Friday, March 30, 2007

Lions, Tigers, & Bears

I have been diligently working on gathering research for a paper on inclusion practices for students with autism and mental retardation. I was required to turn in a draft to my instructor this past Wednesday. I met with her today to go over the draft and left her office surprised, yet cheerful. She was very pleased with my research and, in fact, wants me to prepare a PowerPoint presentation to present at the State Conference for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) next spring. Needless to say, I am very excited about this.

I have often thought that I am putting so much effort into my school work and missing out on my family. Don’t get me wrong, mothering definitely comes first, but I have spent countless hours while my kids nap during the afternoons, evenings, and weekends reading, writing, or researching. I love doing all of those things, but I also miss just being able to relax and hang out with my kids. I guess I sometimes wish I could just be like a “normal mom” and do “normal mom” things instead of worrying about school. “Normal moms” find time to pursue activities and hobbies, right? I love to scrapbook but don’t have the time to put into it. My scrapbook table is literally piled with JUNK, some of it mine, some of it everyone else’s in the family. At the same time, though, if I wasn’t going to school, what would I be doing? Probably not scrapbooking or pursuing other hobbies. Oh well, only a few more classes to go and then I will become a “normal mom”. . . and probably hate it!

I am very excited about this weekend. We are camping with our T-n-T (20s -n- 30s) group tonight. We have a lot of fun because most of us have kids about the same age. It’s a nice break to be able to hang out with people our own age and do fun stuff WITH THE KIDS! I do love to go out alone with TJ but found out shortly after having Th, babysitters aren’t cheap! It’s nearly impossible to find a sitter who is willing to watch 3 kids for less than $5 an hour, and you can imagine the quality that amount of money affords! TJ and I only get out about twice a year alone, so when those opportunities do arise, we eagerly jump on them. I’m not too sure how I got on this topic, so now I'll get back on track.

This will be the first time camping with all 3 kids. We had a campout last September, but I was pregnant so I brought Ta home with me; only TJ and Th camped. Tonight should be interesting. It’s at a friend’s house and they live on a large pond. Fishing hooks, fire, and a bunch of kids- a recipe for disaster! Check back to see how we fare. . .

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