changes afoot

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we have been watching many of our friends head back to school over the last few weeks.  today is my first day of school for the fall semester, but i’m a little too old for that first day of the new school year photo, plus since its online i don’t have cute new clothes or a backpack to show off.

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zelda likes to take outfit photos to send daddy if she gets dressed after he leaves for work.

next tuesday is zelda’s first day of preschool and we’ll post those cute backpack (mochila) toting photos then.  she’ll be changing schools, which is bittersweet. she (and we) love her teacher, ms. colleen, but she would have been moving on from that classroom regardless.  at zelda’s request she will be attending spanish school or as the adults refer to it spanish immersion montessori preschool.  her days will be longer as she’ll go from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon.  this will be a good transition for zelda who is used to a half day of school.  she’s been wanting more and more to stay at school longer, so an extra couple of hours should be welcomed.

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when she smiles for her before school photos she often says “good morning daddy!”

with zelda in school longer hours, i’ll be pursuing a few opportunities as well.  while continuing to work on my masters in mental health law, i will also be joining a private civil rights firm to get its special education practice up and running.  i started my career in alaska practicing special education so this will be sort of coming full circle.  it’s nice that i’ll get to set my own hours and workload.  similarly, i’ve decided to work on opening my own legal practice.  i’ll be focusing on estate planning, specifically for young families with and without kids.  i think this is a segment of the population that either doesn’t think about this type of planning or doesn’t know where to start. i’m hoping i can be a resource for them.  this too will also allow me to set my own hours and workload.

summer has been extraordinary and i’m ready to get back to work in some capacity. i am glad i took the time away from practicing and recharged and reset my priorities. hopefully the lessons from my time away will resonate and i’ll be able to achieve a work life balance that works for me and my family. so here’s to a new school year for 2/3 of our house, one filled with learning, adventures and fun.