Spring is approaching, what's going on?

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Spring is approaching, what's going on?
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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 10:02am

Spring is often a very busy time a year for families. Any family plans for breaks? What activities or projects are your children jumping into this spring? Anything new or

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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 2:02pm

Dd13 and ds15 just finished a big fund-raising concert where they performed with their chamber trio to raise funds for their choir trip to Cuba. Dd13 is too young to go on the trip (it's for the age 15+ portion of the choir) but she did the honorable thing and helped with the fundraising. Concert was a fabulous success. They played a ton of varied music from gyspy tunes to tangos, Mozart to Bach to fiddle tunes, and from our village of a thousand people they managed to raise about a thousand dollars!

So ds15 will be off to Cuba for ten days at the end of April. On tour with a fabulous world music youth choir, getting all sorts of workshop experience in Cuban vocal jazz, salsa, etc.

Dd13 and ds15 will be going to Montreal all by themselves to visit their sister (i.e. dd18) for a week later this month. I'm not sure I've got my head wrapped around the reality of my three eldest children being alone unsupervised in a large city on the other side of the continent, but I imagine they'll have a ball and be just fine.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 10:17pm

Garrison Keillor would say, "It's March".

My year has been very different from what I planned. Because of illness in the family, starting in mid December, I spent 40 out of 65 days away from home. So my plans for large scale decluttering and music practice went badly awry. I've been home for ten days now and I'm just beginning to get my balance. One of the reasons I wanted to organize and simplify my life is that the drought which has been parching central Texas for years now finally made it to the trans Pecos...following a slightly above average year when we got 22 inches of precipitation, we didn't even get six in 2011...and fire season is already here, although there isn't nearly as much grass to burn. So I'd wanted to really be prepared in case we have to bug out, although our neighborhood is likely to be protected because of its proximity to valuable stuff. Anyhow, although I plan on making monthly trips away if I can, I'm back and trying to get back "in the groove", which is including a close look at lots of "stuff". I've found that I'm capable of filling up whatever storage I have with things that might be useful, so I'm targeting one area at a time. Today I cleaned off the kitchen counters which had been covered with all sorts of little items while I was gone...things that needed repair, the cable for an ipad keyboard, toothbrushes and hand lotion, a working flashlight and a broken, that sort of thing. In the past I've set deadlines for getting things cleaned but I'm not falling for that now...it will be done when it's done.

And maybe I can fit in learning to play the clawhammer banjo in there somewhere!

dd18 is back from her last February trip north. We are having to rethink what we're going to do with the house we own in our old neighborhood, because we have paid all the bills for the caretaker (dh being loathe to rent) and she has taken very nice care of it...on the other hand, our income is not large enough to support that sort of drain forever, and to make matters worse, a horrific injury to a member of her family means that dd18 will not be able to spend this summer in the house as she had planned. So, it looks like we're going to have to either request minimal rent, or sell the house, both unpleasant prospects. (The reason we kept the house is because our rental house is tied to the job, so ownership of a paid off house is a kind of hedge against unemployment/disaster.) In any case, dd18 is starting to figure out how she can spend a year in Germany...whether she should go now, do it as a college exchange, etc. and how all the details would work.

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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 4:57am
Like Deborah, I'm spring cleaning the winter clutter out of the house. Trying to, anyway. Things tend to pile up as soon as I can clear them out around here!
My kids just finished the national Odyssey of the Mind championships. Both of their teams did a fantastic job, and DD 13's team got the Renatra Fusca award for creativity. Her team wants to travel to the US for World Finals, but I find it too expensive and would rather attend Eurofest in St. Petersburg.
DD 13 also just finished a stint with the European Honors Orchestra. She had a great time and the kids played beautifully. I think she'll be trying out every year she can now that she enjoyed it so much.
DD 9 has a violin concert next week. She'll be playing Vivaldi, Op. 3 Nr. 12. This will probably be one of the pieces she will play for the panel of professors when she's ready for the state music program I already talked about, which is run through the arts university and is open to around 50 profoundly gifted young musicians from the country and around the world. Usually kids start the program at 11 or 12, but DD's teacher is saying she's almost ready at 9 to start. I'm skeptical, because at 9 DD is still very playful and doesn't yet have to put any effort at all into her instrument. We'll see how she feels as she develops over the next months. In the meantime, she'll be singing and playing in a well-known young people's theater group as well as singing for a children's music CD. She can't wait to start!
I've just recently started running again after a four-month break due to illness and am surprised to find I can hardly run more than a few miles. If things go well, I'll do a 25k in May.
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 11:56am

DD 15 is knee deep in applications. In our area, summer internships and intensives at the high school level are very competitive and of course, their admissions process is all at the same time. Each has their own paperwork, essays, references, auditions and interviews. So, she's writing up a storm and has 3 auditions and an interview already scheduled for this month so far and likely more to come. She's also on the other side of things being involved in the admissions process for the theatre student board she's with.

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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 12:01pm
Wow, congrats to the kids on everything! Lots of travel and college of choice! I bet your 9-year-old will enjoy having some time as the "only child"... well, at least for a little bit. Too bad about the school situation. Hopefully they'll have it all resolved soon!
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 12:09pm
I certainly understand the fire issues. Spring is a time of serious weeding in our area. We've been evacuated from our house twice in the last 10 years but have been lucky each time (well, lucky and well weeded lol.) Sounds like your all having fun with all the music. Good luck with the banjo. My parents are folk singers and my in-laws run the local dixieland organization... when you are ready for banjo jokes let me know lol.
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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 11:34am
DSD10 starts boarding school next year, so getting ready for that. Swore we'd not start her until high school, but she's miserable in the honors classes here, too many kids with no control. Last week, for two days, they only turned in homework in math and nothing else done. Honors science is worse. She reads DH's old college physics books for fun and is getting warnings for having too many problems done in her math workbook and for showing her work. Last straw was her getting a C in Lit for citing her work. That just made me stop fighting and agree with DH to send her now. Grandparents are near as is SIL so not as bad as what I had. Pippa has a countdown to move in day.

Other than that, it's quiet here.