Zekesmom10

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  1. Is anyone else purging, organizing, and cleaning? We live in the middle of nowhere, so we rarely get people to come to any rummage sales (unless we have baby furniture, then everyone comes by!). My stepmom has a sale at her place, nine hours away! She's on a main road and it is crazy packed. I take things there and it usually about pays for my gas for a family visit. I'm debating about what to do with my wedding dress. It was inexpensive 17 years ago, I only have boys, so I don't think any of my kids will be wearing it! There is a ministry that makes little burial dresses for babies, another friend told me all the things they did with her dress (ring bearer pillows and such), and someone else suggested making tutus for the grands, which I don't even have yet. I haven't decided what I will do just yet.
  2. Six boys! How wonderful. We have four. Welcome to Heirloom Audio and Live the Adventure club.
  3. Happy Valentine's Day, my friends. Or maybe, happy day before chocolate is marked down day. Do you celebrate the holiday? If yes, with gifts, candy, or cards? If not, why not? I wish I could get a do-over for how we do "holidays" (as big as Christmas and as small as Groundhog Day). The kids don't get Groundhog gifts, but I do make a silly groundhog treat of some sort. Also, presidents day and holidays like that, do not involve gifts. With everything Valentine's Day or bigger, though, the kids get a smallish gift and my husband and I always exchange some small thing. This year, I got him A Novel Journal - Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which I thought was so incredibly unique. I wish we did a small gift at Christmas and made their individual birthdays the big gift day of the year. Birthdays tend to be more about experiences with them, though, so I like that. We go for laser tag, a movie, the trampoline park, that kind of thing. I guess what started as a valentine greeting has turned into a gift giving monologue. Enjoy your day however you celebrate, or don't!
  4. Have you tried emailing them?
  5. Don't forget the lunar eclipse is tonight. The sky is clearish after all the snow today, so we may get to see some of it, but the temp is below zero F, so I don't plan to go out and plow through a foot and a half of snow to stand in the yard. As long as I can see some from the bedroom window, i'm good.
  6. I ended up cooking my iphone shortly after and replaced it with a samsung, and the next van had a CD player, so I never did anything more with it. Good luck!
  7. I'm sure there is a way. I think I put the discs in my computer, put on my iTunes, and loaded on to the phone. Unfortunately, ages ago, when I did that, it played them out of order. disc 1 track 1, disc 2 track 1, disc 1 track 2, disc 2 track 2, and so on. If you can change the name, they would probably play in order. Plus it was a long time ago, so maybe it would work right now.
  8. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (assuming you celebrate). We decided last minute to make a trip to visit family and completely surprised the two sets of grandparents were weren't staying with. I don't think we have spent Christmas with the families since before our youngest was born, so at least eight years. I participated in my first ever white elephant-type party game. That was a ton of fun and the cousins had a vicious war over a remote control vehicle which was "stolen" repeatedly. Now the boys have created a whole new set of memories with people we love and I'm grateful for that.
  9. No, but it's certainly exciting. Any of them would be wonderful. Not sure how I'll feel with different actors in any of the roles, though. We've listened so many times, it's hard to imagine.
  10. Well, he walked right into a job that he tentatively had before he left, but they are having trouble finding an apartment. If anyone would be so inclined, prayer for them would be appreciated because he is spending most of his check on the hotel. Thanks!
  11. My oldest son is moving across the country with his girlfriend this weekend. He's all grown up, but he will always be my baby. He's never lived more than 30 minutes away before!
  12. I was pleasantly surprised by this one as well. I only received St Bart's a week ago! As soon as we finish that, we'll begin For the Temple. I had not seen one peep about this latest CD set and I follow pretty closely (or so I thought!). I see Waterloo is next up with three other audio adventures for 2019.
  13. I still haven't received my copy, but I never received Wulf until I emailed about it either.
  14. It's first-winter here in Vermont. We got a few inches of snow yesterday and the temp this morning is 14*F. Brrrr... I'm glad it won't stay that cold all winter! One of the boys is giving me a heap of grief because I didn't let him buy a snowtube the other day. Some of our seasonal roads are closing, too. It doesn't take much before 108 is closed on Mt Mansfield because there is just no way to get plow equipment through the winding pass. It closed last night, making the trip to Stowe significantly longer. And we haven't gone over to buy our cider and donuts yet! And how is it that winter boots that fit YESTERDAY don't fit today?
  15. So this year I am teaching jr/sr high kids at co-op. I've never done that before, taught big kids. I am teaching zoology and am looking for ideas/resources. I've got most of the classes in idea mode. The only "dissection" we'll be doing this year is an owl pellet. Some of the high schoolers elected to take Apologia's biology. My class is kids who were looking more for "bio-light." They were clearly relieved when I told them we weren't dissecting animals this year. So, some of the classes will be taxonomy (last week), a week each for mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, biomes/habitats, predator/prey, symbiotic relationships, *exceptions* to classification (platypus, bat, I thought of a few others, but am blanking), stuff like that. I have 16 weeks to plan for. Some of my sources are SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Apologia's Marine Biology, Easy Peasy All in One. No one has everything I need to fill an hour and provide a reasonable amount (whatever that is) of homework for a two week span. Any ideas? Know of an actual zoology lesson plan or text book for 12-17 year olds? Thanks!
  16. Some we have watched, not sure if they're still on, are Popular Mechanics for Kids, Liberty's Kids, Carmen SanDiego. It's Amazon, but if you have Prime you can see Steve Spengler's DIY Sci. My kids are choosing it for their free time show! And New Dimension videos have TONS of videos for almost every subject and age group.
  17. I've been really thinking about this one. I love Well-Planned Day (which I mentioned above), but I was mulling over some needs I can't meet well with it. I just realized, even though it's spiral bound, it is also three hole punched. Not sure I'd have the courage to do it, but it would be easy to take it apart, put it in a binder and add pages from Schoolhouse Teachers or any other planner you can print or punch.
  18. We "school year round," but this year I am having a really hard time finding our groove. I think I took off too many days in the last two months for us to just get going again. Today was OK, but we do the bulk of school in the afternoon and the crew was here finishing our roof, Xav and I had dental appointments, and then I started tae kwon do (I must be CRAZY!), so we didn't get as much done as I wanted. Over and over I console myself with "tomorrow is a new day."
  19. Xav just finished a week at Starbase Vermont and it was amazing. https://dodstarbase.org/ It's just for 5th graders and is nationwide. What great STEM learning and it had some tie-ins to our visit to the Air Force Museum in Dayton last month. We got to find out what it's like at the Air Guard base and participate in great team projects as well as the kids' built and launched their own rockets.
  20. That's odd. I listened to about half of it (Bartholomew) with no trouble about a month ago. Can you download it?
  21. You both have great ideas. Unfortunately, other moms had them first. We had a bird class last year and this year there is a more formal biology class just for high school (mine is sixth grade and up). They will be doing the dissecting. Thankfully! My budget is zero. I inherited the class idea from someone who couldn't teach it, so no fee was attached. I don't mind buying a few really great things that will stay on my shelf after the class though. I might be able to get a few small critters. One of our (great!) grandmothers teaches a class for littles and usually brings a chicken and a lamb or kid at some point in the year. Maybe we can borrow those...
  22. What is your favorite curriculum, component, book, video, etc to teach zoology to middle schoolers and up? I am teaching a co-op class, so it has to be something I can throw together without forcing all the families to purchase anything. I want the course to have some meat and plan to give homework. We don't meet enough for a high school credit, no matter what, but I'd like for it to count toward a bio credit or other science credit. SchoolhouseTeaachers.com has some great stuff, but since it's a co-op, I can't really use one of their classes. I'm searching the web and finding some great stuff, but since my kids are just reaching this age, I've never really taught this level before.
  23. You both have great ideas. Unfortunately, other moms had them first. We had a bird class last year and this year there is a more formal biology class just for high school (mine is sixth grade and up). They will be doing the dissecting. Thankfully! My budget is zero. I inherited the class idea from someone who couldn't teach it, so no fee was attached. I don't mind buying a few really great things that will stay on my shelf after the class though. I might be able to get a few small critters. One of our (great!) grandmothers teaches a class for littles and usually brings a chicken and a lamb or kid at some point in the year. Maybe we can borrow those...
  24. I just went to the HA website and nothing newer than Captain Bayley's Heir is listed.
  25. Haven't heard a thing. I hope so, but things are so weird. There were at least two HA people in here regularly and now, nothing.