Monday, August 23, 2010

What a change

Last year when Abs would come home from school, she never had anything good to say.  I have no friends.  We don't do anything but worksheets.  I'm so bored.  No matter how many times I talked to her teacher, and even though she had about a hundred years of experience, Abs was bored.  

Granted we have only been in school for a week, but every day when I pick up the girls, Abs is so excited about school!  It's such a change from last year and so nice to hear her talk about friends that she is made, activities that they are doing, and things that she has learned.  Em is starting to settle in, and has gotten over not switching classes, and she loves her teacher.  Hopefully this year continues to go this smoothly.

I have orientation for Junior's preschool tomorrow.  They know he isn't potty trained, and told me to send him in underwear.  Maybe they know a magic trick?  He will only go for a few hours in the afternoon, and in the morning he will go on post twice a week.  I wasn't planning on doing two preschools, but since I workout in the morning and he just hangs at the Y, where they basically monitor the kiddos, I thought he might get more out of a controlled environment.  We'll see how it works, but he is excited about both schools.  I'm just hoping he gets potty trained!

Both of these schools are costing me a whopping $44 a month.  One is free (through the school district) and they will evaluate him for an IEP and if he doesn't qualify then they will give me a note which I can submit to insurance and then he will get his speech therapy.  At least that is how it is supposed to work!

I registered the kids for CYS, and it has changed so much.  We get 16 free hours of daycare a month, $300 per kiddo to use on SKIES classes (language, dance, swim lessons, sports, etc.), registration was free, and I know that they will take the necessary precautions for his egg allergy.  

This also frees up my time to volunteer with both Junior and the girls, which they are all excited about.  I can workout, try Crossfit, and start my 30 day challenges (more to come on that one!).  

So.....what programs does your post/base offer if your spouse is deployed?  Do you take advantage of them?    What more could they offer to make your life just a little bit easier?  (Ours also will mow our lawn once I submit his deployment orders)

Tonight is also my favorite night of the week....trash night.  4 down, 48 to go.


Sarah said...

I wish they offered more things to people without kids. I think it's FANTASTIC that they offer childcare for people with kids and all sorts of other things, but honestly, it kind of sucks that we don't have kids because there is NOTHING for me. Other than the lawn-mowing, of course.

P.S. Wanna remind me of every trash day? I keep forgetting... Lol! (Twitter: @gijoeswifeblog) ;-)

Andrea@Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I know our base offers a free oil change and some free child care. Other than that, I'm not sure. Since I moved home this last deployment I wasn't around to investigate what is available.

When you stop to think about it, there are some really thoughtful people who worked hard to get these programs into play! I'm glad that you have such wonderful resources to lift some of the load of deployment off your shoulders.

And can I say, HOORAY for Abby loving school! I get so excited when I hear about kids enjoying school :)

annoyed army wife said...

I'm so happy school sounds like it's going well! It must have been hard to watch Abs not be mentally stimulated and challenged.
The post my husband was at doesn't have on post housing or any programs and the post that does have housing and programs is 90 miles away. But they don't offer anything for deployed soldiers' spouses. I'm bummed about it, but it saves me a 90 miles drive! LOL!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

That's great that they're enjoying school!

Uncle Dan said...

Tell them that their Grandpa would be as proud of them as I am.

The Mrs. said...

our post sucks. a. we dont have anything on our base so we have to go to the army post 45 min away and its just not convient enough for stuff even if they did offer it. and b. no one at the army post ever deploys or even goes anywhere so the families who do aren't on their radar.

glad to hear Abs year is going well! and I'm dying to hear how potty training goes!

ps and i got new running shoes today so im getting closer to being ready to race with you....