To give you a rundown:
Monday- We drove to campus together at 7:45am so I could go to a partner breakfast with the kids. He had orientation events till 5pm, then had a resumee intro session & peer review from 6:30-8:30pm (think he got home around 10-11pm after hanging out with people, too)
Tuesday- Zach was on campus from 8:30am till 4pm. We met up with him in Hanover for an hour before he had a study group meeting at 5, then a dinner event 6:30-9pm.
Wednesday- On campus from 8am till 5pm. There was an address and reception that evening from 6-8:30 but he skipped it to be home with us.
Thursday- This was their "fun" day- group-building activities at Dartmouth Skiway starting at 8:45am. We drove up at 4:30 to join them for dinner with the partners & families, came home around 7pm.
Friday- Today Zach had to be on campus at 9am and will be home around 6:30pm.
And it sounds like this will be about what we can expect for the the fall semesters. Not only will he have lots to do for class, but there's also so many social events, info sessions and prep for finding their summer internship (including frequent trips to visit different firms & businesses), etc. So yeah, feeling like I was struggling to keep up with just normal life and parenting duties when there were two of us around, I looked at this schedule for the week and was sure getting through the week would be hell.
To my surprise and amazement, the week's actually gone totally fine. I kinda feel like I kicked ass this week. We had some fun things to do (including a few orientation events geared to partners & kids), we got out of the house, met up with a bunch of other families and kiddoes here in Sachem, I even kept up with household stuff like laundry and the dishes each day, etc. I do give the kids a lot of credit for being in better, more cooperative moods which makes a huge difference-- big, big thanks to them for that. But still. I needed this week. I needed to feel on top of things. This week helped restore my confidence in myself as a competent (and even fun!) parent, like YES I do know what I'm doing, and I will be able to get us through the hectic-ness that will be business school for Zach. I know not all weeks will feel like this, of course. But this was just really nice and exactly what I needed. Zach officially starts Fall A on Monday, and now I feel like I can look it in the eye and say, "Bring it on."
Here are a few pictures from the week:
|All ready for his first day of orientation on Monday. Isn't he adorable? =P|
|Donovan playing with a few other Tiny Tuckies at the breakfast Monday morning.|
|Donovan and our friend's 4 month old baby, whom Donovan LOVES. He is obsessed with her, wanting to be with her all the time and play with her and even calls her one of his new best friends. SWOON.|
|The monkey backpack has been unearthed. It may come in quite useful with Quinn. And I honestly don't get why people get all up in arms about them.|
|We baked! It was a mix from a box. But still! Yay domesticity!|
|Hiking through the woods.|
|Yellow galoshes, green apple (playing at the Dartmouth Skiway yesterday, in the new boots that came in the mail a couple days ago and are the ONLY shoes he'll allow to touch his feet right now)|
|I...um...yeah I don't even know. (Check out his shirt, though! =P)|