For those who follow this blog for family updates, my apologies. The boys still exist. They are doing well. We all are. In the interest of brevity, here’s a rundown of things you might be interested to know:
- We started our second semester with the new homeschool co-op and we still love it. The boys are making friends and getting a lot out of their classes, especially Jeremy. We plan to continue with the co-op next year, especially since I’ve been asked to teach a Literature and Creative Writing class. I’m stoked about that.
- Jackson is enjoying Upward Basketball and we are so pleased to see how well he’s handling competition. He’s a unique fella who struggles to contain his emotions, both good and not so good. More than winning and losing, we wanted Jackson to learn about teamwork and camaraderie through basketball, and it seems like that’s exactly what’s happening.
- Jeremy is 12 going on 25, so use your imagination there. He’s feeling the weight of harder school work, peer pressure, self-esteem, and wanting to be an adult as soon as possible. We’re entering a challenging phase of parenting. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We’re not above manual labor for poor attitudes.
- Photography is slow, but that mostly has to do with the nature of winter and that I’m not advertising or putting myself out there. I’m focused more on writing and finishing the novel I started last year. As expected, it has evolved from its original form and just yesterday I envisioned the plot’s conclusion. All I really need is time and space to work on it. I’m still trying to nail down a weekend at the abbey for a retreat.
- Salem continues to take six pills a day and eat a special diet for urinary concerns. He’s not as tipsy as he once was, so I’m back to letting him outside a bit during the day. My hope is that these precautions will prevent another spasm and he’ll be good to go from here on out.
- Chuck has a lot going on at work, but it’s all good and exciting stuff. That’s pretty much all I can say about that.
- Major is getting fat because I’ve been choosing the gym over running outside on account of weather. However, I’ll be running my first relay marathon in April so I suppose I better start on longer mileage. Major’s waistline will benefit from it.
- Speaking of April, I have my 20-year high school reunion the week after the race. WHAT?
- Just because paid photography is slow doesn’t mean I’m not taking pictures. January had a bit of snow, a few beautiful sunsets, and big, beautiful moon.