All the kids are home for vacation until January 3rd. They are enjoying all their gifts and making pretty good use of their time. K has been downloading songs and listening to her mp3 player. W loves his football and scooter and has been using his new Leapster a lot. J is playing with her new twin dolls from American Girl. She is such a nurturer and loves being the "mommy". On Christmas day, she played a lot with her little cousins - who absolutely adore her. She keeps them all in line. She has been dressing and undressing her dolls and calling all her friends, having them listen to the sounds her Luv Cub makes and telling them all about her new "babies".
I caught J working in an old puzzle book today. It's a find-the-picture book. Not too educational, but I'm glad she picked up something else besides her dolls for a change. She is all set to do her vacation homework. We got her the posterboard she needs to do her project on comparing various countries. Tomorrow she'll get started on that and also she needs to go over her times tables some more. Her class has to get the 64 problem paper done in 3 minutes. I need to run to the store and pick up more supplies for her. The teacher is gearing up for a very challenging rest of the year. I really don't know what to expect. I am giving J her space to decide how and when she wants to do her homework and projects. It's very hard for me not to intervene, but I'll be here if she asks for help.