W just got back from a trip to Washington DC with one of his best friends and his family. He had a blast and took a lot of pictures. His friend founded an animal charity and was in DC to be on a local news broadcast. W really enjoyed being in the TV studio and getting to watch how everything works. They got to see the White House and the Washington Monument as well.
Parkour has been going really well. W is in a weekly class with other teens (and some younger kids). He has a lot of fun and loves the whole idea of what parkour is. It's his 2nd or 3rd year going. Speaking of teens, a bunch of homeschooled teens are starting to get together every week at a different venue. Last week they hung out for hours at Dave & Buster's and they went to an indoor trampoline place this week A few weeks ago they did a fundraiser/Halloween party for the animal charity at a local roller skating rink/arcade. I love that there are so many NY teenagers homeschooling. W has a really great group of friends.
B, W, and I went to a high school open house last week. W has no intention of attending high school, but he wanted to satisfy his curiosity about what it was. We went to the morning open house - while school was in session - to get a good idea of the school day. He had no shyness asking questions about their math curriculum (lol) and they seemed pretty surprised at his interest. Then we went on a tour of the building. Less than half-way through W was ready to leave. The kids were loud and show-offy in the hallways when they changed classes, the classrooms were small and dark, and he found out the day is really long (7:20am to after 4pm). He was totally unimpressed and it solidified his decision to continue homeschooling. I think the only thing he liked was that they have a personal chef who provides a really varied menu and salad bar for the kids. We finished the morning having a wonderful brunch at IHOP.
J met up with her choreographer and assisted him at a dance studio in New Jersey for 2 days last weekend. She's so happy to be going to college in NYC so she can continue to assist-teach and still see all her friends (and us!) whenever she wants. She also landed a part-time job in a retail store near her dorm! It's her first retail job and they gave her the hours she asked for. K did not like the Upper East Side salon, and subsequently got a new job at a salon the West Village. She is so much happier here and I'm proud of her for not settling and for staying on the lookout for something more ideal.