Thursday, September 14, 2017

I'm back!

I appreciate everyone who posted on my last post and said they were still reading. I hate that I've abandoned my blog. I love having the history of my family written down, I'm just having a hard time getting here to do it.

So here's what's going on with us lately. Clarissa is doing amazing! This summer we had a friend come back from living in Korea and she offered to teach Clarissa some Korean over the summer. She was so great with Clarissa, giving her lessons about Korean culture, teaching her the Korean alphabet and some Korean words. Clarissa really loved it! Then at the end of the summer our friend moved to go to college and Clarissa lost her teacher. There is a very small Korean community here, so finding another Korean teacher seemed impossible. But then an opportunity fell in our laps! We found a Korean organization starting up Korean classes! Three hours a week Clarissa goes there and learns the language and the culture. It's taught by Koreans and there are other Korean kids in the class. This is such an awesome opportunity for her! She's so excited about it.

Clarissa is in third grade now (can you believe it?!!) and she's loving school! She such a happy, easy going kid. She loves art, she likes to read, and she's obsesssed with clothes, so she's so fun to shop with! She's doing awesome, everything is great with her.

In Matthew news, he just started high school! He's going to the same honors high school that Josh goes to, so they enjoy being in school together for the first time since elementary school. Josh is a senior this year and ran for senior class president last year and won, so he has talked Matthew into running for freshman president so they can hopefully do student council together. So he's been campaigning all week and we find out tomorrow if he won. It's been an exiting week! Matthew is also still playing the piano, and he's SO good now! He's working on a version of Bohemian Rhapsody for his upcoming piano recital and it sounds amazing. I'm loving it. He's doing great, everything is going well in Matthew's life.

In Josh's world, things are crazy busy! He's a senior this year and he's in about a million clubs and activities. He also works at Shawn's pharmacy after school, so between all of those things, I feel like I hardly ever see him anymore. I know that this is the way things go with kids, they become more and more independent until they finally leave home. But I'm not going to lie, it's been hard for me! Josh and I are really close and knowing that this is his last year home before he goes out in the world has been kind of tough for me. He's doing awesome and I have no doubt he's going to go out in the world and do amazing things, but I'm going to really miss him. I'm trying to soak up as much as I can this last year before he goes. He's doing a dual enrollment program where he's taking college courses at his high school and he's on track to graduate with over 70 college credits! So he'll graduate from college with his associates degree at the same time he graduates from high school in the spring. Right now we're getting ready to start college applications and wherever he gets accepted, he'll be going in as a junior. This has been a great start for him and he's really looking forward to what's next. He plans to major in something math related, probably applied math, and work towards becoming an actuary. Big things are in store for that kid!

Shawn is doing great, work is just super busy for him. Managing a very large, busy pharmacy is a challenge at times, but he loves his job and is great at it. So he's stressed, but things are good.

As for me, I'm still plugging along with college! I started a new semester this week. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little (lot) stressed. I took classes over the summer, so I really haven't had much of a break all year. I'm trying to get through school as quickly as possible, so I'm just cramming classes in as much as I can. It's a lot. I'm liking what I'm learning, it's just...a lot. The first week is always the worst. Getting used to new rules, new books, new assignments, new teachers. It always takes me a bit to adjust. But I'm doing great, I'm getting straight A's every semester, so things are looking good. I have about a year and a half left before I graduate, and I'm already looking at grad school. Going back to school has been a life changing experience for me. Stressful, which explains my lack of blogging, but it's been good. I know I'm headed down the right path and I feel good about how things are going. I'll just be really really glad to be done someday!!

In random news, our garbage disposal broke a few weeks ago and ruined our hardwood floors, so we're currently working with the insurance company to sort that out. That's a mess. Right now I'm also working on planning a trip to NYC in the spring with Josh. I promised him a senior trip and I'm working my hardest to make that happen in the middle of the rest of the craziness. While I'm in NYC I'm also going to finally meet my college mentor in person, which I'm excited about! We have big things coming up! Now if I can just find time in my crazy busy life to make them all work! Life is crazy but always exciting! :)

Here's a family photo I took on a recent getaway to the mountains!