Good Morning! The time is just passing by....I had a list of to do's for last week and think I did maybe two.
This past week was a family week. The below post is for the benefit of grandma's and pa's.
Kimber has started an internship at our Vet's office which began last week. She's 14 and started the Medical Magnet high school this year. (a program in our school district offers several specialized high schools for students...there is an arts & communications HS, a science/technology, medical, etc..basically college prep but free :)). Once kimber is 16, she'll be hired as an employee but until then, she'll be "interning". She'll be able to suit up and observe during surgeries, etc. She's gone in 3 times staying approx. 2-1/2 hours each day. This is all very exciting for her...and me. :)
Katy took the above photo on Saturday morning. Kimber started riding lessons just before I left for france. She replaced piano lessons for this and even forfeited her allowance to help pay the difference in cost. I just don't see how parents with kids involved in a million sports and lessons can juggle all the expense.
Katy is 17. We found out right before the school year started that she had enough credits to graduate a year early. She was reluctant to forgo her Sr. year and signed up for a reduced schedule. It took about 3 weeks for her to begin feeling trapped. I finally called her school counselor and discussed Katy's desire to just be done and move ahead with her life. She was given the option to finish at the end of the quarter (this friday). She will graduate in the spring with her class, but is basically finished with high school on friday. It's been exciting and a little unsettling for her. She has never really been one for change and throughout her first 7 years of school would cry at the end of the year, not knowing how she would go on without her friends, schedule, etc. She was so certain after starting school this semester that she wouldn't be allowed to finish early without taking withdrawal/fails for the classes she'd started. After talking with her counselor and with assurance that she had goals and plans if she was released early, it was approved. She was given a 2 week notice that she'd be finished at the end of the quarter....which means this friday. We spent the week soaking that in....discussing plans, etc. She has been working at Al's Garden Center since the beginning of summer in the espresso bar. She's been doing the whole training thing for other positions in the shop and will continue working there, picking up shifts, etc. She is learning how to drive (FINALLY!) and will be taking her driving test by Christmas, if I'm lucky...we know for sure she will be starting Portland State in the Fall 2008 living on campus. What we're not 100% on is if she'll be taking some classes at the community college before Fall.
She's been wanting a career in Social Services/Psychology for a few years but for a year or so has been leaning towards biology/genetics...this morning over starbucks, sitting in my van in her school parking lot, she was telling me about her desire to combine genetics and psychology, moving towards genetic counseling (not to assure people will have a blond hair, blue eyed baby, but for health reasons).
My babies are growing....