A good day, well lived :)
L spent a long time today working on video editing - he's mastered a lot of interesting techniques, and is thoroughly enjoying it. Best of all it's all autonomous :) Neither his father or I have any real knowledge about "modern" video editing, I wouldn't even know where to start looking for info to be honest, but L has found several sites that have resources and software, he's worked out how he needs to upgrade his PC, he's choosing when to research this, and how long to spend on it, and is basically just being very self motivated.
On a similar note L has started working on his drawing skills - after talking through the negative impact nursery had on his desire to draw (and that was almost 12 years ago now!) L has been watching other people sketch on you-tube, and rebuilding his confidence. He's asked for some specific supplies, and tells me he's feeling happier about drawing. He also feels he is getting better at it, but isn't ready to share his work yet. This is actually a BIG THING. I cannot easily put in to words just how angry I am that pre-school workers destroyed L's confidence and that it has taken us more than a decade to rebuild what was a burning desire to draw.
A, J and M went to a new club this afternoon - it's a skills sharing / challenge club. A and J really engaged with the idea of creating a club badge, and they co-operated with the other children well, drawing along side them, then working on combining all the pictures into one badge. Both of them were happy and chilled all afternoon :)
M felt out of sorts - he has been off for a week now, not quite right just needing more "handling" than normal. He struggled to engage, perhaps it was the new setting, a new group of people, an artistic challenge, or a hold-over from previous events at other places, but he was clinging to me and wanting a lot more reassurance than he generally does. That said he wasn't naughty in any way, not disruptive or irritating to anyone other than me, so it was a manageable afternoon, even with his unease.
The children are all looking forward to the next meeting, and M is hoping to join in more.
When we got home there wasn't much time before we were due to go out again, there was some TV time (a growing rarity, even though we don't limit it, the children generally choose to play minecraft together rather than sit and watch the TV.)
Then it was off to Chess for M, a friends house for A and a church youth group for J. L skyped friends and played on his Xbox in peace :)
When we got home Uncle N was skypeing the kids (he does that every week, which is awesome!) A went out to play until it was dark, then we ate and got the younger three to bed.
Apparently someone died in the Morpurgo book . . . not a surprise really, but there were tears :(
Then L, my husband and I played Lords of Waterdeep (a cool board game :) ) I won (again!)
We enjoy playing games once the younger three are in bed - it gives us a chance to play a bit more ruthlessly, to play more complex games, and it's a great way to spend the evening with L, making sure he gets his time with us not distracted by random demands from the little ones.
Sometimes it is hard balancing the needs of four very different children, but at the moment we're doing OK.
Have a happy weekend :)