tjohuffman@verizon.net

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  1. What extra curricular activities are your children involved in? My oldest (14) plays high school volleyball and basketball for a local private school, the younger one (12) has played rec league but will be moving to the private school for sports this coming year. Both girls do archery in the spring.. The younger is in a sewing club through 4-H and she also just got accepted as a member of the John Lewis Society (she'll be a costumed interpreter at a local history museum). In the past they've both done classical ballet (8 years), and piano. They both still play piano, just no longer take lessons.
  2. My daughter and I leave for Haiti on 7/2 and will be gone through 7/11. If you think of us, please pray for safety, for us to have a strong impact on the children we'll be working with in the 3 orphanages, and that my daughter has a fresh encounter with God's love for people.
  3. Haiti was wonderful, except for the rioting and the order from the U.S. Embassy to shelter in place beginning on day 3 of our trip, then the airports closed. We left on 7/11 as planned....all is well.
  4. I thought I'd update those of you who were so supportive back in my "Co-op Drama, Help" thread. The family that was causing the issues finally left in April (co-op ended in May). Once she left, I thought we'd be better, but unfortunately so much damage was done we just had a hard time bouncing back. My strongest, and most reliable family ended up moving out of stat because of a job transfer. I ended up shutting the group down for this coming year. The 2 families who were left (in addition to my family) will continue to get together once a month as a group for a fun day (skating, movie, field trip). I'm annoyed, because we had a great group, not to mention a free building at our disposal and a pastor who was financially supportive helping us to buy much needed science equipment and such. At the same time, I'm relieved because this has been SUCH a stressful year on me and the kids. I'm looking forward to getting back to a regular homeschool schedule for the fall. The only downside at this point is that I'd bought the curriculum for the classes we had scheduled, so I'm trying to sell what I don't need and then will buy what I do need.
  5. Sabrina - I'm so very sorry. Praying for you all, I know how those occasional awkward comments from well meaning people cut at a time like this.
  6. Yes, this is what we're waiting on too!!
  7. May was a continual rainy season here in Virginia, the wettest on record. June has started off the same and we're having terrible flooding statewide. Is anyone her, other than me in Virginia?
  8. I'm using the Ultimate Homeschool Planner (Apologia) for school work. I like it because it's not pre-dated so I can make it work when I need it to. For everything else I use the Amy Knapp Family Organize to keep track of appointments, Crew deadlines, birthdays etc. It's spiral bound and lays flat, fits in my tote and has a place for to-do, menu planning and grocery shopping, and cute little stickers for bdays, parties etc.
  9. My oldest daughter (15) and I are going to Haiti on a missions trip July 3-11....that's not a vacation, but the biggest thing we've done together EVER! Other than that, we're playing it low key, going to the pool, roasting marshmallows in the back yard etc.
  10. We will hit some of the local Civil War battle sites and monuments and hopefully make it to Monticello, Ashlawn and Michey Tavern....hopefully.
  11. I planted our vegetable garden last week. We've go several types of tomatoes, and several kinds of squash, beets and lettuce. I need to pick up a eggplant and peppers. I love working in the dirt!
  12. I was wondering this myself today.
  13. We love our dog....but he'll be the last one for us. It just ties us down, and the silly thing eats my flowers out of the garden.
  14. Mine was ok. If was the first since losing Momma in March, and it was all well and good until half way through church the pastor said "No matter how old you are, you'll always need your mom." But once I got passed that it was good. The girls got me new flower bulbs for the garden, so I'll be planting again this week.
  15. Very busy here too....warm weather turned into sweltering in 2 days flat!
  16. We had tornadoes sweep through our area last night, which is highly unusual for Va, especially this time of the year. Now we have a freeze warning for tonight as the temperatures have dropped and we actually may get more snow tonight. This is the most bizarre April I can remember in a long time!
  17. Saturday was in the 70's. Sunday morning was cooler, then Sunday afternoon/evening we had severe thunderstorms, the tornadoes (we're not in an area that typically gets those) and 3 inches of rain...so then there was flooding. Snow over night. Monday was very nippy, with a freeze warning for overnight. Tuesday we had a field trip to the arboretum that had been on schedule since February....it was 37 degrees and snow blowing while we were there....and very little flowers to see as they'd all even withered in the cold or been stunted by the wonky weather. I ended up having to build a fire in the wood stove last night as it got really cold again. So far this morning it's just sunny and cool....but that could change really quick these days.
  18. We've hit a spring like 3 days.....but I'm not convinced it's here to stay.
  19. I started a co-op two years ago with another gal from our church. The first year we only did once a month, 3 classes (of which I taught 2) and had kids K-9 from 9 different families. This year we opted to go to a weekly schedule with a stronger focus on academics. The families with younger kids didn't return because they were looking for more enrichment than academics. We broke the classes up into K-5, 6-9 and 9-12 for this year and we ended up with 9 students in grades 6-10. The gal I started the group with has a child in 7th grade, but also one in 3rd grade. Since we only had her 1 child (and no teachers) for the lower ages, we agreed to drop the K-5 and just have middle and high school classes this year. She enrolled the 7th grader and said she'd work one-on-one with her younger son while classes were going on, this seemed like a win/win....until the comments of "we're being excluded" started from the mom and the 7th grade son stopped talking to any of the other students and stopped doing his classwork/homework. We're working on classes for this upcoming year, and so far we have just about maxed out the registration for middle and high school classes again, and not a single recruit for lower grades other than that 1 child, and still no teachers other than the mom of the one child, and she is only willing to teach art. She wants a history and science class for him at the expense of whoever teachers the class, even though nobody has kids in that age. The "being excluded" comments are being passed around the group and the tension level has gotten palpable. So, my question, how do I make this more amicable? I'm already scheduled to teach 2 out of 5 classes for high school, and possibly a middle school class. If I teach 2 classes for just him 1) I can't afford it, 2) it'll be make my homeschooling more difficult instead of helping as far as my time involved in preparation. I'm wondering if we should just drop the co-op all together, ask this family to leave (even though she's a co-founder) or????? Help!!
  20. We have a participation agreement, lining out responsibilities and such. I hadn't really thought that we'd need anything more, but you're right, we will need to add wording to cover this type of thing too.
  21. Thank you!
  22. My Momma went home to be with Jesus on March 8. While we know where she is, and that she's well and happy, we're struggling. Prayers for my family would be appreciated.
  23. For me it's getting all the dead leaves and stems out of my flower beds and getting them ready for the new blooming season. The goal is to do that this weekend!
  24. Wintry mix and rain here today. My poor flower gardens are so confused.
  25. Did any of you get the heavy snow on the east coast from today's storm? We ended up with a little over 12 inches, and its still snowing tonight. Fun times playing, but I feel bad for those who have to get to work no matter how the weather is.