Yesterday did not turn into quite the total shit show I was worried it would because Ben and I were both done early enough to come home together-- Ben swung by campus and picked me up, saving me a walk to the parking garage on teetering heels which was a total end-of-the-day relief.
Then I could the gather junior high schooler and all of his school supplies and take him to get his schedule. Easy peasy. He is in a 6th grade section that stays upstairs in the huge school building (there are like 600 kids in this school), in their own cozy little sixth-grade hallway. He has homeroom and then 2 classes back-to-back with his homeroom teacher. Then the whole 6th grade has lunch together, and then they move in their little homeroom cohort to the rest of their academic subjects before having art, music, band/choir/orchestra with other 6th graders. It's a good set up, I think. And Harry has 3 good friends in his cohort, so that has lessened his anxiety in a big way.
I still have questions about junior high, and I talked about some of them on this week's POTY, so check out the podcast and email us your advice at firstname.lastname@example.org. (You can also listen to us on iTunes or on our website).
Baseball selfie: (Jack and Harry are both playing Little League fall season-- SO MUCH BASEBALL)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
You know what? If second day of school pictures aren't a thing, then they should be. And hell, in a little while here, we might even take third day of school pictures. WHO KNOWS.
I actually saw Dorothy going out the door yesterday and thought damn she's cute. I should take a picture. So I did in our ridiculous laundry room that leads to our even more ridiculous garage and should probably never BE pictured. And yet.
Sounds like a scheduling nightmare, but I bet it's gonna be fun. HAHAHAHAHA.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Ben snapped this pic before I left for work. And then posted in on FB. He;s the best.
I looked back through the years of this blog to Welcome Week, and wow, it used to be a way bigger headache/juggle. Part of that is the timing of the academic year (Ben started earlier, and he had more online classes now), and part of that is the ease of having bigger kids.
When Harry was tiny, I brought him with me. My first year of doing my actual job with my actual PhD got off to a rough start because I got the wrong textbooks and only discovered them the day before my meetings started (hahahahahaha), but the actual week was good, I think because we had a regular babysitter, our normal sitter, and it was different to have her come over everyday, but still pretty routine. In 2010, we must have had our sitter, too, because all I was nervous about was getting my ID picture taken (WTF?). In 2011, I took an early maternity leave because I thought for sure I would have Cooper in August-- LOLz for days-- so no Welcome Week for me. 2012 gives me hives just to read about, and we were kind of flying bling because we didn't have a regular sitter by hat point. We had grad students we sued a lot for nights out, but no day time helpers or anything. In 2013, my parents had to come for a week and babysit Dorothy IN MY BUILDING so I could feed her periodically and ALSO we had to have a sitter at home. 2014 didn't muster a blog mention. 2015 had a babysitter FAIL that caused me to take all the kids to work (gaaaaaaaah). Last year was busy but generally unremarkable.
Next year-- we might not even need a sitter at all because Harry will, be 12 and Jack 10 and "babies" 5 and almost 7. This week we only need a sitter for a few hours 2 afternoons, and it is crazy to think about, but Harry could handle those few hours next year. SO WEIRD.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Also, my hairdresser curled my hair and it looked amazing but I canNOT do it myslelf. I have tried a flat iron, a curling iron, and also hot rollers. Can you help?
Friday, August 25, 2017
The other day while the 5 of us were walking around the lakeshore path on campus waiting for Ben to get home from work and join us for ice cream on the terrace, I realized something. THESE KIDS ARE NOT HIKERS. We walked for maaaaaaaayve 6 and a half minutes before everyone needed to rest their tired little legs.Wow in the World podcast, and this episode told them they should feed ducks kale, not bread. So, they packed a ziploc of kale and took it with us.
We started with lunch at Mickie's-- my fave.