Friday, August 20, 2010

Back to School and a Little Catch Up on Mom and Dad.

Well, it's that bitter sweet time of year again.....Back to school! I loved it as a child, the new school clothes, the new supplies, the promises of new knowledge and new friendships....ahhh, I love that my boy's look at each coming year with as much enthusiasm. This year we had a few hitches to get over scheduling and a decision to make about their education. Here at Fort Polk your children can go to the North Polk Elementary which teaches head start-1st grade. Which is the school Matthew went to last year and is continuing there this year since he is in class with lil miss Taylor, a close family friends daughter. South Polk Elementary is 2nd-4th grade. Then for 5th grade on up your kids go off post. Eh, no out of curiosity we drove past the school that Michael would be attending due to district lines.............OH HELL NAW! Both Matt and I had the same reaction. At first, as we drove down the street we were silent for the first pass of the school. It literally looked like there were meth labs next too the school. No fencing to keep the kids in and other's out. There was just this dropping feeling.
I sat in the car wondering...." Am I a snob?" is this what this is? I surely hope not. I sat there thinking about Michael going to school where he would be in a school with lower testing scores, and a slightly rougher crowd. Those children are just as deserving of a great education and I know so many families have their children enrolled in this school, but after some more research on the school from friends and online we decided that it was worth it to pull Michael from this school and enroll him in Pickering. Pickering is Elementary-High school, all in one building. Sitting there in the office enrolling Michael I felt so much better about my decision and Cody was so impressed he asked to be switched from South Polk to Pickering (hey this makes my day easier, instead of having three kids in three schools at least two would be at one and make my drop off and pick up a little easier), so....a little more paper work and tada....Michael and Cody are now Red Devils! They LOVE IT! Cody loves it because the classrooms have walls...ooooo, ahhhhh. They each have a homeroom teacher who teaches Eng, Lang arts, and spelling, and then a teacher for science, math and social studies. I could hardly tear them away from jabbering with their new teachers at the open house night. So far I feel GREAT about this. To each his own. And this school is just a better fit.

Michael and Cody about to walk into their new school. Aren't they just adorable!
Oma sent the kids a cute little outfit each and they loved them so much they begged to take some pictures for Oma. They ran off to grab matching it was so cute. Take a look at Cody's's the last time for a while that you will see it like I'll post about the hair trauma another day.
As to catch up with Hottie Von Sexypants, he had a fun class over two weeks learning how to fly the Raven UAV. He loved it! When it comes time to re-up/ re-class (re-enlist in the Army) he may seriously consider reclassing (basicaly taking another job in the Army) as a UAV pilot. Which would basically have us going back to Ft. Huachuca for a few months ! YAY, we love Huachuca! We are still hoping for Germany too so maybe we'll luck out, get Huachuca for a few months, after Matt gets back from deployment next year (yes I'm already faux planning for Matt's return and he hasn't even left, I'm evidently impatient for and then go off to Germany. Ohhhh how silly of my to even pretend to plan in an Army career...but hey I think all Army wives do try.
On another note, I've been very active in our Apache troop FRG, having a blast! We've been doing a lot of fund raisers, and have recently started being the troop "Welcoming Committee" making welcome baskets for our new families to the troop as well as being a POC (point of contact). A lot of the ladies we have are really active and it's nice! Our FRG group leader , Sherry had a little surprise for us at the meeting, a tiny silver spur, and a sweet little thank you/ award. Thanks Sherry.....Don't I look fabulous? Not really, oh well. Who doesn't just love being

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