Thursday, December 4, 2008

Winter Break

We're taking winter break. What does that mean? It means we're taking the entire month of December off. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be helping with our frantic schedule. I know that we don't have near as much to do in January (in the way of field trips, out of town stuff, etc), but we'll still be doing Taekwondo, which seem so be an almost daily thing. I'm also taking Beginning Hebrew classes on Tuesdays, which means my babysitter has a steady income, and I'm getting brain food. Learning a language that not only does not use Latin letters, but is also read the opposite direction from English, is proving to be much more difficult to learn than, say, Spanish. On the other hand, it's really not too bad, and I'm enjoying it.

Today, all we had was Taekwondo. We had a family class. It is so cute to see Dominic, in his little uniform, trying to kick his leg high. He giggled his way through most of the class. There is a girl in my class who will be 12 in January. She also giggles her way through classes. They'll be a good match once the age difference is of no consequence. He prefers older women, anyway.

Gabriel finally consented to read To Ride Pegasus by Anne McCaffrey. Really, I blackmailed him into it. He's very resistant to reading anything I recommend. It doesn't matter that he has absolutely loved everything Gary and I have ever recommended (I'm not counting things I've assigned him in school-those are not for pleasure reading, although he enjoys a lot of them, he's not going to enjoy all of them). He doesn't want to accept the fact that we may know what he likes to read. Most of all, he doesn't want to accept that we have similar interests in books. So, today, he started reading To Ride Pegasus. He is enthralled. It really is an excellent book for anyone interested in the supernatural. It's one of my favorites by Anne McCaffrey. It's also one of her lesser known works. But, it'll get him started. I know he'll enjoy all of the "Pegasus" series. The Rowan series continues it, but I'm not sure if that isn't just a little too romantic for him. They have a good story line, there's a lot of war and psychic stuff, but there's also a lot of angst. I'm not sure how he'll feel about all the touchy-feely stuff in them. We'll see. I think he would really enjoy the Pern series, and he has read one of them, but he's not enthusiastic about reading more, so we'll wait and see.

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