More Settling Processes

Today the kids all went to the Doctor’s office. Did you know that if you move outside of the United States, that when you return you must have a TB test in order to enroll in school? Well, now you know. All three of mine had theirs today and have to go back in 48-72 hours to have the test read. Can you tell who loved this the most? I was actually happy that he was a bit scared and needed some coddling. I’m not ready for them not to really need me just yet!!

I thought it was within 24 hours but I was wrong. Once we get the results, I can officially enroll the kids in the California public school system!! WOOT…. so exciting.

I’m not really all that excited for school to start. Not that I’m not craving for a routine and structure, but the thought of having 3 kids at 3 different schools with 3 different start and pick up times is enough to stir up some anxiety. Not to mention all the extracurricular activities they tend to enroll in along the way. I wish it was like the old days when kids just went outside and played with the neighborhood kids. No need for organized sports and over scheduled agendas. I learned the hard way that in order for them to have friends, they have to participate in structured groups because that’s what everyone does around here. Most parents don’t allow their kids to just go outside and roam and play. I think that’s just messed up. I love when my kids ride their bikes to the park and drop off cookies at their friends’ houses just because. I like the old fashioned way.. ok, I’ll get off my soap box now.

After the doctors appointment, our friends from the Netherlands who are originally from Los Altos came over to visit with us.

It was nice to catch up and to see the kids play again. It’ll be weird to not go back with them to school in the fall, but we did enjoy a few hours together in the sun and pool.

One last little tidbit from today… while shopping at Trader Joes, one of my favorite grocery stores, I came across what they call Belgian treats, and that we all know and love as Dutch treats… maybe not the cookie butter, but definitely the cookies! I love Trader Joes and all the interesting foods and drinks they carry.

Life is good!

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