Some days are filled with laundry, spilled apple-juice, potty-training , chasing my fifteen month-old son everywhere, after school pick-up, fixing oatmeal and full-time graduate school. There are many many other things included in my schedule too, but for now it all seems to work. It works because I feel I’m really enjoying my school courses and my husband is such a team player.
I’m pursuing a master’s in Management and Leadership with Webster University. The program has been enjoyable so far. Full-time graduate school means taking two classes each term. The term schedule is nine weeks long. So that means it is very fast-paced, and you have to keep on top of assignments, especially papers with fifteen references. I’m taking one class in person on campus, which is a convenient eight miles from our home. Then, I take an online course as well. The reason I chose to split it up this way is because it was one less night I would need to be out of the house. It gives me that in person class experience, which I quite enjoy. That said, I really think my personality and enjoyment of communication via the computer really likes the online atmosphere as well. So for me, it is really a good fit.
When I have to go to my in-person class, it means that I fix dinner about 3:15pm and leave instructions for my husband on how to warm/serve it. My oldest daughter finishes up her homework, and I prepare a to-go snack for all three kids. Then after gathering all the needed materials for my class, we leave the house, and head towards my school parking lot. It is there that I feed my fifteen month old his dinner in the car, and await for my husband to arrive so we can do the official ‘switch’. In the winter months I even have the kids bathed and in pajama’s. He then takes the kids back home to finish out the evening and I then am able to go to my class (sometimes, I even have 4 minutes to spare).
It’s one day a week. We create a sense of normalcy for the kids by keeping our routine, and we even have a name for it. We call it ‘Musical Monday’. This is because of the game musical chairs and my very first class was on a Monday. Even though I haven’t had another Monday class, the name stuck. Very thankful for a husband that helps out as much as he does. It gives the kids extra quality time with dad and really is working well for us.
If all keeps on track, I should be graduating in May 2012.
This is good news.