An update post from my sister-in-law prompted me to do my own update. I haven't done much posting lately, although I have plenty of pictures to post. Here is a list of things going on with us:
* Scott left yesterday for NEW YORK. And, he is DRIVING! We really wanted to make it work for him to fly and rent a car when he arrived, but it is just so expensive. He will be gone for over TWO MONTHS. For the month of October he will be in Johnson City, New York, which is in the "Southern Tier" of the state and near the border of Pennsylvania & New York. It is about 2 1/2 hours south of Albany and 3 1/2 hours north of NYC. Then, for the month of November, he will be in Temple, Texas, which is an hour north of Austin and 2 1/2 hours south of Dallas/Fort Worth. So, we won't see him again until the beginning of December! Luckily, he will be in the Phoenix area for the rest of his rotations until he graduates in June, except for a week in January when he will be in Texas for residency interviews. We have already started the residency application process, which is both exciting and scary! It's crazy to think that next summer we could be moving somewhere completely across the country, and that we have no idea where that might be!
* The kids are getting settled into first grade. The girls have been having a hard time getting their work done, which is frustrating for all parties involved. We're starting to make some progress in that area, though, and hopefully things will continue to improve! I'm having a harder time feeling connected with this school. A big part may be that last year I was at the school a lot volunteering in the classroom. This year it doesn't seem like they want any parents helping out in the classroom. It's hard for me because I love helping out and seeing the kids at school and getting to know the kids in their classes. I don't like feeling like I'm not wanted or needed there, when the kids spend 7 hours of their day, five days a week, at school. I feel like I hardly ever see them anymore, and they are only 6!
* The kids are having a good time riding their two-wheel bikes around the neighborhood and playing with the neighbor kids. It's fun that they're old enough to do that now with little supervision. They are becoming so grown up! They are also going to be playing soccer, although we missed the first two practices and the first game! A few days before their first game I got a mass e-mail from the guy with the city Rec department saying, "You should have heard by your coach by now. If not, e-mail me." So, I e-mailed him saying, "I haven't heard from our coach, and I have three kids on the team!" I wasn't contacted by the coach until after their first game. Ugh! So frustrating! Oh, well. That stuff happens sometimes, I guess.
* I am busy getting our house de-cluttered and organized. I've decided that anything I don't feel like (potentially) moving is getting tossed or given away! I'm also going to be busy crafting it up to get ready for The Holiday House, a craft bazaar being held in November. I am going to be selling handmade cards (single cards, as well as matching sets) and other paper crafts, like "neighbor gift" gift tags, gift card holders, placecards, cupcake toppers, etc. I pretty excited about it, but way scared at the same time! I've never sold anything crafty before, so I feel like I'm really putting myself out there. We'll see how it goes. Now I just need to build up my inventory, and find the right price point for my items.
That's about all I can think of right now. I'll pull the pictures off of my camera and get some other things posted soon.