6.24.2008

Marching to the Beat of Their Own Drums




My apologies for the blurry pics, but I stumbled onto this scene of Audrey "waltzing" with her Hello Kitty yesterday, and in an effort to capture the moment I totally disregarded my camera settings

I am constantly trying to balance my desire for Audrey and Millie to do all the things I wished I had done (i.e. learned an instrument, studied photography, learned to speak French fluently*, gone to RISD, actually possessed a talent that would have gained me admission into RISD) and not pushing them so hard to follow a creative path that they both end up accountants (nothing against accountants of course -- we have a very dear friend who's an accountant -- love him.)

*Audrey and I were reading Madeline before bed last night, which lead to recounting stories of Bryan's and my trip to Paris before she was born, which in turn lead to her requesting to learn some French words. And despite four years of high school French and four more years of college French, I could come up with exactly 20 words of actual French to teach her. So given my regret over not learning and her desire to learn, I'm thinking it might be fun to take a conversational French class together...Stay tuned.

17 comments:

Elizabeth H. said...

I totally understand what you are saying and I don't even have kids yet! Go get a French phrase book and practice.

jora said...

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Jane said...

Oh Joslyn...I am so not going to show Andy this post! So glad you love him cuz he's in hot water here! Maybe it's the accountant in him that's got me hot and bothered :)

Audrey is soo cute! Love her room too!

karey m. said...

add that to the list...four years of high school and a minor in undergrad. i even wrote my thesis on the substantive endings in heredia's poetry...

can. i. speak. it. today? nope.

so, our island commune will have to be french-speaking. narrows it down some.

loving a with kitty...xoxo!

driftwood shack said...

I have found the only way to get them interested is by example- so do the things you should have done and they will too! Est tres facile!

Julia said...

What a fabulous idea, taking a French class together! I'm positive that when Andrew and I start a family that French will be involved in our kiddo's education! Andrew taught English in France for 7 months while we were dating, so it's pretty important to him. For me, I'm happy if can spell Oui correctly :)

Jessie Cacciola said...

i love that they're blurry. so adorable! :)

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Who needs camera settings when there is 'magic' involved?

Tiffany, Tiff, Tiffy, Tiffers... said...

I stumbled upon your lovely blog a few weeks ago and I am deeply in love now! You have

Tiffany, Tiff, Tiffy, Tiffers... said...

I lost my comment mid stream...sorry about that! What I was trying to say is you have beautiful photos and writing that keep me checking in daily. Can't wait to read more!

mary said...

I'm the same way with Italian. 4 years of high school, 2 in college...straight A's...I want it back.

If you take a French class together, that might be the sweetest thing I've ever heard. I hope you do!

lynne said...

that would be so great, having that experience together...

i love those sweet images. so magical!

Bryan, Kim, Leah and Michael said...

When I saw RISD, my first thought was, "The Richardson ISD?" Oh me - someone pass me coffee.

I love the pink glow in these photos.

Joslyn said...

kim...Ha!
Richardson doesn have good schools. ;-)

laura said...

quelle bonne idee!
It's best to start young with a foreign language.

Stephanie said...

Oh my oh my...I love this room. Seriously, it has to be one of my favorite little girls' rooms ever. Care to expound a little more about the space? You've done an amazing job Joslyn!

P.S. I hear ya on the speaking French thing. Try being the only one in your household that doesn't speak French...not fun.

chelsea said...

Audrey has a very cute bedroom.