Thursday, February 28, 2008

Photos from Florida

Just in case anyone's been wondering what my youngest daughter has been up to these days down in Florida, I am happy to report that her father has put her back in high school and she seems to be doing much better than she was. Even though there are many, many, many children out there who thrive and benefit from homeschooling, Jamie was not one of them. Part of the problem could have been that her father and stepmother tried to start this process when she was a few months into her freshmen year at high school and part of it also could have been Jamie's attention span - or lack thereof - when it came to being handed some papers and directions and told "okay, do this".

Add on the fact that she really, really missed being around kids her own age and it apparently just didn't make for a real good idea. She started back at her old high school last Wednesday and seems to be settling back in quite well. She even told me last night that she was trying out for a part in a school play, though she couldn't remember what play it was!

Her dad has been allowing her to do some more drawing lately, too, which she really enjoys doing and it's a good outlet for her. She's taking an art class at school and one of the assignments was to draw a picture of a favorite childhood character. Jamie has always, always, always been a big fan of Winnie the Pooh so that's who she drew. She sent me the picture of her drawing above that she took with her cellphone and I've got to say that it's a lot better than I could ever do! I'm glad that her father is allowing her to do some of the things she enjoys and I'm sure he'll notice an improvement in her attitude, too.

One of the other ways she's been passing time is apparently to go out and hunt down critters outside of the mobile home they live in as evidenced by this other picture she sent me yesterday. Sorry that it's a bit blurry but I guess when you take a picture of a squiggly lizard with your cellphone while trying to hold it still at the same time can be tricky! She assures me that she released the little fella back out into the yard (and that she also washed those dirty hands of hers afterwards!) which is good as he probably had another Geico commercial or two to do!

Lord knows what she's going to send me a picture of next - I sure hope it's not one of her holding a baby alligator that she just happened to find wandering around out in the yard!

16 comments:

  1. Linda-
    I'm happy for your daughter. Being home schooled by a step parent is a rather (how should I put it) idiotic idea. Best to her & you...

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  2. I'm happy to hear Jamie is back in school...

    AND ALSO

    He is "letting" her draw? What kind of effing idiot is this man? He's "letting" her draw. Is drawing the devils way of makikng us go to the dark side?

    For crying out loud.

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  3. It's so good to hear that Jamie is doing better and at least somewhat enjoying her teenage years. Let's hope it continues and she starts to thrive as she should. Blossoming.....

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  4. That is a really good drawing of Winnie the Pooh. I'm glad to hear she's back in school and is doing better. I can do without the critters though.

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  5. I'm glad to hear she's doing well. That silly girl with that lizard. *LOL*

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  6. Good news that she's doing better.

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  7. I'm glad to hear that Jamie is doing better and getting allowed mroe "freedoms." Been thinking of her.

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  8. I'm so glad to hear Jamie is back in school and feeling happier. I'm sure she'd be happier still if she was with you. x

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  9. What do you mean Her dad has been allowing her to do some more drawing lately? She isn't allowed to draw?

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  10. Glad to hear Jamie is doing better...

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  11. Home schooling only works, IMO, if you have a curriculum, a plan for learning and someone who can teach... Not many parents have that capacity, wisdom or ability to teach. Good she's back in school

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  12. Glad to hear she is doing better. Love her drawing - both of your daughters are very talented.

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  13. nope, you dont take pics of those...you stew them.

    glad she's back in school. how're things otherwise?

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  14. I am very glad to hear Jamie is back in school and around her peers again. I was wondering about her, just hesitated to ask. Guess I shouldn't have hesitated.

    Cute drawing of Pooh Bear. What do you mean he's allowing her to draw? I don't understand that at all.

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  15. Ive reeet this story from the early begining and very happy thant happy and comes to your family. Good luck.

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  16. Here's hoping that things continue to improve....being thankful for these things, these blessings.

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