Just over a month between posts this time around, woohoo!
So, what's new, you ask? Not a whole lot. Oldest son Daniel is living out at oldest daughter Rachele's place now, Kaila has moved back in with us, Jake is due home from overseas any time now, Matt is looking for a new place, and Heather started 8th grade last week. Oh, and my oldest grandson, Aidan, is 9 today! :-)
Heather is enjoying school so far, which is good. We're planning on doing a birthday party of some kind in a few weeks (yes, I know her birthday was on the 16th) so that she can invite friends from school. She wants to have it at the roller stating rink, which reminds me, I need to call them and check on prices! Should be a good time, though!
Rachele, Kaila, and I all start back to school next Wednesday. Rachele hasn't had much of a break, since she's been taking classes all summer. She had a couple that were prerequisites for classes she wanted to take this fall, but weren't offered in the fall, so she took them over the summer instead. I have to say, I don't think I'd want to do that for most classes, because they're so condensed during the summer session. The spring and fall semesters are 14 weeks long, but summer classes are only 6 to 8 weeks. And I'm not sure, but I think some of them are as short as 3 or 4 weeks long! That said, I may take one or two of my English classes next summer, to free up space during the year for my minor classes. Hard to believe that I may only have 4 more semesters of college! Depends on me getting all of my required credits in, though, including the ones I need for my minor.
I'm not entirely sure which classes Kaila's taking, with the exception of a basic drawing class. And that one she was originally going to take from a certain professor that I'd had in the past and seriously dislike. I don't like his style of art, and I don't like how he grades his students. He very much gives the impression that if someone's art isn't exactly like his, then it isn't worthy of a good grade. I'm not the only person who feels this way about him, evidently, considering that quite a few students who'd had him previously urged Kaila to take the class from another professor. Art is not Kaila's strong point (she knows this), but she wants to learn the techniques and have fun with it, and a class with this particular professor would be anything but fun. As for her other classes, I know she's still working on her Human Services degree.
My classes this semester are: Advanced Brit Lit II, French I (hope I do better this time around than I did before!), Creative Writing, Grammar, and Biology 101. And the only reason I'm taking Biology is because I have to have a life science for my major. Fortunately, I don't have to take a lab, since I took the Astronomy lab last semester. I did enough dissecting when I took Biology in high school. Or Life Science in junior high; I can't really remember which. But after I finish Biology, then the only general education classes I'll have to take are my foreign language ones, which are covered by French this semester and next, and some other language next year. Unfortunately, they no longer offer any language for two years with the exception of Spanish, which I don't want to take (interestingly, Heather got signed up for Spanish, which she didn't select as an elective). So, since I have to take 2 years of a foreign language, I'm going to take French this year, and probably Arabic next year. My only other option would be German, but Arabic sounds interesting. :-) So, hopefully the professor teaching that will still be there, or if not, then hopefully someone teaching another interesting language will be.
So, I think that's all that's new around here. One of these days I'll get around to sharing photos from my trip to Denver, and the wedding I went to in Red Lodge (one of Dave's cousins got married, and it was just a perfect day!), along with random other things I've taken pictures of. OH! Also, I finally figured out where Dennis the Dragon and Norman the Knight (from my story blog) are going! I'll be writing that up soon, I promise!