just a quick post, in trying to get everyone caught up with the family. S is next on the docket, as we progress through. I fully realize it’s now February, but I feel like this year has gone by so quickly! if I slow down long enough, I really see the differences in the kids from even a couple months ago. it’s startling, to be honest.
S is doing well. she still loves school [which I’m praying it stays that way!], and has really grown socially in these past couple of months. I wasn’t sure how well she was getting along with anyone at school, and was about to inquire with her teacher. then, we got back from our Christmas travels, and they all seemed to really miss her! all of this means that she has weird friend rivalries, odd style choices [based on other girls’ odd style choices], and some friction as they all learn how to communicate and engage with one another. it’s good times.
we found out that she got into a fabulous charter school. we’re really excited about it, as there weren’t necessarily a lot of spots on and based on a lottery. it’s about 20 minutes away from our current place, so it means some driving on both our parts. R volunteered to drop her off most mornings, so that frees G and I up to take the mornings a little slower then I first thought. we’ll get her in the afternoons, and have a chance to get the run down of her day. we’ll have more on that as time passes, once PTA meetings kick off and kindergarten orientation happens this spring or summer.
she has a hilarious sense of humor. being around R has certainly paid off. she jokes just like him, and then grins so mischievously, followed by a “I’m just jokin’!”. a crack up, that one. she’s still very into art. her lessons start up at the end of the month, thanks to her Granny. she’s been experimenting already with different mediums; she likes to use chalk on construction paper, nail polish on computer paper, acrylic paint on whatever she can get.
she’s a fabulous big sister. as G has become incredibly mobile, she’s helpful with getting the floor cleared up and keeping an eye on him when he crawls into their room. school has been helpful in this, too, because she’s got her own space and her own friends in the morning, and therefore is not stressed that she had to be with him all day. that’ll change in the summer, but we have plans to be at the beach often so that should take care of itself.
she’s amazingly inventive and creative. I certainly hope that her new school and art lessons continue to foster that for her. she’s an amazing person.
here’s some photos to hold you over. I know some are planning trips eastward, but it all seems so far away still!