This morning I realized that the summer is almost over. I can't believe it. In about a two weeks, my six year old will be a first grader and my 14 year old will be an 8th grader. In about three, I will be beginning my final year as a college student. Changes - big changes - are happening this year, and I am embracing and looking forward to the challenge.
I've had issue with the Financial Aid department at my school. For the second year in a row I have been "randomly" selected for a verification. Why, I don't know. But sense they take FOREVER to email me, don't call, and rarely answer their phones, this is taking forever. I didn't get my award letter last year until the 26 of August - just one week before classes started. Hopefully this year I got on it early enough where that won't happen. I did have to apply for an emergency tuition loan last year, so I did it again this year - just in case. Thankfully, we had enough money set aside where I could afford to go ahead and by some of the books I'll need and my parking pass (almost $200 total).
Along with a new school year comes new expenses. Of course, there's the gas for me to commute about 100 miles round trip twice a week, then there's school lunches, fundraisers, book fairs . . .Let's not even go into school supplies. We have decided that this year for school clothes we are thrift-storing it. I can get 5 pairs of GOOD (Levis, Old Navy, Gap) jeans for less than $20 at a thrift store whereas I'd be $150 in store for the same things. SO, buying school clothes for two children this year should only cost me (total) about $200.
Other changes this year - we are moving sometime this fall. We're not entirely sure when, and we're okay with that (long story and interesting circumstances). My 14 year old step son is coming to live with us - that's one thing I am very anxious over. We have plans on making a small room for him on the porch area (enclosed and insulated) so he can have his own space. There will be lots of scheduling, teeth gnashing, fussing, moaning, groaning, tears, laughter, hugs and smiles this year.
Here's hoping it's a good one!