Both of my children are under the same roof for the first time since November, so it is a good day. Connor was finally able to come home late last week and spend a small portion of his winter break with us. It has not been the easiest semester for him as he sought help for severe anxiety and depression, so I am thankful he is home. (It has not been easy on me knowing he is suffering on his own.) Unfortunately, neither Jim nor I can take any time off of work to spend with him, so I will savor every moment I can before he leaves again next week.
My company finally has new owners. The paperwork transaction went down this past Thursday and was relatively seamless. The executive team of our new company visited with a select group of managers and staff, and they left leaving very favorable impressions. There will be changes, but it sounds like they will be minimal for everyone but the financial staff, of course. What those changes remain unknown for now, but I know it is going to be a crazy few months while the financial staff gets up to speed on the new reporting requirements. I am thankful it is over, so we can finally focus on the future. This past summer had too many rumors and stress related to the sale to make it any fun.
This past week saw everyone back to work and school again. Holly had one more week off of dance, to which no one was complaining. She has one more week of school before she has her first official finals week. She is already talking about studying and what she needs to do for each of her classes; she will be fine.
The rest of us are settling down into a winter routine, even though it has not exactly been what I would call winter weather. We had a minor snowfall on New Year’s Eve, but we are back into the upper 40s this week. It was so abnormally warm that Jim was outside washing the cars. Even the evenings are getting noticeably lighter earlier, so this whole season strikes me as odd. I shouldn’t complain because it was below zero last year, but I miss winter so far. Screw the rain and warm temperatures.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday and wish everyone a speedy and stress-free work week. I’ll see you back here next week!
Here are past posts from the last few weeks in case you missed them the first time:
- Sunday Reflections – 16 December 2018
- It’s Monday! What Are You Reading – 17 December 2018
- My Favorite Things of 2018 – Serenity
- My Favorite Things of 2018 – Organization
- It’s Monday! What Are You Reading – 24 December 2018
- Goodbye 2018
- John Boyne = Genius
- Evermore is less
- 2018 in First Lines
- Fabulous Friday – 4 January 2019
- Family dramas aren’t my thing
- Bird Box is not quite for the birds but almost
The back and forth weather screws with my sinuses. I wish it would just stay cold. But I did get to wash and vacuum my car this weekend, which normally doesn’t happen in January. Still – I agree with you!
We’re back to the dance grind…and I really don’t think I’m ready for it. But I have no choice!
Jim did that to all of the cars on Saturday. Of course, today we have rain yet again, but they were clean for a few days.
Good luck with your company’s new ownership! I’m so sorry to hear that Connor’s having a hard time at college — I had the exact same struggle when I was in college, and it was hard but I know Connor will manage, especially with such supportive parents. Hugs to all of y’all.
Thanks, Jenny! I am proud that he recognized he needed help. Too many young men his age would not have done so for fear of appearing less “manly.”
I can’t believe I am going to say this… But I want snow. Glad you are able to have both the kids home for a bit and that work is going well.
I want snow too. Snow makes everything about winter better.
I’m looking forward to the boys going back to school this Tuesday. I’d like to get back into a routine again. It doesn’t help that Jason couldn’t take much off in the way of vacation this December because of all the days he had to miss in the summer with the construction. So he was off Christmas eve, Christmas day, and NY Day. That’s it.
I’m glad Connor went out to look for help. So few people do that, they just don’t know where to go or are embarrassed for it, so I’m glad he did that. I hope this next semester is much better for him.
Also, I’m glad to hear the transition went well! That’s definitely a stress-relief!
I was only off Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day as well. Anything else would have required me to take some vacation time, and I need all of my vacation days for dance competitions. Jim took off the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day but only because he had vacation time to use. He ended up working from home those days, so even Holly will tell you it isn’t like she did anything fun over her break. We are both in jobs for which it is not wise to take time off at the end of the year.
I’m sorry to hear about your son’s battle with anxiety. I think being away at college does that a lot to students. It’s a lot of pressure. I hope he has a more peaceful time this next semester.
I have today and tomorrow and then I am back at work. Not at all happy about it. There is talk of more changes. I wish they would sit down and think a bit before moving people around. I’ve been moved three times in less than 9 months.
Yes, he has definitely struggled with the pressure and freedom that college brings. In watching him these past few days, I do think he is in a better place mentally, so we can only hope this fourth semester will be the one to set him up for success.
More change? And here our new owners stressed that there would be no changes. Good luck! Constant change like that is not healthy!
I miss winter, too! It’s too warm to be January; we’re going to pay for this later! So glad to see Connor was able to come home, even if it is just for a short time!
It makes me afraid for the summer actually. Plus, northern Wisconsin is still getting its fair share of snow. Considering our water levels were already right at flood stage before winter and there were areas badly hit with flooding this fall, I am afraid to see what happens when all that snow melts and makes its way south via the rivers. Unusual weather is now the new normal, I fear!