So much stuff, other than paleo, is going on around here, these days.
We've been applying to schools.
Yes, you read that right.
This has been STRESSFUL, but also exciting.
Homeschooling has been great during this time, but it was never our forever life plan.
With Baby starting elementary school, it is a good time for us to find a great school for BOTH girls.
Kid is very excited (and nervous) about it, she always loved school, and she does miss having kids around her all day.
I think, I've done right by her these last couple of years and it's time to move on to a new challenge.
I know she's at a place academically where she can preform in a traditional school setting, and we're hopeful this can work and be a fulfilling experience, academically and socially.
We've been all over the board on this, and finding a good fit for both of the girls has been challenging.
But I think, as of this afternoon, we've (I've) made one.
Out of left field, though it may be, tomorrow we're submitting an application for a conservative religious school.
(some of you could probably see this coming a million miles away)
Sure, there is some stuff we would not choose (like daily devotional & weekly chapel) but what I KNOW is that every school has something you would not choose.
(Like her old hippie school where a mom swore to the kids that there were werewolves. Thanks.)
Having a superior playground is all that mattered to the girls.
Baby looked out at it while I was in the office finishing up our tour, and when we walked out she said...
"I am definitely going here!"
Also, the greatest Kindergarten room set up I have ever seen. Awesome. Awesome. Baby's mouth fell open.
It's amazing what a whole bunch of church funding can do for a school.
Awesome, fully stocked library & computer lab? Check.
Huge brand new gymnasium? Check.
Music room... like a REAL one with stands for the choir? Check.
Art room... foreign language (this has gone missing almost everywhere else)... small class size, only one class per grade... did I mention the playground?... holy crap it was nice... yearly musical.... the whole nine yards.
Gym EVERY day.
Did I ever tell you how much I love uniforms? Love 'em.
Oh, and it's the cheapest private school I have ever come across. Both kids can go for LESS than one at any other area school. Half of one. It's insane.
After looking at weird hodgepodge programs, and bizarro charter school wackiness... this place was like a gift from God.
Anyway, I thought it was interesting how the girls had really hated the other schools we saw (you could feel the disorganization) and then they walked in here and everything was structured and organized, and you could see what everything was and how it would be, and they were both totally into it. Which I suppose isn't too surprising, since that is how I felt as well.
Having gone to private schools, this school finally felt like a real school to me.
The downside is that I will have to drive 1/2 hour & back to pick up Baby from Kindergarten at 12 (oh yeah, half day!!!!!! the driving is worth it) and then a 1/2 hour there and back at 3. But if all goes well for Kid there, the next year they'll both be full time.
And I can get a job.
I've been kind of yearning for one, for quite some time.
I just try to keep it on the down low.
So this coming year, I can hopefully get my feet wet with some volunteer work at an agency I'd like to work with later.