Friday, January 15, 2010

Wish Me Luck

...and come babysit my kids.

I don't know why, but I have enrolled in school again. Just part-time, but it is sure to be the death of me. I really want to be a pharmacist, but I am a mother already. My husband is never home and it's not his fault, but it really doesn't make this easy. I have about a week to decide if I want to withdraw and wait until both kids are enrolled in school in the fall. I'm leaning toward that decision, but I'm trying my best to make this work.

The class I REALLY need to take, Biology, is the one where nothing is working online and the professor is useless so far. Oh, for clarification, my Biology "lectures" are online and my labs are in Norfolk...they begin at 7:00pm. There are no real lectures, just a couple of powerpoint pages of fill-in-the-blank sentences. Are we given the answer key? No. Does the professor answer emails? Not in my experience. Am I able to log in to the online access that goes with the textbook? No. Did the bookstore sell me the wrong book twice? Yes. Did the textbook company include the wrong online access code? Yes. Are they going to fix the problem? No.

I don't like to fail. Withdrawing one week into "school" seems like a failure to me. Not getting an "A" is a failure to me. However, I don't have childcare for my boys during the day and I'm struggling to line up sitters for them for all of my labs. Could I do this if Ryan were around? Certainly, but that's not going to be the case for a LONG time. Why can't I just look at the situation and realize that it is beyond my control and not a failure on my part? I don't know. I'll let you know what I decide...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Our Holidays

Expect me to always be behind on my posts. Things are crazy around here and they are only going to get worse.

Here are some photos from this holiday season. Enjoy!

The seasonal pack of Cars...a special thanks to Grandma & Grandpa S. for these. As we speak, these cars are all lined up "watching" Ian play Super Mario Brothers on the Wii.

Nathan looking up at the fake snow as we wait in line to meet Santa. That is probably as close as he will come to being in the snow this winter.

Cookies. What is Christmas without a cookie swap? I made NINE DOZEN cookies for this swap. The lemon glazed cookies (in the middle) were so yummy and reminded me of my grandmother's lemon meringue pie. I'll have to post the recipe!

More cookies! Some jam thumbprints finished off my cookie selection. I was tired of rolling out the dough.

Yay! Daddy was home before Christmas. This is pretty much the only reason our tree made it up this year. I will have to schedule less for myself next December (when Ryan will likely be gone) so that I can make sure to provide the boys with a full Christmas experience.

Ryan is roasting marshmallows in the fireplace in this picture. All he wanted for Christmas was a finished fireplace that we could use so I purchased these glass doors and he bought some fancy grate (who knew such things existed). Don't ask me how I feel about the fireplace now...

Two happy boys on Christmas morning. Ian is still asking where his reindeer with wheels is..."Santa" was unable to deliver that particular present. They were both thrilled with all of their new toys, games & books!