We are starting to hear back from the schools that we applied to. As I think I mentioned (didn't I? I'm not getting enough sleep), SB has been accepted into one bilingual program. She is very low on the wait list at another, with basically no chance of getting in. She is also likely to get accepted into a third program if we pursue it, but that one is private, and crazy expensive. And, we should hear from some more schools next week.
Miss M has not been accepted into any programs yet. She is low on the wait list at the bilingual school that SB was accepted into, although the school has sibling preference, so if SB enrolls, Miss M will likely jump to the top of the list. But, there may not be any spots available for kindergarten, so she may never get in. The other two programs that SB applied to do not offer K, so Miss M is out of the running for those entirely.
Thus far, we MAY get them both into the same school, but I think it is more likely that they end up at different schools. For Miss M, we always have the ability to enroll her at the local school near where we are living. It's a very good school, but it's not bilingual. We would have to enroll Miss M in Spanish enrichment to keep up her Spanish, but even that would not be the same as being enrolled in a bilingual school. If we were to go that route (not because we want to, but because she does not get in anywhere else), it would be nice to have SB nearby. But, the only preschool option for SB nearby is private, and expensive. But, it's bilingual.
Argh. I keep moving all of the pieces of the puzzle around, but every piece seems to be contingent on a bunch of other pieces working out. I'm worried about cost and after school care and cost of THAT and hours and commute and. . .it's so maddening.
And I was never able to come up with a childcare option for the summer. The options for 3 year olds are quite limited, and then I have the 5 year old, too. So, we settled upon something that I hope works out: there is something in the visa law that allows people who primarily work abroad, who are transferring back only briefly, to bring their nanny with them to the U.S. for the time that they are there. It's still fairly expensive (room, board, at least minimum wage, airfare, healthcare, visa cost, passport, etc., etc.), but at least it has the benefit of a) being someone we know and trust, b) a smoothness transition for the girls, c) more reasonably priced than two kids in the daycare programs I have been looking at (which would have been more than $3600 a month for my two kids!), and d) the girls will be able to keep up their Spanish over the summer. So we think that is what we are going to do. Fingers crossed that our nanny is awarded a visa, and this plan all works out. She is excited to go, as she has never left this general area, and she is saving money toward a house. She should be able to earn a big chunk of the house payment by working for us over the summer. And, if T finds a good job, she will likely stay and be our after school care. I hate the idea of the kids being at school from 8am until 6pm every day. I feel like they are too young for that. But, there is no way we can survive on one salary back in the U.S., and T really wants to work in his field. So like I said, fingers crossed this all works out.
I am still hoping to get into one of the bilingual programs that is near we will be living. And I'm hoping T gets a job he wants and enjoys. And I'm hoping our nanny can stay with us for a while. If we could get these last few pieces into place, I would feel really good about moving back--I would feel like I could manage the juggling act between my career and my personal life. Sigh.