I guess Summer isn’t officially over for a while yet … but for me, going back to school is the end of the Summer since it is the end of our break.
Last week we enjoyed one last day of playing as a friend invited us to swim at a real Arkansas swimmin’ hole on Monday. Actually, just the girls went; Drew was asked to help do some last minute work by our school’s superintendent. (One advantage … or disadvantage?! … of living about 1 mile from the school!) We really like our superintendent and his wife though, so Drew was glad to spend the day with him.
Then, on Tuesday morning, Drew and Annie Belle packed up their school supplies and lunch boxes and headed off to the first day of school – Annie Belle is a Freshmen, and Drew is a Junior.
This was them just YESTERDAY:
Mimi doesn’t start her K-4 program until August 26, so she and I have a few more weeks to enjoy our freedom. But we have stayed busy.
And speaking of school … “someone” received her certificate of completion in the mail for a Pharmacy Tech course!!
Yep, I’m done!!
I have already applied at 5 pharmacies – at major retailers (Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Target, and a local grocery store chain) – and have even moved on to step 2 of the the “assessment” part of the application process at Walgreens and CVS (though this chain is just now coming into our area – and the first store is in the process of being built just down the street from our house).
I also am waiting on paperwork in the mail to fill out for finding an “externship” at Walgreens through the US Career Institute. One of the managers at a Walgreens I spoke to said Pharmacy Tech was one of the more “in demand” jobs at their stores, and his wasn’t hiring at the time. There are 5 – soon to be 6 – Walgreens locations in our city – plus several more in the nearby cities linked to make this Northwest Arkansas region. I’m not in a huge hurry since MiMi isn’t even in school yet … but I also know we should could use the extra income immediately! Just praying about it…
(By the way, I have no idea of the difference between an externship and an internship although here is one definition I found: Externships are similar to internships in that they likewise aim to give participants practical experiences in their field of study. The main difference between internships and externships, however, is that externships tend to be shorter in duration, usually only a few days or a couple weeks, and, more often than not, involve job shadowing rather than hands-on experiences.)
Our weekend was fairly uneventful. Daniel worked 2 extra shifts – midnight to 8 a.m. on Friday & Saturday (or is that Saturday & Sunday mornings?!). We are always thankful when he can get extra hours … and it is a “bonus” when they are night and/or weekend hours because they pay almost double time!! God provides our needs.
And here we are – ready for another week! Tonight (Sunday) Daniel and I are taking over a 1st-3rd grade class at church and will introduce them to Patch the Pirate Club (our church already does AWANAs on Wednesdays so this is just a mini-version of the children’s choir program we have worked with for over 12 years at our 2 previous churches).
Hope everyone has a GREAT week …