Good grief, I'm afraid to look at the date of my last post. By way of an explanation, I'll just say I've been a little busy. :)
We have been here in Virginia for 15 months now and I feel like life has finally settled into a rhythm. When we first moved, many friends who had moved before us told me it would take between 6 months and 2 years for our new home to feel like "home." I think I have finally hit the magical line where that happens, Stuarts Draft is where I feel comfortable now. *cue sappy music*
I couldn't be happier with how things are unfolding for the kids. Kennedy is in her senior year and has had 2 great seasons with the marching band. She plans to march in college as well and has a car and (almost) a license. She went to her first job interview yesterday. She has made some great friends and had a lot of good times. I have been amazed to watch her take on the challenge of starting a new school, in a new state, as a Junior - she has, in a word, flourished.
Hooray for the Staunton Academy of Ballet!! How amazing that there was such a great studio 10 miles from our house. Reagan is dancing more than ever and loving it more than ever. She is very disciplined and focused (as most dancers are) and manages her time so well. She has made friends mostly at dance, but is also involved as much as possible at the high school. She voluntarily gets up super early on Thursdays to go to Campaigners - a branch of Young Life. So proud of her.
McKinley is in her second year of middle school and is doing GREAT. She excels academically and handles the ups and downs of middle school better than the average bear. I always tell her the sky is her limit and I have no doubt that's where she'll end up.
Carter and Pierce have settled into the elementary school here very well and both have many friends. Carter tried football this fall and Pierce played soccer. I have comfort in the fact that by the time they both head to the middle school (next year for Carter!), they will be well established in our new little community.
I am working as a receptionist/dental assistant and I love it! The hours are great, the people are great, the field is interesting. It has been an adjustment figuring out how to manage my household as a "working" mom after all those years of staying home, but my family has been gracious. I'm also teaching a ballet class every week and that is good for my soul. :) I like my new normal.
Nic started back in the summer working with a friend of ours doing some painting and he is still at it. He is staying busy and of course, still writing. He coached Pierce's soccer team and renewed his CDL so he could drive the bus for all the band stuff and the kid's field trips. He is a great Dad and husband, we make a great team. I am so grateful.
So, that is our update. I think about all of you often, you are always in my heart. I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying your life too. *Big, fat, cyber hugs* :)