I just renewed my Flickr Pro account…like 6 months after it expired. Better late than never! I have so much catching up to do on uploading stuff, but not THAT much because I went like 4 of those 6 months without a camera. But anyway…
Merry Christmas! That’s our tree. Isn’t it cute? We bought a new tree this year, a shorter, but fuller one compared to our super-cheap old tree. I’m thinking next year we’re getting splurging on some new ball ornaments.
Can you believe that Christmas is in, like, 9 days? I’m almost done with my shopping. I have one person left to shop for, and then I will be done. I still have, like, half a dozen ornaments to make, but after that, I will be done! We were really lucky to be able to actually buy people presents this year. Every other year has been a struggle just pay our bills, but since I started working, we’ve actually had extra money lying around. Instead of saving it for the time I’m going to be out of work with the new baby, we decided to just spend it like crazy on the people we love. Why not, right?
I’m excited that this year our little buddy has been pretty excited about Christmas. I don’t think he gets what Christmas actually is, but he sure does appreciate the lights and the decorations. He says “See Christmas tree?” at least 20 times a day. And I think he gets that you get stuff for Christmas. He really wants a pirate and a flag. I can swing the second one, but the first one has been a bit of a challenge. Pirates are really hard to come by this time of year.
Speaking of big boys and all, Deven has a very big year coming up. Not only is he about to become a big brother in just a few months, but right after New Years, he will be starting preschool.Yes, preschool at the ripe age of 3. Not day care, but actual preschool in an actual public school. It’s preschool for “special needs” children, or for kids with significant speech delays, like Deven. He will actually be spending most of the week in “general education” preschool, and then seeing a speech therapist for one hour a week. He will be in school 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. Holy. Crap.
My little buddy who has been both my best friend, and let’s be honest, my biggest pain in the ass for the last 3 years, will be leaving me for a significant portion of the day to make new best friends and be a pain in other people’s asses. I am facing mixed emotions: going to school is a big step and, to me, I still see him as my sweet little baby who needs me RIGHT. THERE. for every new venture, to make sure that he is safe and happy. Now, I’m putting that trust in the hands of a group of adults I barely know. At the same time, I know that he is going to have so much fun, and that this is something he needs to so badly just to get ready for regular Kindergarten. You know, I am with him all of the time, every single day, and I can understand everything he says, and I know his strengths and weaknesses, and I am normally not thinking along the lines of what developmental standards he should be meeting. At this rate, without the opportunity for some kind of preschool or therapy, he will not be ready for school on time. So I know he will benefit TREMENDOUSLY from going to school.
I just am not sure I am ready to let him go so soon.