We made it through Thanksgiving, by far the hardest holiday for me these days. It was 2 years ago, Thanksgiving morning, that my amazing Grandpa was called home to Jesus. He was a great man... exactly who I hope to be in life (well the female version)! He was sarcastic, smart, hard-working, but most of all he loved everyone he met and would take them in as his own family. It didn't matter if you screwed up over and over, he would put ya to work and help you back to your feet. I love you Papa, and can't wait to see you again! :-)
And now it is almost December, is it just me or is time going WAY too fast this year? Nick is almost halfway through Pr-Kindergarten and he is doing really well, if we get any 'bad reports' it's usually something you would expect from a 5 year old boy! Such as today it was just that he was having a hard time standing in the line after school. He kept moving out of the line and whatnot... seems completely normal for this age (and yes we had a talk about it because the teacher has valid concern since it is right next to the parking lot and there are some crazy parents that drive through there!!!!)! This is really good because I was scared of how he would adapt to school since he's never been in daycare or away from me for more than church time.
I made it through the first half of this term in school with 3 classes! Thankfully one was only 4 weeks and it's over now. I am now down to two classes (both subjects that are really hard for me, so not too much better) and only have 3 weeks left till Christmas break! After this term I will be down to 8 months of classes left and then I will have my associates degree in graphic design! Weeee! I haven't decided yet if I will go on to a bachelor's or not, but if I do, I want to take some time off of school first. I love online school, but it is SO fast paced with very little breaks (did I mention Christmas break soon?!?!) that it requires a lot of personal motivation and lots of hard work. I wouldn't change it for anything though because being home with Nick is so special to me. I love that I can do my work after he is in bed or while he is playing with his own toys right in front of me. I can take a break to do things with him and love on him. What's more important than that? Nothing. Nothing I say!
I have been on and off sick for the past 3 weeks, well since Nick's birthday party. And to make it harder, Nick was sick for a good part of that time too. He came home from school one day with a horrible middle ear infection that had busted while at school... when I picked him up there was this nasty, thick brown puss matted on the side of his face and shoulder. I was not at all thrilled with the fact that neither teacher in his class (a sub and his teacher's assistant that day) noticed it at all. But it is what it is. I sent in a letter to the principal so that it was documented on what happened, hopefully nothing else like this happens since this was my biggest fear in sending him to public school. I know that no one will ever watch your child as you do, but this made me remember why I was so set on him being home-schooled. He loves school though, and we haven't had any other real reason to not like it, so we are sticking with public school... for now. I am, however, thankful that I am educated on my options and know that there is online public schools, private schools, and of course home schooling available. I have already done all of my research on how to do it all properly and through which channels, I just hope to never need it unless Nick decides that it's what he wants.
Anyways, that's what is going on with the Ferris fam right now... I feel like something big is coming, something amazing.... although I can't put my finger on it. Maybe 2012 will be a great year for us! I wish you and your family the best holiday season ever! Cherish the month of December; take time to take your kids to see lights or visit Santa, time to drink hot chocolate and cuddle under a warm blanket on a cold day. Most importantly, remember to teach them (and remind yourself!) the real reason for Christmas. Make memories to last a lifetime and keep your priorities in check at a time when it is so easy to focus on material things!