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  1. Bumping for update!

    Bumping for update!
  2. Thank you! We're religious peeps, and so I'm...

    Thank you! We're religious peeps, and so I'm thinking a prayer book... some flowers... a letter. We just celebrated our tenth anniversary and I signed him up for a shooting class at a local range -...
  3. Update, and how does one celebrate a year of sobriety?

    Some of you may remember my thread last year on how to support DH, who decided it was time to get sober. Well - he'll hit the one-year mark in a few weeks and I cannot believe how much our life has...
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    OP, wishing you nothing but the best. It's not a...

    OP, wishing you nothing but the best. It's not a popular opinion on this forum, but you do need to put the safety of your grandson above accomodating the dog and it sounds like you've really gone...
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    Okay then... everyone I've asked has recommended...

    Okay then... everyone I've asked has recommended A Click Above, so I think I'll see if I can get in when registration opens on Saturday for their next session! Apparently getting into their classes...
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    Agility Class Recommendations in NoVa

    The fam and I just got back from spectating at AKC Nationals (without Miss Dog!) and had a great time - the four wee kids sat, spellbound, for hours. :)

    With time and money just not there for...
  7. I'm there right now. Rode five or six horses a...

    I'm there right now. Rode five or six horses a day, trained, taught, showed for a long time - my life centered around the horses. Now I've got a full-time job and four tiny kids, and while the...
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    Nearly all homeschoolers are supported by...

    Nearly all homeschoolers are supported by "standard education" in some ways! We use the same books, and often the same syllabi and plans as those in traditional schools. They just come from...
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    A lot of what teachers learn, though, is dealing...

    A lot of what teachers learn, though, is dealing with classroom dynamics and teaching strategies when you have a room full of kids with different learning styles and needs. Homeschooling takes that...
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    Yes, he is legitimately gifted. DH and I are...

    Yes, he is legitimately gifted. DH and I are both literature PhDs, so he's also had a lot of books in his life since he was born, lol. But he's read Dickens and C.S. Lewis and Black Beauty this...
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    States set different homeschool requirements. ...

    States set different homeschool requirements. Here in Virginia, students must submit a plan of instruction and take a nationally-normed test each year.

    As for the transcript and grades... well,...
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    We are finishing our first year of homeschooling...

    We are finishing our first year of homeschooling our two oldest kids, second grade and pre-k (she's 5, but has a winter birthday, so would not have been eligible for kindergarten yet). They are both...
  13. Yes! Me, the hubby and kids, and Miss BC-Mix...

    Yes! Me, the hubby and kids, and Miss BC-Mix will be watching Saturday and Sunday. We've only dabbled in a couple of agility classes but we're about to start up again and I'm excited to watch (and...
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    We were recently the recipient of some wonderful...

    We were recently the recipient of some wonderful meals when our youngest was born - I cannot tell you how nice it was not to have to worry about dinner!

    If the family has children (besides the...
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    If you have a local city/county park, they often...

    If you have a local city/county park, they often have great birthday programs. When my son turned 7, we had a party at the nature center at our regional park. The kids went on an hour-long...
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    Kirkland Nature's Domain Turkey/Sweet Potato. My...

    Kirkland Nature's Domain Turkey/Sweet Potato. My BC mix is at a great weight and absolutely shines! :)
  17. Yes, they do. I don't think any of mine have...

    Yes, they do. I don't think any of mine have ever thrown a tantrum *about* anything - but my then-two-year-old had a meltdown outside of Target one day. I was with all four kids, it was cold and...
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    Help me troubleshoot: IBD in kitty

    Miss Daisy Kitty has never been quite "right" digestively since we got her from the shelter two and a half years ago. She had the runs more often than not, and would have vomiting episodes. We had...
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    My BC mix started running with me at about 18...

    My BC mix started running with me at about 18 months, just a couple of miles at a time, several days a week. A year later, she's now done up to 7 miles with me and is a fantastic running partner -...
  20. As a card-carrying Catholic... :winkgrin: how...

    As a card-carrying Catholic... :winkgrin: how about the animosity (real or perceived) that a lot of evangelical Christians have towards Catholics? Why? In my experience a lot of it seems to come...
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    I worked at SJ Ranch one summer in college. Nice...

    I worked at SJ Ranch one summer in college. Nice horses, good care, the kids had a great time. They ride twice a day and have a lot of other activities, too. SJ owns all their horses and have a...
  22. CowgirlDressage - That sounds like most of the...

    CowgirlDressage - That sounds like most of the homeschool kids we've met. Just because they're not in a traditional school doesn't mean they're not very much a part of the world, having friends and...
  23. We did it! One semester in.

    So we did it! And we're loving it. And DS is loving it, too. We have a wonderful, active homeschooling group where he's making friends and he keeps up with old friends in Cub Scouts and track. ...
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    Congratulations - can't wait to see pics!

    Congratulations - can't wait to see pics!
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    Just have fun your first time out! I've run MCM...

    Just have fun your first time out! I've run MCM four times and my favorite time was when I ran pregnant and hung out mid-pack. There are so many fans and bands and things to see - soak up the...
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