Oldest is 16 going on 25. There are advantages to having a 16 year old. For example, he bathes a lot more and is generally way more interested in his appearance than he was at 13 (not to mention how much better he smells). And he is driving now, which means he gets to run to the store. It also means that his father and I are always on the alert. As he says about himself, “I’m a good driver, just not in parking lots, in driveways, on small roads and gas stations.” So, if you happen to see him on the highway and have a gallon of gas, we would appreciate you lending him a hand.
Middle is 10 going on 15. The tween years have hit and they have hit hard. Though bathing still seems to be in the “Optional” category, makeup, hairstyling and trendy clothing are not. She is our free-spirited child — the reason our homeschooling style sometimes leans in the “delight-directed” or “unschooling” direction. She is an artist and natural musician; right-brained and creative. She is tied to her emotions and lives each day to the extreme. She loves to try new things, but is nervous about new situations. She keeps us on our toes.
Youngest is 7 going on 8. No, really. Though she is sometimes a tinge envious of her older siblings indepence, she really enjoys being the baby. She has her father’s laid-back personality which is essential for survival in this family. She also has her mother’s love of lists, more importantly list checking. Her homeschooling style involves a daily task sheet and her pencil checkmarks next to each item. And her favorite food…yes, chocolate. Finally, a child after my own stomach!