Haven’t posted in a while now. With a lack of snow and a lack of a job, we haven’t done much except stay around the house. The kids have had their usual stuff, basketball and martial arts and instruments and so forth. We only went skiing once, and it was just a local trip. Winter appears to be closing out now, so looks like we won’t get much more in this season.
Clare’s local JCC basketball team won their little conference, and her Recreation team, which I was coaching, did alright and finished third of 8 teams. Adam also says he enjoyed playing, and his team won all but a couple of their games too, so they did well.
France was here for a week and the kids had fun playing games and showing grandma everything new. One new surprise was Claire suddenly took a strong interest in baking and cooking. She helped grandma make an apple pie, then made her own blueberry cobbler with no real help, and it was very good. Since then, she’s made biscuits and eggs, and more on her own, with no prompting. We’ll see how long it lasts.
Adam has also picked up a new “habit,” he’s taken to dribbling a ball inside the house a lot, just like Claire does. And they both play their own made-up version of volleyball inside too. Perhaps he’s starting to become more athletic-interested.
Kids report cards all came in strong as usual, and we have teacher conferences tonight but I don’t expect anything to come out of that.
We made a last minute decision for Dwight to take the kids to Toledo, to see G&G. They had a lot of fun as usual, a lot to do at grandma’s.
Easter was relatively quiet, Justine and the kids made eggs and the Easter Bunny came after church.
At school, the kids did a very large section on immigration and emigration, studying where our families came from and learning about Ellis Island and the great migrations from the 18th and 19th centuries. They had to dress up in period-costumes, and then they had a simulation with the entire school coming in on the “boat” (in 3 ticket classes no less) and going through the immigration process at a simulated Ellis Island. Justine and I both volunteered along with a lot of other parents, many who were also in costume. It was very elaborate, and the kids all had bio’s of people to pretend to be as they went through the process. Really something. Really gave the kids more of a hands-on feel for what it might have been like.
A little later, they held a “Foods Around the World” buffet where kids brought in dishes from their homelands/families. Claire and Adam took in Crepes. Then they held an event with dancing and telling stories they wrote themselves based on their characters in the simulation. Adam and Claire both read.
Adam did a robotics “competition” at school.
I still haven’t found a job, so we’re staying pretty low key for the holidays. No plans for Memorial Day, we’ll see what happens.
Late edit: I should add that Claire has continued to make things for herself in the kitchen. Not so much baking, but cooking. I suspect she would bake too with a little prodding.