EM- Well, having a baby and toddler is my only concern with rooms. Once the second one is old enough I have no issue if they want to share a room (especially if it is two boys). But since David is such a bad sleeper to begin with, I am thinking he will get no sleep with the baby constantly waking up especilaly the first few months.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Oh my goodness! I got so behind so fast. What happened???Anyway...Anna - It's good to hear from you.Andi - Good for you on managing a week alone with the twins. You deserve a hot fudge sundae or something equally indulgent!Christine - I hope your sitter search goes well. I totally feel the ache in your heart over Selin's MRSA and the resulting question of her care. I'm glad the outbreak is clearing up.Amy and Alison- I tried to add you to the list, but I messed up. I'll try again!Sandy - You asked a while back if I am from Pittsburgh. Yep! Even though you are a Browns fan, I think we can still be friends ;) Seriously, my family is REALLY into the Steelers. We love our Black and Gold. I would definitely go see the Steelers here in Florida. I hope you had an awesome time at the game.Emmy - I totally know where you are coming from. Sometimes the loneliness completely consumes me. I also miss the landscape of home and the weather. But at the same time, I'm enjoying the new people and new activities here.Hello to everyone else!!!!AFM: We are totally loving our new church. It has wonderful programming for families. They have a Wednesday night event that includes dinner, classes for the kids, and adult classes. Our boys happily went to the classes for their age groups. DH, Charlotte, and I went to a study of the Old Testament. The pastor is a great teacher. Very personable and full of information. Several of the young families in the church have been very welcoming to us. We had a wonderful visit with DH's parents last weekend, and my parents are planning a trip for next weekend. I can't wait to see them!!!!This week we had Fletcher's first parent-teacher conference. It was great! I'm really growing to like his teacher. She sort of has a "tough love" approach that I know appeals to Fletcher. She gave us a very positive report on Fletcher's behavior and school performance. Yay!Jonah is definitely settling in. He still gets rough with Charlotte from time to time, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel.
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Erica - that's great that you're making some good connections in your new town, and that the boys are doing well in school and with Charlotte. Sounds like ya'll are settling in (that was fast!). For some reason your experience at your new church reminds me of how different things have felt at my church since we started going with the twins... all these people who had never spoken to us before were suddenly open arms and all over us once we came in with the babies. It bothers me that people will reach out just because we have kids. I guess because I'm still in that "I have fertility issues and I'm not worth as much being childless as I am with a kid" weird mindset. I don't know that I'll ever get out of that either. Hmmmm. Anyway, tangent I guess, but I'm glad that everyone at your new church has been so welcoming of your famiy!
Thanks for your thoughts, everyone.
Selin and I are at my parents for yet another weekend as my DH continues to work on our bathroom remodel (we only have 1 bathroom). What a mess that has turned out to be. He started it 3 weeks ago. Was supposed to be a simple re-tile job and he ended up ripping out all of the floor and wall because it was rotted. We also have to hire a plumber to put in new pipes because DH said they are not to code (helps to have a DH who works in the industry and knows about this stuff!) Anywho, Selin is napping so thought I’d take the opportunity to get caught up on the board. :-)
A few of you asked about how my teaching is going. In short, great! I LOVE teaching, it feels so natural to me and it is nice having the freedom
Christine- Haivng just left public school teaching, I am telling you it is way worse than anything where you are time wise. We were required to put in a min. one committee, one activity for 3 of 4 quarters, grade level meetings on our own time for min 2hrs/wk, and it goes on and on. I doubt I made very much more than you as well. Oh and the parents are out of control. I did 1 yr in a catholic school and was so happy even without high pay. Unfortunately we moved and I had to leave :( Sorry no advice on behavior with 7-8th graders as I have only only k-4. Good luck!!