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I’ve been posting quite a bit on my newer blog (www.theunexpectedworldofmommyhood.blogspot.com) mainly just pictures that I’m entering into photography contests. I’m having a lot of fun with it, exploring a new hobby, branching out…

My sisters moved into college last week. One of them is here in the Little City at my alma mater (pretty cool) and the other is in FL studying golf. (Living the dream.) (Except, not my dream. I don’t like golf. But Go Her, right?) (My parents wouldn’t let me study theater but she can study golf. There I said it. No big elephant in this room.) (But seriously, I really AM happy that they’re letting her study what she wants to study and are supporting her in this decision. It will make all the difference in her life and career.) (Seriously it will. And seriously, I am happy for her.) (Yes, I may always be bitter that my dreams weren’t supported.)

ANNNNNNNYWAYS. I’m really glad to have ONE sister here in the Little City with me. She’s already accompanied me on a Target-Whole Foods run & we’re going to go on errands this weekend. I know every week and weekend won’t be filled with visits and errands – but I know it’s going to make such a positive difference in my life having her around.

Junie & Mags go to preschool next week. They start on Tuesday. They’ll go Tues/Thurs from 9-12. That will give me just about 6 extra hours of “free” time a week, in addition of course to the 6 hours I get on Wednesdays. (May the Lord Bless my MIL as long as the sun & moon shall endure.) I have a whole post drafted about our parent meeting. It didn’t go well. And you’ll have to wait until I post the draft to read about it. (Okay, it wasn’t like the worst day ever. But it would definitely rank under “Worst First Impressions”.) *sigh* We take the girls to school tomorrow for an Open House so they can see their classroom, meet their teacher, etc. I’m excited. I hope they don’t freak out. Hubby’s parents wanted to come to school on the first day… I was like “noooooooo way.” The LAST thing I need on the first day of school are my in-laws there. Yes, bless them for all the wonderful help they give us, but I really want this to be MY day with the girls, you know? Is that super selfish? I also don’t want the day to be super overwhelming for them. And I just get the impression that the first day is probably going to be a circus and they probably don’t want more people there than it needs to be. Also, I want to be able to take pictures, get pictures of me with the girls, etc – and I’m not going to be able to do that if my kids are hanging all over Gigi & Papa (which they will be because Gigi & Papa are preferred over Mommy & Daddy 9/10 times).

And I’m nervous for school. I can’t believe my little girls are going to school. Well, playschool/preschool. And I think as excited as they are, they are also nervous. They started asking lots of questions this week about school. And saying things like “You drop us off. And pick us up later?” And then I have to reassure them that I’m picking them up later. We talk about how they will play and eat snacks and go potty and play outside and listen to stories and their teacher is “Going be really really nice” (that’s what they’ve been telling me about her for months!). It will be interesting to see us dressed, fed, and ready to leave the house by 8:35 am at the latest on Tuesdays and Thursday! Right now we live about 17 minutes from school. It’s kind of a drive (but it’s all highway, less than five minutes getting on/off the highway) but eventually – like I’m hoping within the next two years – we’ll move out of the city and closer to school.

I have no idea what they are going to wear on the first day. I need to get that figured out so they don’t have fashion emergencies that morning. Any tips from you veteran moms out there? We already have a shoe box where they know to grab their shoes and put them on. I was thinking about having two boxes on the lower landing of our staircase. One would hold their outfit for the day, the other would hold socks (so they could just grab any old sock and throw it on). In my imagination, the girls will come downstairs in the morning, eat a waffle (or whatever breakfast is that morning) and then throw on their clothes and socks and shoes and be ready to leave for school.

In my imagination, the girls are the only self-sufficiant three year olds in the universe.

My plan has been rendered ridiculous. My head is in the clouds, isn’t it? 🙂

We’ll get our school morning routine figured out.

Okay. That felt good to write. Hi WordPress Blog. I’ve missed you. I might not be ready to come back yet… but I’ll be back sooner than later. Sorry to anyone who might read my blog on a regular basis! I’ve been in a funk. Really, a funk. But it’s slowly leaving me & I’ll be back to my usual spirited self soon enough. 🙂 Thanks for sticking by! 🙂

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$10,875.60

$10,875.60.

This is approximately the amount of money it will cost us to send Juniper & Magnolia to private pre-school for the 2010/2011 school year. (I say approximate because I am not a skilled mathematician.)

Because we live in the city of the Little City, public schools are not an option. Well, they’re an option but not one we’d ever want to take. The public schools in the city here are horrendous. Plus, we’re Catholic and we’d really like our kids to attend Catholic schools. We’d need to move to the “ritzy” area of the Little City in order to send our kids to a public school. I’m not trying to offend anyone – it’s just that the public schools around here really suck.

$10,875.60. Which, of course, is not money that we are able to spare. Perhaps I’ll start looking into homeschooling. That would be the least expensive option for us. Would I be able to handle it though is the question. I’m a college graduate. For a couple years I studied Early Childhood Education – not that this qualifies me to teach children… but it’s certainly a leg up, right? I’m a high-stress person. By adding “school” to the list of things I need to do, am I over-scheduling myself? I had really been looking forward to having the kids in school so I could have more time to complete household tasks without interruption. Also so I’d have more time for me. I know, that sounds so selfish! But a Happy Rested Mom is a Good Mom in my opinion.

*sigh* While I would NEVER trade our twins in for a singleton, and while I know we are SO LUCKY to be blessed with twins (oh! AND a singleton!:)) and the ability to have our own children… I can’t help but think how easy it would be to just have one child. How inexpensive one child would be. We can afford to send one kid to preschool, but – haha – it’s not like we could draw a name out of hat and say “oh sorry, child #2, you can’t go to school.” And since they’re not identical we couldn’t send one on Tuesday and one on Thursday, right? (Haha – yeah, I know that’s not possible either!)

There’s the obvious “Why don’t YOU get a job?”. Why don’t I? It’s a great idea. Problem is, we’d need to pay for daycare while I was working… and that would use up all the money I’d be making so… we still wouldn’t be able to afford school. Gosh! It’s a crazy circle.

So, currently we’re trying to figure out where to come up with $10,875.60 for two days a week, six hours per day pre-school.

Do you have any get rich quick schemes? You know, other than robbing a bank? HAHAHAHA 🙂

UPDATE: We’ve come up with a list to save money:

1. Breastfeed longer (we’ll see how that goes)

2. Cut Down on Organic Foods: Only give girls Organic Milk & Meats; only buy Organics if it’s a good price. Otherwise, they’ll be fine eating non-organic carrots. Right? Right. 🙂

3. Bundle our DirecTV and ATT to save money on phone/internet/cable (Found out we need to disconnect both and then get a new account in order to bundle…a pain in the butt however this will save us at least $10/month.)

4. Become Electric Nazis: I know, I shouldn’t use the word Nazi as it might be offensive to some people. I mean it in more of the Seinfeld Soup Nazi sort of way. That we’d become obsessive with turning off lights and the tv, and unplugging electronics that we aren’t using. I’m not giving up on our outside lights at night though. Not in this neighborhood.

5. No Eating Out. No Exceptions. Like today: Instead of enjoying a lunch out with my Hubby (and Snowdrop) while the girls are at Grandma’s house, I made him a grilled cheese instead. I’m such a nice wife.

6. No Trips. I’m pretty sure this will be an easy one although I’m also pretty sure that my Hubby has something up his sleeve regarding Bonnaroo. We agreed not to go… but he had something in his email about Bonnaroo that he wouldn’t let me see. I saw the Inbox so I know he’s up to something. And although I know his password, I’m going to go for the surprise instead of ruining it for myself – and for him. He loves to surprise me. Also, we can make my family come down from the Big City instead of going up there. 🙂

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