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Forum: Television   Today, 11:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,526
Posted By SweetSilver
We finally got season 3 from the library. DH is...

We finally got season 3 from the library. DH is now fully into the story, thank in part to the "bubbies" I'm sure, but also to Peter Dinklage and Tyrion's character. He had heard about the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   Today, 10:22 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 101
Posted By SweetSilver
Ah, the joys of phonetic spelling!

My 7yo has been writing in her journal this morning and amongst all the "clever" spelling arrangements came up with this vernacular spelling of "aren't you":

"ARNCH YOU"

At least it wasn't...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   Today, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 170
Posted By SweetSilver
Hopefully he will just kill his love of...

Hopefully he will just kill his love of flashcards :p

Seriously, I think some change of perspective on your ex's part is necessary in order to keep what harmony you do have over your son's...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   Yesterday, 07:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By SweetSilver
Week 1: :hero :thumb:thumb :thumb Spent a...

Week 1: :hero :thumb:thumb :thumb

Spent a lot of money today, but most of it was on our new woodstove, a birthday daypack, photos from Costco, belts for the girls' 4-H show outfits (thankfully...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-30-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By SweetSilver
HA! Oops. Frugality getting in the way of...

HA! Oops. Frugality getting in the way of frugality....

Ended up plugging in freezer anyhow because that big pot-o-beans needs freezing. Our tiny fridge can't accommodate the influx of beanage....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-30-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By SweetSilver
Had another good day today. Staying home really...

Had another good day today. Staying home really keeps the spending down! I posted on the July thread that I had time to figure a workable monthly average for our income, so I'm not as far behind my...
Forum: Unschooling   07-30-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By SweetSilver
I find that most classes, even those geared...

I find that most classes, even those geared towards kids, are simply never open-ended enough. "Look at this" or "I see what you see, how many legs does it have?" and artificially focus a child's...
Forum: Unschooling   07-30-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,854
Posted By SweetSilver
When dd2 was 5yo, she kept asking how old she...

When dd2 was 5yo, she kept asking how old she was, and how close to her birthday she was and I had to answer "5 and seven twelF-TH-S" and getting a kick at how hard that was to say. "5 and eleven...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   07-30-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 228
Posted By SweetSilver
Unfortunately, she does not like the anime that...

Unfortunately, she does not like the anime that she's seen. But that could change any time and having a good recommendation doesn't hurt!



Thanks! I've seen CTHD. I can't remember is that...
Forum: Unschooling   07-30-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,854
Posted By SweetSilver
File this under "Unschooling Myself": Just...

File this under "Unschooling Myself":

Just made a banana cheese cake-thing completely from scratch, sans recipe. I was defrosting the big freezer and we just don't need to keep it running for a...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   07-30-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By SweetSilver
Thicker panes means less solar gain. It's a...

Thicker panes means less solar gain. It's a trade-off. It's not just about the insulation. I would go with the sloped roof.
Forum: Unschooling   07-30-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By SweetSilver
Blogs are like Martha Stewart's media. If you...

Blogs are like Martha Stewart's media. If you take it as an entire package, it's overwhelming. If you take it as what other families are doing, you get a false impression. If you take it as a...
Forum: Unschooling   07-29-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By SweetSilver
I spent about 20 minutes "with" my girls today. ...

I spent about 20 minutes "with" my girls today.

Just sayin'.

Mostly I tied dd7's bead bracelets together and oohed and aaahed at her "marble scoops" she folded now her origami is getting...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-29-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,173
Posted By SweetSilver
Alright! Did one more step towards my budgeting...

Alright! Did one more step towards my budgeting goal! I collected figures for this year so far, and for the first 2 quarters of the last 3 years, plus those years' totals. I calculated the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-29-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,173
Posted By SweetSilver
August Thread...

August Thread (http://www.mothering.com/forum/312-frugality-finances/1437081-sizzling-savings-august-no-low-spending-challenge.html#post17870081)

See you there!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-29-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By SweetSilver
Since the week has begun, even though August...

Since the week has begun, even though August isn't quite here, I'm going to be keeping closer track, though not necessary daily. I might miss a few days or a whole lot, but it will still be helpful....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-29-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,173
Posted By SweetSilver
pumabear, dh does a lot of the grocery shopping...

pumabear, dh does a lot of the grocery shopping simply because of the distance to town. He isn't so much part of the spending problem, but he doesn't help me track the spending, preferring to see...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-29-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By SweetSilver
1. My goal for this month... Continue pursuing...

1. My goal for this month...
Continue pursuing my goals from July. That was to create a budget around what we bring home. All the informatio is now available to me, I just need to sit down and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-29-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By SweetSilver
Sizzling Savings! The August No/Low Spending Challenge

Here's something a bit different, because I think it will make a difference in how this thread can help keep us accountable and disciplined.

The goal of this thread is helping you spend and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-29-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,173
Posted By SweetSilver
Don't think I will quite make my goals by the end...

Don't think I will quite make my goals by the end of the month, but dh's taxes are done, the trunk with previous year's tax info in uncovered. I have all the tools I need to calculate our expenses...
Forum: Washington, Oregon, Idaho   07-28-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By SweetSilver
I think you need to contact them. I did some...

I think you need to contact them. I did some brief research around the WA doh site, including news releases for immunizations with (posts in April 2014) and saw nothing about new requirements for...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   07-28-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,734
Posted By SweetSilver
Did a sweet 30 minutes with dd9, watching Shiva...

Did a sweet 30 minutes with dd9, watching Shiva Rea's Yoga Trance Dance. We both really love that video. She likes the dance, I like the luscious spine movements incorporated into all the poses. ...
Forum: Learning at School   07-28-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 510
Posted By SweetSilver
It sounds like you are leaning towards the island...

It sounds like you are leaning towards the island schools, but are weighed down with doubt. What if you made this decision and you ruined your child's opportunities? What if she doesn't become...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   07-28-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 216
Posted By SweetSilver
You just reminded me to reserve Apple Dumpling...

You just reminded me to reserve Apple Dumpling Gang at the library, Great list!

Missing from the lists are two movies that are so ageless we forget how old they are: Wizard of Oz, and Willy...
Forum: Unschooling   07-27-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,854
Posted By SweetSilver
I feel like I've been moving into my house for 2...

I feel like I've been moving into my house for 2 years! Basement is done. Girls spent their first night down their with me on the floor. Tempers are up, the day is hot, upstairs is a chaotic mess...
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