Friday, January 31, 2014

Prepping for school...



I just lost several days – I thought it was January 28th and in 6 minutes it will be the 31st.  Time is just going by so fast!  I can’t believe it’s nearly February…and I’ll be 34 next week!

My head has been spinning a bit the past few days, as we toured some elementary schools and looked into Andrew taking preschool classes before Kindergarten starts in the fall.  The whole school thing was starting to feel complicated because we’re actually a lot closer to a school that we always thought he’d go to, but it turns out we’re right on the border that puts us in a different catchment area.  We checked out both schools and I was hoping we’d love one and hate the other to make the decision easy – either keep him at the one he has to register at, or try to get a transfer to the closer school.  But it turned out we liked both schools equally, and if anything the one in our catchment is somewhat better in that it offers more programs than the other one.  Andrew really wants to go to the closer one, I think because we’d always talked about how one day he’d go there (because we thought he would) but we’re getting him used to the idea now that the other school will be his.  He’s not 100% sold but almost.  I think it’s a good decision, I visited it again today for info on some programs he can take part in before enrolling and really felt good about it.  I just want to get the process of registration (on Monday) over and done with so I can stop thinking about it for a little while.  I think my head might spin so fast it will fall right off when it comes time for Kindergarten to actually start…For some reason I’m really emotional about it.  I even had a few tears when I was talking to James about it the other night!  I often feel sentimental about things where my kids are concerned, but it generally takes a lot for me to cry.  I think the whole starting school thing gets me because it really doesn’t feel like that much time has passed since I was that age.  Yes, obviously a lot of time HAS passed given I’m nearly 34, but honestly, I have some pretty vivid memories of being 5 and being in Kindergarten, and I just find it so hard to wrap my head around the fact that MY SON is at that age now.  Time flies WAY TOO FAST.

We looked into Andrew going to a Montessori preschool twice a week, because we thought it might help him transition from the way his life is now (hangin’ out with me and his sisters all day) to being in all day Kindergarten when the time comes.  I thought 2 days per week would at least be something, but it turns out it was only for 3 hours each time, which made it seem a lot more expensive when all was said and done, and ultimately I don’t think that amount of time per week is really going to help the transition seem easier for him.  We’ve decided on a different preschool that I feel good about it, which is for a very short period of time each week BUT I am actually feeling very positive about how well Andrew will do when he starts school.  It’s bound to take some getting used to being away from home 5 days a week for 6 hours at a time, but I think he’ll adjust quickly to it.  He is so outgoing and excited about starting school, and he has no issues with talking to people.  When we visited a Kindergarten class the other day, one of the kids came right up to him and said, ‘Are you NOT shy?!’  LOL 

I also found a program that the girls can partake in along with Andrew, so we’re going to see how it goes doing that next week.  I’m looking forward to getting out and doing some different things than our usual.  We were basically staying home ALL THE TIME unless we absolutely had to go somewhere there for a while, in part because of the weather and in part because I wanted to keep the babies on their nap schedule (heading to bed at 11:30am, hoping and praying for at least an hour of ‘quiet’ time for me and Andrew)…Then last week I decided enough is enough and we started going out each day and lo and behold Emily got a cold, then Margaret, now Andrew…fingers crossed James and I stay in the clear.  So far Echinacea is my best friend, I swear it’s not a fluke, it really seems to be helping as I’ve been coughed on and sneezed on more times than I can count and I’m fine (knock on wood!)  BUT we can’t stay in forever just because I’m afraid of us catching something.  I think it’ll be good for all of us to be taking part in some regular activities away from home.

So we’re making some headway there.  I’m also in organizing-frenzy-mode – FINALLY.  We have lived here for a year now, since the 26th, and I feel like certain areas of the house are in such disarray that it weighs on me, so I’ve finally started on getting things straightened up.  I re-arranged the furniture in our bedroom today (with the kids ‘helping’ – they LOVED playing No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed!) so we could fit the desk in our bedroom, rather than having it downstairs.  The babies are getting tall enough that they could reach most things on the desk and nothing was feeling safe on there anymore, so it made sense to move it out of sight and out of mind!  It felt GREAT to re-arrange the furniture.  It’s something I used to be so passionate about, I just rarely have the time for it these days.  I still haven’t done any of the ‘fun’ part, of changing around the ornamental stuff, but there just isn’t TIME.  It will happen though, eventually, and each time I get to work on it a bit I feel that much better about things.  Cleaning and organizing is definitely my form of therapy.

Andrew was really into drawing today, and in generally is really loving crafts more than ever.  He’s especially into drawing monsters lately, and James apparently taught him how to draw arms the other day so now all his characters have big muscular arms instead of stick arms!  It’s quite cute.

Margaret really loves the Baby 123 book (that was Andrew’s when he was little) and she points to all the right pictures when you ask her where certain objects or animals are. 

Emily loves to say ‘Mommy’ and the way she says it melts my heart instantly! 

And that about wraps it up for tonight, it’ll be morning before I know it and James is out tomorrow night so it’s going to be a looooong day tomorrow…Time to sleeeeeeeeeeeep!

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