Ryan was better just in time for soccer camp, although he was definitely not fully recovered until the second day. During the first day of camp, he came walking over looking incredibly pale and flopped down into the grass. It took some peanut butter and rest in the shade, but he was back at it before long.
Next week, he wants to try out swim team.
He seems to be making some strides in reading and writing - practicing a little each day through summer. He has one lost tooth and another couple of loose teeth.
He wants to play violin. We're looking into it.
Jeremiah is teaching himself ukulele. Thank you, youtube. I imagine we'll get some real lessons after fall soccer. Right now, he's busy with Brasilian Jiu-jitsu and summer.
Uncle Doug, Uncle Gavin, Dad. Memorial Day/Dad's birthday.
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...
We're all looking forward to the new pace of summer, which begins next Wednesday, the first day school is out. Of course, the older boys' school work has waned considerably already.
(photo by Kelly)
The three older boys will attend british soccer camp, and Ryan will go to one week of Antioch school art and water play camp.
(photo by Kelly)
Yesterday, Ryan started digging a hole in the back yard. We'll see how large he can make it. If anyone can think of more "real" jobs for a strong and curious boy who doesn't seem to care about toys anymore, please comment.
He's dying to mow. Followed Daddy all over the yard.
Our strawberries are ready now - we all go out and raid the garden periodically. I think these strawberries are kind of weird and lame - they are mostly small and oddly shaped. Our patch at the old house must have had better/different plants. They taste fine though.
Planted dahlias from Bruce also - time will tell if I actually drag myself out there in the fall to dig up the tubers.
I got maximum enjoyment from the peonies - we went out to cut many of them before the big peony-crushing rain storm, and delivered some flowers to friends.
Jamie seems to have found a job - we'll see how it works out. He's very excited. Chen's is our local chinese place and he has a friend with a family tie to the owner, so this connection seems to be working for him. We need to have the talk about the money he earns and how much is saved/spent.
Jeremiah's about to play his final game - his team could come in 2nd if they tie or win - we'll see!
Kelly is the toileting rock star, dry night and day. He's also bicycle master, balancing well on his balance bike (and even riding a true two-wheeler alone, although his legs are too short to get on and off without help). He's been going to Laurie's with Ryan for about 3 weeks, and seems to have no real trouble with the separation. yay!
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.
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.
Late last month, J began 8th grade. He's also busy with soccer, the end of the season at the intergenerational garden, catching up on past seasons of Lost, and the beginning of the soccer season. He's also doing quite a lot of painting (post to come), and continues to beg for a fabulous camera like Aunt Katie's.
JJ began 6th grade in public school and has adjusted marvelously. As expected, he enjoys an easy and fun social life. He finds the academic work very doable, although at times not very stimulating. Both boys enjoyed the local blues festival last weekend, where JJ purchased these distinctive shades. He's playing travel and recreational soccer, and continues to be dedicated to our trusty trampoline out back.
Unlike in the picture, Jeremiah was serious on the field. His team won first place in their division for the league this spring.
Now, his focus is on swimming, pick-up soccer in the evenings, an upcoming 11th birthday, and some organized activities - soccer camp, Summer Strings (band camp), and possibly a regular sports and crafts day camp in August.
He had the opportunity to go to KI with K, T and the cousins, and will probably do that again a few more times this summer.
In preparation for school in the fall, he's spending time every day on multiplication/division memorization, hand writing, and as always he's in the middle of a novel (The People of Sparks).
There is a new local hs group starting in this town and the next one over - much saner driving than the last group we joined. So far, we've been to a board game day. The kids were younger than Jeremiah, although I know of at least one family that didn't make it that day with a girl his age who I think he could enjoy.
Dentist - Jeremiah and Ryan and I needing work done, wah. Not a lot but still anxiety-producing for me.
Did I post about bowling? I've got some bowling pictures and a video coming up but the camera is nowhere to be found again. We bowled with WILC. Ryan and Jeremiah had a good time.
Soccer all the time. Jeremiah is on two teams, and has soccer every day this week. He's pretty overwhelmed but is improving and seems to want to continue, even though he can be unhappy about it in the moment. His team (and he) played very well in the soccer tournament this weekend. We thought they had made the finals but then one team had a big upset and it ended up coming down to goal differentials, and they missed out by one goal. Bummer, but it did result in only a 75% loss of our weekend rather than a complete weekend slurp, since they didn't have to go back for the 4th match.
Jamie is very unhappy with his OWL class. He had to wear a pregnancy suit and care for a fake baby during the time of the class. It seems the camraderie and mutual respect is breaking down in that group, at least for Jamie.
Today, our kitchen is being painted. We're going to try to stay out of the house a lot and will probably go for a field trip to the newish mall that opened last year. I think it has some outdoor water play place and Jeremiah is hoping for an arcade. I'd like to get back to listening to books on tape in the car, to give our fluffy not-so-academic outing a bit of redeeming value.
Right now, Jeremiah and I are working our way through the City of Ember series - I just finished The People of Sparks and JJ is midway through Ember. I've been basically meeting my reading goals this year, but not posting much since starting to use GoodReads - I'd like to link to my book list but I think you might need to log in for that. It's a very helpful site for keeping track of to-read books, sharing your reading with others and getting suggestions.v