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June 12, 2010


Last week of school coming up, hard to believe that Meredith is finishing up her Kindergarten year already. She's made huge strides all year with reading and writing especially. Most afternoons lately she's been coming home to write a 'book', usually a 5 or 6 pager complete with pictures and binding (OK, it's folded and stapled, but still...). Love to see that her school is fostering that writing mentality. She also took off on her bike without training wheels for the first time a few nights ago. Talk about anti-climactic. She had jumped on a friend's two-wheeler last weekend and managed to get going pretty good, so we took off her wheels on Wednesday and she just took off. No crashes (yet), just smooth sailing. Still not a fluid turner yet, but she's getting there.

Andrew has a balance bike (which has no pedals) but still prefers his trike. He also prefers to find and examine bugs, and by examine I usually mean maiming or killing while trying to pick them up. He's gotten better on that front, though, and we've had full insect occupancy in various jars around the house for the last month or so. Meredith has developed a squeamish I-don't-touch-bugs attitude of late, but she has taken nicely to a more managerial role, directing a very willing Andrew to pick up whatever bugs she deems worthy. It's teamwork at its finest.

No huge summer plans. M has a half-day camp through the park district. Nothing structured for Andrew planned, but there's nothing wrong with that.

In happy news, I ended a full year (actually 54 weeks -- yikes) of unemployment earlier this week. It's a contract job, so that's not ideal from a benefits point of view, but a paycheck is a paycheck. I'm working as a consultant, providing guidance to a company to steer their reporting/BI/data warehouse towards a more efficient and rational process. It's a definite challenge, which is good. I certainly need the income again and have missed the intellectual challenges of this kind of job, but the actual not working/hanging with family/getting stuff done around the house aspect wasn't so bad. Need to figure out a way to get a regular sabbatical like that on a regular basis going forward, but without the pall of impending financial doom hanging overhead. Send any and all suggestions and/or large sums of money my way at your convenience.

Posted by Greg on June 12, 2010 8:27 AM


First of all, Evan was so the same way with bugs. It's fun reading about how Andrew is similar.

On the job/sabbatical idea: move to Texas. We could go in on a huge home going through foreclosure, have combined income, so everyone could take several weeks off at at time, and still have enough room to create separate areas for our two families. Of course, there would be a completely separate "guest house" for Mom...

Love you!

Jill :-)

Posted by: Jill on July 6, 2010 9:29 AM

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