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    Good afternoon!

    We're moving along...
    *hall bathroom and guest bathroom were cleaned while the kids finished breakfast
    *started school--went over some more IEW edits with ds and some ant stuff with dd
    *finished up Swiss Family Robinson
    *cleaned out the fridges while making lunch

    We'll continue with school this afternoon and I should gather stuff for tomorrow. I'm supposed to meet with a mom who is new to 4H to talk with her about record books. It would be helpful if dd had something written in hers....

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    Hey all

    Heather -- so sorry about the critical/negative reaction R got. She did an amazing job!!!

    Lindsey -- about your heart! Hope it calms down!

    Shonda -- good to see you

    Angela -- good book club experience

    Cari -- sorry for all the difficulties you're struggling with!

    Shay -- for an end in sight!!! Hurray!

    Jen -- so did the kids LIKE Swiss Family Robinson? I always enjoyed that story!


    Here:
    * I never made it on to post this weekend. I checked in a couple of times, but it was a FULL, busy weekend.
    -- the girls had a great time at formal and coming back here to spend the night. Lots of fun!
    -- boys had fun with their friend
    -- all the girls left about 11 on Saturday, and we went to get the boys about 230
    -- just kind of relaxed part of the afternoon
    -- watched the new Jumangi Saturday night -- absolutely HILARIOUS if ya'll haven't seen it. Even Jim and I laughed and laughed
    Sunday --
    -- church and lunch afterwards and then conference afterwards
    -- then the girls wanted to go to Old Navy with some friends, so I said yes. Picked up friends (our neighbors) and met another friend at ON and then went on the Plato's Closet. I figured we'd be gone 2 hours. FOUR hours later we got home But, the girls had a good time.

    Today
    -- we were up and gone bright and early this morning for standardized testing at coop. Now we're home and have Tuesday and Wednesday to go.
    -- I have a dentist appointment at 240 to file down the mess of my tooth -- turns out it's not my crown (HALLELUJAH!) but an old cavity that has broken off -- they'll file it down today and fix it later this week (I can't meet tomorrow when they can see me, so we'll see when....)

    Busy. That about sums it up.
    Wife to Jim and Mama to Katie (1/01), Mattie (9/02), Cale (4/05), and Ben (8/08)

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    Paige, ds and I enjoyed it, but dd wasn't thrilled with it. She wasn't excited about listening to it since it was sort of for ds's class (though I already had a copy because I had planned to read it), but she survived.

    Just finished up with school and IEW stuff. I need to figure out something for ds for math...Heather, I have the CTC Math bookmarked to look at. He doesn't feel like there's enough explanation with Fred.

    I also spent a while on the phone scheduling things...I was supposed to have an appointment on Wednesday but I hadn't gotten a mammogram yet and was supposed to do this before--I wish they had made this clear before or given me some indication of when it was okay to schedule it, but at least they did it before I got there! So I scheduled the mammogram and rescheduled the follow up appointment and arranged for my mom to pick the kids up at swimming that afternoon.

    Now I'm going to work on the kitchen and do some dinner prep. I think I'll try to work on dd's record book some before we go, too. Honestly it's going to be a big mom thing this year...one of the reasons I'm not thrilled with the whole age change thing!

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    Jen- do you mean moving out of Cloverbuds? As far as I know, the kids do the record books around here. I've seen them on display and they aren't the most amazing things in the world. So, if moms are doing them, they ought to step up their game!

    CTC math- this has been going VERY well for Isaac. The first half or so of Beginning Algebra went well for him in Fred. But, Fred mixes things up and it accelerates quickly. He also infuses Algebra II concepts into Beginning Algebra. So, when we'd go to get some reinforcement of something, I'd find what he's working on in Algebra II of Khan Academy or whatever. If you have a kid who doesn't move at the same pace, it gets difficult fast. I've always known this about Fred, but my kids had never had any issues with it. In fact, they've always thrived, including Isaac. I wish he had some more beginning type problems to do before launching into the hardest problems of those kind. That would go a long way to helping kids who don't grab on immediately. It's hard to apply skills to hard problems when you are still figuring out the skill. But, for kids who do not need repetition, Fred is amazing. Anyway, CTC is more his speed. He's not afraid to try with it because it's not so daunting. I'm still going to have him try some Fred, but it can't be his main gig anymore. There are things about Fred I like a lot in terms of the results. If you can master Fred, NOTHING in math will get by you. Rock solid. I always hated when teachers would teach and then give you really hard stuff on the tests. With Fred, he blasts you with the hard stuff during lessons. He doesn't mess around and the stakes are lower. When you get to a test, you are prepared. There's nothing on a college exam that flustered my high schoolers because they've seen everything math can throw them by doing Fred. That's gold.

    Update:
    • folded three loads of laundry
    • had laundry switched
    • gave R suggestions for getting her room ready for painting
    • loaded and started the dishwasher
    • started roasting a chicken and potatoes
    • tested Dan's form- and started writing instructions for it
    • called the sewing machine repair shop- I'm taking three machines out on Wednesday. It's an hour away but should be a good day for a drive.
    • membership work- got some things squared away
    • read aloud to everyone- from a book on gifted kids
    • read aloud Lord of the Rings to I15


    Great news! I just received E's accommodations paperwork from the dr's office. So, he can send it all over to his contact at the university and we can get that underway. They made us SWEAT last year trying to get that form for his deferral. Whew!

    Off to do the work pick up...
    Heather wife to Dan and embracing the independent nature of homeschooling with our fantastic four (19 ds, 18 dd, 16 ds, 13 ds).

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    And the day chugs on. So far dinner should have been done but isn't. Dave is a bit cranky. I've got a Benadryl buzz after having an unexpected allergy attack this afternoon. And it's snowing. Well, more like flurrying. But really? Isn't it over yet?

    I made significant progress this afternoon, but not as much as I would have liked and definitely all I would have done if I wasn't on the phone half the afternoon. But progress is progress, right?

    So far today:

    • Up (way too early), dressed & ready for the day.
    • Did a partial downstairs tidy; Needs work.
    • Checked emails, texts, FB, etc.
    • Evaluated list of things to do. Looks to simple.
    • Attempted a quiet time. Prayer time = sleep .
    • Prepped two Lula packages for shipping.
    • Made sure Phoebe was awake; TJ can sleep for now.
    • Emptied dishwasher & reloaded. That helped.
    • Back upstairs; made bed, tidied bedroom.
    • Collected laundry & got a load started.
    • Had Dave get out chicken to thaw for dinner.
    • Grabbed a Young Living shake for breakfast & on the road.
    • Phoebe's piano lesson. Did some Lula work.
    • Target -- Rx refill, bridal shower gift. Success on both.
    • AC Moore -- Phoebe needed something called alcohol ink?
    • Starbucks -- gift card for Lula contest prize.
    • Back home; checked in with TJ, schoolwork on track so far.
    • Advanced laundry; one load should do it.
    • Cleaned up kitchen; guys made breakfast .
    • Sent out SB card to Lula customer.
    • Checked emails, texts, FB, etc. A few responses.
    • Talked to credit card company. Resolved that.
    • Talked to American Express. Fraudulent application cancelled.
    • Talked to identity theft specialist to reinstitute services.
    • Filed police report to be picked up Wednesday.
    • Talked to friend who's an accountant. Still confused.
    • Another friend brought needed coffee & sympathy.
    • Did a little bit of Lula work on FB. Made payments.
    • Prepped dinner & in the oven; partially cleaned up.

    Up next:

    • LOTS of data entry. Lula financial stuff is in chaos.
    • Dinner. Trying a new recipe. We'll see.
    • Bit of clean up. But probably not much.
    • Take Phoebe to dance class.
    • Listen to organizing seminar while she's there.
    • Back home; finish up schoolwork.
    • A bunch of Lula work; FB sales turn over.
    • Downstairs tidy; process up-down basket.
    • Process completed laundry & distribute.
    • Bedtime for Phoebe. Hopefully early.
    • Finish up Lula work & to bed myself.

    Dinner is just about ready. Not really thinking it's a good night for a happy family dinner...
    Cari in Pa -- Married to Dave for 27 years!
    Mom to nurse Sara (23), married to Mike, almost-teacher Danielle (20), train-boy TJ (16) and my little dancer/soccer goalie Phoebe (13)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather W View Post
    Jen- do you mean moving out of Cloverbuds? As far as I know, the kids do the record books around here. I've seen them on display and they aren't the most amazing things in the world. So, if moms are doing them, they ought to step up their game!
    I had this thought while grading some record books. I truly hoped that they were done with no adult input whatsoever, because if they had help and that's what they turned in.... But yes, moving out of Cloverbuds. Under the old rules, she would still be a Cloverbud this year and not doing a record book, but since they made the changes, she's a regular 4Her. It should not be a huge deal now that I know what's involved, but she's not a proficient writer yet and I'm not sure I want to push trying to have her handwrite it in those forms. She is a perfectionist when it comes to things like that and I can see it going south quickly. So I will probably have her dictate and then I'll type it up. I jotted down some things she's done and she's in pretty good shape.

    Dinner is in the oven and the bills are ready to be mailed. I supposed I should put on real clothes at some point....

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    Paige - Yes, sounds like a busy, but fun weekend!
    You were a good sport to take the girls shopping!

    Jen - I hope the record book isn't too time consuming! You are a 4-H champ!

    Cari - I hope the Benadryl does the trick, allergies are no fun.

    HW - Thanks for the info about I and Fred. I always like hearing the experiences of those farther ahead, it helps! Hannah does pretty well with Fred, but Ashlyn has a harder time in it.
    Hannah will be finishing up Decimals and Percents soon and we will move into Beginning Algerbra (1?). I plan on buying the "Zillions" book to use when needed, but I appreciate hearing that Fred didn't work after a point with I even though it was a good fit for your other kids.

    We just finished an early dinner and are headed to Hannah's softball game as a family. The game starts at 7:30 , but she needs to be there at 7pm. I haven't made it to any of her other games, so I am excited to go tonight. We are skipping community group so we can all go.

    *I didn't get to any de-cluttering today. I may take a few minutes to work on a paper pile tonight after the game, we will see how I am feeling!
    Loving, learning, and living in central VA with my adventurous husband of 14 years and our three children.

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    AR- do you mean she's moving into the Pre-Algebra books? I would suggest doing those before you do Beginning Algebra. He wrote the series originally to go from DP to Beginning Algebra, but that's a big step. They weren't written when E was moving to Algebra so he started with Beginning Algebra, but that was after I did more Pre-Algebra with him from Math on the Level and then he started with Saxon Algebra for a half year and we ditched it.

    When Rebecca started, he only had two of he pre-algebra books written. So, she actually did physics last. Or she didn't do it. I'd have to ask her.

    Isaac did all the pre-algebra and then beginning algebra.

    Joshua is in Pre-Algebra with Biology now and will probably finish Economics before the year is out. If I let him do it. Dr. Schmidt says some pretty dumb stuff in that book and I don't feel like hearing that kid rant about it!
    Heather wife to Dan and embracing the independent nature of homeschooling with our fantastic four (19 ds, 18 dd, 16 ds, 13 ds).

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    We survived dinner. The new recipe came out pretty good other than some issues with the carrots being a bit undercooked. Nothing horrible. And three out fo four of us managed to sit at the table and converse relatively politely. Trust me, that's an accomplishment!

    So far today:

    • Up (way too early), dressed & ready for the day.
    • Did a partial downstairs tidy; Needs work.
    • Checked emails, texts, FB, etc.
    • Evaluated list of things to do. Looks to simple.
    • Attempted a quiet time. Prayer time = sleep .
    • Prepped two Lula packages for shipping.
    • Made sure Phoebe was awake; TJ can sleep for now.
    • Emptied dishwasher & reloaded. That helped.
    • Back upstairs; made bed, tidied bedroom.
    • Collected laundry & got a load started.
    • Had Dave get out chicken to thaw for dinner.
    • Grabbed a Young Living shake for breakfast & on the road.
    • Phoebe's piano lesson. Did some Lula work.
    • Target -- Rx refill, bridal shower gift. Success on both.
    • AC Moore -- Phoebe needed something called alcohol ink?
    • Starbucks -- gift card for Lula contest prize.
    • Back home; checked in with TJ, schoolwork on track so far.
    • Advanced laundry; one load should do it.
    • Cleaned up kitchen; guys made breakfast .
    • Sent out SB card to Lula customer.
    • Checked emails, texts, FB, etc. A few responses.
    • Talked to credit card company. Resolved that.
    • Talked to American Express. Fraudulent application cancelled.
    • Talked to identity theft specialist to reinstitute services.
    • Filed police report to be picked up Wednesday.
    • Talked to friend who's an accountant. Still confused.
    • Another friend brought needed coffee & sympathy.
    • Did a little bit of Lula work on FB. Made payments.
    • Prepped dinner & in the oven; partially cleaned up.
    • Bit more Lula work before dinner; updated calendar.
    • Kids processed up-down basket & partially laundry.
    • Dinner. Like I said, not too bad. Probably try again.
    • Mostly cleaned up dinner; ran dishwasher.
    • Packed up & out the door to Phoebe's dance class.
    • Listened to webinar on incorporating self-care. Hmmm...
    • Did some FB Lula stuff while listening.

    Up next:

    • Back home; check & finish up schoolwork for the day.
    • LOTS of data entry. Lula financial stuff is in chaos.
    • Need a hot bath; muscle spasms in hip acting up.
    • Finish processing laundry; hopefully hot much.
    • Maybe run a load of my Norwex cloths. Pretty many.
    • A bunch of Lula work; FB sales turn over.
    • Bedtime for Phoebe. Hopefully early.
    • Finish up Lula work & to bed myself.

    Dance is over... time to drive again
    Cari in Pa -- Married to Dave for 27 years!
    Mom to nurse Sara (23), married to Mike, almost-teacher Danielle (20), train-boy TJ (16) and my little dancer/soccer goalie Phoebe (13)

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    Jen- I have not seen a change in the 4-H rules. Have they changed 4-H age nationally? That would be a big deal if they did. They go through 4-H age 18 so R will actually have another year. Because by fair time, she'll be 18 in people years but still 17 in 4-H years because that is what age you are by January 1st of that year.

    But, as you might expect, she is looking forward to starting college and is thinking toward that beginning at this point. Move in day for freshman is August 17th and classes begin on August 23rd. So, she won't be able to participate in the horticulture contest at the state fair this year. I'm pretty sure the hort contest is the second day of classes.

    So, it will be interesting to see what she chooses to enter in the fair this year. The sewing judges are pretty hardcore and she often does not get judged well. She's going to feel pretty annoyed if she turns in items she made for her portfolio that got her into design school and they don't do well at the fair. It's a huge possibility...

    We knew that last year would be the only year she could go to nationals since she'd be in college in October, but she didn't bank on missing the state contest this summer.

    So many changes!

    This might be her last summer working in he plant tent. Of course, those ladies have dismissed her at this point...which is weirding her out.

    And I have no idea what our future with 4-H is going to be like. The younger boys are not participating in the same way. Right now, the only thing I see them doing is entering things into the fair each year.
    Heather wife to Dan and embracing the independent nature of homeschooling with our fantastic four (19 ds, 18 dd, 16 ds, 13 ds).

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