Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Lu just turned 13!

Here he is with all his presents, minus a goat.
Yup, a goat.

About a month and a half ago,
Lu decided he wants to get into the goat farming business.

Since then, he's been getting up at 5am, 
three times a week, to go apprentice on a friend's goat farm.

Cha and I take turns dropping him off.
We run with the dogs, Lu takes his bike.

5am is not my favorite time of the day,
especially not for actually being awake.

But I can't complain about my early morning walks
with views like these:

He's already put in over 50 hours, so,
as promised, we're getting him a goat!
The goat house, companion goat, and goat accessories
will have to be paid back in milk, cheese, and meat.
But the first goat is a gift.

Lu's already done some successful cheese-making
with cow milk. Can't wait for that goat cheese!

AND he helped slaughter and butcher a sheep!

Here's Lu moving rocks on the land
where the goat house is now almost up:

And taking a break by getting some jocote fruits
down from the tree:

Jocote season is definitely a favorite time of year.

On the academic front,
Lu's been busy writing essays.

We took a class with a professional writer
who taught us basic structure and gave us
lots of useful tips.

Here are some paragraphs from his
instructional, compare/contrast,
and character development essays.
He's editing and typing his favorite two
for our homeschool archive.

 This year's math was mostly algebra and geometry.
To keep up with Lu, I covered all the new stuff with him during
the first half of the year, and then got a tutor for reinforcement,
the second half of the year (for my sanity).

Here's his last math homework assignment:

And making shapes with M.C. Escher:

With the rains finally over
(rainy season is about half the year here)
it's time for swimming!

And swimming with friends:

For one of his 13th birthday presents, I gave Lu permission to join facebook. This was something I decided on just over the last few months. I used to think we'd wait until he was at least 16, but I found myself often thinking "this article would be great for Lu" or "I wish Lu was on here to share this with him". And indeed, it is very handy for homeschool, as well as for keeping in touch with long-distance friends (one of the downsides of living in a town that is a tourist attraction, is that friends are usually temporary or seasonal). But having a facebook account comes with many rules, like not blocking me from anything, showing me his news feed whenever I ask, and only friending new people with my consent.

Lu has grown up so much this past year. 
He's done two major apprenticeships 
(restaurant and goat farm),  
and showed serious commitment and responsibility in both. 

I'm so proud of my official teen-ager.

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