Life is spinning faster than I can keep up with! Yesterday was my 36th birthday, and there seem to be a lot of changes coming along with it...
- I have re-entered the working world, at least temporarily. Last week I started a consulting job at the nonprofit organization I used to work for before Mozambique. That should keep me busy 4 hours a day at least for the next month.
- I just won a Weight Watchers membership in an online giveaway! On my birthday, no less! I am very excited about getting started with that...
- My schedule is jam-packed with book tours on this blog for the next two months. So I am rushing to get all the reading done!
- Tomorrow Esmé starts daycare/preschool while I'm at work. My biggest worry is getting us all up and out the door in the morning. A friend of ours just re-opened her daycare after two years, so Esmé knows her well already and will be her first kid. It's a great setting, with bread-baking, tomatoes to pick, chickens, cats, and a bunny to hang out with, plus lots of fun and educational stuff to do. And it's quite close to my consulting job, too.
- Speaking of school, I'm convinced that homeschool is the way to go with Esmé - I suspect traditional school would only serve to hold her back. I know she's only just about 29 months right now, but at the rate she's going, she'll be handling kindergarten material when she's 3. Once she's mastered a skill, she loses interest and is on to the next thing. So I'm struggling to come up with a curriculum/set of activities that keeps her engaged and doesn't slow her down. (Don't remind me that she's just a kid and needs lots of playtime! She gets that!)
- Speaking of which, we've been on "F" adventures for a LOONG time - since the end of June! They are done; I just need a few moments between book reviews to get them documented and up on this blog. Then I can FINALLY focus on "G"! Though I need to come up with more creative things to do - science experiments; acting out history & Bible; etc. since she has totally mastered the colors and shapes and counting stuff and seems bored by it.
- Ouma and Oupa are coming from South Africa to visit for a month. They'll be here next week! And Auntie Ann from Cambodia will be around sometime this month, too.
- And our STUFF has made it to Portland from Mozambique! Still some paperwork and payments to get through before it gets here, but we sure hope it will be soon, since we need a bed for Ouma and Oupa to sleep in! And maybe a few seats to sit in. I don't think the bouncy castle will do it for them...
So please forgive the lack of profundity for the moment; I'll at least try to post photos regularly, and inspiration just might hit me one of these days. Or Esmé might start posting all by herself without any assistance from me.