Friday, November 20, 2020

Semester One Complete

 Today I picked Arlington up from college.  First semester classes are complete and because of the ongoing Coronavirus, her dorm had to be completely emptied so the school can deep clean over the holidays.  She will be moving to a new dorm next semester anyway (a lot more kids are coming back to campus, so everyone is moving) so no choice but to grab the entire amount of stuff she has accumulated and bring it home.

I went alone to pick her up because there was no way to fit it any other way.  Mat was working, so I volunteered.  It went rather quick, and now she is home and settled in.  She has some finals over the next few weeks and then is off until her January class begins (remotely).  She doesn't return to campus until February first.  



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Returning Home

 Today - for the first time in 3 years and 3 months I am standing in our home.  Our renters have finally moved out and the house is now ours.  This coming year the house will go through a huge transformation, but for now I just relish in the fact that it is now back in our posession.  Such a relief.



Sunday, November 1, 2020

Celebrating 23 years of Marriage

 Today Mat and I celebrate being married for 23 years.  23 years of moving to many places, traveling, kids, animals, houses....endless memories together.  We started dating when we were 15/16 years old in 1991 and next year will celebrate 30 years of being together.  Twice as long as we weren't.  Hard to believe.

We did go out to a nice dinner tonight to celebrate.  Delicious steak and dessert to wrap up a day that I will always treasure.  



Friday, October 30, 2020

First Snow

 The first snow of the year is always a favorite of mine.  I don't love snow and the chores that it brings now that we are back in Northeastern America.  But it sure is pretty.  We are still in our rental property (but our renters are leaving our permanent house soon so stay tuned!), so we didn't have to clear it.  That did make it all the nicer





Thursday, October 8, 2020

German Doodling

 Finley is the one who championed the German language while we were away.  She seemed to take to it like a fisht to water, and really became rather fluent in the language.  She was reading novels in German before we left, and speaking to her friends almost exclusively in the language that they all shared (besides English).  She even took the IGCSE exam in German - something reserved for kids 2 years older than she is - so that she could test out of language courses for American high school.  She scored an A on the exam and we couldn't be more proud.

It was a delight to me when I was cleaning her room and found her math doodles.  She wrote a message in German as she did her homework - just out of habit.  I do hope that some how she can hold onto the language - even in part.



It says: I hate math because it's boring but I like math because the homework is not that big


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Visiting The College Girl

 Today we had a chance to visit Arlington on her campus.  We couldn't go into her room, but did take her some things and then took her to have some lunch.  She showed us around the campus.  It was nice because Mat didn't get to come in August when we dropped her off.  We had a lovely afternoon and it was nice to see her.


Library
Pretty chruch




This is Arlington's dining Hall

School of Music - huge building


Where Arlington catches the bus for her off campus class




She has one in person class on campus and this si where they put them





Basketball Stadium

Hockey Stadium

This is where Arlington's dorm is located







Thursday, September 17, 2020

A Very Different School Start

 It is the start of a new school year for Finley and Cainan.  Being back in the United States where the virus continues to rage means not returning to school normally.  After a lot of debate in our district, the year started two weeks later than normally and in a hybrid form.  Finley and Cainan will be home Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday doing school virtually from their bedrooms.  And Thursday and Friday they will be in school.  Full masks on, 6 feet apart, and very little social life for these two lie ahead.

So difficult this will be for these two who are returning to a school they have been gone for 3 years.  Kids are different now.  It is like starting over.  I feel for them.  Their anxiety is high.  I know they will adjust - they always do.

On top of all of that, we are still in our temporary housing, so we are still unsettled.