- Son did not go to kindergarten next year. Husband didn't dig in as deep as I thought, and in the end I think that he saw that this wasn't going to be a negative for Son. Also, he may have figured out that I was serious. I got some validation from his preschool teacher that both she and the other teachers that interact with him think that it was the right decision. He's reading pretty well right now, and is doing some double digit adding and subtraction. They are also mixing in some of the really basic concepts of multiplication.
- We have also recently decided to keep him in the Montessori environment and found a school that goes from essentially pre-school (age 3) through 8th grade. Son hung out in one of the classrooms while we got the tour, and when we left he asked when he could go back. The staff is all Montessori certified, and very stable. They have several teachers that have been there over 10 years, some approaching twenty, and the lowest one on the totem pole has been there for five. Stability stability. It's also five minutes from my work and will cut off almost 40 minutes off of our round trip commute each day. We will have to be in the heart of rush hour on some of the busier highways, but we can use the express lane due to the more than one occupant (hooray, and I don't have to pay for a MNPass either!). All in all, it seems like a really good decision for us all the way around. Now let's just hope that they both can get in.
Other than that, things really haven't changed a ton. Still at my job, which remains a challenge. In some strangely masochistic way, I really do enjoy it. We're still understaffed, but I did get some nice recognition for what I have been doing via a promotion and nice raise (even more boggling in light of how the economy hit our industry). It really does make a huge difference.
I've started doing a group weightlifting class with one of my secretaries that I really have been enjoying. It's through our fitness center at work, and I don't have to pay a dime! I'm down almost 10 lbs from my worst point last summer, and while I have a LOOOONNNNNGGGGG way to go, at least I know that I can leg press almost 50 lbs more than the boys in the class! I'm also working on trying to run a 5K at the end of June. I need to focus more on the cardio work (which is also required to be done on our own as part of the group class) to get there, but I'm up to around two miles per session, so with almost 12 weeks to go, I should be able to at least survive and make a decent showing. I just want to finish and say that I ran most of it. I've finally come to the conclusion that beating myself up doesn't work, that one brownie is not cause to throw everything out the window and head to McDonald's, and that doing this with someone that I am accountable to is a good thing.
That's probably all that is fit to print at this point. I've missed this place....