Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I'm All Alone...

This has been happening more and more lately.
Everyone is off doing one or another of the things that they do, and here I am with time to catch up on the laundry, work on dinner, correct school-work, or blog. It's weird.

We have been trying to match the time that we have with what we have to do, and prioritize things better.
Having a plethora of "rewarding" activities can be anything but rewarding.
Wanting High School to be a time of preparation for whatever life has in store, became a high-stress treadmill that no-one wanted to be on. Academics are all well and good, but there has to be a balance.

I had to make the very difficult decision to let the boys drop piano. I loved having them play, but between the finances and the extra stress on the boys to perform, it was decided. I guess we will try to find a voice coach for Paul, at a lower expense, and they are both going to start playing guitar, which really isn't the same as far as learning music for it's own sake.

The year is going much more smoothly however. Biology isn't nearly the mountain to climb that I thought it was going to be, writing is turning out to be pretty low-key, at least so far, and math, well, it's math. But with the things that we have to do being less weighty, we an actually do trips and retreats, and learn by doing.
Paul wants to take Japanese, so I need to find him a class. He is still progressing in Karate, and I am so proud of him!

John is learning about working retail. For the time being he is enjoying earning money and learning the ropes there. I don't know what's next for him, on the career front, but I know that he is well prepared for it. Very bright guy, that one. I am so proud of his initiative.

Well, my time's up! Off to pick up my drama guys.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Picture Round-up!


Brendan Climbing 8-22

Paul and Yana Climbing at Annie's Playground 8-22


Sterling 1 year 8-25

Annapolis 8-26

Capitol Dome

View From Capitol Steps


Maggie 5.5 Yr


Lighthouse At Sunset 8-29