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    Oh no, Missy, that's awful news about your husband, poor guy! I hope he heals well & quickly, and isn't too much of a PITA for you in the meanwhile.

    We went camping for a week up at Sequoia National Park. This was the longest camping trip we're ever attempted with kids, and it went really well. The campground we were in had a small store so I was able to get fresh fruit & ice every other day without much trouble, and I didn't have to bring up enough supplies to last the whole week because I could restock. There was also a deli & snack bar, so picked up fresh sandwiches one day for a long hike, and had hot pizza for dinner one night when we didn't feel like cooking. Our site was near a creek with a nice safe & shallow little swimming hole so the kids played in the water most days after our hiking & other adventures. The kids made lots of new friends -- they took walkie-talkies so they could run all over the campground & still be in touch.

    School starts again next Monday. It's hard to believe the summer is almost officially over! But we're going to stretch out the fun even though we're limited to weekends. We're hoping to get another short camping trip into September, and we're going with a group from our preschool in early October, even though we no longer have kids at that preschool, it's going to be fun to hang out with them.
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    I was so sad to hear about Robin Williams ...such a talented man.

    School starts for my kids in 9 days! Oy, I'm so not ready! I still have to go through supplies from last year to see what can be re-used this year. We have materials pick up tomorrow for Matt and Nathan, then Tom goes on Monday (I think...trying to keep it all straight!). Work is crazy right now, and I'm getting into the tough part of marathon training. I'm running to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities again, although it's going much slower than last year.
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    I'm so sad about Robin Williams and I usually don't get so affected by celebrity deaths in this way. He was an amazing talent, made so many people so happy. I saw him do his live show in the 80s, believe it or not, and he went for 2 1/2 hours and I was the one who was exhausted from laughing so hard. (Yes, I know he had a lot of pharmaceutical help back in those days.)

    Then he went and starred in the movie adaptation of one of my all time favorite novels, The World According To Garp, and I was SO suspicious, and he knocked it out of the park and breathed new life into a character I thought lived only on those pages and in my imagination.

    I loved when he did drama, because all that bottled up energy came through no matter what, and I thought The Fisher King was just astonishing, and then he blew me away again with a simple guest appearance on Law & Order SVU. And I've been planning to show Hook to my kids, because I never cared what the reviews said, I loved that movie.

    I know he did bigger things than all of those that had mass appeal, of course, but I remember those the most. And it saddens me that someone with such a rich life -- a big family, immeasurable talent, career success with more to come, artistic genius -- could still be pulled into such a dark and terrible place.

    It's a sad, sad thing.

    And I still remember when Mork from Ork showed up on Happy Days for the first time.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    I'm so sad about Robin Williams and I usually don't get so affected by celebrity deaths in this way. He was an amazing talent, made so many people so happy. I saw him do his live show in the 80s, believe it or not, and he went for 2 1/2 hours and I was the one who was exhausted from laughing so hard. (Yes, I know he had a lot of pharmaceutical help back in those days.)

    Then he went and starred in the movie adaptation of one of my all time favorite novels, The World According To Garp, and I was SO suspicious, and he knocked it out of the park and breathed new life into a character I thought lived only on those pages and in my imagination.

    I loved when he did drama, because all that bottled up energy came through no matter what, and I thought The Fisher King was just astonishing, and then he blew me away again with a simple guest appearance on Law & Order SVU. And I've been planning to show Hook to my kids, because I never cared what the reviews said, I loved that movie.

    I know he did bigger things than all of those that had mass appeal, of course, but I remember those the most. And it saddens me that someone with such a rich life -- a big family, immeasurable talent, career success with more to come, artistic genius -- could still be pulled into such a dark and terrible place.

    It's a sad, sad thing.

    And I still remember when Mork from Ork showed up on Happy Days for the first time.....
    OMG, this is almost word for word what I wanted to write yesterday. He hopped -- completely unannounced -- up on stage one night after we'd already seen David Spade & Bobcat Goldthwaite each do over an hour's performance, and Robin & Bobcat together were just freaking brilliant for another 1.5 hours or so, and my ribs hurt from laughing so much for literally hours on end. I also had the pleasure of serving him a few times at a late-night restaurant in San Francisco. Most nights he would just sit quietly in a booth, reading a magazine while eating & no one noticed who he was, but a couple of times he'd be up front at the counter joking around with everyone & pretty much doing an act, and we'd all be laughing so much. It's so sad that he could make us all laugh so much and yet he was so tormented inside.
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    Very sad about Robbin Williams.

    We started back to school last Thursday. I am homeschooling again this year, but that is the day that DH started back and I like to keep to his schedule.

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    First day of school! Wow, it's so easy dropping off both kids at the same place at the same time! Weston was such a big boy walking onto the yard wearing his backpack. I was afraid he might get overwhelmed by the crowd (we're still under construction so much of our playground area is still fenced off, and with all of the first-day parents it was really packed) but he walked right in and knew where to go to stand in his line. Then he stopped and asked me, "Mama, tell me again, what's my teacher's name?" I told him and he nodded & repeated it. And then he asked, "What do I call her if I forget that?" I said, "You could call her 'teacher.'" And he sighed and rolled his eyes at me and said, "But then all the other teachers will answer!"
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    That's cute!

    I can't believe so many of you are starting. We still have WEEKS to go before we start. And now my kids will be in different schools as middle school starts in 6th grade here (which feels so weird to me).

    It's been a hectic day, my sitter got in a car accident (she's fine) and called me just as she was supposed to arrive to say she's not coming.

    Loooong day over here.
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    Laurie, when did your kids get out for the summer? Our last day was May 30 so we had eleven full weeks for summer break, which is the norm here. Winter break is another two weeks and spring break is one week, so that leaves 38 weeks of school time, and the school day is six hours.

    Now that I'm thinking about it, this is actually the only year both of my kids will be at the same school because middle school starts at 6th grade here, too. They're five years apart so she'll be in high school before he's in middle school and she'll be in college before he's in high school. Out where my sister lives, they still have "junior high," which is 7th & 8th grades and 6th grade is still in elementary schools. And where my SIL lives, just 30 minutes from my sister, they have "middle school" which is 7th - 9th grades, and "high school" is 10th - 12th. I guess it all depends on the district resources, the sizes of the buildings available, the populations they have to serve, etc.
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    Yeah, a lot of it has to do with school size. Our elementary schools are very small, the middle school and high school are big and on the same campus/area.

    We didn't finish school until the end of June, so that makes sense!

    We have a winter break, a spring break, and some other random week off as well. I think it's December, February, and April that we have time off.
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    Its been a while since I've caught up here.

    Laurie, I'm envious of your European vacation!

    Missy, I hope DH is recovering well from his surgery.

    To all the kids back to school or going back soon...hope its a great start to the school year.

    I got back this weekend from a crazy busy vacation week with my family in Upstate NY. We had such a good time and we did SOOOO much. My sister dropped her two kids off there for the week as well so the kids had such a blast. I'm pretty sure we packed more into this trip than we heve have before, but it was all great!

    On the way home, DH and I stopped in Portland, ME, met up with our summer babysitter who took the kids all the way back to our house and DH and I stayed for a family wedding. It was the perfect ending to a hectic week, to have an evening and the following morning to ourselves and take it a little easy. We stopped and got breakfast and also stopped at the outlets before heading home!

    Oh, and I caught GREAT photos of the supermoon while we were in NY. I think they are the best ones I've gotten yet. I'm a moon photography geek so thats really exciting for me

    My kids go back to school next week, except for my oldest, who goes back after labor day. Time to get my butt in gear and do some school shopping!

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