Thursday, August 14, 2008


Hey everyone! I wanted to give you the good news. An entire year has passed since Michael's accident; a year since I've had a peace of mind about this whole situation. I'm glad to say that my husband is finally employable again. The best news...he got a job!!

He begins next week as an advertising executive for a local radio station. Therefore, he will still be in the car a lot, but the driving time will only be locally! He will be home for dinner most every night; will not be required to drive the 1000 miles a week that he was doing in his last job. Although it's not "all" that we were hoping for, it has us both looking up again. The benefits package is severely lacking, at least for now. But his new employer hopes to have a good one put together by the end of January or so. For now, I'll keep him on my health, dental and vision plans. We are contemplating whether or not we will continue to pay the COBRA premium or not. I'm thinking that maybe we will, at least until the end of the year. The main reason is that it looks as if Aaron will be getting braces by the end of the year. Michael's formal employer's dental plan is outstanding, and has an orthodontia plan attached to it. My dental plan has that plan as well. But I'm sure you realize that having double coverage for orthodontics is a wonderful thing to have. It cuts the monthly payments substantially.

So that's that, and I'm hoping to get my next post up soon. I wanted to write about Zack's college search. I've put it off for awhile, but think I have finally put it all together in my head to finally be able to write an entry about it.

Until next time.

Monday, August 04, 2008

1st day of school

Hey everyone. Yeah I'm still around reading blogs. I just haven't posted in over 2 months.

I'm finally getting around to posting another entry. I won't apologize, because that just sounds lame and "I'm all important and such", so I'll just get right to typing.

Today is the first day of school here in Central Georgia. And you know what? There's something so wrong about having to start back to school when it's still 100 degrees outside. Man, am I ever thankful for air conditioners!

Aaron started middle school today. He was going to ride the bus this morning, but for some reason it never came by. Mysterious, because it's been coming by for years now for other students in the neighborhood! This will be the first year that he's ridden the bus, because we lived too close to the elementary school in years past.

Zack started the first day of his senior year - boo hiss! He actually drove himself to school for the very first time today. We had his senior portraits taken a couple of weeks ago. They turned out really well. If you would like to see the proofs, email me or let me know in the comments section, and I'll be glad to send you the link. We had some taken at school this summer, and we also had some taken at a professional studio.

It's been an emotional first day for me, no kidding. I was very sad, and cried on my way to work. I guess every mother goes through this at some point in their kids' lives. From preschool, to kindy, to "big school". It's just all so surreal to me. The last 17 years of parenting have flown by entirely too fast!

Yeah, so Zack's driving now -- full speed ahead. Still dating Arrie, and still pursuing his college choice. It will be an extremly busy year for him, what with Debate competitions and multiple club activities, no to mention the two AP classes, Calculus and Spanish, as well as a 2-hour Humanities class. I hope he can keep his grades up. He definitely has his work cut out for him.

Aaron is just beginning the soccer season. Practices will begin in the next week or so (can you imagine practicing in this HEAT?), with games beginning the first week of September.

Michael has had a wonderful summer home with the boys. He said although it's been very tough financially for us for him to be unemployed, he's enjoyed doing things with the boys. He has just gotten released from all his doctors to go back to work the first part of July. He also had time to give Zack some more driving training, which helped us both more confident in letting Zack drive. He is smack dab in the middle of multiple interviews. Three of them over the last couple of weeks, and one today. He also has a phone interview (which is actually a 2nd interview from one that he went to last week). I would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts. We are both so ready for him to go out into the work field again.

Until next time!