I’m still falling short of my goal of even just a weekly family update, so I’ll try to play quick catchup:
Ben and Sophie started school today (9/8) at Capitol Hill Academy. Ben got advanced to 6th grade (skipped 5th) because he tested almost in 7th. Sophie will be in 2nd and is excited to be in school with her cousins (Kim’s kids) and the Oaks. School is packed into 8-12 and is an intense workday, but they like the shorter schedule.
I was able to negotiate yet another schedule change and now work 5-7 a.m. at home, go pick up the Oaks and drop off Lucy and Noah with Elaine, take all the kids to school downtown at 7:45, be at work by 8 a.m., leave at noon, pick them all up at 12:15, take home the Oaks, pick up Lucy and Noah, and go home for lunch and mommy life. Tues and Thurs are a little different, as I have to keep my normal, 8-3 schedule on Tuesday for my team meeting and Lucy and Noah will either be with David, or if he’s travelling, with my mom, since on those days they both have a cute little in-home preschool with a lady in our ward.
This is just one part of a very grand effort David and I are making to settle down and make our lives more calm and less crisis mode. He will be taking on as much work as he can, I will be able to step up my home/kids/family care, the school situation is good and stable, etc. David’s actually going to get a UT driver license, so that shows you he has finally come to terms with our life.
David got called to the Elder’s Quorum presidency this past week, and I think that will be good for him to feel useful. He was a great gospel doctrine teacher, but he has missed the heavy service he used to have to do as a scoutmaster.
I had a lot of health craziness the past few weeks. In fact, I had 6 medical appointments (including a scope and a CT scan) in one week. It was lame. I’ll spare you the drama, but I’m probably fine. The endometriosis problem that was left after the hysterectomy is just still causing problems, and I also was a loser on the waterslide at Lagoon a few weeks ago and subluxated my kneecap. I couldn’t do the triathlon on labor day, so Ben was discouraged and didn’t do it, but instead we went on a hike to donut falls, and the knee held up ok.
Overall, it was a great summer, from the kids perspective. We camped, went to Lagoon, hiked, swam, barbequed, played some video games, had birthday parties and generally were structureless. I’m looking forward to getting back to the structure now. From the parent’s perspective, it was a summer filled with tons of painful spiritual lessons on trust in God, contentment and submission and lots of personal growth. I have immersed myself in the scriptures and in study and prayer and have come out with a much clearer view, although it’s always a work in process.
Again, I’ll try to write more often.