Yesterday we started a new chapter for our family. I went to work (teaching at the community college), Jackson went back to preschool, Matthew went back to daycare (after a year at home with me), Alyssa went to Kindergarten, and Darren went to work. For the first time in a year, we all had somewhere we needed to be at a particular time--a new routine for all of us!
I love teaching-- I teach Sociology, which is my passion, and I feel honored to share that with others. I teach 3 classes (2 introductory classes and 1 Marriage and Family), 30 students in each class. My Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes seem to be a bit lively, not surprising since they are mid-day. My Tuesday/Thursday class is first thing in the morning, and I'm thinking I will need a coffee pot installed in the classroom to get them going. It should be a great semester! I had always wanted to teach as my second career, and I never envisioned that this past year and a half would be the road to that chance. I can't believe how lucky I am to be doing what I love!
My only regret is that Matthew had sort of a rough first day back at daycare. Today was better, but he spent the time I was away with our dear neighbor instead of at school. He enjoyed that a lot more. I'm hoping he just needs time to adjust back to daycare. He's only there 12 hours a week (3 days a week), and if he doesn't adjust, we'll figure out another way. I'm just praying tomorrow is better for him!
Right now, all of this change still seems a bit crazy, but I do foresee us getting into a routine. I'm looking forward to it being our 'new normal'.