Today, as I stood typing this on my iPad looking through the plate glass window to Eva's first day in gymnastics, I reflect upon how this past week has marked many monumental ends with the coming week bringing even more monumental beginnings.
Friday marked the LAST day of preschool for our girls! It also marked the end of the first week at my new job, and sadly, the end of Summer.
Next week, Wednesday, September 10, 2014, our girls begin their first day of KINDERGARTEN!!! OMG! They made it this far and so far we haven't broken them. So much for the theory that we evil homosexuals can't raise children...but hey, there's still time. Until then...we made it!
Like just about every parent out there, we say to ourselves, "Wow that was fast, where did the time go!" From screaming, crying, pooping and peeing bundles in diapers to screaming, crying, pooping and peeing in the potty 5 year-olds that talk non-stop...I think they will break us before we break them. It has been a fun ride watching our little girls grow and blossom. Their unique personalities emerging and providing us with so much fun AND vexation. Both Mike B. and I are looking forward to seeing what's ahead.
The love and joy our girls have provided us since their birth has been such a life altering experience. The good times, the not so good times, all worth it. While we hope to mold our daughters into successful and positive contributions to society and the world, I like to think they have made positive contributions to Mike and I, making us also better people.
Like so many of our fellow bloggers that started this journey so long ago, once you complete the first part of the journey, trying to be consistent and write while moving through all the other parts of the journey is indeed a challenge. So much has happened, it is all such a blur sometimes. However, it is also punctuated by many highlights that are focused in HD clarity. Those moments we treasure, and if we are lucky, got some great photo-ops to go along with the stories we will tell our grandchildren about their mothers.
The end of last week also marked the end of the first week to my new job. I can honestly say that nothing sucks the soul out of one faster than job hunting. The self-doubt and questioning of ones abilities and worth become immersive and soul-crushing. Even for the likes of someone like me who is generally and eternal optimist. Thankfully that changed the beginning of September. An opportunity that had reached out to me in the beginning of August actually went through.
The irony is that the job takes me full circle back to India! In my new position, I will be in charge of the small stateside design team in my office with the majority of my duties managing and coordinating the India design teams based in Noida (a Suburb of New Delhi/Delhi) and Pune. I will need to travel to these offices probably on a regular basis. I am looking forward to the challenge and returning to a country that has had such a huge impact upon my life. In addition while I may still not be working side-by-side to my husband, this new opportunity offers me the possibility of working with him as a vendor...so close enough.
The new job is a relief to us all. The stress of an uncertain future is hard on any family. Given the move to a new home, the stress was amplified. While I will miss being so much more accessible to my girls, this is for their future as much as it is mine. The funny thing is that I think the dog is really missing me not being at home more than my girls…lol. Time to schedule him for Doggy daycare again so he can play.
So as I finish off this post on my laptop, Eva has come downstairs. She can’t sleep. I have put her in our bed and must finish this off so I can join her. We had a severe rain and thunderstorm late this afternoon that knocked down trees and power lines. It hit while we were on our way home and it was scary. The rain was coming down so hard we had to reduce speed on several occasions to no more than 5mph because there was virtually no visibility! Then, once in the house, the thunder and lightning where right over head. It was truly a frightening storm, even for an adult…so she’s freaked…still.
Off to bed I go upon the push of my publish button. Next week our girls begin Kindergarten, Rose begins ballet, I begin my second week on the job, Fall begins to eek it’s way in…so many big changes. Keeps us on our toes and always makes life interesting. Cool.