His Own Path
Climbing with Vern & Maki

I’ve been a bit amiss on blogging daily this week, so a HUGE thank you to Chris, who updated this morning…that was great. I love all the connecting elements so much. Chris has been an amazing friend to Vernon and our family at every step of the way.

This was Back-To-School week…just as it was for so many others. For us it was also Maki-recovering-from-jet-lag week, Maki-getting-back-into his-world week, Maki-getting- to-see-his-dad-again week, Me-getting-used-to-normal-schedule-again week, and Vernon-realizing-he-is-in-a-wheelchair week.

Along with that, it was Justine’s first week of school ever.  A fantastic local church school has offered us a generous scholarship for her Pre-K year. I am so grateful, and Justine loves it when she is there. She does have a little ‘shyness’ (her words) each day as she is getting used to the new schedule, but I think that is probably typical. I also know she is completely ready for this!

Maki started yesterday with total 8th grade confidence.  He is such a middle-school pro now. Strangely, he is having less trouble waking up early than the ‘baby.’

I love how everyone these days publicly shares the first day of school picture. Here is ours.

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With apologies to both these great kids, I haven’t been the greatest at starting out strong.  I realized half way to Brea on Thursday, that I hadn’t given Maki any lunch money on his very first day of school. The guilt bugged me a little at first, but I figured he was resourceful enough to bribe some buddies for a little extra cash if necessary. (I did dream about it in a weird way last night though…so I guess its unresolved.)

Then today, after packing Justine’s lunch, I left it home. With arms so full of stuff on the way out, I don’t know HOW the lunchbox escaped me. Anyway, it wasn’t the end of the world. It was just another realization of how much I have to get used to with TWO children going to school every day.  Other moms can do it. Ah, what examples they are!

Vernon used to take Maki to school in the mornings while I would stay home with Justine. That was the luxury life. Anyway, we can do this. My new school goal is to keep them from starving. And that they get decent grades. (Hopefully, grades aren’t given in preschool!)

As for Vernon…who is not in the carpool at the moment…he is also moving along in his studies.

The speech therapist has actually been able to get some recognizable dialogue from him. He has been trying to convince her that he has four children and furry white cat. I guess I should start looking around?

 

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His Own Path
Climbing with Vern & Maki