Thursday, March 18, 2010

So Many Things On Our Plate, But Good Things

Lots of things going on in our busy lives. A is involved in several projects, and N has moved up in his classes and absolutely loves his new class. In fact, he can't stop talking about it, and there are a couple of boys that are becoming his buddies. How cool is that. N is starting to embark on his own journey, independent of his big sis, whom he worships. He has been asking to sleep in the guest room, so he can have his "own room," and his interests are really beginning to noticeably diverge. Our kids are growing up.

We had a moment of anxiety and stress on the part of A. She has a lot going on, compliments of yours truly, though I had not intended for it to get so crazy. She is taking a monologue class for drama, at the encouragement of her teacher, but it's not like her previous class, which was all fun and games. Now she's reached the big time, and it will require some commitment and diligence on her part, which are good things.

She's also in the local school play, which is a musical that requires she learn some songs. And she's going to audition for the town play. Factor in her guitar lessons, where she was asked to compose a song in minor chords, and swimming and bike riding and other sorted fun things, and there's a lot going on.

She expressed some reservation, and even hinted that she might not want to continue. Bummer. We don't want to force her to do something she loathes, but we also don't want her to fall into a pattern of just giving up when the going gets tough. Also, these are things she loves, and there is value to working hard at something when it's important to you.

So we are playing it by ear, and after a good nights sleep, she was much more optimistic and enthusiastic about the task at hand. She's learning her script with our assistance, and she knows her songs pretty well (she's a background character, so there's less pressure). She also auditioned for the play and the director/writer/producer loved her act. I, the proud father, was of course beaming in the background.

Things are moving along. If things work out, the obligations will gradually diminish over time. I think there will be one each month, and by June we'll be home free. Nothing like a little challenge to enrich one's life. Then again, once summer hits, there will be camps and swimming and then t-ball, so stay tuned.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to bas for the pic.

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