Last Tuesday was the first day of school for the five in public school.
Matthew was the first to leave for 9th grade, followed by Jonathan in 11th grade.
Michael (1st) and Andrew (4th) tore out of here for the bus as soon as I said they could go. It was a full 20 minutes before the bus was supposed to show up and it's about a three minute walk (run?) to the bus stop.
Joseph was the last to leave for 7th grade.
Thursday was a day off, at least from moving. It was also the day that all four of our soccer teams were practicing. A little crazy to have them all the same night, because they're NOT at the same location, or the same time. But also nice to only remember one night of practice, at least last week. Everyone knew they were on Thursday, so when one started getting ready, the other's were reminded, too. (And so was Mom, for that matter.)
But parking? Not so much. EVERYONE was trying to move in. TONS of monster vehicles like my beast, Suburbans and so on. And almost no parking. We were lucky to find a spot about half a block away from her apartment. But she's on the ground floor (above underground parking that was closed at the time, so 8 steps up) so it wasn't quite as hard as it could have been. Got her moved in and settled, and headed back home.
Saturday, William had an all-day meeting, so Aaron & I took the kids to their soccer games. He made it to all three of the games that day. (Joseph's 1st game is next week.)
SOFT picnic. It's a fun gathering for families who have been touched by Trisomy 18, 13 and other related disorders. Aaron was one of three miracles there. Last year, I didn't get my camera out. This year, I almost forgot again. But I did remember towards the end and we got some shots of Ashton (T18, 13 years), Arianna (T13, 6 years) and Aaron, along with Dr. Carey. LOVED being able to spend time with other families who are or have walked this path. So many angels gone on before, gone but definitely not forgotten.
Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world. Yet with the same light the moon goes on shining.