November has proven quite busy as I jumped back into being a working mom. It was a strange adjustment having never met my students, but they quickly inducted me back into the classroom and have transitioned well from the long-term sub to their full-time teacher. My days continue to fly by, never having enough hours in the day to get everything done and our routine is a little different from last year. We started a new day care for both boys and I can honestly say that I am much happier with our choice in child care. I stay 30 to 45 minutes longer at work, as compared to last year, so I can maximize on my time away since I quickly discovered that it is a futile effort trying to get work done at home. This way, when I'm home I can be more present for both of them. I'm grateful that their new caretakers have allowed Jackson's therapies into their home which alleviates one less stress on me to rush home from work to meet them at our house. I'm ever so grateful that Michelle and Wayne have welcomed Jackson into their home and treat Jackson just like any of the other children. The other day Michelle showed me pictures of Wayne reading to the kids and Jackson was right up front paying attention and listening intently...and most importantly he was included... To know that both children are happy and well-taken care of while you have to be away from them makes it so much easier.
We started our Thanksgiving at Charlestown Village where my grandfather lives. Round 1 of food began with all the typical Thanksgiving foods, plus pumpkin pancakes with a roasted pecan syrup...
|Eric with Baby John|
|Jackson with Aunt Holli|
|Grayson giving everyone the stink eye.|
|Who's mocking who?|
|Meeting Great Grandma and Ally for the first time.|
|Daddy and the fried turkey!|
|Cuddling up with Pop after his nap|
|Eating Thanksgiving dinner|
Instead of going out with the shopping crazies on Friday, we headed over to my sister's for a post-Thanksgiving Italian feast.
|Baby John napping|
|Grandpa showing Evan something on the computer|
|Definitely 100% turkey!|
|All tuckered out...|