a sparkling rosewater lemonade. It is extremely tasty and I nearly ran out because several people drank it instead of wine. I doubled the rosewater, and skipped the zest. It uses a fair amount of mint, which I have a ton of right now.
    Rebecca
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