Yesterday J spent about 15 minutes reading in her room while W read 2 Dick and Jane stories to me. He also likes Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold (one of our new favorite authors!) and reads it well. I'm shocked at how quickly his reading picked up over the last few months. He then did a few pages in Writing Words while J sat on the couch with a Spanish workbook. She's choosing to start the days with reading and then pick from her long, typed list of activities, instead of automatically doing writing and math directly afterward. W is following suit - starting off the day reading to me and then doing some sort of workbook activity alongside J. It's all about what they're in the mood for. It doesn't matter to me. I can tell you they sure are never bored! As a matter of fact, I can't even remember the last time I heard them say that.
Today J went to a private sewing class (postponed from last week due to her stomach virus). She got to have a fabulous one-on-one lesson on the ins and outs of her own sewing machine. They suggested we bring hers since that's the one she'll mainly be using. They said she'd also make a tote bag. She picked out a really cute pink patterned cotton fabric. After an hour, W and I picked her up and she was beaming from ear to ear, SO proud of the bag she made, and she couldn't wait to show me how the sewing machine worked. She loved it so much that she wants to take the weekly 2-hour classes. It's for kids up to 14 y/o and they make cool stuff like pajama pants, pillows, and holiday crafts.
But not this month. Dance competition season is upon us and J's first one is in a month. Her usual 10 hours of dance each week is increasing to about 13. Her old solo costume still fits great, her new one is almost finished, and her 5 group costumes are still being made. Then we dive into stoning hell. Hundreds of Swarovski Crystal glue-backed rhinestones are painstakingly applied, one at a time on each costume. We moms usually hang out together with a few drinks and have stoning parties. So, January is crunch time. It's so exciting! The first comp is everyone's favorite.