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!