So I’m just sitting here this morning, enjoying the quiet start to my day.
School started up for the kids last week and I love getting back into the school routine.
I am a slow starter in the morning. I like to get up an hour before everyone else to “warm up” my achy joints before doing anything productive.
Rick is not a morning person as most of his work is in the evening.
Tonight he is doing the local license for the pyro at the Taylor Swift concert.
Luckily it’s at the Tacoma Dome, which is about 15 minutes from the house.
Kate is a little jealous that some of her friends are going to the concert and she isn’t.
But she is taking Friday off from school to go with us for the taping of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” so she is OK with it.
We are donating our time and equipment to do special effects for the house demolition so we are making it a family volunteer project.
Kate has started the 5th grade.
She has the same teacher as last year and we are both thrilled with that.
I love that option of the multi-grade class. I think the consistency of having the same teacher for multiple years is wonderful.
We took advantage of that with my oldest son and I would do it anytime it’s an option.
Matthew has an exciting change in his school this year.
He “graduated” with his class in 2010 but has stayed in high school.
He received a Certificate of Completion in lieu of a diploma but can remain in public school until he is 21, which is next year!
Matt is Autistic and functions at about a 3rd grade level.
But he is an exceptionally gifted artist so this year his school arranged for him to attend the high school for morning classes.
Then twice a week he will be taking an evening online course from a technical school in Computer Animation.
A teacher at the high school will be assisting him with any help he might need.
We have been extremely blessed with the school district he is in.
There were many, many battles early in his school career (in a different school district) but it has all paid off.
Another big change this year is…I am going back to school!
I have attended college off and on since high school but never completed even an AA.
I have more than enough credits, they just aren’t in the right subjects.
I was taking classes willy-nilly that interested me for enrichment.
But I’ve decided to go back and fill in the blanks.
I am constantly being asked what I want to do with it and I have no idea.
I have the time and opportunity to go right now so I am taking advantage of it.
Just as long as I don’t have to take out any student loans.
At the very least, it will improve my Jeopardy game!
So I am enjoying these next few quiet weeks before my school starts.
I’m trying to get a thorough house cleaning in and whipping up some extra dinners to put in the freezer for those inevitable crazy days in our immediate future.
Right now I’m steaming some rice so it can chill in time to make pork fried rice for dinner tonight.
Last night I grilled a pork loin that I purchased pre-marinated.
Never again. It was so salty! But I hope that making it into fried rice (with no added salt) tonight will balance out the sodium.