Beth's comment reminded me that I haven't told you about Ronnie's new job yet! Things have been so hectic I forgot to mention it. Sorry! :)
Ronnie started work at Carrabba's last Wednesday. It's an Italian chain restaurant, much like Olive Garden, but a bit more high end. It's not his dream job, but it's a job. He's working nights since they aren't open for lunch. He was hired in as a line cook, with the idea of having him be assistant kitchen manager within 6-8 months, and kitchen manager within 12-18 months. So, definite growth potential.
One good thing about Carrabba's is that they don't just preach family time, they actually practice it. Ronnie told them when he was hired that he has a wife and daughter and that he must have either Saturday or Sunday off each week. He's asked for Sunday, but realizes for scheduling purposes they may need him on a Sunday. So, as long as they give him 1 weekend day off a week, he's fine with whichever day it is. Managers are required to take 2 days off a week. If something comes up once in a while, that happens. But, no manager may work continually without a day off.
Ronnie's able to get up with us in the morning and spend time with Paige. She has to be at daycare by 9. They get up and play, eat breakfast, read books, whatever she feels like doing. Then, Ronnie drops her off at 9, and heads back home. He has part of the day to clean, do laundry, play video games or take a nap. He can be in to work anywhere from 10 am to 6 pm and work a full 8 hour shift.
It's a learning curve for all 3 of us. Paige is testing Mommy as far as she can. Last night she went to bed early without Bob the Builder. I think we'll adjust pretty well though.