We were supposed to go camping to bring in the new year, but we all caught cold a day or two before and weren’t feeling quite up to putting in all the work that is required to go camping. It’s nice, though, to be in the quiet dark, hearing only the sounds of nocturnal creatures instead of the hours of boomboom of the fireworks.
We stayed home and heard Leo Laporte bringing in 2014 at every time zone in the world. He had been planning it for a while. People called in from New Zealand, Sydney, Singapore, Dubai, Warsaw, London, etc. minutes before midnight in their time zones. I got a little tired around 10:00pm, as usual, and napped before midnight reached us. Together, with the kazoos that we found in our stockings, we brought in 2014. Good stuff.
The next Monday was the first day back in school, and the Kindergarteners started their phonics workbooks and piano lessons. At the beginning of the school year in autumn, they had started arithmetic, but it required so much energy from teacher and student. It’s better now that we waited a few more months to get started with school. Here is a video of Talon’s second piano lesson:
Kendall is reading aloud at an early second grade level. She has some problems with long words, but, keeping things in perspective, she is an awesome reader. `Talon is still working on cvc and short Dolch words (the, and, or). She, of course, gets better with practice. Both girls have adequate penmanship.
Taylor’s eighth birthday landed on the first Tuesday, which is usually the day that we go to the retirement village to play piano for the folks in the recreation room. I always make a cake and decorate it myself for the children’s birthdays, so we cancelled all regular appointments to make this cake.
The oven wasn’t heating up. I had made a good batter, divided it into two circle pans for a layer cake, but the oven wasn’t hot. It turned out that the element was blown, so we waited for Dad to come home with a blank cake from the grocery store so that Taylor would at least get the decorations that she wanted, which was Princess Zelda playing a an ocarina. The image on the right is a detail of the base border.
Taylor made out really well on her birthday. She received an American Girl mini doll, a Swatch watch, and a Tiffany & Co. candy dish. Needless to say, she doesn’t play with the candy dish.
Back to school, the children are working on some new pieces on the piano. New grade levels have been reached. Cursive is being written. Light is being explored. Fractions are being added.
We went back to Ocean Zone, our favorite place. It is always a different experience there. When people ask why we go to the same places all the time, we answer with the same question, “Why do you go to the movies all the time? Because it’s always different!”
On the 21st, we saw pelicans and the Great Blue Heron. Click here for pictures from Ocean Zone. When we went back just yesterday, the 28th, the sky was sunny and cloudless, and the tide was low. My camera app was acting up, so I was able to take only one decent picture.