Joshua graduated from elementary school.
I have to admit, I was a little cynical about the whole “5th Grade Graduation Ceremony” thing, but it was actually kind of moving. I went to the same small town elementary school, and it was a very bittersweet, nostalgic thing to see how much the teachers and staff really care about these kids. It was clear they were going to miss them next year.
There was some major career upheaval for both the grown ups in the family.
Chris’ workplace drama is possibly the more interesting (i.e. “tabloid-worthy gossipy”) story. In the name of not getting him dooced for me disclosing too much private intel, I will just say that a longstanding stressor was removed, making his workplace a much more pleasant and healthy environment.
I spent most of May in the occupational limbo that results when you’re in the process of applying for a new job (and then the “last two weeks of school” feeling that results when you actually get the awesome new job and give your notice).
In May, it became crystal clear that we are a family in transition. Maddie is solidly a preschooler (and apparently, a coaster freak). Joshua is getting ready to start middle school. All four of us are taking on new roles and responsibilities, and learning new things. It’s definitely an exciting time.