Less than a year after getting her driving permit Drill Daughter, at age 16, has gotten her drivers license. While this is very exciting for Handy Man and me it's also very stressful. Not only are we worried about her being safe while driving, we are also worried about our wallets. Insuring two vehicles with four drivers, two who are teens, is a shocking amount of money. Wow! Thankfully Star Wars Son will start paying his portion of insurance in October.
In honor of my darling daughter passing her driving exam I'm playing a band I normally would not feature on Sing-A-Long Saturday, The Jonas Brothers! Here they are covering The Beatles Drive My Car for Sir Paul McCartney.
At our house the countdown is on to the final movie installment of the Harry Potter series. The movie comes out July 14. We have all been anticipating this movie since we saw part one last summer.
We started reading Harry Potter out loud to our kids when they were very young, Star Wars Son was in the first grade and Dancing Daughter was around 4 years old. They grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione. They feel like a part of our family. SWS and DD fantasized about going to a school like Hogwarts, where the Headmaster (principal) cared so much for his students. And honestly so did I. SWS and DD learned about good over coming evil and that not everything in life is easy. I liked how the books pushed the boundaries of being good students while also questioning authority. I like to think my kids learned that some things are worth fighting for, especially when it comes to friendships.
In honor of the final movie, I've been reading all the books again. It is truly amazing that they still hold my attention and still make me cheer even though I already know what's going to happen. It's hard to believe that the last book came out almost 4 years ago. It's sad that there has not been another Harry Potter book to look forward to. I hope JK Rowling writes more books, she is a gifted writer who's characters are so easy to fall in love with.
Our family has had plans to watch all the movies before going to see the final movie, but with four different schedules to work around I'll be shocked if that happens.
In case you're wondering, my favorite character is Professor Severus Snape!
This day was saved for the Sea World post... Yeah, I haven't edited those pictures yet.
The sun has been shining in Seattle, hence the reason the photos are not edited.
Thanks to the sun garlic, radishes, spinach, lettuce and beets are breaking through the soil of my garden!
We've installed a water feature in the front yard, it looks amazing and I will be blogging about it soon.
Looks like Star Wars Sun got a job at the Pike Place Market. Hopefully he will still be working there this summer during Blog Fest West. We can go harass say "Hi" to him. Are you planning to attend Blog Fest West?! You really should consider it!
Dancing Daughter had a piece of her artwork selected to be put on a banner that will be displayed in our little town. Here's the article on the B-Town Blog. Yes, I will be taking pictures!
Opening night of "Little Shop of Horrors" is tonight. Dancing Daughter plays a Ronette in her school's Drama Club production. I'm super excited, she's super stressed.
I got out of bed at 10:00 last night when I heard DD crying in her room above ours. I spent 30 minutes calming her down. She is very stressed about the play, her math class that she fears she is failing, drill tryouts, the upcoming dance show... I'm sure the list goes on to include stress over friends and boys but we didn't get that far, I was trying to calm her down.
When your child turns 18 and the only present he wants is a tattoo, what do you do?
Well in our case we got him a tattoo.
Please understand that he's been asking to get a tattoo since he was 16. We've always said yes, but he's been very deliberate in chosing a design. It's taken him 2-1/2 years to come up with something he loves.
Friday was the big day. Five months after his 18th birthday.
Here it is, in all its glory:
Here is what he had to say about it (photo and quote stolen from his FB page):
"Tattoo artist Derek Noble’s beautiful interpretation of that annoying as f**k owl from Ocarina of Time, with the triforce underneath. Video games have had a huge impact on my life, and ever since 1998 when Ocarina of Time was released and I fell in love with the Zelda universe, I’ve been telling myself that when I turn 18, if I still love Zelda as much as I did as a young child, I would get it permanently engraved on my body, so here I am."
At some point color will be added.
Then he will get another one. Once he decided on a design, it was actually two he picked. The other one will be on the opposite arm, but similar. It will be the Deathly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter with Hedwig the owl. He will be paying for the color and the second tattoo!
Are Handy Man and I concerned that he won't be able to find decent employement because of the tattoo? No. I see many tattooed employees as I go about my day. They seem more commonplace than they were when I was a teen. SWS's career of choice will be something in the arts where people don't even look twice at a tattoo, unless it's to admire the beauty.
Neither Handy Man or I have tattoos, although I have a few designs I'd like to get. I've never pulled the trigger.
How do you feel about tattoos? Do you have a tattoo? If so, what is it? Would you pay for your 18 year old to get a tattoo, as a gift?
Here are the highlights of my weekend. Be warned it's nothing too exciting.
Friday evening I chatted on aim with my friends, Chris and Nick. That is always a special event!
On our weekly trip to the grocery store and Trader Joe's we spent about $40 less than we usually do!
Dancing Daughter needed a dress for a dance this Saturday and Star Wars Son needed a part for his drumset so we took off for the mall. Normally I dread one of these trips but this time was different. We all went our seperate ways and I was able to spend a good hour of uninterrupted time in the book store. Heaven! I found two books in the discounted section that I couldn't live without. I got a book about vegetable gardening because it's almost that time! Dancing Daughter got her dress, shoes, skirt, jacket, etc. SWS got his drum part and Handy Man got nothing. His choice!
I set up a scrapbooking table in the family room. Now I can scrapbook in the warmest room in the house, watch tv and be with my family!
My friend Sharon stopped by with some lovely tulips from the Pike Place Market. This inspired me to use the camera.
This is my 499th post since I started blogging in December 2008. The past 6 months I haven't posted much, so I was surprised to see that number when I logged on today. I'm working on a big post for next time and appropriately it will involve music and Pearl Jam. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my 500th post!
For today I'm sharing a little of what I've missed sharing with you the past few months with photos. I hope you enjoy them!
Star Wars Son Graduated:
Then his band played at a graduation party in the park:
Dancing Daughter performed in the summer dance show at the 5th Avenue Theatre:
Star Wars Son got his license:
And shaved his head:
Dancing Daughter started her Sophomore year of high school:
We had a Halloween party that included many teens and another concert in the basement:
And just so you don't think my world revolves around my kids...
Handy Man and I went to this very cool auction organized by my amazing friend Diane, who is also a blogger. That's not her in the picture, but the very talented and entertaining Auctioneer.
That's a little bit of what you've missed. We've done some less exciting stuff like getting new windows, having the electrical panel updated and installing a fireplace insert in the family room.
All in all it's been a good few months, but I've sure missed blogging!
Wow! I had to brush away the cobwebs in here before I could write my first post in weeks!
We spent Saturday on the beach at Anderson Island celebrating Bastille Day, because, well, that's how my friends roll.
This is an annual celebration that we have been attending for years. Every year we pack up the kids and their friends and the dog for a day of sun, water, friends, laughing, playing, eating, drinking and all around celebrating of life.
Saturday started out like every other year we go to celebrate Bastille day, with ferry anxiety. By nature I'm not a stresser outer... Except when it comes to catching the ferry. I just know we are going to be late and miss it, yet we NEVER have. We started out 10 minutes later than I wanted to and Handy Man drove at a leisurely pace all contributing to my stress.
While driving on the freeway we heard a very loud crack on top of the Suburban... Handy Man open the cover of the sunroof and we saw that it had been shattered. We didn't see the rock coming, but it definitely did some damage.
We got to the ferry in plenty of time (we always do) see friends in line and wait to board for the ride over. Once we arrive the dog jumps out of the car, excitedly greets the other dogs and promptly comes up lame. He's limping and gimpy, but still makes a beeline for the beach and limps all the way into the water where he frolics for a few seconds then comes back to the yard.
I promptly grab a beer and start talking for the next few hours. I see that Scout is not putting weight on his back leg at all, but I keep drinking and talking... What am I going to do on a Saturday on a very small island?! Besides, he didn't appear to be in pain, he just couldn't walk properly.
Today, after a trip to the vet, we found out Scout blew out his ACL which requires a specialist, surgery and weeks of rehab. The good news is that it's not painful for him, just awkward. There is always the chance he could injure one of his good legs by overworking them so we have been instructed to somehow keep this very active 9 year old lab calm and off his feet. Hahahahahaha! We might have to set the crate up again. :/ We have a long haul in front of us!
On a super positive and uplifting note. Star Wars Son and the three friends who came along befriended a 9 year old boy who hung out with them the whole day. They were really sweet with him, listening to him and laughing with him and teaching him how to be straight-edge. When asked the 9 year old said that meant no drugs or murder. The next day that 9 year old was heard saying that Saturday was the best
day of his life. Awwwww!
There is one thing that Dancing Daughter is going to find a challenge during the rest of her high school years and that is attendance. She is an amazing student. She does all of her work quickly and efficiently and she remembers to turn it in, something Star Wars Son had trouble remembering to do. She does extra work to get honors credit in the classes that offer it. She's well behaved in the classroom and participates in discussions.
Her downfall is attendance. She's an active girl doing both dance and church activities in the evenings. She frequently wakes up exhausted and feeling sick, stomach ache, headache, overall aches. Many times I make her get up and see how she feels, then I insist she goes to school but tell her she can call me if she keeps feeling sick. Sometimes, like the other day, when I wake her up she is just so exhausted she starts crying, begging me to let her stay home.
It's really conflicting to me because she is such a great student. When she misses school she makes up the work even if she has to stay after school to do it. Unfortunately teachers have the option of lowering a grade based only on attendance. She hasn't had one of those teachers yet, but I know she will at some point.
I know as a parent I should make her avoid activities that keep her out in the evenings, but she loves dance and church youth activities so much that I feel really bad suggesting she cut back on them. Plus I have that whole, "she is such a great student", idea in my head. It's hard to justify to her why she needs to cut back when she's getting a 4.0.
I'm relieved it's the end of the school year and I don't have to worry about it until the Fall, but it's a worry in the back of my mind. Have any of you been in a situation with your children like this and if so how did you resolve it?