As I have written about before, I am in a transition phase in my life. After intensively spending most of my waking (and asleep!) hours over the past 10 years with my kids, my younger daughter has now successfully completed a year of full-time kindergarten, and went back to school a couple days ago as an enthusiastic and independent first grader. My older daughter comfortably flourishes in fifth grade at the school she now knows very well. I have more time to develop myself outside of mothering than I have for a long time. Liberating? Yes!