I was trying to pick a theme for this week’s Life’s Lessons, but surprise! There isn’t one. So another random edition it is.
- I’ve learned a lot through the middle school selection process that hopefully I can apply again when the other two get ready to go to middle school. And when Jenny moves on to high school.
- Apparently there’s a lot to learn about and prepare early in the school year prior to middle school that I missed. There were meetings and open houses in the fall, particularly for the magnet schools. It may be that we should have attended some of those in order to make an informed decision.
- Who knew you could let your child shadow a student at a middle school in order to learn more about the school? I didn’t. Honestly this has felt like we’re picking her college or something.
- We grew up in small towns with basically no school choices – for me there was one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school. Easy to choose, right? I was reminded through this process that we now live in a city with several good choices for our kids, so we should learn about the choices.
- All that being said, we ended up making the decision that Jenny should attend her residential school, which is an excellent school, rather than attending one of the magnet schools. I think this school will be the right place for her, which is what matters most to us. And I’m definitely we can now say we’ve decided.
- Moving on from middle school talk…
- I learned something else this week. I mean, not really because I already knew this even though I rarely experience the feeling. It feels great to sleep until 6:15 because your baby sleeps all night! (I think it makes that baby feel great, too.)
- And it feels great to take a shower in the morning.
- And it feels great to prepare a casserole for dinner in the morning so that the evening will be easier. (I actually managed this kind of preparation twice this week – I got dinner started in the crockpot Monday morning. Take that, unorganized Katie.)
- It doesn’t feel as great to fall asleep in your work clothes because you had a plan that involved staying in uncomfortable clothes when you got in bed so that you wouldn’t fall asleep and would get back out of bed to take a shower and prepare a casserole for the next day. But I can’t say it prevented me from sleeping well, so maybe it was great.
Linking up with Rach for Life’s Lessons as usual this week: