1. Things are going pretty well with Luke, our latest addition. He is a lovable hound mixed breed. He has all the great qualities that people love about dogs... he loves to play; he hates when you leave; but he is ecstatic when you come home. He is cute and loves to have his belly rubbed or just to rest his head on your lap. He is at his cutest when he does something wrong.. which leads me to the qualities that people hate about having a dog. He gets into mischief... to put it mildly. He likes My Little Pony toys, fuzzy slippers and robes and dirty laundry. He has that really annoying way of "getting to know" new people who come to the house! (embarrasssing!) He likes destroying carpet. He also has a taste for small animals. The first time he drops a bird or squirrel at my feet may be the last!
2. Ballet. I was deprived of ballet classes as a child. Well, gosh darnit, I wasn't going to let my daughters grow up feeling deprived! This week their ballet school had open classes where parents, friends and family are permitted to observe a class. Wow! My eighteen year old was amazing. There is just so much control and strength invoved in the exercises she does. Even though it doesn't look strenuous, the concentration and discipline is evident. I was truly blown away. The five year old's class was adorable. I love that this school teaches technique through age-apprpriate games. The little ones have so much fun while also learning.
Much to her chagrin, Jessie, the 18yo., is developing some muscles in her legs she didn't know she had. Apparently dancers call them "cankles"'. This condition occurs when your ankle muscles develop to a point that there is no definition between the ankle and calf. It came on rather quickly once she became serious about pointe work. I am happy to say that her love of dance is greater than her love of dainty ankles!
3. Ben... I don't write much about him. He is my still water. At sixteen, he doesn't always have alot to say out loud, but clearly there is alot going on beneath the surface. He loves running and is on his school's cross country, winter, and spring track teams. He loves anything related to the computer.. especially gaming. He is great at strategy games and building things. He comes in really handy at Christmas when gifts come with the dreaded words "assembly required" stamped all over the box! He has a great sense of humor and keeps the whole family in stiches when he gets on a roll! His performance on his PSAT's is garnering mail from colleges that accept applicants after the tenth or eleventh grades! Yikes! I didn't know that was possible. But I think we'll hold on to him here for a few more years, thank you .
4. On Saturday night, my very shy boy, Thomas was persuaded to perform on the keyboard for some friends of ours. It took some work to convince him to do it, but he played "Ode to Joy" so sweetly. I was teared up, not just because of his playing, but THAT he played at all. And not badly at that! I was a very proud mama!
5. Our homeschool music class got off to a great start last Friday. We had seventeen children participating the first week, with six more to join the fun from now on. Driving some of the children to our weekly ice skating outing afterward was a joy! They were practicing their songs in the back of the van. It sounded like the Von Trapp Famliy Singers!
6. One week and counting til the engagement party! I am usually one to do parties at home, but since it is winter, and it would be crowded in the house, we opted to have this one in a restaurant. I think that will make it easier to get to know Katie's future in-laws somewhere other than standing at the kitchen sink while washing dishes, which is where I usually am during our home parties! Even so, I am hoping the bridal shower will be at home!
7. Finally... a word about my Becky... she starts HIGH SCHOOL next year!!! How the heck did that happen???
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