Monday, April 4, 2016

What a Weekend

It's 7:30am on Monday morning, I'm currently sitting in my car in the parking lot, waiting to go into the office, and I'm still reeling from the events of the last several days. There have been highs and lows worth note, some of which are going to result in some unexpected changes to life as we currently know it.

Friday was hubby's and my 5th wedding anniversary. This was our very first wedding anniversary where he was actually home. Every anniversary so far, he's been away from home due to TDY or deployment. While it was a big anniversary, we didn't make any plans out of the ordinary, likely because we were waiting for something to come up that would prevent us from spending the day together. We had a date night with Abby in tow at a nice seafood restaurant we had been wanting to try. The food was delicious, and they treated us with a dessert of our choice on the house to say happy anniversary. 

The same day as our anniversary, we received some upsetting news, as we learned that Abby's school is closing, with just two weeks for us to secure new childcare arrangements. This brings up several issues. First, while it shouldn't be too difficult to find a new place for Abby given her age, we also need to secure a location that will have space for Alexis in June. Infant classes have much smaller teacher-to-student ratios, so it is usually more difficult to obtain space for them. Second, we were really hoping to keep Abby's life and routine as normal as possible with the birth of Alexis coming up. Now she's going to be facing a new childcare situation just two weeks before she then becomes a big sister. We're trying to prep Abby for the change coming her way, already letting her know that she will be changing schools soon and likely won't see any of her current classmates anymore.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of working an eight hour day, to get work done for month end close. While my day wasn't spent in the most enjoyable way, hubby tried to have some fun with Abby. For a little while, we've been talking about getting her into gymnastics. We think she would have a lot of fun with it, and it would be good for her. Hubby took Abby to go look at a gym in town and got information about their 2 and 3 year old classes. Abby loved the look of the gym so much, she got upset when they left without her getting to do anything. We hope that is a good sign. In order to make it up to Abby for not letting her "bounce" (aka, have time on a trampoline), hubby took her to a nearby trampoline park for an hour of jump time before we all met up for dinner.

For Sunday, we decided to let Abby have another fun afternoon and brought her to see Disney On Ice after we finished with church. She got really excited before we went into the arena, knowing we were doing something for her. But it wasn't until we got inside and she began to see Disney merchandise everywhere she looked when her excitement really grew. We were really shocked at how cheap the tickets were (just $20 each), but then quickly realized it was because they more than made up for it with their overpriced merchandise. We were feeling generous, though, and got Abby a storybook with the characters, as well as food to munch on and an Olaf cup filled with a snow cone that she loved. While Abby thoroughly enjoyed the show, she did get really upset during the Frozen part, when they had all of the main characters from the movie except for Sven. Apparently Sven is a very important character to her. Not that I can say I blame her, he's probably one of my favorites as well.

After we got home that evening and got Abby to bed, hubby and I made a short list of schools we wanted to check out for Abby and Alexis so he can begin making the rounds and calls today to check out our options. Unfortunately, I have to work late today, tomorrow, and possibly Wednesday, so it is up to him to do most of the legwork. There is one school in particular we are very excited about from our research, however the location we are looking at is currently still under construction, scheduled to open early summer. Currently, we're looking at possibly needing to obtain a few weeks of temporary child care, until I am out on maternity leave. While I am not looking forward to the possibility of having to care for both girls while recovering from childbirth, hubby is planning on taking a couple weeks of leave on top of the 10 days paternity leave he gets in order to assist me. Here's hoping everything works out as it should!

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