…but what to say?
I feel like I’ve been away so long. I haven’t even checked stats!
I’m about to finish up my 5th class, Organizational Management & Behavior. This, by far, has been my favorite class. Not only was my instructor engaged and full of real world knowledge, the topic fascinates me on a natural level too! Sadly, it’s ending Sunday, and I’ll begin Financial Decision Making… oh. joy. Don’t get me wrong, I love money. I love working my budget, even though I get super stressed and cry a lot when things don’t go either according to plan or I overspend (most often the latter…). But it’s not my favorite topic in business. I love the human aspect, developing people, helping them realize their dreams, helping them be better now and grow for a better future. For the next 8 weeks, I’ll make the best of a seemingly dull class and push forward to keep my 4.0. Yup… I’m very proud of those three little characters. Four. Point. OH! Thank you, thank you very much.
Our 5-year-old has been accepted into a kindergarten jump-start week in July. Why’s this exciting? Well… mostly because – HE’S GOING TO KINDERGARTEN! This is bittersweet, as most parents will probably (hopefully) agree with me. The one kicker that I’m just geeked out about though is that they are mainstreaming him. For a year and half now, he has been in a special education preschool program. At three and a half, he was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). He functions on the high-end of the spectrum, which I wish had come with a diagram in the beginning… sort of like this:
Anywho. Towards the end of this school year, we had an IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting with his teacher, speech therapist, and a kindergarten representative. His teacher had made a very hard decision, one that he pretty much teared up trying to tell us about. He decided that, in order to give our son a challenge and to keep from holding him back, he was recommending mainstreaming our son. Mainstreaming is one of those words that you learn when you start to speak the language… sort of like Christian-ese but for Autism. Mainstreaming means that they are putting our son into a regular classroom, not one designed for kids with learning or other disabilities. He will be with neurotypical (another Autism-ese word) children for most of the day, but will still receive speech and cognitive therapies for an hour or two per day. This, my friends, is very exciting! Nerve wracking, and hard on this poor mother’s heart, but exciting nonetheless.
Our 3-year-old will be continuing through the same preschool program. She was accepted last year due to a significant delay in speech and the tantrums that come with the inability to communicate effectively. We are anticipating the possibility that she may be kicked out sometime during this school year, as her goals are beginning to out-age her… in other words, she’s smart and progressing just the way she should be. She’s all caught up. And boy does she know it. Her imagination has begun to run wild and everything is an adventure, which is fun for me because I enjoy leaving reality for as long as possible with people I think are hilarious. And she’s hysterical!
Work. I love my job. I love what I do. I enjoy helping others realize their potential, solve problems, gain knowledge, and otherwise enjoy a moment of a possibly stressful and frustrating day. Lots of changes are coming and I’m excited for them. These changes definitely come with some selfish questions – Where do I fit in the new picture? What’s my future look like now that these changes may affect my previous trajectory? How is it all gonna go down? It’s exciting and scary and fun and stressful in a good way.
…I’m talking to the husband about porn stars, gender roles, and mahjong.
P.S. I killed Facebook. It may just be too distracting for Finance…