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Old March 10th, 2009, 07:44 AM
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Good Morning CruiseMates!
Well I hope everyone finds themselves feeling nice and spunky today, as spring is right around the corner, regardless of what the weather man says! I am really happy to report that our seeds have started to sprout already! I turned the heat way up out in the sunroom yesterday and by the end of the day I saw two tiny little leaves starting to poke their little heads through the soil woohoo! I have to remember to let the kids go out there today and water every thing and to open the blinds a little more to give them a little more sun.

Well d/h is loving his new job. He had a ball yesterday. There are a lot of perks and bonuses that we were not previously aware of, so things just keep getting better and better. D/H loves going to the Microsoft Conventions every year and was selected to work at this year's Convention in L.A. for Microsoft in May. Well we didn't quite know how that would work out with the new job and the University's schedule. Turns out they will pay him while he is gone to the convention plus reimburse the cost of flight and hotel. It doesn't get much better than that! Next year the convention is in NOLA. His boss told him he'll be going next year and since that is a place we can drive to in a day, I figure it will be a perfect opportunity for me and the kids to take a cruise from there while D/H hangs out with all the Techies. Last June we went to Orlando with him to the Microsoft Convention and I was really glad I brought my sis along because I hardly saw d/h except when we went down to the Convention Center to meet for lunch or dinner once in a while. But he loves it, so I am thrilled he gets to go.

I just sent him out the door about a half an hour ago. He is on his way to meet some of his new counterparts in Bloomington, IN today. It's a 2 hour drive but he won't be there but about once a month or so. One of the really nice things about this job is they have great video conferencing ability, so the necessity to drive is limited in many ways. Also if he is doing any courseware development he is able to work from home.

Well the kiddo's are still sleeping in. I am in a bit of a conundrum with regard to their education. We all see the benefits of homeschooling, they like it, so do I. But a couple of downsides, they don't get to intereact as much with kids their own age, except for about 2 hours a day when I let them go to the sitter from 3-5 p.m. Also, they both really want to participate in more sports and stuff. But the downsides are I think some interaction with other kids can be overrated and it can have a negative effect, if you know what I mean. I want to still be able to travel with the kids from time to time and the public schools are overly restrictive in that regard since their revenues are based on attendance. If the kid's not sick or dead they want them there, even if they are doing well or not. The kid's have both really wanted to discuss going to school and I am not opposed to discussing it and looking at different options. So today the kids and I are going over to check out a private school in a neighboring town, to see what they have to offer.
I'll let you all know how it goes.

Prayers to all who need them. Hope its a great Tuesday for all of you!
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Old March 10th, 2009, 08:22 AM
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BW - sounds like you've got your work cut out for you. I wish you luck in deciding what to do about school for the kids. So many pros and cons. Are there any schools who would be willing to let your kids be a "walk-on" for sports? or any organizations who have pick up sports at the local gym?
I'm sure you've thought of everything!!

In this day and age, this is really a hard decision, I'm glad I don't have school aged kids - although I'll worry about my grandkids when it's their time and even now as my grandson goes to the day-care at the military base where my dd is assigned I worry about all the illnesses he's exposed to - until he went there he was never sick!

We've got crummy weather here in my little corner of Ks. where we had the heavy rains last evening, fog this morning and later today the freezing temps !! Welcome to Kansas!!! Soooo.....

I hope everyone has a great day and prayers for all!
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Old March 10th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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Bahama yes I can involve them in sports through the local public schools and that is a viable option too. They're just growing up so fast. I can't believe it. Right now all the options are wide open, and we probably won't do anything until next school year at the earliest. We have a YMCA nearby, but they really don't impress me too much, I had the kids enrolled in homeschool P.E. there for a while but the young girl they had running the class was not too bright and left children as young as 4 unattended to play outside between two really busy streets until their parents came to pick them up. When I realized what she was doing I had a cow and raised about 10 kinds of heck. What blew my mind, was some of the other parents thought that was OK and defended her. The thing is, it only takes a second for a child to be hit by a car, abducted or molested and I'll be darned if I am going to let that happen to my children. Enough things happen that we can't control. But this to me was negligence.

I know what you mean about kid's getting exposed to all those germs and sicknesses. But they say it helps them build a strong immune system and they are developing resistance to all that stuff now so later they will grow up strong and healthy. I don't know if that's true or not, but I can say it seemed like my kiddos were always sick with this that or the other when they were small, and now for the most part they are pretty healthy aside from a bug every once in a while.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 08:55 AM
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Good Morning where the sun shines so bright and warm today. Alot of running around today and the next days after this will be alot of Doctors! One day at a time.

BW, I sent my kid to public school and he did great. I think if you are good parents, and you got good kids they do fine where ever they are. We travelled alot even when my DS was in school, they get alot of breaks and I would pull him out one or two weeks a year which is something very common and schools are used to that.

We need children to be exposed to illnes and in fact all the evidence supports the fact that all of us who try and keep a childs world sterile has produced more immune issues and allergies. Hense the expression, "let your kid eat some dirt". Children need to get sick when they are younger to develop an immune system.

I do think kids bigggest gain from school is developing social skills. I spent alot of time choosing my kids school, and while not perfect he really enjoyed it and always remember nothing is perfect.

Well, I better get out the door, lots to do and to little time to do it.
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Good Morning Mates,

We had snow all day yesterday - we didn't pick up a lot, but the trees are frosted and pretty. Today is supposed to get into the 40's so we are under a flash flood advisory due to the high probability of ice jams.

Kids have headed up to Canada to ski Owl's Head - a relatively tame mountain - good for the girls to learn on. The boys who are more accomplished skiiers will no doubt be a little bored, but they are just excited to be skiing at all.

I have the baked beans started. Will head to work, come home and start on the pie. Last night I made a large batch of whoopie pies, they are already half gone. I am exhausted, but trying to enjoy it all. Not sure what tomorrows plans will be - I think we will be going to our friends sugar house in the evening - he thinks he will be boiling for the first time, and our southern guests are excited to see how the process works.
Thursday we will celebrate my son's 21st b'day - which is on Friday. He wants St. Patty's day fare - so corned beef and cabbage, colcannon, Irish soda bread.. will be on the table - not sure what he will decide for his birthday dessert. After we will be playing Lottery Ticket Bingo for fun. I will have to remember to go buy a bunch of tickets.

Well - work is calling...

Thinking of you all -
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Good Morning Bahamamomma, BW, Delft, Jen and all who follow.

BW, I don't underestimate the conundrum you find yourself relative to the children's education. You would make an an OUTSTANDING teacher!

As are most of us, I am a product of public education. But I must say that I am disappointed in many ways, with the way things have changed. While we here are blessed with excellent public schools, nevertheless I find myself wondering how much we've allegedly "progressed" since I was in school. Actually if you've seen that Forward that is a typical 8th grade exam from I believe somewhere in the Midwest and around the end of the first decade of the last century, we are in numerous departments failing miserably. As regards cognitive reasoning and basic skills, (not to mention penmanship and grammar) there is no way today's High School Valedictorain could even begin to even think about passing that exam. I even go so far as to dare say with complete confidence, that only a relative handful of Americans with advanced, mind you, college degrees could score well on that basic exam course today. While a lot of the questions wouldn't fit into today's curricula, I nevertheless know that the processes taught to achieve the answers are and have long been sadly absent from our public schools.

As in so many areas, we are throwing absolutely so much money including the financial kitchen sink at education, yet our return on that investment for our children continues to plummet.

I firmly believe that for whatever reason, a lot of this failure is directly due to the increase in our growing reistance (and by this I mean collectively) to demand from our children the mental and sometimes even physical effort necessary to achieve a satisfactory education. I also believe that removing some of the politically correct restraints placed upon our teachers along with the demand that only truly qualified teachers are not only accepted into our public school systems (and make it mandatory that they retain that level), will go far in bettering the education of our children. I personally believe that today's level of expectancy as regards public education has dropped significantly from the days when even I was in High School. That is indeed a tragedy, not only for our children but for the legions of truly dedicated teachers out there as well.

Okay, so much for the soap box!

Nothing on tap save a drive up to the Cardiologist for bloodwork that will guide the cardioligist to answer my question of why I feel as if I'm declining instead of progressing.

Prayer list continues along with Blessings on Everyone!

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Hi Kids,
I was out and about,in the sunshine, and now home watching Lucy. She is napping now, so shhhhh

Todd, I recently asked my Dr. the same question, and was not thrilled to hear what he had to say, so, for me I am where I am, forever, and I have come to accept it...I hope you get the best news possible...xox0

From me, to whomever needs it, a big CM smooch.....

Make it a good one.
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Good morning from Virginia Beach. It is in the upper forties today after being in the upper seventies, yesterday. Todd, I do agree with you with education today; as a former teacher and now a market researcher, the thing I found out about people is that they don't listen to what you are saying on the phone. I feel that schools must concentrate on the development of good listening skills. People that are good listeners tend to be more successful people; they listen because it can provide an opportunity for them whether it is in the academic realm or the financial realm. Our country is the "land of opportunity", my father took advantage of the G.I. Bill to procure his master's degree plus some post graduate work. He was a good listener; how many veterans weren't good listeners and didn't take advantage of the G.I. Bill?
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Morning from the Pacific Northwest.................cold here....supose to warm up.............sure hope so...........

Thinking of y'all in need of wishes & hugs........





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Old March 10th, 2009, 01:23 PM
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A late good morning to you all.

Keith is at his photograpy class. Last one next week. He's coming home early to go to the infectious diseases specialist again. Looks like the oncologist is softeing his stance on being infection free and might allow me to take antibiotics while on chemo. We'll see. It occurs to me that I missed an opportunity. We had a full moon the other night. Do you sp'ose it would have helped if I had gone out and bayed at the moon? I might wear my bear fetish to the doctor's office today!

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Good day to everybody. I went out onto the patio this am and it was perfect. The weather is absolutely wonderful. I had a flashback to when I lived in the Woodlands back in 2003-2005 and enjoyed sitting under the very same patio cover I was under this morning. Aahhhhh!

Need more days like this to ease my mind.
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