Much to Alice’s chagrin and depression, today is the end of summer. Tomorrow is back-to-school, Wednesday is back-to-ballet, and the weather clearly indicates that the Dog Days have passed. *sigh* We had a pretty good summer break — went to New Hampshire, Rehoboth Beach, Dutch Wonderland… We only hit the pool about 8 times, but by the end of the season Sammi had started to get the hang of swimming a little, which is awesome. We hung out with friends, got a lot of reading done, saw some really good movies (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Inception were probably our favorites — Alice and I went back to see Inception again last night, and enjoyed it just as much the second time). Each kid had a birthday celebration that seemed to me to be just what she wanted. We honed our Goodwill skills to the point that we have now identified the best ones in the area, and both kids have greatly augmented their wardrobe with quirky and well-constructed second-hand items. Alice got her babysitter’s certification and has really started to build up a customer base for her sitting/mother’s helping business. We all spent a lot of time on Facebook. Heh.
So what’s up for the fall? Well, school, obviously. Alice is going into her last year of middle school (8th grade, I guess, although our school doesn’t really “do” grade levels). Sammi is going back to a greatly-changed lower school: enrollment in the l.s. dropped by more than half from last year, so they lost one of their teachers to keep the 5:1 ratio. It’s going to be a very small, very intimate, and hopefully very agile and flexible school experience for her. Hopefully Sammi will be able to move past the fact that most of her best school friends won’t be there this year, and enjoy herself anyway.
Alice is taking ballet again — her 9th consecutive year, and her 4th(?? um, 5th?) year at the dance school down the street). She’s been offered the chance to go en pointe, but has so far declined, with my support. I love that she has this extracurricular that is enjoyable and physical for her. We both gripe a lot about not being able to just come home from school on Wednesday and relax, and of course the end of the dance year is always a little bit exhausting with the dress rehearsals and the buns and the whatnot, but I hope she keeps going with this as long as she still enjoys it.
As I mentioned above, Alice is trying to build a business, and doing pretty well with it. She has a solid “3 hours, twice a month” job starting in a few weeks, and will probably have another similar job lined up soon. Those are both mother’s helper gigs, which of necessity are generally scheduled on weekdays when moms are home alone and need an extra hand or two. Two regular mother’s helper jobs will pretty much fill her calendar up, since she only has one day/week when she’s available. Once we see how this (school + ballet + mother’s helper) works out, we’ll see if she has enough energy to also try to find some babysitting jobs on evenings/weekends.
Sammi’s got speech therapy starting next week, which I hope will be really good for her. She’s at a point where she gets frustrated and angry when people can’t understand what she’s saying (she has major trouble with the -er sound, and more minor difficulties with -ng), so it’s definitely time for a little help. The timing of her appointments is pretty nice, giving us a weekly excuse for an early dinner out and maybe a little shopping between school and therapy.
I’m looking forward to A Quiet House again, something I have not had since May. I’m also looking forward to the kids being out of the house so I can surreptitiously declutter large quantities of Stuff without small people protesting, “no, not that thing! I looooove that thing!!!” every 38 seconds.
Oh, and one more thing that’s happening this fall: Anth’s MS ride!! Please consider donating!!!
Anth is biking 50 miles on September 25 to raise money for the National MS Society. Please consider donating! No amount too small (or too large)!! This link takes you straight to his donation page, where you can use a credit card. It would be wonderful if he could meet his goal of $1000 raised!!!