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Back to School...for me too! 
Sep. 7, 2011 11:13 am 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2011 4:21 pm
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.
Sep. 7, 2011 10:54 pm
God for you! Continuing to sharpen your brain is a great pursuit. I wold love to know which house demolition you will be assisting with your sound effect! What an amazing vocation for your family.
Sep. 8, 2011 6:41 am
This is a very nice post! It is a life lesson about family working together and their accomplishments and plans for the future. Thank you!
Sep. 8, 2011 7:39 am
Hi Michelle. I have a friend in Olympia who went to law school at 55. Many of her friends asked her why she was starting a law degree at 55. Her answer......."I'm gonna be 55 anyway". She is now a successful attorney in her 60's. Go for it!
Sep. 8, 2011 8:13 am
Oh Wow, I'm now feeling motivated. The nice thing about returning to school these days is the "online" access to so many different classes.
Sep. 8, 2011 8:33 am
My dad always felt diminshed because my mother had a BA and he didn't. (Never mind he was brilliant) Anyway, he and I graduated from college the same year and I was so proud of him. He went on to get a Masters in American history, which came easily to him since he had spent years reading anything he could on the subject. You'll do great!
Sep. 8, 2011 9:03 am
Mamaw, I know very little about the house even though the demo is tomorrow. I don't even want to say the name of the town yet because I'm not sure if the family even knows. I'm certain they must have been told in the last few days at least. But loose lips and all that! :) My main job tomorrow will be photographer for our company so I will share pics and info with you over the weekend when I have recovered from it! We have to squeeze it in between other shows and it's an 8 hr drive there each way!!!
Sep. 8, 2011 9:13 am
Mike, thank you! I'm feeling very good about where everyone in the family is at. Right now it's blue skies ahead although I know we'll hit a few rain squalls along the way. It just makes you appreciate the good weather! :)
Sep. 8, 2011 9:15 am
Mauigirl, wow, that is an accomplishment! I certainly don't see myself going as far a law school or anything but that's a wonderful story. Sometimes when I am thinking about "what I want to do when I grow up," I will discount things like geologist or astronomer because I'm too old to get started in that field. I'll think of your friend next time I do that! Thanks for sharing that.
Sep. 8, 2011 9:19 am
CaptJBean, I've been thinking about doing this for years and quietly started the whole process of acceptance and scholarships last winter so I would have the option this fall. And I'm going for it, thank goodness I had the foresight to set it all up. My previous college was pre-internet. Two of my classes this quarter (US History & English Comp) are Hybrid Online. I attend class for one hour, twice a week. Then the rest is done online. I'm curious about how this will work but looking forward to the new challenge!
Sep. 8, 2011 9:25 am
BigShotsMom, I can relate. My (step) mom was a school teacher and both my parents put an emphasis on education. I was always the one who school came easy to. Without working very hard, I have straight A's in my college work. I enjoy it but never had the motivation to finish. My younger brother and sister both have college degrees while I went the family route and had children fairly young. My family is so thrilled that I am going back to school but I'm not doing it for them, of course! I'm just ready, for a lot of different reasons. It took me a while to get here but it's time. Your fathers story is very inspirational. You must be so proud of him!
Sep. 8, 2011 1:28 pm
Michelle - I've got a B.S. in Zoology (Marine Ecology) but never worked in the field. IMO, a degree is it's own reward. I studied what I loved, and have never looked back. Besides, unless it's a degree-specific job you seek, employers don't care what subject you studied. Have fun!
Sep. 8, 2011 4:21 pm
Thanks, Duffy! Marine Ecology sounds facinating! But I kinda feel that way about a lot of things. Hence my indecision over my degree. But I have plenty of time to figure it out. I'll enjoy my classes and see what catches my interest. Like you, I don't necessary plan on getting the degree for any career reasons. I'm pretty happy where I'm at but just want to finish my degree for my own satisfaction.
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I am the mother of 3 - 22 & 19 yr old boys and a 10 yr old girl. We have a pyrotechnics company and get to experience fun events all over the state and country. After a lifetime of rarely leaving Washington State, I love experiencing new foods during our travels.
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Just about anything except baking. I like to "wing it" when I am cooking which isn't good for baking. And it's also a problem when everyone loves something I made. It can be difficult to come up with the same thing twice. We dine at restaurants the majority of the time but I love being able to make a home-cooked meal for my family.
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When I was about 10, my sister and I tried to make a recipe for Shepherds Pie that used instant mashed potatoes but we neglected to prepare the potatoes before adding them on top. It turned out glue-like but the adults did a great job of eating some of it and telling us it was "just fine". But there was a lot of water consummed with that meal!!!
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