Here I sit at 4:20AM ET writing this post. I need to leave for work in a little less than an hour.
Speaking of work, I'm not sure if I ever shared that I became a substitute school bus driver for my kids' school district. I trained in late 2013-early 2014. I was hired as a substitute driver on April 15, 2014 - a tax day I won't forget. ever. The general reaction from people when they find out I drive a school bus is, "I could never do that!" Honestly, that's what I thought before I actually went through the process and got my CDL B SP (that's commercial driver license class B School Bus and Passenger endorsements). I love my job! I really enjoy being among the first people representing our school district to greet many of the kids in the morning and being one of the last friendly faces they see in the afternoon. Sure, it has it's bad days... the trouble-makers, the inclement weather when school really should have been delayed or cancelled, and mechanical issues. There are far more good days than bad ones! Our mechanic, Mike, is the best! He gets the buses in and out of the service garage as quickly as possible!
Starting this afternoon, I'll be subbing long term for one of our drivers who will be out on medical leave. There will be some mornings all my kids will need to go to work with me due to my husband's and my oldest son's work schedules. Today is not one of those, thankfully. Four o'clock in the morning is hard on my two 8 year olds. Next school year will be easier, they will be in 4th grade. In our district, 4th grade is in the Middle School building which means they start an hour earlier than they do this year.
My oldest son is 21. Lives at home. Works 3 part time jobs, which some weeks adds up to a 40 hour work week. He helps me a ton at home, not so much with chores... he's great at getting the kids ready for school and on their buses and he's an amazing cook! Good thing he enjoys cooking, otherwise, we'd be eating cereal and mac & cheese every night. I'm not the best cook and I do not like cooking. I'm learning and growing. My parents always joke that I could burn water, problem, it's no joke. LOL
Enough of my musings for now.
Must check out Pinterest for cute, safe, no mess, and not too mischievous/naughty activities for our Elf On The Shelf.
Rather than make a new post... just thought I would add on to this one.
My 13 year old 8th Grade daughter is currently memorizing the Periodic Table of Elements. She's using this....