To start, I'm still working on the children's book. It's called Rise of the Urban Eagle and it's a story about a young pigeon who learns a life lesson from his father about always doing your best. I'm in the coloring stages of the book now and hopefully will be done with it in a few weeks. There will be a free copy available with more features to unlock in the paid version.
Taking summer classes, actually just class. Ms. A is taking a couple classes as well. My course is Intro to Literature and after reading some of the fiction in the text book, it should be renamed "A Reason Not To Get Into Literature" or "How ACC Made Me Hate Reading." Some of these stories, while "classic" are just abysmal to read, but I suppose are there to make you think about reading and writing and analysis of literature. It's certainly not terribly enjoyable, but rather than be branded a cretin, I'm just going to roll with it. It's a needed class.
Adventure Summer 2011 continues for the kids as they have already completed one round of swim lessons and are also enrolled in gymnastics and karate. LMA has advanced in swimming so much the only thing she can do now is join the swim team in middle school, which she has said she doesn't want to do. The ladies take them on scooter to area pools during the day and on weekends to make sure they get out and do stuff. We've restricted video games and TV to almost nothing. However, with Austin reaching almost 108 yesterday I'm seriously reconsidering that stance.
To that end, the kids are always at each other's throats and we're especially worried about LMA. We've tried everything we can think of and it's likely time for some therapy at the very least so she can talk with someone who isn't her parents. I don't like this idea mainly because it feels like I've failed as a parent but as Ms. A has said before, she'll do whatever it takes to make sure LMA is happy and healthy. I get some EAP through work for a few sessions and then I think it's partially covered after that so we'll see what happens.
Tiger Lily and I are doing wonderfully. She took a trip to France with some friends and had a great time. Her sister is in town for the summer for an internship so the two of them will be able to spend some time together.
Brick Fiesta is fast approaching. If you haven't made plans to be here, that's a good an excuse as any. TL and I will have a couple MOCs up and the whole thing should be a lot of fun. If you're in Austin at the end of June, make the trip to the South Omni Hotel and come find us and say hello.
Father's Day was really nice. I got to sleep in while everyone else made breakfast for a change. Got a nice book about Geek culture, got to have some quiet time to do homework and draw and I watched some crappy movies on TV. Wasn't bad.
Hope you are all having a good summer. Carry on.
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