Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Flat Rock

Today we will be traipsing up to Flat Rock. Lia wants to swim, but it is chilly! The rest of us may be just looking on.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Our Passions Lately

Diana: Art, art, and more art. Diana has been working with polymer clay a lot more lately, but watercolor is still a significant interest. With the nice weather, photography is going strong, and the new camera from this past fall is getting a lot of use! Photography goes hand in hand with exploring nature, and the hummingbird feeder is a constant source of delight. Diana has also been reading books in a variety of genres (everything from Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle to Diary of a Wimpy Kid).

Jacqueline (Me!): Writing! I have been trying to fit more writing and researching in. If I had the time, I would spend a lot of my time blogging. It gives me great joy! I also find myself exploring nature and dreaming of long walks! Keeping Diana and me healthy is a never ending passion and presents plenty of challenges! Travel dreams are also passions, and I can't wait until they are travel realities!

Antonio: Design! Antonio has been using Google Sketch-up to design all sorts of things he would like to build. He has also been spending a lot of time playing the game Mindcraft where he spends a lot of his time designing buildings, inside and out, and landscaping. Antonio also spends a fair amount of time perfecting his drum playing on Band Hero. He is taking in the good weather with walks in the woods and free running romps.

Esme: Esme recently finished watching the first season of the series Dollhouse which peaked her interest in topics like personality, the nature of free will, and science fiction in general. She is very much into fashion and puts her outfits together carefully everyday. She also gets outside and still loves rollerblading whether in sun or rain. A somewhat new interest is cooking. Esme has been making recipes for herself from various Asian cookbooks that we have procured from the library, and she loves everything she makes. As usual, Esme spends time most days drawing, writing, and roleplaying. Esme is excited about the potential to meet other teens at the Shine conference. Oh! Esme has also mastered hiragana.

Josie: Josie has been reading and reading and reading. Some of her latest books include The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau, Hold Still by Nina LaCour, and Sprout by Dale Peck. In between reading novels, she reads manga, random picture books, and nonfiction. JoAnn has also been spending some online time at the site iscribble where you use group collaboration to make works of art. Her other interests include cooking, spending time alone in the quiet woods, and learning how to do everything Ant can do. (She wants to replace him as all around handyman.)

Lia: Lia is currently spending a lot of her time on iscribble. She likes both the drawing and social interaction parts of it. Lia has started reading longer novels (recently she read Holly's Secret by Nancy Garden), but I wouldn't call it a passion. She is passionate about swimming and nags encourages us to go as often as we possibly can! She also enjoys playing kickball, tag, and other active games with her sibs, baking tasty things like cakes and cookies, and doing crafty projects.