2013 has been a pretty good year for us. We've been pootling along nicely, W has continued to do well at school, gaining his first 2 GCSEs, and J has continued to enjoy being educated at home. Perhaps more importantly, I have also continued to enjoy having him at home! There has been very little in the way of sewing going on, but then there was the small matter of a new family member to contend with!
Rufus joined our family in July and has brought us so much joy and pleasure! He is still an anxious little chap, but so loving towards us, and he has done well at his fun agility training sessions. We had a little health scare with him earlier this month, when he appeared to be having some sort of fit or collapse, but he had recovered by the time we got to the vets and a blood test didn't show any problems, so it could be a neurological issue (like epilepsy) but unless it starts to happen more frequently we won't know. It was a very scary episode - just me and J in the house - and J was very frightened but coped with it brilliantly.
Our home schooling has been ticking along as well. We didn't managed to cover a lot of the stuff that I had planned to, but we continued to use IXL.com for maths and I can see that he is at last starting to make some progress there. We have been enjoying our home ed group meet ups, the workshops at the rural college, craft sessions at a local pottery painting studio and a hall meet for craft and cooking. Next year I am hoping that we will get out and about a bit more - despite having a 2nd car, we have still been rather restricted because of lovely Rufus, who hates to be left alone! We are going to continue working on J's maths and handwriting/spelling, and I am hoping to try and introduce some more structured learning for science, along with a focus on life skills. As awesome as J is, he can still be very oppositional when it comes to "learning" but as he is now the grand old age of 11, I think he is ready for a bit more responsibility and independence.
We have had a lovely, quiet Christmas. Our town was flooded after the heavy rains on Christmas Eve, but we were luckily out of the flood zone, as were all our friends. It has made for a very soggy Christmas break though, so we have been having a bit of a movie fest, interspersed with plenty of video games (the kids) and jigsaw puzzling (me!)
1000 pieces, finished after 5 days!
I hope to be able to find a little more time for both sewing and blogging next year, but I'm not making any promises! And, although I may not be here very often, I'd just like to thank everyone who continues to visit me here in my little space. Hope you all have a wonderful New Year!