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    Hello everyone! Sorry for the lag in roll call posts again. Life seems to be settling down (a bit) and I'm trying to get into a new summer routine, so the posting rate should improve!

    New here: As most of you know, DD graduated from U of Iowa a couple of weeks ago. What some might not know, is that she struggles with severe depression and OCD. With the help of her therapist, friends, family, and understanding professors, she made it through. However, the last year and a half were particularly rough. So this week she starts an intensive out-patient therapy for mood disorder in Iowa City. I'm SOOOO hoping it gives her some better coping skills. I also hope they re-evaluate her meds, as I don't think they've been working well for her. I'm viewing this time as a road bump for her, not a failure.

    I signed up to run another half marathon in the fall. I haven't done one in a couple of years; the last one I ran injured and limped/walked the last two miles. So I've been telling myself in the meantime "maybe next year I'll do another one." But if I keep doing that, being age 51, I'll never do one again. So now it's long run training time. On the plus side, the runs help keep stress down.

    I'm in the process of planning a statistics and a trig course for homeschoolers next year. I really enjoy teaching stat, as there are so many real-life examples where they can be applied and used. I also have a light summer load of tutoring: two SAT prep kids and a girl from the local alternative school who has permission to get algebra credit from me, one-on-one, rather than at the school. Should be interesting.

    While we don't have major flooding near me, we've had more than enough rain to prevent getting our garden in. Heck, we can't even walk in the yard without making squelching noises with our shoes. We may have to resort to large pots, which never seem to work as well for the plants. Time will tell.

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    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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    I'm sorry about your daughter Carol. I imagine it has been extremely stressful for you. I hope the out-patient therapy is successful and she gets meds that work better for her. Mental illness is dear to my heart. Hang in there. Good for you on doing the half - exercise sure does keep the stress down. A friend from nursing used to refer to exercise as "moving my bones" - I always liked the expression. As I've gotten older, I've discovered that my best stress remedy is to go outside, move my bones, and get some sleep. Statistics was the first math I could get behind! It actually applied to what I was interested in.

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    Schools out! Huzzah! Hello lazy-ish days - I've missed you so.

    Weather is odd - we've barley made it out of the 70s recently. Normally we are well into the low 90s by now. Our pool is still too cold for me, but hopefully not for long. I plant mostly hot weather vegetables - okra, eggplant - they all look so sad out there. But my berries are super happy!

    We are getting ready to ship DS up to CO - he is excited. I of course always miss him! But he'll only be gone for 2 weeks this time, and then all we'll have all 3 boys here for 2 weeks.

    DD and I get a week of mother-daughter time (no brother, before she is off to Girl Scout camp). However she has recently been all about the friends, which is fine. Her requested level of autonomy is testing my comfort boundaries a bit - can they go to xyz alone, can they walk to xyz alone. DH had much more autonomy as a kid than I did - so he is basically fine with it all, I on the other hand worry. DS has always been a big kid, looked older, acted with more maturity than DD who is really petite and can act impulsively. So things that I felt more comfort in allowing DS to do, I'm not with DD - a point not lost on her, and a source of conflict. *Sigh* - It's never easy, is it?!

    Me - I've been tinkering in the garden, prepping for next year's home school (we are planning on easing into high school), enjoying the classes that I take at Temple (good debate, interesting conversations) and working with the asylum seekers. I have my weights moved out into my garage, so I'll start lifting next week. I have a colcha embroidery class this weekend that I'm looking forward to. It's also my birthday this week - so eating - lots of eating this week !

    Hope you all have a great week / weekend.
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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    Happy Birthday, Rebecca! It sounds like things are going mostly smoothly for you and your family. Does your daughter claim a "parental double standard"--that you let your son/male do things you won't let your daughter/female do? I struggled with something similar. My son is a younger than his sister, but has always been more mature and capable. Even though she's in her early 20's, I have a hard time not worrying more about her than him.

    Thanks for sharing your activities. I always enjoy reading what everyone is up to.

    Hubby and I did a 8 mile run this morning. I had not run that far since November. It was nice to get into the groove, sort of zone out except for putting one foot in front of the other while dodging all the muddy sections of the trails at the local state park.

    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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    We also have conflicts over one child being able to do things the other cannot in our house. Since mine are younger, it is nothing major yet. Mostly just that DD5 gets allowed a lot more screen time and DD10 is very limited because it is a maladaptive stress coping mechanism for her and getting off screen time is a meltdown trigger for her.

    For parental double standards, my mum is funny. She will happily let males, like DH or my brothers, drive her car but she won't let females, like myself or my sister, drive it.

    Good luck with the getting back into running long distances Inmom! I ran a lot from like age 13 to 30-ish and then I stopped because I was getting knee issues and I have a family history of knee osteoarthritis and replacements, and I did not want to hasten my journey down that path. But I do miss it. Particularly the trail running. And within that, I especially miss the trail running in crappy weather and conditions. It's very stress/emotion cleansing to be in that zone of focus and resilience in trying conditions.

    Not up to much here. Just the usual.

    Oh, DD5 has her birthday coming up this week. So that's exciting. Although she gets a party with friends this year (we only do them every 5 years), and I hate big parties (which is why I limit them). Anyway, we are having it at a venue rather than at home. So that is good. But RSVP's were meant to be in by today, and I still have one that has not RSVP'd, which is a pain. I really don't get people that do not RSVP either yes or no. It is so easy, and so rude not to do it.
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    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
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