Since the last time you heard from us, Darla has found a job. She is employed as a teaching assistant at Kaufman's Children Center. Kaufman's is a speech therapy center working with autistic children and children with speech disorders. Darla found the center online before we left California and working there was her goal long before the truck ever left SPA. It took them a while to realize what a catch they had in Darla, but now her employers are very happy they took her on. Darla has become the new rock star at her work and is very happy to be learning new things. She loves her new job!
Greg is doing well in his classes and has been working on an original play for his playwriting class and has found the experience of writing dramatic work extremely fulfilling. Greg will be directing a play in Wayne State's Studio Theatre next semester and is excited to start that project as well.
We have been spending a lot of time enjoying the changing of the seasons, something we have not experienced since leaving Greeley. Our kids have never seen the leave change or felt cold weather, so they have been learning a lot. We went with Greg's parents, Carol and Tony, to a farm called Klackle Orchards to get pumpkins and ended up spending the better part of the day there. They had all sorts of fun things for the kids to do with pony rides, a corn maze, apple picking, a petting zoo, an inflatible universe of fun, tricycle races, tractor rides, a llama, an elephant, and great food. So much fun! During this trip to Rockford, johnelway also met his new best friend, Rocket, Carol's new dalmation-looking non-dalmation.
We are also really excited about the election next week. We had a great opportunity to expose our children to bleeding-heart liberalism from a very young age when we took them both to a political rally in Detroit for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. It was a great day (the first rally either of us had attended as well). The kids were thrilled to hear Obama speak and could not stop chanting "Yes We Can!" Greg tried to obtain a fake driver's license for Millie so that she could vote on Tuesday, but Darla would not let him, insisting no one would believe Millie is over 18. She might have a point.
We are looking forward to the holidays and will be spending a lot of time in Rockford during Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'm sure you will be getting an update from us soon. Until then...