Yay — we made to April! I said that to Drew this morning and he was like, “You mean, us?” And I said, “Not us-us, but like New Yorkers, people in general — we made it through the winter!” In a few days, on April 9, Drew turns 46 and Jackson turns 4-1/2. Four and a half, for those who care about this kind of stuff, is worlds better than any of the ages that come before, at least in our household; I’d always heard that four was awesome, but when Jackson turned four, he was still adjusting to having a baby sister (only three months old at that point) and starting big boy school and then his grandfather died a couple weeks later and that was yet another adjustment — for all of us — and so it really wasn’t until maybe January that we felt the relief of four. The tantrums have all but stopped, the multiple, overnight freak-outs have ceased, the behavior issues on the playground — biting other kids, stuff like that — seems long over (oh, thank God), and now, in addition to the brilliant, sensitive, sweet, funny kid we’ve always had in Jackson, he’s good company, too, in a way people who don’t make you wish for an IV of tequila are. We made it. (At least for now. And just in time for toddlerhood 2.0).
As I write this, Drew is at court learning his fate for grand jury duty. He got the summons while I was in Chicago a few weeks ago and waited until I got home to break the news. Grand jury duty can run as long as six months, and Drew has the kind of job where, if he’s not at work, he doesn’t get paid, regardless of what the reason is for not being there. Six months without his income would be a hardship that would ruin our year. –I just got a text from him saying it won’t be more than two weeks and he’ll have more info in a few minutes. Already, two weeks is much better than six months!
What else? Anyone have any fun spring trips planned? We were waiting to find out what Drew’s jury commitment will be, but it looks like we’ll be able to get to Missouri around Memorial day to visit my family. Jackson’s school is on spring break in a few weeks, but we aren’t going anywhere. I signed him up for two days of camp to see if he’ll like it enough to do a couple days a week through the summer. We have one little getaway planned in July — a long weekend at a lake house upstate with another family we’re friends with. And we recently booked my 40th birthday trip, too (which will actually be two weeks early since my birthday falls on the first day of kindergarten for Jackson and I can’t very well peace out on a monumental day like that). Anyway, Drew and I are going away for two nights, just the two of us, to a nice B&B on a vineyard in Long Island. I’m pretty excited. Still months away, but it’s nice to have something like that to look forward to.
Anyway, happy Friday and happy April, everyone. We made it!