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    Roll Call, 6/5
    Finally, JUNE! I don't know about the rest of you, but this spring has seemed tediously long. I usually love spring as winters here are cold and dreary, but then again, spring here this year was just a continuation of not-quite-as-cold and dreary.

    We just last night were able to till our still-sort-of-wet veggie garden, but of course, it rained over night again. Still,we're hoping to finally get our veggie plants and seed in the ground during the weekend.

    On the other hand, our flower beds have loved this weather. The peonies are taller and more full of flowers than ever,an iris plant that had never bloomed before is deep purple and huge, the Siberian iris is gorgeous, and the poppies just started blooming today.

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

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    How beautiful, Inmom!
    We have been trying to keep up with our lettuces, but Ive never had them “last” this long before... its several inches up on each “stalk” that Im harvesting from now. I think its helped keep the snails off the leaves, too. I imagine the lettuce will be dead (or murdered) by July when it gets hot, so Im speculating on what I will plant then. But for now, its freshly murdered lettuce leaves for lunch’s salad.

    The school year seems to be limping to a close... I dont know about the kids, but Im ready for a break! We will do some school stuff over the summer, but Im looking forward to a couple weeks break from the routine.
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    Lovely flowers Inmom!

    I'm so enjoying the break from the usual too AM. I think I've decided we are going to do light school the last part of May from now on. I always have hopes for 'finishing strong', but that spring sunshine, green grass, and perfect 70 degree days - we just end up limping along for the last 2 weeks, and then I feel guilty. We usually start back full steam in July, but we are going to do light school until the start of August. We are shaking up the schedule this year!

    Today DD and I went to the local bio-gardens. It was really nice - she enjoys strolling along like me. For lunch we got some tasty street tacos and took them to a park to eat. It was a perfect 68 degrees.

    This afternoon I have the brisket I was planning to cook for Passover (before the oven broke) in the oven. It is fairly cool today - so it works to have my oven on for the next 6 hours - haha! We'll eat some this week. It freezes well and will come in handy when I have 3 teenage boys here in a couple of weeks.

    I watched Good Omens on Amazon - fun and worth the watch if you have Prime. The supporting characters are needed to move the story along, the acting is good, but the best scenes are when one of the protagonists are present.
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    Ooooh we are watching Good Omens too! It was my favoritest book back when it came out, before Gaimen or Pratchett were famous. (At one time, everything I owned fit in a suitcase, and that book was in there.) I am so grateful that it follows the book so well, and also modernizes it enough that its not dated (like the book is a little bit, now). DH says only one episode per day, so its taking 6x as long as Id like.

    And yes, yay for 70* weather.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Nice flowers!!!

    We just started "summer" this week. In other words patching any academic holes I found that might have slipped in during the year. The dudes got their schedule for their 2 day a week school and it looks excellent! THEY are excited for it and I guess that is what really counts.

    Man- Child came to us last night and said he thinks he wants to take a year off college (after his final Photography class in Italy ends in July)… we told him its his choice. It was a nice conversation. I think he was surprised we didn't get upset or mad. He knows he will have to move out (we let him stay while in college)… so he spent last night filling out application (one all the way in Hawaii ). He just never liked school (I did NOT home-school him)... and age hasn't changed that. He has an excellent work ethic, I hope it serves him well. Fall will be filled with big changes in my house
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post
    Man- Child came to us last night and said he thinks he wants to take a year off college (after his final Photography class in Italy ends in July)… we told him its his choice. It was a nice conversation. I think he was surprised we didn't get upset or mad. He knows he will have to move out (we let him stay while in college)… so he spent last night filling out application (one all the way in Hawaii ). He just never liked school (I did NOT home-school him)... and age hasn't changed that. He has an excellent work ethic, I hope it serves him well. Fall will be filled with big changes in my house
    I am impressed, CoMom, that you parent so serenely I used to think it would be easier, once my kids were adults, to parent. But life tends to throw the unexpected at you.

    We, too, will have many changes in the next year as our two young adults find their way. My son has told me recently that I'm much calmer ("laid back" was the term he used) as a parent than I used to be. Maybe on the outside!! I worry like mad, but realistically, it's time for them to make their own mistakes and learn from them. I would only step in if I feel they would harm themselves or others in a way that could not be repaired.
    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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    The flowers are so beautiful, inmom! Just looking at them cheers me up as I'm feeling a little down at the moment. I just had the baseball weekend from hell.

    We went to Little League Day at Angel Stadium on Sunday. On this day, they have a parade of Little League-ers dressed in their uniforms parade the field. We were supposed to meet two families there. One was the family of DS's friend and another was a new teammate from our team. Long story short, there were huge crowds, great distances to be covered, and a couple of unexpected wrenches thrown in. Somehow I ended up losing one family and then the other, and delaying the entire group. DS's friend's mom (who is my friend also) looked like she wanted to kill me.

    On Saturday, DS's team won first place in the city championships. But the head coach and my son started butting heads mid-way into the season. He is a strong player, and they initially practiced and played him as infield and pitcher. But he got the least time on the mound, because he was not a coach's son or a friend, even though the coach said he had the best form of all of them. During losing games, the assistant coach kept telling the head coach to put him in, but he wouldn't. DS started tuning him out.

    To punish him, the coach benched him or put him out in right field so he couldn't contribute very much to the team. DS struggled to hit during games, though he could hit really big ones during practice. It was a mental thing. This coach started to give him the bunt sign EVERY TIME he went up to bat. DS ignored the sign. In front of a few teammates, the coach called him selfish and suggested he play solitary sports like golf or tennis if he just wanted to do whatever he pleased.

    During the championship game, he was benched for half the game and spent the rest in right field. When he went up to hit, the coach gave him the bunt sign. He ignored it and hit his first double out between 2nd and 3rd base, driving another runner home. After he collected his trophy, he told me he wanted to skip the end of the year party.

    This was a tough season for us. I watched him go from looking forward to practices and games and wondering if he will be put on the mound, to dreading them. But in the end, we consider the trophy a win against his coach who was a bully.

    I have six tomato plants. They're producing tomatoes but they're tart and the stalks look moldy. My potatoes are also struggling. I think it's the weird cool weather we've been having. I also have a couple sugar pumpkin plants that I accidentally sprouted in November. They're dying back and leaving me with a dozen cute pumpkins. I think I prefer plants to people. Even the moldy ones.
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    Vicsmom, I'm so sorry the coach has ruined the season for your son (and your family). I hate it when the coaches in team sports thinks it's about them, and not the kids. It's part of the reason my son quit baseball and decided to run 5Ks instead--he felt more comfortable competing against himself and not dealing with the "politics" of team sports.

    Will he continue with BB next year with a different coach, or has this soured him on the sport as a whole?
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    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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    Oh, inmom, you have no idea how relieved we were that this season was over. That coach's kid got 5 game balls this season and I cannot recall one outstanding play that he did. For the All-Stars team, he and his assistant coach nominated their own sons to be on the team even though there were better players. And even worse, that head coach is going to be one of the assistant coaches on the All-Stars team. I am going to be on the lookout for them to lose.

    DS still loves the game, so we're going to give it one more year. But we may move onto something else. He loves cycling and riding on trails, so he may go in that direction. I told DS that he will never see that coach again, unless it's on the opposite side of the field. Apparently, you can put a ban on a coach from choosing your child in the draft. So we're definitely going to do that.

    I'm sorry your son had to go through that too. I just keep thinking something in team sports just has to change. But there is so so much politics. I get so livid. Over half of our All-Star team is made of coaches' kids and board members' kids. It's sickening that other kids are denied the opportunity to play just because these kids have connections.
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

    How should we like it were stars to burn
    With a passion for us we could not return?
    If equal affection cannot be,
    Let the more loving one be me.

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