I made a difficult decision to stop volunteering with Soaring Spirits in order to focus more time and energy on my kids and my home (and myself). I also decided to go forward with starting up my college consulting business for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. I'm planning to be full swing by the fall, and start bringing in some money to the household.
Sydney's full-day preschool program has been discontinued, and that spurred the mad search for preschools for next school year since she still has a year to go before Kindergarten. That led to me finding a school for both her and Jacob, since I want to keep them together. Not only do they get so excited when they see each other in the hallway, on the playground or in the cafeteria, but it's comforting for them, and for me for them to be together. Plus, it's easier for drop off and pick up.
I found a school that has both a preschool and elementary school on the same campus, and they will offer the kids a wonderful well-rounded education. Right now, the public school system here pretty much only offers reading and math - no science, PE, art, music.... Anything extra has to be outsourced. When I grew up, public schools offered all of that. Unfortunately, if parents want to give those same opportunities to their children out here, they have to send them to private school. It's gonna be expensive, but I'm pretty sure we qualify for at least some financial aid. I'm taking the same approach to this as I did when I moved out here. I knew it was the best thing for us, and I'll figure out how to make it work as I go along.
During this time in between, I'm getting caught up around the house (it has been woefully let go) - getting organized, clean, and at a place where I can maintain it easily. I do have some big projects planned, like staining the play structure that Matt built, staining the table and chairs outside for the kids, and the gate, painting the bathroom and laundry room, and painting the outside of the house. Those are things that have been on hold since we moved here, and I would really like to get them finished before the fall, too.
The kittens we got a few weeks ago from the SPCA bring a lot of life and fun energy to the house. They're over their upper respiratory infections and doing great! I can't believe how quickly they started using the litter boxes... SO much easier than a dog!
I finally planned our trip to Buffalo in August for the Run for Row. It's scheduled for August 21 this year, so if anyone who is reading this plans to be in the area, please register - it'll be great to see everyone! You really don't even need to run. You can walk, or just socialize and be there to offer support. It's the 3rd annual 5K - I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I'm not sure how it can be the 3rd one already when it'll just be three years this November since Matt's accident... I'm not willing to think that hard about it to figure it out on my own. I'm actually excited about this trip to Buffalo, though - I think the last time I was there, I faced my fears about going back, and now I feel freed from them. Mostly...
Things with Carlos are going great - we're just taking our time and enjoying each other's company. He's patient, sweet, and always makes me laugh. In April, Matt's parents took the kids for me for a few days and gave me a nice, much-needed break. During that time, Carlos and I took a day trip to Santa Barbara, which was so beautiful and relaxing!
Had a big birthday bash for the kids in May to celebrate both of their birthdays, and it was a hit! I hired a couple who have a traveling science class, complete with reptiles, a kikachu and even a wallaby! It was Aunt Michelle's gift to the kids, and everyone had a great time. Ginny and Roy came out for the weekend and were a HUGE help.
That's about it for now... Forgive the choppiness of this post, but I'm just getting over a migrane and am still having a problem sounding coherent! Well, back to chipping away at my To Do list... =)