I know, I know. I shouldn't even consider myself a blog owner these days. Life has certainly increased its pace here in the last couple of years. Work takes up time, schooling takes up time, the kids are all in extracurricular activities (which take TONS of time), so there's very little time left for me to do anything except eat and sleep. And I really don't do either of those very well anymore. Anywho, life has been good, despite the level of business, so I thought I'd share a little update.
Three of my four girls are performing in the Nutcracker this year. Jena will be Clara! The show opened last night and was a success. The entire weekend is old out. I've finally gotten comfortable with doing the girls' makeup (thanks to a few years of crazy face painting for Halloween). I still can't believe how much older they look now. I mean, Ashni still has that childlike face, but Jena? When did she start looking like an adult? Fortunately, she is still a big goofball, so maturity is a long way off I think.
This is my classroom. Generally it is full of busy little toddlers. There's nothing in the room that is taller than 15 inches, lol. Well, maybe a couple of things.
We've become part of a great little homeschool co-op. Jena finally has girl friends her own age. Not that she has ever complained about having boy friends, or friends that are younger, but I know that she is enjoying it. We meet weekly for rotating lessons (nature study, geography, art, science, PE). We also have field trips and social get togethers. We went on a trip to a National Park here in Mississippi and hiked. Zion is showing off her mopey stance as we finish up the trail.
Ashni is still fencing and we are all very proud of her. She just returned from Houston, TX competing in a youth circuit. She won a bronze medal! So far, she has medaled at every competition she has entered. She loves it and we love seeing how proud she is of herself. Her coaches envision great things for her fencing future.
Adn, although it doesn't seem like it, we still manage to get some school work done. I printed this giant map ages ago (and pieced it together on the wall) for the girls to map the countries that they research for geography. It is also been helpful with the younger girls learning the continents and oceans. Bijou is labeling the seven continents while Zion names them.
I've also been painting quite a bit. I've had some portrait work and currently have a show hanging! So things are going well.