While all the kids are starting their summer break, I'm headed back to school after a month off. Oh, what a glorious month that was! No homework, no quizzes, no studying. I actually had free time!
Thankfully, my school schedule for the summer semester isn't too bad. I'm taking Finance for the next 6 weeks. Even though tomorrow is the first night of class, I'm already working hard – I had to read three (boring) textbook chapters, complete a couple case studies, and create a few reports in preparation for tomorrow. Such is life when you're in an accelerated program.
I think the hardest part is finding balance during the summer. There are so many things I'd rather be doing than studying or attending class. Things like playing with Levi outside in the nice weather, taking him swimming, working in my new garden, or working on home improvement projects with Jason. Heck, even just sitting out in th front yard watching the grass grow is more appealing than spending time with textbooks.
Thankfully, Jason's new part-time job working downtown makes it easier for us to stay on track. When he was at the liquor store, he didn't work the same nights every week, which made it hard to juggle both of our schedules. Now, he works every friday and saturday night. He is usually home to help put Levi to bed, then heads off to work. I lose a few hours with him in the morning while he sleeps in, but it's a small price to pay for a consistent work schedule.
My job keeps me busy, and I'm hoping I don't have to put in a whole lot of extra hours this summer. Summer is our busy season, and I'm assigned to a lot of projects right now on top of my regular work. Combined with working with lots of people with tons of vacation time to use, I know it will be a little stressful, but so long as I can stay ahead of the game, I know things will be fine.
Summer might be filled with college classes and a few extra hours at the office, but I think the nice weather and spending quality time with my family will make up for it.