Volver a la Escuela!

I’ve decided that I don’t have enough going on in my life, so I’ve decided to add another title to my current: “Full-Time Working Special Needs Mom of Multiples” and um “wife”. As of this morning I am a student! Or should I say an estudiante! The police department I work for offers free Spanish classes for any employees looking to learn the language. I had to take a placement test and it was really, ridiculously hard (I only answered 10 0ut of 40 questions correctly). I was entered into the Elementary Level I class. Woot woot!!! Therefore, I have no idea if the title of this blog post actually means “Back to School” but that’s what Google told me the intention was.

I couldn’t wait to be done grad school a few years ago and claimed I would never miss sitting in a class and stressing about reading & homework, but you know what? I miss it. (I think I just heard Shane crying at the thought of me tacking on more student loan debt!) Maybe not exactly the classroom environment per se, but learning new things. I’ve been wanting to either brush up on French or learn Spanish for some time, so when this opportunity presented itself, I spontaneously signed up! Very un-Ali-like! We got our first homework assignment in our book and the answers to all the questions have been circled already. Ha! That was easy! I guess that’s what happens when the class is using very old textbooks from the University of Maryland.

Once I’m fluent (like November-ish, right?), I’ve already got my sights on my next self-improvement adventure. Photography classes! For someone who takes pictures for work everyday, I’m not that great of a photographer when it comes to documenting the boys. My photos are always blurry and shadowy and I end up editing them on PicMonkey so they’re presentable on the ol’ blog. Basically, photographing a dead body is way easier than a squirmy toddler so I need some instruction. I have all the right equipment to take some great photos, but just have to practice.

So much of my day is dedicated to doing things for others, so it’s nice to do something that will better myself . Plus, I plan on practicing with the boys since their “vocabulary” sounds kind pretty much like Spanish or French right now. Wish me luck! ¡Hasta luego!


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I'm a working mom of three fantastic boys: Caleb, Wyatt and Parker. My husband, Shane, and I live in the Washington DC suburbs where we enjoy playgrounds, pools and never getting to sleep in. This blog is a journal of our day-to-day lives as well as a chronicle of Caleb's progress after a recent spinal surgery to alleviate the effects of his cerebral palsy.

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5 comments on “Volver a la Escuela!
  1. Tante Chris says:

    Bonne chance Ali….amuse toi bien!

  2. Sarah Mc says:

    Ohhh I want to learn Spanish!!! Ben is going to Nicaragua for two weeks in April & he should totally be learning it too!!! I want free classes. I bet your French background will help! Good for you, Enjoy 🙂

  3. K says:

    Hello! I LOVE your blog and I’ve been wanting to comment for a while, but I’m a little shy about posting in public, so usually I like to talk via email. Do you have an email address through which I could contact you? You might have seen some of my posts on other CP blogs though, so if my story sounds familiar, that’s why. (: I have mild(ish) spastic diplegic CP that seems very similar to Caleb’s, and I’m one of triplets. Neither of my brothers have a disability, and it’s tough to feel like “the only one” sometimes, even now. For the most part, however, I have come to accept my CP as a positive force in my life even though it has brought many challenges. I’m a freshman at college now, and not gonna lie – it has been tough – but I live my life like any other eighteen-year-old, and I have already met some incredible individuals! There will always be people in this world who assume that an unsteady gait equals cognitive impairment and helplessness, and that’s hurtful even if their intentions are good, but I look at it as a privilege – how cool is it that I have the opportunity to be their teacher? Anyway, thank you for blogging – I love reading your posts and I’m rooting for Caleb!! His determination and spirit will make all the difference in the world, and I know that he will – in fact, he already has – made a difference in the world. (: Please send me an email as I would love to keep in contact with you, and if you know of any other parents with children who have CP, I would love to connect with them as well!

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