Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Kids Are Alright
Ada is growing, and weaning herself from the bottle, too. She likes company, and will make a pitiful maaaaaa-ah! if she feels abandoned. Smart girl has us all trained to rush to her aid, whenever she calls!
Tasha is growing, too... bolder and stronger. She wants to play, and sample everything from pigtails to buttons. Just a taste and a nibble, then off to frolic with Ada. The two of them can run very fast, and then they halt, dance a jig, flip and turn, and maaaaaa-ah! for attention. Everything is a game and play, and a whole lot of fun. The kids are alright.
Max is balancing, and running, again. He seems to have made a complete recovery, after fracturing his tailbone. He had a very rough few weeks, but he's all smiles now. He's also balancing equations in chemistry, and he finds that challenging fun.
William the carpenter. After a whole semester of metals and welding, he has been learning construction skills with his dad. So, what's next? Sewing! He has been asking me about construction with fabrics, and what it takes to make this or that. Yesterday he asked for actual sewing lessons, and we began right away. He learned to thread the machine, how to cut fabric, and then he started piecing squares. After about an hour he stopped for a break, but when I returned from running errands he was at it again... and already has some small projects completed!
Here's the senior. Alex is smiling a lot these days, making plans, enjoying economics, government, and managing to get a handle on an intense physics program. Robotics is still a passion, and he has a few projects he tools around with. The biggest focus, for us all, is preparing for Maker Faire. He started a school club for Young Makers, and three classmates will be making the journey with us.
I don't think we'll bring the hovercraft to the Faire. Alex has plans to make the next one bigger. I vote for quieter! The leaf blower fills the shower curtain, which has holes cut out... the shower curtain inflates, and the daring test pilot rides a cushion of air. Bambi, with her dancer's strength and balance, does a great job of standing and riding across the pavement.
Now stand aside worthy adversary!
'Tis but a scratch!
A scratch? Your arm's off!
No it isn't. I've had worse.
I'm not sure which is the Black Knight, but Dean and Max are both battling with flesh wounds, and missing arms. No pansies, here!
Suki and Maria, and a very little game of Uno. Suki, back from the woods and art and music and martial arts and camping... a well deserved weekend at a festival, with Grant, where she could commune with nature and creative peeps. Seniors have a lot on their shoulders, decisions, plans. I think she's doing an admirable job of balancing responsibilities, and keeping her beautiful smile.
Maria filled her spring break with more laughter, growth, projects, learning, and living than anyone I know. And though it wasn't too easy rousing her on the first day back to school, she came home as enthused and eager as ever. "You know how we learned about emigration, and then about countries and flags and culture? Well, guess what? Now we are learning about animals and plants! We are real scientists, because we are learning about the world! It's great!" She tells us breathlessly, with a squeeeee!
The kids? They are alright... in fact, they are great.