It would appears that summer for our younger kids is likely not over yet. So much for kindergarten starting for our little man. At least they have decent haircuts and are good to start the school year, whenever that may be. I have a lot of feelings about our school strike, mostly I am disappointed with both the BCTF and with our provincial government for where things are at. I am trying to hard to be fair to both sides - but demands from both are ridiculous. It is really hard to know where the truth is, especially when I think about how some of the contract negations I have been a part of have gone and how they have resolved.
It really feels like the last two years have been a blur, especially this last year. I am looking forward to when things normalize - between new childcare, new schools, no more Board meetings (AGM is in a few weeks, I will glad to be moving on) and just settling in to the new reality. I am looking forward to not commuting with my kids every day. I am glad that that they will not have 90 minutes in the car every day, that is a big deal. Friday morning we almost had a big truck run in to us coming off of the highway. Great reinforcement it is nice to not have my kids in the car every day.
There have been some amazing moments this summer - going to the beach with the boys, our camping trip to Porpoise Bay, the demolition derby, my quick trip to Kelowna when my brother got married (although this experience is wrapped in a few different emotions), and just getting out and trying to enjoy the amazing weather we had this summer. Although I must admit, I am struggling to really figure out where did the time go. Back in June, it seems that everything got thrown off kilter with the start of the school strike and school ending early. Next year, we will need to get away camping and get out of dodge for a bit. When you don't really get away, you don't really feel like you have much of a break. During my two weeks off, we took care of a few appointments, sorted through clothes, read some amazing books, of course, I love spending time at the beach with our boys, and then viola! I was back at work again. We are short staffed (still, again).. and I have a few hats on, so it seems like I am not getting much of a break to just really get caught up with myself… in the last few days things are somewhat calm.. but working in post secondary… everything will change on Tuesday.. and knowing this, and knowing we are short, makes it hard to relax. I figure I will just wake up one day and it will be after Thanksgiving.
I think for the boys the summer went well - summer camps, time with me, time with Ken, new daycare, more summer camps and old daycare. It was busy and it was a bit all over the place. I think it was good for C since it allowed him to be treated like a big kid, not a toddler. B rolled with the punches and is excited about the upcoming changes. With the summer broken in to weeks, I think this also contributed to the time just flying.
I also have not been jogging, for months. I do miss it. I also haven't been able to get out walking at lunch as much as I would like at work. I need to figure the exercise piece out - I think for me having my routine totally off and has thrown me off of my game a little. If you can say kids love their routines, so do their parents. I think it is good for my knee (since it seemed to be having some weird issues) I am not running, but I think we need to figure out biking or something wild and crazy like that… fingers crossed next weekend I get to try Stand Up Paddle boarding. It seems I have not quite figured out that yearly goal of losing a bunch of weight, but at least I can try SUP this year, and we have painted the family room and put a fence in our backyard. I suspect the 5 or 10 km run isn't going to be this year, but perhaps I can even get out for a huge, long hike and call it even.
Yup. I am rambling. I could be writing my report for that AGM, but I am kind of in a blah mood. I suspect once I finish here, I will retire with my latest book and look forward to a Sunday morning layabout for a bit as well.