Thursday Homeschool Recess 1/24

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Thursday Homeschool Recess 1/24
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Thu, 01-24-2013 - 8:38am

Hey moms and grandmas, come on out and play.  It's recess time!

I just love Thursdays.  I get to sit around all day, not at home in my comfy chairs, and feel like I've wasted the whole day and accomplished absolutely nothing.  Ah, the joys of co-op day (with co-op followed by counseling).  I'll at least get most school stuff done with ds, and I'll have lots and lots of time to read.  Oh yes, so I should be happy, certainly?


Sue
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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 11:37pm

I always forget about the accomodations costs.  My grandparents were about 70 miles from DC, and closer to the other places, so we had a place to stay and didn't have to hotel it.  You could always bunk with my cousin that lives just outside Gettysburg.  I'm sure he wouldn't mind Cool  When they were filming "Gettysburg" he literally had re-enactors camped all around his house.  (A former co-worker of mine is  re-enactor and he's in the documentary too.  I picked him out when I watched it!)


Sue
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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 10:33am

Disney was number 1 on our vacation radar, but last night I was thinking about expense and I am reeling over Disney ticket and food prices.  It dawned on me that several attractions in DC would be free:)  We could stay at Gettysburg for 2 nights and then to DC for 4 nights with a last day at Mt Vernon.  Hotel costs are staggering!  I do understand that would be paying for location and the ability to walk to major attractions.  I need to do a bit more research, but it looks like costs for the 2 trips would be very similar.  DH agrees that DS would be just happy going to either location.

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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 12:40am

Well...you can get to Disney from Gettysburg Wink  Or, you could combine a trip to Gettysburg with visiting Washington, DC and/or other places like Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, Williamsburg, etc.  The possiblities are endless, LOL.

I asked my mom if they'd ever found Civil War artifacts in the orchard but she said no, they didn't.  I have to think that the armies covered that ground because they're pretty much smack-dab between Gettysburg and Antietam.  Maybe they just didn't cultivate deep enough to unearth things, or something.


Sue
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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 9:11am

It's funny you should mention those sites.  We've been toying around the idea of visiting them.  It's a full day drive for us, but the idea of a private ranger led tour of Gettysburg in our car sounds wonderful.  DS reminded me that I had said when he turned 13 we would do another brithday trip instead of a party or lots of gifts.  We did this when he was 11 and it was wonderful.  I'm looking into some options- Chickamauga battle field keeps popping up as an idea too (and its on the way to Disney). 

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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 9:04am

I have only been able to log in from a post, but  my desktop has remembered me remembered me for the past 2-3 days!  My laptop is a whole nother story!   I still don't see where I can retrieve PMs. 

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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 1:32am

Deborah, they continue to work on the problems and hopefully someday they'll be fixed.  One thing that seems to work better and bypass having to log in multiple times is if you make sure you're signed in using the link at the top of the page (where it says "Hello, muddymessalonskee" if you're logged in).  Unfortunately, the system doesn't seem to be saving the log-ins, so you still have to log in each time you visit the site, but if you log in there first before starting to read or post, there aren't as many hassles with actually being able to post.  Or, at least, this has been working for me.  I hope one day soon it'll magically work the way it's supposed to again, though!


Sue
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CL of Homeschooling, Signature Showcase, Ectopic Loss, and Fertility Charting

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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 1:28am

Julie, I am helping a 5th & 10th grader learn.  The 10th grader uses Apologia biology, and the 5th grader wanted to learn chemistry, so we are using The Elements http://www.ellenjmchenrydownloads.com/.


Sue
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CL of Homeschooling, Signature Showcase, Ectopic Loss, and Fertility Charting

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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 1:24am

Turtleemom Heather, have you thought about visiting Gettysburg in your travels?  And/or Antietam, since they're not that far apart.  Both have very good interactive visitor centers, plus you can of course do a self-guided tour of the various portions of the battlefields.  I loved my visits there and I was young enough to not even be a history buff yet, LOL.  (Both were about 1/2 hour...in opposite directions...from my maternal grandparents' fruit farm.)


Sue
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CL of Homeschooling, Signature Showcase, Ectopic Loss, and Fertility Charting

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Sat, 01-26-2013 - 1:16am

Hbak20 Heather, I carry my Kindle Fire in my purse pretty much always, and I've been reading much more since I became a Kindle owner.  I figure something good has to come from all the sitting and waiting I do (at least on Thursday!)


Sue
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Thu, 01-24-2013 - 4:26pm

Seriously, are there any plans to get the ivillage database problems fixed?  I clicked Reply, signed in, scrolled down, Reply again, Reply again, signed in again...then I got a box to write in.  (Even recently I sometimes haven't been able to sign in at all.  Maybe that is why there are only four people posting on Recess now.)

So...our three town days are now M,Tu,W...and so far on Tuesday I am only going to the closest town.  So today is planned to be a slow day here.  I had to do some work at the office, and went up the hill to pick up the letters from before from the little tiny vintage boxes we used to use because apparentlyour modern mailbox main door was stuck and the mail lady could not get it open yesterday or the day before.  I was lucky enough to see her as I was leaving and able to pick up five packages (including 3 textbooks for ds) from Tuesday and Wednesday.  I should go check the mail now...waiting for two books for dd19.  I wonder if the mailbox is still stuck?  Yesterday dd19 went swimming and to Ultimate frisbee with a homeschooling friend while I taught violin and dd19 went to art class.  And I gave ds his stuff and we visited relatives and came home in the dark, not my favorite thing.  There were three rollovers in our county last week, with 2 fatalities and one serious injury (broken neck and internal ... we went by right after that happened...a man swerved to avoid a puppy).  So far today I haven't had any time to work on my overdue project...spent a couple of hours upgrading software and figuring out an internet connectivity problem.  dh and I figured it out between us: he realized there had to be a duplicate address, and I guessed who it was...the address had been assigned but not put in the list, so it got assigned again.  So now I have walked down the mountain twice, let my husband forage for leftovers for lunch (he fried two eggs and added it to leftover beans, lentil soup, and yogurt...then finished off with cheap ice cream and cheap chocolate.  Of course.  One book came in the mail, not dd19's printmaking book for the class she's "sitting in", nor the math book for the work she's doing with me, but...a book about fiction writing (one of several, I now seem to remember), for some writing work she's doing with me.  So...I'm going to chill out here until 4 p.m. and then take dd15 to play with horses.

Deborah

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