Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Long Haul

It has been a whirlwind around here lately. I find myself just spinning in place before I head out for the next thing. I don't think I've had such a busy fall in quite a while.

The son turned 13. We've been parents of a teenager for just under two weeks and it has already been a roller coaster ride. Prayers appreciated for the teen and his parents. So far I've decided that teens are: time consuming, argumentative, expensive, alternately funny and infuriating within the same conversation, tall, in need of an imposed wake up time, and still the same kid they were a few weeks ago but with more attitude.

The other son has found a hobby. Hobbies to be exact. He is on the school robotics team, in the school Christmas play, singing a solo in the church Christmas play, and willingly chose to read the first Harry Potter book.. for a second time. I am so confused. He can be quite delightful most days and gives a great back rub. And it is evident that he is changing and growing up. That's good. But I will miss him as a little guy. I hope he stays just as snuggley.

My library classes are winding down for the semester. By winding down I mean I have 7 more projects/papers to complete in the next 3 weeks. But if I finish the semester successfully I will be over half way finished with the degree. It seems like I should be closer to finishing, but Dec 2014 is as close as I could get it without selling one of the children or losing my job. I can't wait to see what doors open up for me when I get this done. It will allow me to continue to work with children everyday but not have to deal with the classroom issues that suck the fun out of working in a school. There are different problems, I know. But after 20 years in the classroom (by the time I am done), different will be OK.

So, we are fine. Just living a very full life. I am looking forward to seeing my family at Thanksgiving. Some time away will be nice. So I am hanging on until school gets out for the holiday. I should probably invest in some grips or something to make hanging on easier.