It's almost over and thank goodness! What may you ask? My MBA program at Villanova. I only have two more weekends after today, both in April, and we walk in May for graduation. This has been a long, hard journey, but I'm so glad I took it, and I'm so glad to see the end of it. Below is a picture with me and a bunch of my classmates in South Africa last May. We were about to tour the BMW plant floor. What an amazing trip!
But I'm very happy to see the end of this journey. I have so much new stuff to do. Work is busy and keeps ramping up more and more, but I also want to spend more time with family, friends and home. The boys are now registered for Kindergarten in the fall. They are going to the local Catholic school for Kindergarten as it is full day, where our public is still half day, and we won't need after care as they will be on Phoebe's bus home and she will babysit them until we get home from work. Tom is still working from home when he's not traveling, but he's working, so he can't be trying to take care of two active boys from 3-5:30 until I get home. She will be getting paid (modestly), so she's quite happy about that. We will only use after-care, which is available if she is in sports after-school. Phoebe will be in 8th grade next year and she is now officially taller than me by 1 inch. Niki has moved back to New Jersey to help out parents, plus I think she was getting bored at our house. We have nothing going on all day when everyone is out of the house. There is always stuff going on at my in-law's house.
I also can't wait to get decorating in the house and I've even started some organizing in a small way. I recently organized the pantry, the linen closet, and the boys closets and drawers. I want to decorate now. I am planning for the laundry room, Phoebe's room, the boys' room and the master bathroom. I can't wait to have a decent garden (vegetable and herb) this year. Last year was pitiful, as I had no time to plan, plant and maintain. Right now, I've been actively working for the past week on eating clean and exercising again. I'm really trying to lose the weight I gained in this graduate program. I've been using our elliptical machine at home, but I want to start again with the Tracy Anderson metamorphosis videos, and maybe take some classes at the YMCA with Phoebe.
On a final note, I have a story about Phoebe that makes me laugh. How come I'll be at work and her father is in the car with her picking her up from a sports practice after school and she's texting me about her horrible day? Her father is right there on the car, but #1 I'm Mom and #2 texting to a 13yo is much better than talking out loud.