My teenagers' future: college, summer jobs, yardwork

03/15/2010 9:25 AM

12/10/2010 11:23 AM

Spring break is here and with it, both high schoolers are focusing on the future.

First day of spring break: He took the SAT on Saturday. I made sure he went to bed early and that he had a full, big breakfast before he went. The test commenced at 8 a.m. and he finished somewhere around 1:30 p.m. Five-and-a-half hours of testing! He thinks he did OK, and I can't wait to find out the results.

Second day of spring break: My husband cracked the whip and decided it was about time to rake up all the dead leaves and dog remnants and get our yard back in to shape. Both boys worked really hard and the yard looked fabulous - for a couple hours. We woke up to a front yard that had been t.p.'d, or "wrapped" as some of my friends call it. Nice... Just pray it doesn't rain!

Third day of spring break: My younger son is taking lifeguard certification classes. The class is in Keller and, thankfullly, a friend of his is also taking the class. We've worked out carpool, but I had to get us to the first one. I wasn't sure what traffic would be like so we ended up getting there about a half-hour early! That's a whole extra 30 minutes of sleep!

Fourth day of spring break: No big plans.

Fifth-seventh day of spring break: My junior and I are heading off to Arkansas and Oklahoma to visit the universities. Unfortunately, it's the colleges' spring break as well, but they're still holding tours and I figure there will should be some students there. We'll just be getting a feel for the campuses. We'll take tours, look at the dormitories, talk with an admission counselor, and attend the engineering and business colleges receptions.

I'm looking forward to some alone time with my son, so that we can really delve in to what he wants to do at college. He's going to take an interests survey back at his high school. I think he's similar to many 17-year-olds in that he doesn't know exactly what he wants to do with his life. Did I at 17? Definitely not.

When we return, my other son will be able to apply for summer jobs - so things are looking good on the horizon!

Hopefully, we'll get a little fun time on the weekend. And then, back to class.

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