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post #81 of 372
Someday I will be good at gardening.... My plants are always so small and never do well..... growing all my own food is not likely to happen ever unless i luck out with a master gardener kid... *la sigh*
post #82 of 372
Today, for the first time in 1000 years:
12:34:56sec, 7/8/9.
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Today, for the first time in 1000 years:
12:34:56sec, 7/8/9.
I wondered why I felt deja vu today.. it must be that 1000 year old body of mine.
post #84 of 372
This should help pick you up a bit P!

Who says scientists aren't fun?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1gnvKZFCq0
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This should help pick you up a bit P!

Who says scientists aren't fun?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1gnvKZFCq0
I saw that earlier today! Pretty fun!
post #86 of 372

Moving to Fairbanks

Hi, we are moving back to Fairbanks next month. My husband and I lived there before we had kids for a few years so we are very excited to go back. We did not have kids when we were there so I feel like things will be alittle different. I am in the midst of packing and getting rid of things and I am trying to make a decision about a sandbox and tricycles. Do you feel there are many opportunities/ places for kids to ride a tric or big wheel? Are there indoor gyms or anything? I am not sure how the sandbox will surive the winter. It is one of those tough plastic turtle (actually ours is a crab) ones. I'd love to hear if either of those things are worth moving.

Thanks so much! Can't wait to go to Hotlicks!
post #87 of 372
They are too big and bulky to bother with bringing up. You can find them at garage sales once you get here. Also you might want to join the Fairbanks Freecyle list once you get here.
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Hi, we are moving back to Fairbanks next month. My husband and I lived there before we had kids for a few years so we are very excited to go back. We did not have kids when we were there so I feel like things will be alittle different. I am in the midst of packing and getting rid of things and I am trying to make a decision about a sandbox and tricycles. Do you feel there are many opportunities/ places for kids to ride a tric or big wheel? Are there indoor gyms or anything? I am not sure how the sandbox will surive the winter. It is one of those tough plastic turtle (actually ours is a crab) ones. I'd love to hear if either of those things are worth moving.

Thanks so much! Can't wait to go to Hotlicks!
we did not really bother much with bikes when the kids were little since we always lived in a gravel road. If you can get it up here for next to nothing, it might be better to leave it behind.

Are you doing the move yourself? or with a company?

There are some indoor gyms there. A couple of Athletic clubs and I think some of the schools open their gyms in the summer for certain times of the day.

I would not bring the sand box, I would either look for a free one here or buy one super cheap at a garage sale. Actually what I would do is just build a nice big one! LOL
post #89 of 372
Hey everybody! I've been totally MIA for the last two months, but I thought I'd check in briefly at least to say
1--we had our ultrasound, and brother #3 will be coming in early november. (both the older kids seem happy about this...mom and dad had both hoped to even things out with a girl but we're adjusting to the news)
2--we left Pelican in late may and put everything in storage in Anchorage...and finally (today) we have a job!!! Whew, that was a stressful couple of months. Anyway, we just accepted a job in Homer, and we're very excited about being there on the Kenai peninsula. Neither of us has ever been there, and we've got a month to find a place to live (sight unseen) so if anybody lives out there and might be willing to go check out places for me (ie, tell me if it's clean or in a good part of town etc) then that would be AWESOME. You can PM me.

Anyway, I will undoubtedly continue to be offline a lot for the coming month and a half or so as we're still out-of-state and then when we get back we'll have all the moving/settling stuff to do. I probably won't read many threads, but i will try to check in at least a few times!
post #90 of 372
Brightonwoman! It is good to hear from you again! I am sure you are excited about Homer!

Sorry I don't know about the housing situation there.. but are you looking to rent or buy?
post #91 of 372
A follow-up to my earlier post (June) regarding ultrasounds & my less than favorable impression of AK Regional:

I had my "20 Week" U/S at AK Regional. I called the U/S only facilities to get pricing but it pretty much came to to paying $50 vs $280. Well we decided to use the $130 so go toward new plumbing or insulating the house or something else than a better "warm fuzzy feeling." This U/S was much better in terms of bed-side manner/customer service, etc. The technician described what we were looking at and was very informative & friendly. She was in the room with the last one as the "mentor."

Oh - and we are having a girl in November.
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This U/S was much better in terms of bed-side manner/customer service, etc. The technician described what we were looking at and was very informative & friendly. She was in the room with the last one as the "mentor."

Oh - and we are having a girl in November.
Congrats on the girl! I just had a u/s at Prov on Friday, the only thing she said to me was "your ovaries do not have anything that shouts out at me". She didn't say a word about the baby.

Plus she was REALLY pregnant, which, considering the circumstances, bugged me. My mother was trying to talk to me conversationally just to keep my mind off what the tech was doing, and we were going over Y and U names and she said, "oh that's horrible, you can do better than that!" when my mother got to the name I actually kind of like.

There has never been a time that I released my temper that I really regretted it, but there have been many times that I refrained from unleashing that in retrospect.. well, another choice may have been in order.
post #93 of 372
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Congrats on all the new babies!! Whoo hoo!
post #94 of 372
Any fun family-friendly stuff going on this weekend?

Let's say as far north as Mat-Su, south to oh, maybe... Whittierish?
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Whittierish?
Whittierish
post #96 of 372
I have been plugging through home school curriculum decisions all week. I have to admit, I'm completely over whelmed There are far too many choices for materials. I feel like I have paralysis by analysis.

I have run Emma through some assessments for math, to narrow down on what grade level we should start at and I'm pretty sure I'll be using Singapore, but that's as far as I've gotten.

Another person told me that given her advanced reading, instead of choosing a language arts curriculum, I should stick with literature units. Can anybody explain to be what a literature unit is? Not knowing things like this makes me feel like I'm going to be a tremendous failure at this whole home schooling thing

Thank goodness I've got science covered!
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Can anybody explain to be what a literature unit is? Not knowing things like this makes me feel like I'm going to be a tremendous failure at this whole home schooling thing
Well, I haven't used homeschool materials, but I would think that a literature unit would be a specific literature study. So let's say one is assigned Where the Red Fern Grows.. then the student studies the literary devices in the book, sentence structure from the book, spelling, vocabulary, historical references, etc..

This approach greatly differs from other ways of teaching English where these categories are taught as separate entities.. (so you could have a grammar workbook for example, and a series of spelling words and they may or may not correspond with each other).

that would be my take on it anyway.
post #98 of 372
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Well, I haven't used homeschool materials, but I would think that a literature unit would be a specific literature study. So let's say one is assigned Where the Red Fern Grows.. then the student studies the literary devices in the book, sentence structure from the book, spelling, vocabulary, historical references, etc..

This approach greatly differs from other ways of teaching English where these categories are taught as separate entities.. (so you could have a grammar workbook for example, and a series of spelling words and they may or may not correspond with each other).

that would be my take on it anyway.
From what I was told, it's a short story they read and the literary unit has pre and post activities related to the story. I've yet to look at any to get a full understanding of it.
post #99 of 372
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Whittierish
Hee.

Girdwoodish, Portageish... you know what I'm sayin'?
post #100 of 372
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From what I was told, it's a short story they read and the literary unit has pre and post activities related to the story. I've yet to look at any to get a full understanding of it.
Well, yeah, for lower grades it would focus on a short story instead of a book, but still the idea I think is the same. So the short story would have spelling words that go with it, and sentence structure question, comprehension questions at the end, etc.
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