|a work in progress|
This entry is likely to stretch out through the course of the day. I've got a lot I want to get accomplished today, and I'm not going to get that done sitting in front of the PC all morning.
Work is keeping me super busy lately, as I expected. I'm working a full forty hour schedule for the first time in I don't even know how long. I had my first closing shift last night, by myself, and everything went well. I'm really enjoying the new position. I actually got a compliment from the store manager the other day. He said I was doing so well that I wouldn't have any trouble moving up in the company if that's something I wanted to do. That was flattering, as he isn't one to give compliments right and left.
The rest of life has been thrown out of balance, though, and I hope it's only temporary. I'm leaning more on Aaron to get things done around the house, because he's working half as much as I am, but he isn't quite as talented as juggling all the little things as I am. We're having a bit of a transitional period as we figure out the best way to do things. Homeschooling is one area we're really trying hard to find a game plan for, as I was expecting to be the main educator but now it's likely the duties will be split more 50/50.
That split responsibility is giving me some issues as I plan out the curriculum for Chloe's first grade year. I'm torn between saving money on a curriculum I pull together myself, though I'll have to spend the time to sit down and write lesson plans to follow, for Aaron's benefit. Or, I could spend quite the chunk of change and order a boxed curriculum like Sonlight and save myself a ton of time and headache. Even though I'd love to get a preplanned curriculum, I'll probably end up going with option A, just for the fact that I really can't justify spending almost a thousand dollars on school stuff for one grade. Yes, it would be reusable, and yes, that's not that much in the grand scheme of things, but that's a significant amount of our yearly income right now.
Plus, we're facing the possibility of needing to find a new house sometime in the next year or two, so we're going to have to start putting away major saving for that. Our home has just about reached the end of it's life, and we've stumbled over some repair issues that are much bigger than we previously thought. Poor care and maintenance and bad DIY repairs from the family that lived here before us (my aunt and uncle) have really roadblocked us when it comes to options. We don't have the choice of fixing a little here and there. It's more like we have to overhaul the entire house, and we don't have the funds for that. We've made the decision instead to put away money fast and furiously toward a new place instead. The idea we had about buying my grandma's place is up in the air. She's not sure what she wants to do, and she offered it to my brother and his girlfriend to rent. So, we'll see how that plays out and what happens there.
Oh, and did I mention Logan is TEN MONTHS OLD?!! How the heck did that happen? I was in labor, like, yesterday. Seriously. Kids grow too damn fast. He's up and cruising the furniture now, almost brave enough for unsupported standing. He'll be walking by his birthday, I'm sure. And then I'm in for it! Right now he's very content to stick close to me and be wherever I am. I'm sure that's not going to last when his little legs can take him to more fun places, like his brothers' bedroom.
I did his ten month portraits last week and they are OMG cute, but I haven't had enough downtime to sit at the computer long enough to get them processed. Hoping to do that this weekend sometime, and then I'll share.
On Sunday, Aaron and I have our first day off together since before Christmas. That's one of the perks of management - rotating weekends. Mom has agreed to watch the kids for us and we're going out to dinner and a movie. We need some grown up adult time, for sure. I haven't seen him much this week, and I miss him. Don't know what movie we'll see; probably the Hunger Games because I don't know what else is playing. Aaron hasn't read the books, though, and I wanted him to read them first.
Ah, well, Aaron's home from work now, and outside fixing (another) plumbing problem, so I'm going to hurry and get dinner finished while he's working, and then Logan and I are heading to the grocery store. Happy Friday, Everybody!