Life is busy and a little stressful. Balancing full time work (from home), two teens in school (from home), and all the appointments that come with high risk foster kids, there isnt a lot of free time to just relax. We were looking at in-school learning for the remainder of the year, but last night the school closed to in-school learning again because of a COVID outbreak. I consider this a blessing in disguise, since I do not want COVID. I am still a week away from the second dose of my vaccine, so I am still staying fairly safe and cautious.
The hub is still looking for a job. He has lots of applications out, but hasnt found the right one yet (he needs to secure insurance for me if possible). Thankfully unemployment was extended until the end of August, so we have time. In the meantime, he is the primary "teacher and appointment manager" Because of his continued unemployment, I cant fully retire as I had hoped. Health insurance is a big concern. My boss is working to secure me a part time position so I can remain insured, but I wont find out if that is an option for a few more days. If it works out, I will work about 20 hours a week (2.5 days), and have the other time to help the girls and perhaps see (watch) my youngest grandbaby more. The department I work in will continue to work from home for quite a while (2 years?)
The girls are doing great. We certainly have bumps in the road, coping and calming skills are a work in progress, but they have settled into a nice routine and are a real joy 90% of the time. It is rewarding to see them finish childhood together! (They turn 17 and 16 this summer)
Our plan this summer is to camp a lot more. With the hubs freedom and my (hopefully) relaxed work schedule, we should be able to go as often as we would like for long weekends.
I was really saddened to read of Ima/Julie's passing. I enjoyed her posts and her inclusiveness with the challenges ($20 challenge, stair step challenge, etc.) Rest in Peace sweet friend. You left an impactful mark here at SA.