Last week, all over Michigan, children went back to school. Isaac started kindergarten the first Tuesday after Labor Day; Lydia started three-day-a-week preschool that following Friday. Simon was disappointed that he wasn't going to school, too. I suppose that's motivation for potty-training this year! (I'm both excited and dreading that whole thing, but that's another blog post!)
I think I missed my mom more last week than I have since she first died. I'm not sure why exactly. I think because I would have called her and talked about the kids' reactions and thoughts, how there were doing (Isaac has had a WONDERFUL start to school, the first in three years!). She would have looked at the pictures online and talked about how cute they looked. I would have told her how my friend Annie had to carry Simon up the stairs and out of the building when we dropped Lydia off because he wanted to be in school too and I couldn't carry him up the stairs with my healing foot. She would have sympathized with him.
Along with the beginning of school have come a few other activities that effect our family schedule...complicate it actually. Today we took Isaac to the Henry Ford Autism Center for a full evaluation. An hour drive down, FOUR HOURS in a small room while we saw each specialist, and another hour drive home made for a long and grueling day. Isaac did quite well, considering. We go back in two weeks for a follow-up appointment that was promised to be much shorter in time. Tomorrow, Isaac begins swimming lessons and Lydia begins ballet. At least they are roughly at the same time and so we can kill two lessons in one time slot. And then there are Wednesday night activities at church, Tuesday nights Terry has rehersals with a local community choir, and on top of all of this is my Physical Therapy for my foot two 2-3 times a week for several hours each time, plus several Pampered Chef shows a month. This fall is our busiest ever. I can't imagine what it will be like when Simon is in the lesson rotation as well!