The thing you need to know about us is that things are never the same, or at least can’t seem to stay the same for very long. The dots along the path of our life bounce around from here, to here, and here, and we are rarely where we thought we would end up. You would think that all the change would actually be quite routine after a while, but every so often Brian and I look at each other, and sort of sigh and say “how is this our life?” What a long strange road it’s been.
So I thought I’d do a quick little run down of where we are, “right now,” as in, at 9am on Thursday. Ask me again what’s up in a week and it could be different. I’m reserving that right. Ha ha.
Brian got a new job. It’s pretty kick ass and definitely has it’s perks. But it’s further away and the hours are a bit longer so our evening dinner/homework/bathtime/bedtime ritual is looking a bit different, as in I’m doing most of it.
Nolan has been in school for six weeks now and he’s doing so well! I went to his first parent teacher conference and his teacher had nothing but great things to say about his progress. I was a little worried I had failed him as a parent and was continuing to fail at preparing him for school, but he’s surviving on his own and I haven’t screwed him up too badly. Yet.
We read a lot. And I try to supplement school when he gets home with some other activities to challenge him academically and encourage him to put his schoolwork into practice. We also dabble in a little Spanish and Latin. I know, I’m totally THAT mom right now. My thoughts are, any sort of awareness and exposure to languages is better than nothing. Plus, a bonus is that I’m learning also. Mi llamo es madre, dudes.
Leah, my darling daughter, is killing it in ballet. She loves her dance class. We had to pull her out of preschool, much to my chagrin, because of scheduling conflicts. That decision was so hard and one that I still struggle with. I hate that we couldn’t make that work and that’s definitely fueling my mom guilt. But she’s getting to spend the time that I am working with friends and having a nice time. Academics are really important to me, and she’d love to be in school and it’s so hard to not be able to give her everything that she deserves.
Huck is growing up so fast. He’s into everything he can get his slobbery little hands on. Right now his favorite thing to do is chew on crayons or climb into piles of clean laundry. We joke that he’s a lot like a cat, in that he likes to disrupt whatever you’re trying to do. I was working with Nolan on some schoolwork sitting on the floor and Huck insisted on sitting right in the middle of it. He’s an awful sleeper, but nothing that he won’t grow out of… hopefuly. He’s staying with the same woman that Leah is during the day while I’m working my office job. Seeing his little face at the end of work is the best part of my day sometimes.
I am still working two jobs and going to grad school. I feel really lucky to have the arrangement that I do. I really love my jobs and I love my graduate program. I wish I made more money, but so far there doesn’t seem to be a huge market for people willing to pay me to sit at home. So, sacrifices, I guess. Sometimes I think I might like to work full-time again, because benefits and hefty paycheck do sound appealing, but again, I really, really, really love what I do. And I know what a value that is to have.
We hopefully only have about eight weeks left living in the apartment. If all goes well #mybigfatdreamhome should be complete and we should close just before Christmas. Let me just say that you have to really love somebody to live in a tiny apartment together with your three kids. We try to make the best of it though, even if the size of our master closet is bigger than the entire apartment we are living in. : |
Later this week I’m taking off for Tennessee with the kids. We’re going to try to squeeze in as much grandparent time as possible and also attend the Country Living Fair again that’s held in Atlanta. I’m mostly excited for being able to sleep in a bed by myself for a few days. It’s amazing how rested one can feel after sleeping uninterrupted in the middle of the bed. We’re also hitting up Boo at the Zoo and Chuck E. Cheese, because children.
All in all, things are good. Busy, but good. Our weird little herd marches right on.