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    Happy 4th of July for our US families! Does your family go all out with picnics and fireworks, or are you more low-key?

    We are a low-key kind of family. Even when the kiddos were home, we'd go pick blueberries locally, maybe invite a neighbor or the grandparents over for a small picnic. Neighbors up and down the street shoot off fireworks all week (), so we've never felt the need to go see the community fireworks. They are held at the Dunes State Park over the waters of Lake Michigan, where parking is at a minimum and you need to take a shuttle bus in. Not worth it for us.

    DS is coming home for a couple of days from his internship in Indianapolis/Carmel. It will be nice to have him home for a couple of days, especially since he's only home for 5 days in mid-August before he returns to Purdue.

    On Sunday we are having a party for my dad's 80th birthday, so I'll get to see 5 of my 7 siblings and their spouses/families. Should be interesting, as we are a bit divided politically.......

    I'm s l o w l y planning the statistics class for fall. I keep getting "distracted" by doing things outside and by the time I sit down to plan, I'm too tired to concentrate. But my flower beds look great!!

    What do YOU have planned this week?
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    We are a low key family. A neighbor down the street always invites us over for a BBQ. I like it because we don't have to drive

    DS (21) came home from his trip and I have been impressed with his drive over the weekend to figure out next year (hope it sticks). It may not be what I want for him but (so far) he seems to be taking the bull by the horns … including deleting everything in association with the girl that gave him drama while away. He even has reconnect with friends he knows are good for him and kind of lost due to the whole situation.

    My sister flying out next week to see me and my brother rent a Harley (he lives in San Francisco) to drive out as well before they go on to a family reunion (I am not attending)... so that will be interesting because we are like a triangle in our beliefs... in all forms for our lives.. political, parenting, religion, economic situations...


    Hope everyone (who celebrates) has a safe 4th
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

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

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    I'm glad to hear your son has been able to move past the bad relationship situation. Those must be truly good friends to "welcome" him back. Either way, it's a life lesson. My DD is also making life decisions for herself that wouldn't be what I pick, but....it's her life. We had the discussion last week that hopefully, mistakes won't be made. But they probably will, and she'll learn from them, and move on. Sometimes I think parenting young adults is about as hard emotionally as parenting younger kids. We just have to keep it to ourselves and/or spouses sometimes.

    My sister flying out next week to see me and my brother rent a Harley (he lives in San Francisco) to drive out as well before they go on to a family reunion (I am not attending)... so that will be interesting because we are like a triangle in our beliefs... in all forms for our lives.. political, parenting, religion, economic situations...
    Family...they certainly keep things interesting.
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    No life dramas here, happy to report.

    But! Way back in 2016, someone here recommended a ILOVESIA bra, and I went to order it again in my new smaller size, and it is no longer available! Boo hoo hoo hooo!
    Ive spent the day so far going through my old clothes (Pre-DS7) and pulling out the ones that now fit. Im pretty happy about that.
    I feel that I should be doing some summer school with the boys, but Ive been lazy with that. Maybe I just need more time to focus on me, and becoming healthier? Algebra and the middle ages can wait, I tell myself.

    We are pretty low key about the 4th of July here, too. Sometimes fireworks are watched. It is hard for me to feel enthused about our country’s leadership right now. I used to read Fox’s news feed on AppleNews, because they were the only network that didnt focus on the minutia of the president’s behavior, but last week they started adding in all this crap about leftists being terrorists. I blocked the channel.
    Id also like to be enthused about the US Women’s soccer team, but its not a sport that I follow. So nice though to see them wearing practical and “unsexy” uniforms, unlike Wimbleton where Im surprised there arent more butt-cheek and mahookydook views with those micro-skirts.
    Go Soccer!
    (And I guess that society is making progress that there isnt drama about there being lesbians in the lockerroom.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    No life dramas here, happy to report.

    But! Way back in 2016, someone here recommended a ILOVESIA bra, and I went to order it again in my new smaller size, and it is no longer available! Boo hoo hoo hooo!
    Ive spent the day so far going through my old clothes (Pre-DS7) and pulling out the ones that now fit. Im pretty happy about that.
    I feel that I should be doing some summer school with the boys, but Ive been lazy with that. Maybe I just need more time to focus on me, and becoming healthier? Algebra and the middle ages can wait, I tell myself.
    Way to go Alexsmom!!! Take more time for yourself--you deserve it.

    Has the family in general come around to your view on healthy foods at meal-time? I think I recall your DH being a bit reluctant?
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    The CO boys went home last weekend. Which is good, because phew - I. was. done. I spent Monday cleaning and I'm happy to say it looks like my house again.

    I used to looove the 4th. Then, ya know, all the stuff happened (with our government) and now I find it a bit depressing. Normally we'd have a big pool party - whoever was in town and wanted to come could come. Most of our neighbors are out of town this year, so it will just be the 4 of us. We'll grill some hotdogs, have a strawberry rhubarb pie, and light a few fireworks - simple. I feel like I need simple right now anyway, since June was hectic.

    We are fairly free of family drama here in town. Family out of town - that's a different story. I have to mentally prepare myself for those visits - no politics, no religion. . . .

    Good on your DS, COmom, for setting boundaries.

    Inmom - is your DD feeling better? I hope her decisions work out well. And hugs to you - I know it must be hard negotiating your new role as mom of a grownup. I imagine I will be biting my tongue often as my kids get older.

    AM - I say you take the time for yourself! For me, the hardest part of HSing has been the go and go and go, doing for everyone else. It is like I forgot that I need self care too. This past year, I worked on reclaiming time for myself and it has been nice (necessary).

    We'll start back up next week with light school - math and reading. Swim practice makes getting a good rhythm difficult because it is in the morning and then again mid-afternoon. Also, I've finally yielded to the fact that it is just too difficult to make the kids do full school when all their friends are out of school and asking them to go do fun stuff (that only took 8 years!).
    Rebecca
    DS 14, DD 12
    Year 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    Inmom - is your DD feeling better? I hope her decisions work out well. And hugs to you - I know it must be hard negotiating your new role as mom of a grownup. I imagine I will be biting my tongue often as my kids get older.

    We'll start back up next week with light school - math and reading. Swim practice makes getting a good rhythm difficult because it is in the morning and then again mid-afternoon. Also, I've finally yielded to the fact that it is just too difficult to make the kids do full school when all their friends are out of school and asking them to go do fun stuff (that only took 8 years!).

    Thanks for asking about DD. She has her good (or what she terms "OK") days and bad days. It's difficult wanting to help solve her issues for her, but she's really the only one who can do that. We can only be supportive. But it's rough.

    We also ditched year-round school when the kids hit their teen years. Just too much summer stuff going on.
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    Thanks for asking, Inmom. Tonight we are having quinoa chili from the recipe you shared. DS13 is still pretending to be a vegetarian, and DS7 will eat anything, so theyre both happy eating more veggies and beans. DH.... not so much. Hes only in his mid 40s, and is on blood pressure medication. But he isnt interested in changing his diet. He grudgingly allows a meatless meal once every couple weeks. I will take care of myself before trying to manage his health.
    We had an early lunch today - chickpeas, spinach, lemon, and coconut milk over roasted sweet potatoes... Super yum! (I admit I added a little heavy cream.)
    https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-bra...-kitchn-164551
    (I also was restrained with crushed red pepper because... boys!)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Thanks for asking, Inmom. Tonight we are having quinoa chili from the recipe you shared. DS13 is still pretending to be a vegetarian, and DS7 will eat anything, so theyre both happy eating more veggies and beans. DH.... not so much. Hes only in his mid 40s, and is on blood pressure medication. But he isnt interested in changing his diet. He grudgingly allows a meatless meal once every couple weeks. I will take care of myself before trying to manage his health.
    We had an early lunch today - chickpeas, spinach, lemon, and coconut milk over roasted sweet potatoes... Super yum! (I admit I added a little heavy cream.)
    https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-bra...-kitchn-164551
    (I also was restrained with crushed red pepper because... boys!)
    That recipe looks DELICIOUS!! I already have it printed out and will try it soon. We eat a lot of beans/legumes around here.

    Maybe your DH will come around eventually. I only 6 months ago went on blood pressure meds, even though I lost the extra weight like you're doing about 10 years ago, and have been on a low cholesterol diet for the last almost 3 years. Genetics....go figure. I eat the same food as DH because (1) I figured it would be good for me too (it is!!) and (2), he's mostly the one who plans/cooks meals. Over the last almost 30 years we've divided kitchen duties based on what we're good at/don't mind. He makes the meals, I bake and wash dishes.
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    That recipe is delicious, but it needs the sweet potato, or its.... meh.

    I may try this one that has the sweet potato cooked with it in little pieces... and omit the rice.
    https://thevegan8.com/sweet-potato-c...coconut-curry/
    That makes it a stew, right?

    My thought about the weight loss and effort at health is that Im getting to the age where health problems pop up, (like your genetics induced blood pressure), and i might as well be as healthy as I can be other than that.
    (Ive also kept the weight off for a month now, Im feeling optimistic. In the fall. I want to diet again, and take off all the rest of my excess weight. (BMI says I need another 40 gone to be “normal”.)
    But for now, Im feeling very pleased with myself for closing my activity rings every day on my watch, and for eating better. Its definitely easier to do things weighing less!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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