Things are much the same around here these days. JP is coaching all day and answering a million emails and phone calls all night. I'm working and then handling three kids solo until 7 pm in a calm, happy way I would have sworn was impossible when I was only handling a baby Landon. I chop lots of things, get dinner going, head outside with Cora to watch the big kids swim, feed Cora outside, oversee showers when they come back inside, finish up dinner, serve it, and greet JP with a smile when he walks in with a chlorine cloud a little while later. I don't know how long it will last, but right now things are as smooth as they can be with three little ones. And each night, after their swim and shower, the kids beg hang out in Cora's pen before dinner and bed.
And each night I generously give permission.
Landon has two weeks left of Kindergarten, and then he's a summer-camp-going first grader, something that blows my mind a little bit. Claire turns 4 in eight days and spends her time at school, smothering Cora, and singing Frozen songs, now with choreographed dance moves. Cora, well, Cora smiles.
Smiles and crawls and eats all the foods and chews on ALL the things.
So other than identical looking pictures of the kids in the pool and the kids in the pen, I haven't had a lot to share. I do have a post percolating on thoughts on my future career moves, in case anyone is still reading and hoping I will occasionally talk about being a lawyer. It doesn't come up as often now that there's this crazy dark black line between my personal and professional halves. Weird at first, but ultimately quite awesome for everyone.
In the meantime, I received a small raise that ended up being retroactive to the first of the year. The raise is being absorbed into the budget, but I'm letting myself spend the retroactive "bonus" portion on something for me- something that isn't shoes or clothes or a fancy night out, but some sort of larger ticket item I would never normally buy myself in the middle of the year (or ever). I think I've decided on a new laptop. The one I currently use is 5 years old, missing 3 keys, heavy, bulky, and slow. I'm our family's historian and photographer and I spend time on my computer pretty much every night- mostly internet browsing, but lots (and LOTS) of photo editing and some video editing too. (Actually very of little video editing because I don't have good software for it, something I'd like to change with the new one.) So something fast, light and portable, with lots of memory.
I've been thinking about switching to a Mac because of the lightness and portability, quality, and photo and video editing software built in. Does anyone reading have one? How is the photo/video angle? I have a million files I've edited in Picasa, any experience transferring all that over? Has anyone reading made the big switch and not wanted to stab the ctrl-less keyboard with a fork? I've been a PC user my whole computer-using-life and I know many a keyboard shortcut and am very addicted to right clicking on my mouse. Can I overcome that? I would love your input! Any other PC suggestions are welcome as well, it's been a long time since I looked for a computer. The macbook pros are out of my price range (the whole shebang must cost less than $1500), but I'm seriously considering the 13" macbook air. Do I need the one-to-one counseling? The super expensive protection plan? I spent most of my free time this afternoon personalizing my would-be sexy skinny macbook air laptop and am rather emotionally attached, but please, feel free to talk me out of it (or back into it). I love new gadgets and it's been so long since I indulged! Maybe one day we'll even own an iPad like all of Landon's friends already do...