Sep. 4th, 2006

Labour Day

Sep. 4th, 2006 08:07 pm
ciroccoj: (family)
It's called that because it's your last chance to labour in your home and make it livable before school starts.

Which is what Chris has been doing today. He's swept, mopped, rinsed, mopped again, sealed, and generally been a little scary wrt cleaning in both washrooms and the kitchen. Our floors have actually changed colours. Khaki green turned into lime green upstairs, greyish pink-cream-orange-green turned light pink-cream-orange-green in the kitchen, and I don't know what happened in the basement washroom because that room scares me so I never venture in there anyway.

Anyway. Our house smells pine fresh. And lemony. It's marvelous.

I swept all the upstairs, and got rid of so, so much crap from the boys' room. Toys they've outgrown, toys they've broken, etc etc. I feel like you can breathe in there again.

So, tomorrow school starts up. Justin goes to Grade 1, Daniel and I go to the Not Going Back To School Picnic for HBLN, and Chris will bring Justin along later if the picnic is still going on. My own classes start this Thursday.

I'm looking forward to the school year. It's been a great summer, but for the first time in years, I feel energized and ready to go for another year, instead of wearily wondering how the hell I'm going to manage to trudge through yet another backbreaking school year when I'm still so bloody tired.

Having Chris home makes a difference, I guess ;)

I'm looking forward to my classes. Evidence and Civil Liberties in the fall, Aboriginal Law in January, Family Law and Biotech Law in the winter. If I get all of that done, I will be 6 credits (ie two classes) shy of a degree by the end of the year, which means I might be done over the summer or by December 2007 at the latest. Which means I should probably start looking into the bar exam and articling and all that other stuff I've never bothered to look at because it was so, so far away. Ulp.

I'm looking forward to Daniel's grade 4. I've got a whole bunch of ideas, am hoping we make more contacts in the home schooling community but I think we're doing OK for that, and there's a lot of stuff that I know will be better than last year.

I'm even looking forward to Justin (maybe) being at home starting in the winter. Our original plan was that he would be in school for at least grade 1, so that he could have a year of French Immersion, but he asked if he could home school starting this year instead. I just about had a heart attack imagining that, but... with time, and after talking to Marie who's two boys are the same age as mine and who's home schooling them both, and after doing a lot of thinking... I think I do want him home.

We'll see. We'll see how he does in school, and how Daniel and I do at home, and how I do with my own classes. And then we'll decide.

Gotta go, dinner time. I just spent two hours cooking, but our meals are mostly made for the rest of the week. It's a nice feeling :)

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