Well, we did it, sort of. Our family survived hell week. The first week of a new school year is always a bit hectic as we try to find our way through a new schedule, but this past week was particularly nasty because it was our first week with a middle schooler. When all of the kids were in elementary school and day care, we woke them up around 7:30 in the morning and it gave Becky and I plenty of time to get a decent amount of sleep even if we went to bed later. It allowed me to get up at 6 to write before I went to work and not feel totally out of sorts. But now Spenser has to be up at 6:30, which means I should probably be up at 5:30, and I haven’t been able to get myself into a schedule that works with my work and writing and sleeping schedules and I feel like I’ve been failing at all of it and somehow still ending up tired. Hopefully this is just temporary and I’ll get into some nice habits soon, because I’m feeling restless not getting my writing in. I took some time off from the book to work on short stories, so I’m already feeling disconnected from that project as it is.
Anyway, the good thing is that our suspicions that Spenser would do far better in middle school than elementary school has so far proven correct. He comes home happy every day and excited for the opportunities a bigger school affords him. We still need to find a physical activity for him because he spends way too much time on the computer, but again, that will come in time I hope. Another nice thing is that having a minivan instead of a cramped sedan makes school drop off SO much easier.