That's right. The kids returned to school this week. On my birthday. It was a nice treat for me. Isaiah won't start back until the 18th so he is still hanging around, bumming PBJs. The drastic change in schedule is wreaking havoc on my body. I'm so tired - physically and mentally. The kids seem to be managing it well. They wake up on time every morning and don't behave as if they are sleep-deprived, so they are miles ahead of me.
The most challenging factor about this school year is transportation for Andre. Due to behavior/maturity factors, I enrolled him in a K-6 rSTEM academy rather than sending him off to middle school. While I'm thrilled that we have this option, as I believe it's the best solution for him right now, getting him there and back requires a significant amount of effort. There is a special STEM bus that picks up at a nearby elementary school, but using this option causes him to arrive late and leave early from school. I also found out yesterday that we would have to sit in the car rider line at this other school just to drop off and pick up. Not ideal considering I have to meet Adriana at the bus stop at the same time.
I've been driving him all the way to school. This works out ok because I can drop her off super early and still drive the 15-20 minutes to his school before the tardy bell. The afternoon is more difficult because they both get out at the same time. It is impossible to retrieve him and get back in time to meet her at the bus. The process requires two adults. One to pick up each kid. Otherwise one will just have to go to ASP. I hate doing that because I already have to pay for a sitter. It feels wrong to pay additional money for childcare that's already being provided.
On top of the transportation challenges and my tired brain, I had a birthday on Monday and my cat of 12 years died on Wednesday. Emotional roller coaster is an understatement. Next week will not be "normal" either. I have to go to Atlanta for two days and Miss Priss starts her dance season on Wednesday. Preschool open house is Thursday. I'm tired just thinking about it.
That's all for now...thanks for your empathy.