The boys started school yesterday. Mr G is now in 6th grade, and Mr B is in 2nd. Miss M and Miss R are still in preschool, the year before Kindergarten, though their school doesn't start for another week and a bit. Everyone is at their old schools from last year.
I expect the process to be fairly smooth, this year. No freakouts, no meltdowns (or at least just the usual one). Mr B is going to miss his old teacher, but he also is excited about the new one. She rides (horseback). He's so in. He's also excited that they will be learning both French and Spanish this year.
Mr G is rolling right into the year like it was a shorter vacation between last year and this than it was. Yeah, yeah, knows all that, carrying on. Laughing at the dinner table, being teased about remembering his Latin from last year. He's easy with it.
Miss M is going to have her same classroom and same teachers. Miss R will have a new teacher in her room, but in the way of a small state and a small school community (Montessori), it is Mr G's favorite teacher from his old school.
The bigger changes coming up are for the grownups.
Ep is starting an architecture firm. He's already getting business slowly but regularly from his existing efforts. He's moving forward steadily at this point, and will be developing it gradually over the next few years. It is still a big deal, even gradually. sCorp, LLC, LLP, taxes, accountant, lawyer, insurance, aaaaaaahhhhhh!
I am also starting a 'new' job tomorrow. Same company, different role. It's one I am well-suited for, but it was supposed to only be 1/2 time. The client said no, they want full time. I'm going uh, wait, what about all the other stuff I'm supposed to be doing here, the stuff that I will not get to do if I'm working full-time on something else??? I'm really here for THAT.
But full-time it is. At least through December. It is a very good opportunity, in that I'm the test-case for a whole new role, plus we need some depth in this tool, business area, and client area. So doing it for a bit is useful, but puts off what I want to do. Plus, I was working an angle toward being the second for my current boss, but he's shifting roles and they'll bring in someone new for that role (he's shifting off gradually, so in a year or so), so I'll be having to play wait-and-see on the new person, but in the meantime I'm still trying to make myself indispensable in other ways - I'm already the go-to on a variety of things, and my (two) bosses trust me and rely on me for those... do not want to let that slip.
This month looks to be hell, really. We have school start stuff, with the likely usual breakdown about two weeks into the new school year (I don't like my teacher, I want to go back to my old class, I miss friend X, etc.). We have finding an accountant and ramping up the company prep (though probably not incorporating instantly in Sept). We have me putting in heavy hours to get up to speed with the client and the tools ASAP, setting up capture methods to track my efforts on this, and forming the relationships needed to make it work. And then we have just having the rest of our lives function - house, marriage, parenting, garden, extended family, friends.
On the plus side, I have some worthy friends and family, who are there for us as much as we are for them. So we've got people who have our backs. Our financial advisor is going to help with the business decision-making advice (he advises a lot of small business owners, and is incredibly competent), my work friend A is always there for me (and we've solidly established the two-way-street-ness at this point, having spent yesterday moving him and his wife to their new apartment), my boss is concerned that I succeed with this job to the point that he has been very clear that he will do whatever it takes to help set me up for success, my mom has our family in the net, my sister's husband is bartering time to keep our garden under control so my yardwork effort is reduced to minimal... it's going to be crazy, but the most sane version of crazy possible.