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    Sorry I've been absent a bit. My "holiday break" had me off kilter, having no set schedule. (Yes, I'm one of THOSE who crave structure.) But now that my days are back to normal for me, I'm feeling more organized. Busy, but organized.

    Slightly good news from DD. Having been unemployed since she graduated in May, she has a part-time job doing social media and web pages for a local used bookstore in her town. It's a start. We're hoping (1) it will help with her depression as she also does better with more structure/schedule, and (2) motivate her to look for another/better job.

    DS started his last semester at Purdue. Only one course in his major: CS capstone project course, where 4 students determine a project and do the software design to make it a reality. All of his other courses are for fun--history, anthropology, and geology. He also started working part time for the company he will work for full time starting June. He gets to decide benefits this month. Oh, the phone calls and questions I'm getting now--how to do I know which health plan is best, how does a 401k work? We talked about all this stuff in a "Personal Finance" course we did with the kids in high school, but apparently it's not worth remembering until it hits you in the face as an adult!

    So, tomorrow DH and I have a bit of a weird date night. We are headed to Chicago (hour train ride) to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Warner Brothers Orchestra is performing orchestral pieces used in Looney Tunes Cartoons (think Barber of Seville, for example), while the cartoon itself plays out an a giant screen above the orchestra. Two hours worth!! Should be fun!

    Are you doing anything a little weird (other than homeschooling, of course)? What are your kids up to that you'd like to share?
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    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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    Yay for DD progress!

    Your son seems to be just flying along! Maybe he doesnt remember the details of the financial information you taught him, but he remembers you knew it, and that it was important.

    I love routine too, and am glad to be back to a regular weekly routine. DS14 has been intermittently moody and irritable as teens are rumored to be, and Ive stepped back from doing a lot of homeschool stuff with him. In the spring, he will be going to the charter 4 days a week, mostly because I dont get him to do any work here. The charter has enrichment classes and a “study hall with help” mixture, so he will be doing schoolish stuff and still with the materials we choose. Hes not doing enough, but Im not in the mood to fight with him about it. (Just makes me unhappy and he still doesnt do what I want.)
    DS7 is definitely way more fun to homeschool. His hands fatigue really quickly, so Im still writing everything for him... but he is almost finished learning to type. We have just recently done a huge $$ of medical tests and visits to try figuring out what the problem is. With no results, as usual. Its discouraging because he cant even make smooth circles now, and at the end of Kindergarten, his printing looked pretty typical.
    Other than that, hes great. He has the best attitude, is smart, and is very compliant. Just no writing and if he reads aloud too long he gets tired. And maybe itd be nice if he went to the charter at least one day a week!

    So I guess we arent up to anything unusual. Hubby’s coworkers all seem to be having babies, so Ive been making baby quilts seemingly nonstop. (When he finds out when the man announces hes going on leave the next week, or gets a picture of the newborn in email... sort of puts it into urgent mode. A little heads up would be nice!)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post

    So, tomorrow DH and I have a bit of a weird date night. We are headed to Chicago (hour train ride) to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Warner Brothers Orchestra is performing orchestral pieces used in Looney Tunes Cartoons (think Barber of Seville, for example), while the cartoon itself plays out an a giant screen above the orchestra. Two hours worth!! Should be fun!
    When we lived in So Cal we use to do this at the Hollywood Bowl. It was Man-Childs second concert (first was John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl... when everyone would conduct with light sabers
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

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

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    It's so nice to read about the different stages everyone is in - gets me out of my bubble and helps to put things in perspective. I miss connecting with other secular HS parents.

    DD has exams this week and is waiting to hear about a summer program she applied for - definitely an eggshell perimeter around her at the moment. DS is settling right back into the HS routine. We walked/biked to the office together this morning. He's studying paleontology and paper airplane flight. It's lovely to have him here and see him excited about learning again. Lots of paper airplanes littering my office floor though. Right now he's reading a Goosebumps book and his feet are up on my desk... those feet are almost as big as mine.

    DH is in the field during every daylight hour until April. A weird date night is sorely needed. Train rides and light sabres sound fun!
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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    I'm finding the unschooling of adolescents quite fascinating. It's the time of their lives when they really want independence so I give it. I'm there for advice. So my youngest (who is 20) was accepted to university but she deferred to travel the world. She is home now and working but she signed up for language classes. Why? Because she wants to go back out on the road. This is a kid who has friends on the 4 corners of the earth. They meet up with each other in foreign places - Seoul, London, Edinburgh, Berlin.

    When they get together what do they do? They go to museums, art galleries, film festivals, concerts. They are the most sophisticated group of young people I've ever known.

    At this point I'm wondering if a) she will ever go to uni and b) if it's even worth it at this point
    Janet LoSole, Author of Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post
    When we lived in So Cal we use to do this at the Hollywood Bowl. It was Man-Childs second concert (first was John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl... when everyone would conduct with light sabers
    Must be the same conductor. He and his partner actually developed the program 30 years ago. He takes the orchestra all over the world. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was the first time DH had ever been to a professional orchestra performance. (Lots of blues concerts, but not orchestras.)

    I would LOVE to see John Williams. According to the people seated next to us Saturday night, he's conducted his work in Chicago. But I don't think he travels as much anymore.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Solong View Post
    hell perimeter around her at the moment. DS is settling right back into the HS routine. We walked/biked to the office together this morning. He's studying paleontology and paper airplane flight. It's lovely to have him here and see him excited about learning again. Lots of paper airplanes littering my office floor though. Right now he's reading a Goosebumps book and his feet are up on my desk... those feet are almost as big as mine!
    Those are the best kind of homeschooling days!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by lostrin View Post
    I'm finding the unschooling of adolescents quite fascinating. It's the time of their lives when they really want independence so I give it. I'm there for advice. So my youngest (who is 20) was accepted to university but she deferred to travel the world. She is home now and working but she signed up for language classes. Why? Because she wants to go back out on the road. This is a kid who has friends on the 4 corners of the earth. They meet up with each other in foreign places - Seoul, London, Edinburgh, Berlin.

    When they get together what do they do? They go to museums, art galleries, film festivals, concerts. They are the most sophisticated group of young people I've ever known.

    At this point I'm wondering if a) she will ever go to uni and b) if it's even worth it at this point
    I'm kind of envious of your daughter. I wished I'd had the skill and confidence to travel the world at that age. DH and I are trying to make up for it now.

    I've read over a bit of your website. Love it! One question I haven't yet found the answer for--why is it the Chicken Bus?
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post
    When we lived in So Cal we use to do this at the Hollywood Bowl. It was Man-Childs second concert (first was John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl... when everyone would conduct with lightsabers
    I miss the Hollywood Bowl!
    A mama who teaches college writing, as well as help her 12-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.

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    Hooray on DD INmom! I hope her job helps her feel better, a little more connected, a little bump in energy. Hooray for DS! Sounds like you are his IRL Google, for now

    @ AM that so nice of you to give a handmade gift, I bet everyone loves their quilt.

    Life has been nothing short of crazy around here. On 1/5 DD felt rundown and by Monday 1/6 she was sick - fever, chills, cough, aches the works. DS had a little bug the week before but recovered quickly so I expected she would bounce back no problems. He is my asthma kid and every virus hits him hard. It sounded like the flu, even though she had a shot, so I'm thinking maybe a breakthrough flu? But by Friday evening (1/10) she still had a fever, so I took her to urgent care Saturday morning (1/11). She was diagnosed with pneumonia via a chest x-ray and sent home with antibiotics.

    Sorry for the wooo, but I immediately had a bad feeling.

    She takes the antibiotics for 48 hours, she still has a fever, back we go to urgent care (1/13). They take another chest x-ray and it's worse. They give her injected antibiotics (different from the initial antibiotics) and send her home with instructions to come back in 24 hours. Back at urgent care for the third time, (1/14) like instructed still with a fever, and I swear we get a MD that is impersonating a doctor - she was awful - poo-poohs everything I say, says she thinks the pneumonia is the same size even though a Radiologist read the x-rays (!!!!), says "her weight is up 2 ounces - good sign" (which could be urine, her clothing - I just can't even with that MD). Finally after me insisting that she is not getting better, said "if you want you can go to ER for lab work" not "I recommend". Yes, I f**king want lady! I have never had an experience with a doctor like that, I was beside myself. I'm planning on filing a complaint on her - what happens if someone who has zero medical experience gets her?!

    So off to the ER we go, where she gets lab work, IV antibiotics, fluids and is discharged (in wee hours of the AM on 1/15) with a host of meds including different oral antibiotics (3rd type of antibiotics).

    We take those antibiotics for 48 hours. On 1/16 she's spitting up green sputum, her fever is 103.4, she's having trouble breathing well, she is white like a sheet, and has lost 4 lbs off her 76 lb frame in 10 days because she is not eating. Back to the ER 1/16, and the x-ray says the pneumonia is worse - freaking finally she is admitted to the hospital.

    At the hospital, she's put on a variety of IV antibiotics while we wait for a bunch of tests and cultures to come back as well as oxygen so she can breath. Obviously I'm sick with worry because my mind is racing with the what is this pneumonia - why is it not responding to anything, why does she keep getting worse?! Finally they figure out it is mycoplasma pneumonia and start her on the antibiotics it is susceptible to. After one dose she starts developing a rash and they worry that she is starting to develop Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. It can be caused by the antibiotics, or sometimes it can be caused by the pneumonia - they are not sure which. This is where I hit the mom wall, and if you google the syndrome you'll know why. After the second does of antibiotics the rash comes back and they decide to stop antibiotics because that type of pneumonia is self limiting, and they worry the antibiotics will do more harm than good. She spends the next 4 days in the hospital.

    She's home now - weak, tired, but rash free, fever free (she had one straight for 12 days), breathing, and alive. Thank ________ (luck, fate, God, Goddess, the universe - whatever you want to fill it in with).

    That is, by far, the most afraid I have ever been. To have your perfectly healthy, extremely active child just get bulldozed by something out of the blue - It makes me feel sick. I think it's going take awhile to come down from the level of anxiety I was at. I shipped my DS to my mom when the first pneumonia diagnosis came in, so 1/12, he's coming home today and I'm so excited to see him (also part of my anxiety is that I have this whole other kiddo I've had to ignore a bit - so mom guilt).

    The working theory at discharge (which was yesterday) was that she had one or more additional viruses on top of the pneumonia, because that type of pneumonia does not usually make people so sick. She didn't test positive to the flu, but they mentioned that maybe it was an emerging flu virus.

    So hug your babies and your adult babies extra hard next time you see them, wash your hands, and quickly run away from sick people!
    Rebecca
    DS 14, DD 12
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