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…Said Every Parent

Published August 14, 2018 by lynn k scott

It’s hard to believe, but I am NOT a Disney fan.  I have been to Disney World twice, when I was a teenager.

That being said, I don’t like crowds; only gets worse as I get older.  I don’t like paying for overpriced trinkets when they are an eighth of the price elsewhere.

I could have made this video.  John Crist did stellar job in summing it all up.  I almost fell off my chair laughing at the homeschool kid bit.  This is truly accurate!  If you are a parent and never felt like any of these scenarios, I consider you a saint.

Enjoy!

 

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Say What You Mean

Published August 14, 2018 by lynn k scott

I was just having a discussion in another group.  A friend had added me and I knew better than to stay.  I am simply too upfront with people and in today’s age, they don’t know how to deal with that.

The discussion was about driving THREE hours to go apple picking, pumpkin patches , getting baked goods and/or picking up a Christmas tree.

One person said she didn’t have time to bake pies, so she made this trek every year.  I basically responded she could make the pie dough, process fresh pumpkins into puree and make three pies in the time it took to make the drive.

She responded, it’s a tradition, they stop for dinner, get their tree, etc.

Hmmmm…that’s not what she originally said.  She said she didn’t have time to bake is why she went.  Not the same thing.  What is so hard about saying what you actually mean?  This is a pet peeve of mine (obviously, if I’m blogging about it).

Not to mention, there’s only one road in and one road out, that moves about 5-10 miles per hour.  It’s full of tourists who have no idea where they are going; making traffic worse.

There are vendors everywhere (good thing for a tourist trap).  This aids in gumming up the traffic, as people aren’t sure which vendor they would like to stop at.  I grew up in a tourist town.  While it’s cute to take kids apple picking or let them go to a huge pumpkin patch (which we have locally too), it jacks the prices for people who have no idea that apple cider can be purchased for a much lower price elsewhere.

Family time can be done anywhere.  Don’t defend a position after you change the parameters of said position.  I did what I should have originally done; left the discussion and the group.

I need a tattoo that says, “does not play well with others”.  Maybe a license plate frame too.

Gluten-free, Vegan Pizza

Published August 13, 2018 by lynn k scott

Yesterday, I ventured into new culinary territory.  My lil-miss was at a pool party, so my husband and I chose to get some pizza.  We went to Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria.  Being from NY, I am picky about my pizza.  Hands down, Vincinis Pizza is the best pizza in Solano County.

While I LOVE pizza at Vincinis, their gluten-free crust lacks a bit.  Amici’s has the best gluten-free crust in the area.  They also offer vegan cheese.  There is a pretty steep price-tag for a gluten-free pizza.  There is no extra charge for substituting the Daiya vegan cheese.

The menu only showcases one true vegan pizza but several gluten-free options.  I wish the vegan pizza had say an option to pick three toppings, with a gluten-free crust, for “X” amount.  We ended up paying $32 just for my pizza.  I’m sorry, but not every vegan or plant-based diet is in love with spinach.  It NEVER belongs on a pizza!  That’s my opinion of course, but salads are salads and pizza has no lettuce-like toppings.

The gluten-free crust is crispy, foldable and has good flavor.  The pizza sauce is also vegan.  The vegan cheese was creamier and melted well.  I admit, I was apprehensive about ordering this pizza.

My first bite reinforced I can primarily consume vegan dishes, even while eating out.  I didn’t miss “real” pizza at all.  I will definitely return for another vegan pizza.  However, strictly due to the price, the visits will be farther between because I can’t justify that cost for pizza on a regular basis.

It does prompt me to work on a homemade vegan crust.  This plant-based, vegan and sometimes raw diet is still new to me.  It makes it easier when I do eat out, to find restaurants who cater to dietary needs.  Yes, I could just have gluten-free, but the vegan(ish) lifestyle is geared toward my cancer recovery.  It’s not always easy to stick to the acceptable food, but when I do, I can feel a positive difference.  I also can’t complain about a 10-pound weight loss (in just three weeks).

In the infamous words of Andrew Zimmer, “If it looks good; eat it.”

Home Education vs Homeschooling

Published August 8, 2018 by lynn k scott

I will preface this particular post with a disclaimer.  This post is non-judgmental on how any family chooses to educate their child(ren).  You must do what is right for your family.

That being said, I have changed my category name from Homeschooling to Home Education.  One might think they are the same thing, but they really aren’t.  With public education promoting K12 online education or public charters, using a certified teachers to monitor students and mandating academic testing, this truly is not home education.  It’s homeschooling or public school at home.

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Some public charter schools will give stipends to parents to use their charter school aka public education.  Those charters are still receiving government funding and in essence, bribing parents, to use their program instead of a traditional brick and mortar school.

I choose to home educate and all posts on this topic, where my daughter’s education is concerned, will state “home education” in order to provide a distinction.

First, we follow a Christ-based curriculum.  I purchase all the books with my own funds (while still paying property taxes to the public school).  I want my daughter brought up in the Word of God not in the ways of the world.  I want her faith paramount, followed by a solid education.  Not all who home educate do so for faith-based reasons, but many do.  This is not allowed in public schools.  So if you can’t use a Christian curriculum, you are not home educating.

There is also more than just book learning.  It’s learning life skills.  It’s learning effective communication.  It’s non-common core.  It’s taking a break instead of pushing through a lesson, when it’s obvious the child needs it.  There’s regrouping.  The education is based on what is best for the student; not the school district.  I won’t even go into “unschooling” (follows no set curriculum; all child-led).

There is no bullying.  There aren’t any threats of violence; gun shots.  There isn’t forced socialization among cohorts.  There is the ability to learn from a diverse group of people of all ages.  Not sure about you, but I don’t want my child, who is still impressionable and learning to receive knowledge from cohorts who are in the same boat.  Thirty 12-year olds do not have the same knowledge as a 20, 30, 45, or even 70-year old person can impart on my daughter.

Home educated children surpass their public school counterparts on testing, studying ability and working independently.  Colleges, the military and trades all accept home educated children for these vary reasons.  We are teaching education; not teaching to test.

Again, educating your child is a personal and family decision.  I am strictly pointing out that using a public education is not the same as educating your child outside the rigid confines of the government.  Homeschooling used to mean this.  However, the public school system is trying to corner another educational avenue.  Those who truly educate at home want to impress that our children are not part of the public educational process; hence the need for distinction.

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Back to Home Education

Published August 7, 2018 by lynn k scott

It’s officially less than a week a way:  Back to Educating at Home.

My tween is definitely not looking forward to next week.  Back to a pseudo-routine, new lessons, homework, crafts, physical exercise, learning a new language, formal course (or formal for us) on watercolor and painting.

Throw in weekend field trips, some type of volunteer work or give-back opportunities, learning meal prep, more life skills and it can be a bit overwhelming; esp. while I work a full-time job.

Yet, my working and our home education evenings and weekends with assignments completed during the day, work for us.  Maybe with my daughter choosing to learn Spanish, I’ll improve my skills as well.  There is a small mountain of books for me to go through to prepare her lessons and get myself situated as well.

It is a lot of work home educate (not using a charter).  It’s a lot of work to have a full time job and run a household.  Regardless of how busy it keeps me, this is a special time with my daughter.  We may have mini arguments and attitude about assignment completion, yet, she will remember these days when she has moved onto college and when she starts her own family.

I love the option of not having my daughter receive a cookie-cutter education.  More than that, I love she is receiving a Christian education, with Christian texts, and is able to have Bible as one of her core subjects.

Often times, I will have our pastor look at her text books, esp. when I am really excited to use them.  Ok, that’s where my inner nerd surfaces.  I love books.  I hope my daughter eventually reaches my level of excitement.  She does enjoy going to the bookstore.  I just love reading and if it’s history-based, even better.

One of her projects this year will be to interview various people about their jobs.  While she’s still in junior high, it’s not too early for her to think about what she may want to do as a part-time job in her teens or find something she’s passionate about.  First hand accounts, from people in specific industries, is more valuable than what you can read about a particular job (imo).  It also teaches interviewing and note-taking skills and how to effectively communicate.  This project will span over several years.  I look forward to comparing her first interviews to her last ones and seeing her growth.

I hope you will join us on this year’s educational journey.

Dropping Some Weight

Published August 6, 2018 by lynn k scott

If you have a child, I have no doubt you have had some interesting conversations.  My tween never ceases to amaze me.

I have been on a mostly plant-based, mostly vegan diet, for about three weeks now.  While I have the occasional bit of fish or a bit of chicken broth (so I don’t go 100% vegan or vegetarian), I’m liking the results.  I am feeling a lot better and I’m dropping a bit of weight.

I lost about 80 pounds before I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.  This in part due to doctors and their staff not listening to my pleas for help.  After I lost over 25% of my body weight, without making changes to my diet or habits, I knew they needed to listen.

When all was said and done, my surgery over, etc., I was actually less than what my driver’s license said I weighed.  Which ladies can relate to that?  We all know that particular number is a tad skewed.  Am I right?

In the last three weeks, I’ve lost over 10 pounds.  My clothes are fitting better and I look thinner.  My tween then chose to add her two (or twenty) cents in.

It would seem I no longer have enough “padding” for her liking.  She pointed out, that if I were to fall, what would keep me safe?

Ummm…..when I stepped out of a door and broke my foot, padding didn’t do anything for me then.

She prefers her “chunkier” mom.  While I know what she was saying was out of love, I also know I had to resist the urge to pretend to grab a glass of water to drink and not dump it all over her.

I have to work to keep my weight off now.  I mean, I’m pushing that “50s” envelope within the next few years.  If a diet that will help my cancer also causes me to lose a few pounds…heck yea…rabbit food here I come!

My insightful daughter means well, but at the end of the day, I don’t mind looking good, in addition to feeling good.  It’s a “side effect” that I can live with!

Irish Wolfhounds

Published August 6, 2018 by lynn k scott

Did you ever have a friend (or maybe it’s you) that whenever they go to a party, if there is a dog around, that’s where you will find them?  Well, that’s me!  I enjoy hanging out with friends, but truth be told I go to hang out their canine companions.  This weekend, I had the honor of visiting with two Irish Wolfhounds.  There was also a French Bulldog.  He was an adorable little fellow, but I love big dogs.

Currently, a Great Dane holds the record for the largest dog, however, these Greyhound-like dogs, in general are among the largest dogs around.  They aren’t really guard dog material.  Their over-friendly demeanor negates this.  However, sheer size would probably make any would-be thief, rethink breaking into their home.  They are hounds and were originally big-game hunters; including, the wolf.

I had the privilege of meeting a Wolfhound pup about 15 years ago.  He was only 6 months old and already stood as tall my hips.  Granted, I’m only 5’2, but most dogs normally are thigh-high to me.

I look for simple pleasures wherever possible and this was one of the best.  I sat on the step in the backyard.  Both the male and female, at different times, thought it would be fun to sniff and push my hair around with their muzzles.  I was cracking up.

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Wolfhounds are really gentle giants; unless provoked.  The biggest issue we had at the party was the male dog felt he was entitled to a bit of human food.  When you have dogs, the size of small horses, keeping food out their reach can be a bit challenging.

The male chose to take some food off the covered pool table.  The food was placed in the center.  All it took was for this majestic creature to slowly raise up on his hind legs, put his front paws on the table and reach the food to be consumed.  He wasn’t stretching or anything.  As naughty as it was, I was tickled pink.  He was just too cute.  As if a table would stop his escapades.

Overall, a few hours with this pair and their sidekick, the Frenchie, was so enjoyable.  It was something I needed and was the primary reason I wanted to go the party.  I love dogs and I’m more than willing to give them undivided attention.  Ok, so it’s a dog quirk I have; but I’ll live with it.

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet one of the awesome dogs in person, I highly recommend doing so.  It’s definitely a bucket list-worthy experience.

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