Friday, September 24, 2010
Posted by Not a soccer mom at 9/24/2010
I am still on the job warpath. There are jobs out there for sure. But there are also a lot of unemployed out there. Add to that, the workers looking to move ahead into the higher positions vying for the same openings I am. And then there was the government job which was filled the day before my interview was set for. Rumors must be true, it isn't what you know but who.
And my baby, my senior is very involved with her drama department this year. Theater is her dream. Whether she becomes a player in the productions, or follows her dreams of owning and running a theater, she is headed that way.
But now, it is an expense that is a strain.
From the letter sweater from the drama club, the workshops, the ticket prices of the productions she is in, and the trips out of town for the clubs she is involved in, it all adds up fast.
Money I have so far been able to pull out..
I have worked full time and also attended night school for most of my kids growing years. We managed the money needed for daily living and also the extras. It was never not a strain, but certainly easier than this year.
However the flip side of that is, that although it has been a struggle to pay for the extras, I have been more available for them.
Doesn't it seem that we as parents have the time, or the money? Rarely both.
But I have been lucky enough to afford both so far this school year. Even if by the skin of our teeth.
In two weeks my daughter has the opportunity to participate in the Shakespeare festival here in the state. Students from all across the country come to compete in a mini olympics of Shakespeare's works.
Last year she was able to compete with the tech crew (lighting and sound) and this year she will be acting in an ensemble team.
Because I am not working, we will be able to travel to see her compete.
I am so excited and proud of her.
One of the expenses we have had to put off in order to make all this happen, is her senior portrait costs.
So, we pulled out the camera, drove around our beautiful area and shot some of our own. As you can see by the smattering of photos throughout the post, it was not too much of a sacrifice for her mother to act as photographer.
We saved money, had great mother daughter bonding time, enjoyed the wonderful end of the summer weather, and I think the pictures turned out better than the stagnant studio shots.
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