In case you were wondering, you can buy yourself approximately 3.6 minutes of discussion on the topic of How Was Jeremiah Scott's Day, for the very fair price of Chipotle for dinner. It was worth it. I got spelling in French, a teacher who started off obnoxious but is now actually nice, a preview of a satire advice column to be published in the first edition of the school paper. We packed a lot into those minutes.
Earlier in the month, we attended the annual Santa/Pancake/Craft breakfast at the Methodist Church. It's a sweet tradition.
I've spared you the alternative photo, in which Kellen makes his favorite new face (nostrils sucked in with power vacuum force -- he looks very odd).
It was one of those years when Santa could make a long-time wish happen. Ryan has been asking to play violin for several years. I really love his expression in the very first seconds of the video.
The boys' school went roller skating during the week before break. Kellen was quite daring on wheels, and had a great time with his pals (below the video).
Jeremiah's Christmas looked like this:
Before the break, Jeremiah also joined the Mock Trial/Debate club at school, and has been enjoying that a lot. Some cruel fellow assigned homework over their vacation, so he'll be working on that soon, and these games will get a break.
Next quarter at Sinclair, I'll be teaching three sections of SOC 112, and Kellen will be switching to full day kindergarten twice/week. I think he'll enjoy the extra time at school, as he'd been complaining of a lot of boredom in the mornings.
Christmas miracle: all 5 of them looking at the camera with smile-like expressions, probably earlier than 8am.
HEX BUGS with Uncle Troy!
Uncle Bill is a cruel, cruel ear-lifter.
Jamie has enjoyed a very long break from classes at Sinclair. He's taken the time to write songs, bond with the cat, look for jobs, do a little work for a local builder, and play some shows.
W heels and S port F ishing USA (not really wanting fans of the bands to find this blog on google)
As it turns out, Ryan can play basketball very well. He's having a blast with it. Here is a very short clip of his awesome.
I've tried restarting this blog many times, by going back a few months and adding highlights until I get to the present. It never works. I never get to the present, because I've missed so many highlights. This time I am going to start with now, and keep going. If I have extra time to go fill in the old stuff, I will do it.
This summer, I spent time working with the committe to start the Yellow Springs Montessori School. We have been working on grants, planning location, interviewing teachers, and fundraising with bake sales and nacho-making at Blues Fest.
As well, patti D called me to see if I'd like to help her with marketing her music CDs and shows, and we've started that work. Very part time and slow to progress, which works fine for me right now.
Lynn H, Amanda B, Caryn D and some others tried to get together weekly to play soccer - just girls and women. It didn't exactly take off, but next year I hope we'll start earlier in spring and get a good group going strong.
I also attended the YSDC book discussion group in June and July. We read Buddhism in America, and Robert P led a very interesting discussion each week. Attending from Columbus were Ed P and Jan, and I became interested in attending that center after these discussions. I had reached a point of frustration with practicing meditation without a teacher, and KTC has a resident teacher. I attended without strong expectations of anything other than beginning the search. As it turned out, I found what I needed quite obviously, and have been attending since then. My first visit was July 19 and my first time speaking with LKW (phone) was on the 23rd. I'm keeping track of this stuff more on the other blog...
I hope this doesn't become a monthly-post type thing. Between family crises and the effects of facebook and twitter, the blog has been neglected.
Last month, my grandmother passed away. I'm waiting on a CD with some nice photos from my father, and I'll make a post about her.
HAPPY 8th, Fynn!
Earlier this month, we went to see F's soccer game and had a birthday party for him at the playground. It was a beautiful day. Ryan and Kelly super-hero-ed around the track while F played his game. The bigs kicked the soccer ball around.
Katie's friend's baby found her way into Jamie's arms - he looked very comfortable with her.
Since December 19, at least one person in the house has been sick in some way. We've had respiratory, intestinal, throat issues, etc. No one has been terribly sick, but we've all been sick enough to stay in most of the time. We've all done a lot of this (well, the youngest four of us have)...
The cat is not the only one who appreciates a good nap in the sunny living room.
The kitchen has been busy. I saw an idea on a blog (tried to link but I can't find it now for the life of me) to cut foam or heavy paper into shapes and design a robot - very simple cutouts... Instead of attaching them, we put magnets on the backs of each piece (cut up that magnetic calendar the realtor sent us) and built the robot on the fridge. The pieces can be mixed and moved to customize the new robot each time. A great excuse to get out the pipe cleaners and button jar. After the robot, it was decided that a snowman would be fun as well. This kept my crafty 4.5yo busy for over an hour.
We also got behind in consuming our precious local raw milk. So I decided to make butter, and (oh, dear internet, how I love you) found some great photos of the process. I'm sure some of you know - in the scheme of organic food buying, organic butter is so expensive. This homemade butter-making was a joyfuldiscovery.
Yes, KitchenAid, I love you too.
And some of the wackiest knitting I've ever done. These "pocketbook" maryjane slippers are so much fun to make, and very quick. I don't know where I found this hideous yarn, but it is actually so horrible I love it, on my feet, in the privacy of my house.
My camera cord is missing. I don't seem to be able to blog without photos. I've ordered a new one from ebay, so in a few days, get ready for a flood of updates. Briefly, though...
Evan - writing christmas story, watching a lot of football (winning his work pool, no money at stake), enjoying Risk and "that's what she said" jokes with older boys
Jamie - still sculpting, beginning to offer lessons in Photoshop, reading, schooling, PC gaming, playing piano
Jeremiah - suddenly turned on to music, his taste is a unique combination of 80s (eye of the tiger, seriously) and 60s, Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc. Just completed several large school projects related to their study of Egypt, played in his first school band concert, the object of no small amount of female attention, but don't even think about bringing that up.
Ryan - excited to be almost 5, excited about the holidays, coming out of a very long respiratory illness and seeming to respond well to daily allergy meds, which bums me out, but we had to do something. Protective of Kellen, affectionate with all smaller children, enjoying 2x/week play time at Laurie's, can count to a million... not really, but can count high - somewhere between 40 and 80 I think. Still very interested in writing and letters, hasn't expressed an interest in reading. Still extremely, seemingly-uncontrollably curious and "grabby" - so many broken objects. So. many.
We also went to a local holiday shindig - pancakes and santa and crafts - ryan loved that.
Kelly - in a "pretending to be a baby" stage, having little meltdowns daily - loud but not long - when I run out of milk (fairly quickly these days :-( he says "this one's not working." lol.
Amy - still busy with Threshold Choir, NVC group, trying to hang on to my connection with the dharma center but it's just not happening. knitting - I finished that red sweater and the finishing and resulting object was so dreadful I can't even post it, can't even try to correct it. I am knitting hats and toys all winter. And also socks, definitely. Enjoying old seasons of Six Feet Under.
K: nursing less (plugged duct/infection to show for that), talking more, daddy-love all the time, can spend long periods at the kitchen sink playing, never forgets his vitamin.
R: scared of the dark and shadows, enjoying the Baha'i children's class - he does so well in situations like this - so compliant and joiner-y, but in a cooperative, contributing way, very different from at home, where we still experience daily surprises. Learning letters, is remarkably quick to understand simple arithmetic, has had a cold for weeeeeks. Will not blow his nose ever. Planning to be Jedi for Halloween.
JJ: writing a 4-page story for school, starting a tumbling class at X YMCA with his friend E, spending a lot of other time with same seemingly-best friend, although he assures me his "group" at school consists of about 14 friends :-)
J: still struggling with sleep, working with AR weekly on amazing sculptures, worked last weekend at her studio for the studio tour, maintaining As and Bs.
J and JJ's team finished in 2nd place in rec league soccer this fall - it was SO close! They tied and went into penalty kicks. Great to see the brothers on the same team again - it's been years since they happened to be in the same age groupings for soccer.
E: traveling more than we'd all like, seems to be weathering the financial situation at work, enjoying participating at the Baha'i Center, listening to Marshall Rosenberg, watching the bizarre foods and fighting shows, cleared out our shed (yay!).
A: injured back, trying out a new meal routine - repetitive but much easier to maintain, enjoying the NVC group and Threshold Choir, absolutely cannot keep up with laundry, setting goals to hang curtains and art by J's birthday, planning to offer some community service in the form of computer help for seniors, considering whether to homeschool with R next year - kindergarten age.
Spinning/knitting: still working on red sweater, spinning about every other day for 20-30 min. Finished these bullseye mittens a couple weeks ago - yes, the color combo is just as horrid in person.
I just realized I don't think I've mentioned (have I?) anything about the choir I joined back in April. Here's the link http://www.thresholdchoir.org/
I'm not a Singer, iykwim, but I love to sing in a group and definitely support the purpose of the group. There are 49 choirs around the world and the founder, Kate Munger, is here in Yellow Springs for the weekend. I spent Friday and Saturday with about 40 women from all over ohio and ann arbor - it was pretty wonderful. Whether or not this kind of thing is your cup of tea, I think it's worth knowing that this service exists for the ill and dying (and in some places, also for births, prison inmates)