My 17yo dd is on tour with Canada's National Youth Orchestra. She spent the day rehearsing Mahler's Symphony #5 with an orchestra of 106 other 16-to-28-year-olds and brushing up Shostakovich Symphony #15, Richard Strauss' Rosenkavalier a couple of modern pieces for performances today. She also managed to go for a run at 6:15 a.m. in temperatures hovering around 80F -- before the heat of the day struck. She's on the other side of the country from us and we hear from her every couple of days.
Where we live by contrast it has been very cold and wet. The kids were up late the night before playing music at an opening reception at a local gallery, so we got a late start on the day.
My 14yo ds spent most of the day watching movies. He's doing a sort of informal self-designed film studies course, watching his way through classic movies from the past three or four decades. He watches on the computer, supplementing with text and video interviews, reviews and research about the films, their directors and the settings and production. I'm not sure why he's so obsessed, but he's sure learning a lot. He came to supper wanting to talk about the Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes and Oliver Cromwell. He's also been sketching, photographing and photoshopping all sorts of neat things and sharing them with his friends via facebook. Some steampunk-style illustrations, some nature photography, some impressionistic digital painting. He did a couple of pencil sketches today and got some encouragement and feedback from friends on-line. Most of his friends live the better part of an hour away and he doesn't see them much in the summer, so I don't begrudge him his social media.
Dd12 (who is considering attending school next fall) is currently on a big French-language kick. She's worked through the middle third of Rosetta Stone Level 1 in the past few days and probably spent a good three hours at it yesterday. (She's quite bummed that the school doesn't offer French -- in Canada! -- and she'll need to switch to Spanish in the fall.) She's learned to crochet and did up an 8" square yesterday, her third, for the Knit-a-Squillion charity project. She worked some more on building the cold-plunge pool in our creek, mowed our immense lawn, played Scrabble with her sister, invented a bunch on nonsense words and wrote out the definitions for "ideas which should have words to go with them," and helped make two dozen knitting needles for kids at a music camp next week.
Dd8 was out of sorts all morning while her sister was busy with French. She helped me bake some cookies and did a fair bit of moping. She knit a few rows on her current Knit-a-Squillion square, and read a bit from a novel from the Warriors series. Then, along with her sister she had a blast all afternoon playing / building in the creek, doing yard work, inventing words and playing Scrabble. She spent most of her evening sharpening, sanding, staining and oiling dowels to make knitting needles, and then creatively topping them with Fimo knobs.
All the kids practiced violin / viola in preparation for next week's music camp.