Since I mentioned my blog on the Christmas card, I thought you might stop by. Here are some more recent pictures and info about us.
My mom and India spent a lot of time hanging out and talking about books during Boppie’s visit last month. India hasn’t been loving middle school (wow, hard to believe since everyone knows how fantastic it is), so I pulled her out to homeschool her about a month and a half ago. It’s going pretty well. Unfortunately India is a quick learner and a smart girl so I can’t BS her very much. I actually have to study and know what I’m talking about. She does a lot of research and learning on her own via computers and reading assignments. She’s learning Latin. That’s been interesting since I don’t know it at all. I have her do conjugations and grammar and just hope she knows what she’s doing since it’s really difficult for me to correct it. India is a complete sweetheart and is a pleasure to have around all day. So far there is no teenage bitchiness. Let’s hope it stays that way (yeah, right!)
York is in 6th grade at middle school. He is a little bummed that India isn’t around to keep him company, but he is enjoying himself quite a bit anyway. York is very social and claims to have “hundreds” of friends at school. We figured this was some sort of masculine bravado, but whenever we go anywhere people always wave and shout, “hi, York!!!” He still is into building and engineering, and loves to figure out how everything works. He’s getting pretty handy. I can have him do simple jobs like replacing doorknobs and fixing broken bike chains and he gets them done well. He’s a real sweetheart with the younger kids. He plays so gently with them. He even gets a few professional babysitting gigs.
Finn is our sensitive child. He has been struggling in school this year (well, every year actually. He’s in 4th grade now), but is working hard. His teacher is a sweetheart, but doesn’t really know how to help him. I’ve toyed with the idea of homeschooling him too, but I’m still waiting for him to be tested for dyslexia and other fun things. Plus, homeschooling him seems like it would be a lot of work. Like more work than I want to do. Finn is really good at sports, so that’s a good thing. Although with his insecure nature, he has to be coaxed and heavily encouraged to try hard. He did really well at baseball this last year. Since baseball is played for three seasons here it looks like we’ll be gearing up for spring practice pretty soon. He’s fond of golf too, so we’ll see how that works out.
So that’s it for our kids. If you want more detail about the grown-ups, you’ll just have to stay tuned. We love Austin and hope this will be our home permanently. If you’re ever in town, call us. (Not that you will be because Austin, well all of Texas really, is in the middle of nowhere!)