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Does It Ever End?

Bear with me people. The first part of this post is MIL related. So, you may or may not remember our relationship with my MIL is shaky at best. Some of it is our fault and some of it is hers. We’re in a place right now where, she never calls the house to talk […]

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Joan - November 12, 2008 - 8:59 pm

Does it ever end? Probably not. It’s not you though it is directed at you. She doesn’t appear to be a happy person.
As far as Obama, change will not happen right away. As you know I voted for him. My main reason was sort of a gamble probably irresponsible. I feel things are in such bad shape we need someone so different from W to lead our country.

whimsigal - November 12, 2008 - 9:10 pm

Joan, as far as Obama goes, I feel the same way. We do need something different than what Bush had to offer. I think overall Obama will probably be a good thing for us. One party can’t run the country forever, ya know? I’m just selfishly worrying about homeschooling because it’s so close to my heart.

Regarding my MIL, I think you’re probably right and I hadn’t really considered it from that perspective before. Thank you for offering that point of view!

By the way, I believe we were supposed to meet for lunch…again. LOL Are we going to do it?

Carri - November 13, 2008 - 8:29 am

Sorry about the MIL crap all over again. Ugg…

I understand your fear about how the democrats will affect home education. The democrats position on education bothers me quite a bit too. But I do think that HSLDA is in the fear mongering business a bit. I mean seriously, that’s how they make their money. The NEA’s position is a bit extreme and I really don’t see things advancing quite that far.

As you know, I did vote for Obama because I feel confident that he is more interested in balance and representing the whole of America, not just a select few. I think, and this is just my guess, that the emails you are getting are just the standby answers for educational questions that the democratic party just sends to everyone. Maybe there isn’t an answer concerning homeschooling because regulating us isn’t a real priority right now.

I also think that if any politician tries to pass very restrictive laws concerning homeschooling you will see droves of homeschoolers coming out of the woodwork to protect our right to raise our children as we see fit. I think it will be pretty close to the droves of folks out in Chicago on election night. We are everywhere. We are diverse. And I don’t think we are afraid anymore to make our presence known.

mamak - November 13, 2008 - 10:52 am

I think there will always be an uncomfortable vibe with the MIL. She is really just hurting herself. The boys will move on and be closer with your parents.It’s sad, and confusing with your boys. But I don’t see how anybody but herself can fix this.
As far as Obama and democrats, so many bigger fish to fry…They can’t really do too much as well, as it is really a state matter. Which is why Ct is so lax and our neighbor, NY, is so restrictive. So, I am not worried more than normal. But in all honesty, I would probably put my kids in a democratic free school and stop unschooling, if it got so restrictive, than live under republican policies. I mean I could not vote for republicans for the sole stance they have on homeschooling.I’m not sure if I got my point out, if you need me to give more info, I can!-K

whimsigal - November 13, 2008 - 11:29 am

Carri, you’re right about the HSLDA. I consider them to be emotional terrorists almost. The only reason I quoted that message is because they had the same experience I did in regards to the homeschooling issue and the Obama campaign.

I hate only having two parties to choose from because neither one of them represent me. I want to choose people, not a party. I don’t like the Democrat’s platform and I don’t like the Republican platform which forces people like me to either vote for Ralph Nader, or vote for the issues close to my heart which is what I did this go round. I wish Ron Paul had been able to hang in there because a lot of what he had to say resonated with me.

K- What do you mean by democratic free school? Are you referring to public school? I would rather go to jail before doing that. Perhaps the public schools where you live are good, I don’t know. You’re lucky to be in CT where things are so lax. I guess my fear about homeschooling is not unlike the feminists fear about Roe V. Wade being overturned. KWIM? I think somewhere inside I *know* that nothing is going to change with homeschooling. It is just a little thing inside my head and I was putting it out there. I’m so glad you all came here and shared your points of view! It’s nice to be able to talk about things like this without people being judgmental or holier than thou about it.

You guys rock!

mamak - November 13, 2008 - 11:57 am

Evie-
Oh hell no! No public school for us. It’s private, it’s like this-
http://frogcreek.blogspot.com/2008/09/look.html

I don’t think I would have to do this, but IF homeschooling got so restrictive…. However, I think we will be fine!-K

mamak - November 13, 2008 - 12:00 pm

Crud, I don’t think my response went through. if you get a double post, delete one.
No!! Not public school, we too would flee to Canada or Turkey or something!
I was referring to this:
http://frogcreek.blogspot.com/2008/09/look.html

And only as a last resort!-K

A Few Things On My Mind

Have you ever googled yourself?  Or your blog?  I’ve been doing it a lot lately because I’ve been worried that, in spite of my best efforts to keep my blog hidden, the family members from whom I’m hiding will find me and all this moving around will be for naught.  My god.  Is that a […]

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Mama Podkayne - July 23, 2008 - 8:42 pm

I have googled myself. It is just weird.

Also, Iowa actually does have a site for mapping convicted sexual felons. It can search by name or zip code. We have a stupid law that restricts them from living within 3000 feet of anything. Um, where do they live then? Right. They just lie and/or live in parking lots. Gah. But it is a real website. I pulled up my neighbor and found out all sorts of things about him from his rap sheet.

Also, your relatives may not be internet savvy, but they might know someone who is. I say go totally private, flip to acronyms, or just tell them to consider rule # 6 (I got that piece of advice from Happy and Free!)…..

whimsigal - July 23, 2008 - 8:56 pm

We have a state sponsored site too. This was something completely different and if I have the link in my trash I will share it.

It’s impossible for me to be totally private, I think. I have emailed google and asked them to pull my blog from the blog search so we’ll see what happens with that. Right now, a regular google search won’t pull me up but the beta blog search will if you use the right words. Another reason I’m considering changing my blog’s name.

Rule #6 are words to live by indeed!!! Thanks for visiting! I needed that.

Vanderbilt Wife - July 24, 2008 - 10:48 pm

Well I tried googline you and had a hard time–couldn’t find this blog at all. So best of luck there!

I wrote a post about googling myself a while back: http://vanderbiltwife.blogspot.com/2008/01/googling-myself_30.html

Chrissy - July 31, 2008 - 3:35 pm

I have googled myself and it wasn’t pretty. Since I started a group my name was everywhere with my phone number. I had a man call me and ask me what services I provided. After my initial shock, I asked what he meant and he said that my name came up for math tutor in the area. Well, dh spent 30 minutes trying to google my name for math tutor and it didn’t happen. My number has now been removed. LOL

Rough Day for my Baby!

yesterday Ryan was SUCH a trooper. He had gone to the dentist in March and they found 8 cavities. Yes, you read that right. E-I-G-H-T cavities. They were in four molars and one was so bad they thought he was going to need a crown. Well, the boy never ceases to amaze me. Once we […]

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KMDuff - May 1, 2008 - 2:48 am

Are you using PW’s photoshop eye trick? b/c his eyes look AWESOME in those photos!

My son has been on a big teeth brushing kick after an episode of “Lazytown” LOL. Thanks TV!

whimsigal - May 1, 2008 - 2:56 am

Oooh, LazyTown! I’m a tiny bit twisted because I think Sportacus is kind of hot. Isn’t it nice when they pick up good habits from one of their shows? Saves me from having to preach about it. LOL

I’m actually doing something different than PW’s trick but I have done that before and it works great, too! Glad you like how they look!

Evie

carri - May 1, 2008 - 10:31 am

Poor guy. He looks like he really needed that nap too.

I know what you mean about seeing into the future sometimes when you look at your kids. The funny thing is that when they get older and don’t look like kids anymore sometimes you look at them and see into the past. Sad and weird and pretty cool too.

whimsigal - May 1, 2008 - 12:37 pm

Carri, he really did need it, he was worn out.

I forget sometimes that you’re a few steps ahead of me in the kid game! I can imagine that seeing them as you described is weird, but very cool as well. Not that I’m in any hurry to experience that. ;)

Evie

Rinnyboo - May 1, 2008 - 2:28 pm

Poor Ryan. I hope he is feeling better today.

Ian DOES look older in that pic. I don’t know if it is the angle of his head or his neck or what, but it is weird.

The boys got haircuts! Ian still says he wants his hair “long like Daddy’s” but he did ask for the front to be trimmed so he can see:)

Ooh, have fun with the photoshop class!

Marin

whimsigal - May 1, 2008 - 2:41 pm

Marin, I think you’re right…it’s the angle of his head and the perspective from which the shot was taken.

They did get haircuts! It was just getting too long for them in the front.

You know, there is a link in the sidebar to another photog’s blog and she does tutorials on Photoshop all the time. It’s the MCP link. Her tutorials are free and I’ve picked up tons of tips from going there. Also, she’s running a couple of contests right now that you might find fun!

Evie

Cate - May 1, 2008 - 10:21 pm

What photoshop course are you doing, and yes, I noticed the eyes too – they look great.

Is going to make a very handsome man methinks!

Cheers,
Cate

whimsigal - May 1, 2008 - 11:12 pm

Hey, Cate! Thanks! I’m taking an online Photoshop class through a forum that I belong to. It’s called Phaunt U.

So far this week, I’ve learned a lot and we were just covering the basics! Next week we really get into it!

Evie

sheri - May 2, 2008 - 10:34 am

Poor little guy, that’s a tough dentist visit. Sounds like the perfect snuggle day to me as well.

Good luck on the photo shoot. My crossables will be crossed and I’ll be sending you lots of happy thoughts. Not that you need them because you are very gifted, but just because. :)

Sheri

whimsigal - May 2, 2008 - 11:26 am

Thanks, Sheri!!

Joan - May 2, 2008 - 12:53 pm

8 cavities! Did you have guilt because I would have guilt? Then again I always have guilt.

Summer Fae - May 2, 2008 - 1:15 pm

When my dd went to the dentist for the first time she had 8 cavities as well. She has ‘pronounced molars’, they are deeper than most. She had to get the work down in 4 stages. I was crying and the dentist told me not to worry, that I could of brushed her teeth 5 times a day and it still would of happened.

whimsigal - May 2, 2008 - 1:47 pm

Joan, I absolutely did at first. I started thinking about all the things since birth that I had done wrong for him that would have led us to 8 cavities. But after speaking with the dentist this time, they convinced me that it was the snacking that did it. And he was snacking on “healthy” things, not sweets. He was eating cheese and crackers but the dentist said the carbs can really tear up your teeth.

Summer Fae, thank you for your reassurance. That was really sweet of you. That’s basically what they told me too as far as the number of times we brushed. They said it was really important for him to go a significant amount of time between snacks. It was hard at first but now, he’s keeping busy which has helped him a lot. He was eating out of boredom I think.
Thanks again!

Evie

Donna Boucher - May 3, 2008 - 2:41 am

Such pretty editing on these pictures.

whimsigal - May 3, 2008 - 1:01 pm

Thanks, Donna!

Colleen - May 14, 2008 - 4:14 pm

I’m finally catching up on my blog reading! Your photos are looking absolutely amazing. Wow!

It’s funny that your son named his caterpillar Active. My son had a frog he named Action once. :) Action is now buried in our front yard and I keep wondering if I’ll unearth his bones some day while I’m gardening.

whimsigal - May 14, 2008 - 4:47 pm

Colleen, that IS funny that they both chose similar names! Especially since I thought it was a pretty random name choice in the first place! Thanks for your compliment on my photos.

Evie