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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fall Update

Hello Everyone! It has been a while since we posted, and we thought you would all be interested in the Bailey Family Fall 2008 Update. We have all been hard at work with our new responsibilities in our new lives.

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 and the kids are all going to school everyday. Millie is attending school at the Child Development Lab and Wayne State University. Her teachers are Miss Toria and Mr. Chris. Her class is great. Her classroom is great. She is part of a diverse group of kids and has made a lot of friends. She brings home a large amount of art. If anyone is in need of a Miller Bailey original, she loves drawing and will gladly mail you something. Believe me, we have lots of art. We can spare a beautiful picture for you. Millie has also recently learned about the mail. She loves pen pals and writing letters, especially on the back of art projects (recycling).

Gio has been attending school at Niles School here in Troy and going to Kindercare during the hours before and after school, but this has proven both costly and time consuming, driving each of the kids to schools in different cities. We have secured a spot for Gio at the other school on the Wayne State campus, the Center for Early Childhood Education. We were planning on joining the school and paying for his care there, but we had the good fortune of getting into an open funded spot when a family moved away. Gio's new teacher is Miss Troutt. She is very nice. Having both kids at Wayne State while Greg is in class will be much better in case anything goes wrong.

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.

On Halloween, Millie dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and Gio was a pumpkin. Their costumes were made by Lynn, our friends Laurel's mother, and they were fantastic. Lynn is awesome. We went Trick-or-Treating with Jesse and Laurel's three little girls Alana (4, a kitty), Jospehine (2, a ghost), and Charlotte (11 days, a newborn baby). We have more candy than we can manage (although we are certain to do our best).

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...

The Baileys


Cicely said...

I really love it when the Bailey family blogs.

Janice Maschue said...

How great for the kids to be able to go to that ralley. The pictures are great, all of them. It seems that you are all enjoying yourselves in your new home.

Sara said...

It looks like life is good! Glad for the update.

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