Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Changes

 Safety Guy at his birthday party last weekend - 
pizza, arcade games, and cake!

It's been a long week since I last posted on here.  I was busy with subbing, and I'm now officially the full-time, long term sub for someone on maternity leave, until Christmas.  It's a bit scary going back to work like this, after so much time away from teaching in a school.  Some things have changed (technology, most notably), and some things haven't (pokey bureaucracy stuff, and kids are always kids).  Mostly I'm trying to figure out how to juggle my school responsibilities and my home and family responsibilities.  I've always respected working mothers, but now I'm seeing their struggles in an even clearer light.  It's exhausting!

Miss Molly Meow and her catnip chipmunk.
She's just a little mellow on 'nip now.

Our kids are excited that I'm working (hooray, more money for special things, and I can see them at school whenever I want), but they are also a bit weirded out by the changes in our family routines and roles.  One big change is that they'll have to take on more chores, so we can balance out how things get done around the house.  I can't do as much as I did before, and they can certainly do more than I've asked of them in the past.  This will probably be good for all of us in that respect.  But it's also a little scary, all the changes going on, and our daughter has been acting out BIG TIME over the past few weeks.  It's more than just pre-teen stuff, more than hormones, more than "just the age."  I hope she settles down soon; we've had some ugly confrontations over her disrespectful behavior. 

 A trebuchet (a kind of catapult) at a pumpkin farm/corn maze 
that we visited a couple weeks ago.  Fun!

Thankfully, soccer is almost done for the fall, and that will free up HOURS every week in our schedule.  Our son's tutoring will end around Thanksgiving, which is more hours in the week not spent going to/from the learning center.  December will feel like a vacation in contrast to the next month.  And once this maternity subbing "gig" is finished, I'll probably cut back on subbing for a little while, to 3-4 days a week instead of 5.

And, to top off the "You can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time" vibe in the house, all three of the cats are mad at me for not being around more now.  Sigh.  One looks sad and mopey, one has left me "gifts" to express her displeasure, and one is clingy and whiny.  I just can't win.