It has been almost two weeks since I have blogged, that may be a new record!
We have been busy getting the school year underway. Haven is loving Middle School and has adjusted well. She is making new friends and is liking the freedom that comes with being a bit older. I am hoping this is a great year for her full of new experiences, friends, learning and fun.
Brittan and Gray are settling back into school too. Grayson loves his teacher and is enjoying first grade and Brittan is off and running in fourth. I expect they will both have great years as well.
I am liking my schedule at PT school. I was worried about having to be on campus three days a week, but I really like teaching the senior level class and I enjoy leaving after the kids have gone to school and getting home before them, it makes for a less chaotic day for everyone. The babies are doing well with the schedule too and I feel like I have more time to work and get chores done now, I even have the babies in a playgroup on Friday and they had a lot of fun last week.
Lately I have been working on preparing for Christmas. I know it is only September, but with five kids and busy schedules, I need to plan ahead. Shopping is underway and I think the babies will be done by the end of the month. The big kids are always more of a challenge, so I will start on them after our trip to Disney in October. I am also thinking of hosting a Christmas Open House here this year, just a get together of friends with yummy cookies and treats and company, sounds like it could be fun :)
Of course I cannot let today go by without mentioning the anniversary of September 11th. I, like most of us, remember all too clearly the horror of that day and the great sense of sadness and fear we all felt. Of course in the days that followed we also learned of the bravery of so many, both those in uniform and those regular citizens, and I hold onto that as I explain the significance of today to my older children. I do not want them to be afraid, but want them to understand why this day is so important and how it impacted all Americans and people around the world. In my care are four children who were not born on that day 10 years ago and one who was just a year old at the time, so to them it is just a day we talk about, but I hope that as they grow and they learn more, they walk away understanding that violence is never the answer and that bravery comes in so many forms and actions. I am thankful today for those that strove to save others through their choices, I think of the many families for who today brings them great sadness and loss and I hope that we never see something so horrible again in any of our lifetimes.