It's Monday! Thanks to Molly at The Move to America for hosting the Monday Coffee Morning linky! Check out her blog - she's got some interesting thoughts as she prepares for the actual move to the States!
Our week won't be as exciting as the last few weeks have been, but we're getting ready just the same. The Little Man came home speaking more Dutch than normal after each school day last week, so we're keeping the goal of learning one new Dutch word each day. He's got a great new teacher that really liked the idea of our goal and has been reinforcing it at school and helping him come out of his shell a bit more. When he moves to the kleuterschool (nursery school/kindergarten for kids aged 4-6) after his birthday, it seems like he'll have a better base of the language.
Tonight, we have a general information meeting at the kleuterschool to get an idea of what to expect of the school and other information about the school year. This will be the next step in our education of the Dutch school systems, and while aspects will be familiar to what we know of the American system there are sure to be some differences we aren't anticipating. The meeting will be entirely in Dutch, and while I've been feeling a little more confident about my Dutch lately, I'm hoping for handouts to take home and translate later. Even so, I'm going in with a good and hopeful attitude.
Mark is making a trip to Lithuania this week for a conference. It'll be a good experience for him (an interesting and new place to visit and a chance to meet others in his field), and he's looking forward to the trip. Our job at home will be to ensure we don't dissolve into a Lord of the Flies type of situation without an extra adult in the house.
And if we can maintain some degree of normal at home, maybe I'll finish my little critters as I intended to last week. Making my menagerie didn't quite work out last week as I imagined, so it's time to try again.
Here's to the new week!