So...perhaps a bit of an update is in order.
Here's my crew as they look today (or really, three weeks ago but whatever.) Top Right and going counter-clockwise (or widdershins as some of us like to say): Chaos, Mayhem, Havoc, Bug, and the Ninja Princessa. It was amazing and wonderful and unusual to have them all home at the same time in October.
A bazillion and twelve things have happened in the what, 27 months or so, since I last posted and it was scanty fare before that. But here is where we are and I'll try to back fill later -
Mayhem - age 17 as of this summer. A junior, handsome and suave, completely into lacrosse (goalie) and all around congenial guy. Very interested in fashion. He is a seriously sharp dressed man - and will have to get a job at Buckle very soon to support his shopping habit. Still ADD as hell and struggling in school - but smart and enthusiastic. He is one of those guys at the football games - bare chested painted up - cheering his team on. He is kind of dating (I think) - a girl here. They talked and texted after he left this summer and went out a couple of times when he was back for Fall Break. He is so easy to be around. He's in the throes of deciding which colleges he's interested in. He is working on his art portfolio for Governor's School. Now if only he can pass Latin this semester...
Which brings us to the Ninja Princessa - age 16. I love this series of pictures because it is soooooo her! I was being silly and zoomed in for a close up and out for a full body pic and then when I zoomed in again, she made this little sound like "mweep". I cracked up when I saw the camera. She's a junior and in the social justice track at school. She's president of the QSA (=Queer-Straight Alliance) at her school and on the board of Inside Out (the regional LGBTQIA youth organization). It's interesting. She has been a very involved member since her Freshman year. She didn't date anyone for a long time. When she first joined we asked if she was interested in girls. (Not a surprising question.) She said she thought girls were too much drama but then she went on to say she wasn't particularly interested in boys either. "I have four brothers after all. I KNOW what boys are like for real." Ha! She said she's passionate about people getting to make their own choices; she supports her friends of all varieties. She did end up dating a very nice boy who'd been a friend for years. But they recently broke up. :( She is still a vegetarian and an activist for animal rights (though she is smart and informed and not like the animal rights activists I detest.)
In short - my kids are just completely AWESOME. I have no idea how I got so freaking lucky. I hope to write an update about the rest of us (me, Linus, and Bet and Tallulah and Wasabi - who should have their own post I think). Sooner than 2 years at any rate! But don't hold your breath. :D Peace!