School: I am in my second year of law school and I am enjoying it MUCH more than the first year. However, I'm very excited to finish and start working again (and making monies so Sierra can quit her job). This semester I am doing a judicial externship with my dad at the State District Court. He only does civil cases now so trials are not nearly as exciting as I would have hoped (criminal cases are the exciting ones). It has been a GREAT experience, though. It's a lot of fun to work with my dad and to see him in his element. I'm hoping to do another judicial externship next semester in the Bankruptcy Court (since that is the type of law I think I want to go into after law school). To that effect, I'll also share that I'm the President of my school's Financial Law $ociety (<-- did you catch what I did there? Eh? Not too shabby), which focuses on Bankruptcy and Tax Law. Also I'm pleased to say that I totally demolished my opponent in the election (I ran unopposed) so my confidence is running pretty high these days. I'm also excited because I got my first A in law school during the summer term. It was in my Evidence class, which was huge and is graded on a curve (meaning they only give out like 2 A's per class) so I feel very good about that. Nice (much needed) little confidence booster.
Work: I don't have a "real" job at the moment. I am still technically employed by a criminal defense attorney, but it is sporadic work when he needs help researching case law, and the case he is trying is sort of past that point now. However, Sierra is still working and is definitely my sugar momma. Her work-from-home application was approved for a one-year extension (which is awesome because her company rarely (more like almost never) grants that request). It is the best situation we could ask for right now, but it is very stressful on her. Lydia is a lovely little girl, but she is turning out to be one of those "high-need" babies (also referred to by some authors as "active, alert children"). We are very excited for the day when Sierra can stop working and be a full-time mom.
Church: My current calling is that of Ward Mission Leader. I really enjoy the calling, but often feel bad because I'd like to be able to put more time into it than I ever seem able to. Our ward has sister missionaries and it has been fun to work with them. Sierra is the primary pianist and likes that calling for the most part (sometimes Lydia won't eat on what some might call a regular "schedule" and then has a little meltdown and that can make it more difficult for Sierra to be able to go rock out with the kids).
Home: Sierra and I celebrated our fourth anniversary at the start of this month. That is pretty crazy to me. Things are going well for us, but we are in one of those survival stages of life, where there is too much to actually take care of in life so you start becoming selective in what you take on. What I'd like to be doing with my freetime: exercising, writing music and stories, and adventuring about with my family and friends. What ends up usually happening: watching TV and movies with Lydia and sometimes Sierra. I like movies and TV as much as the next guy but sometimes it gets a little old. It's hard to get into a good writing mood though when I'm just tired and want to plop myself on a couch and not think.
Anyway, there is a little update for you all on what my life is like at the moment. Lest there be any confusion, know that I am very pleased and grateful for my life. It is a great life and I am so pleased to share it with Sierra and Lydia. I'm just also excited to not have homework and be in a situation again where I can leave my work at the office, come home, and just be home.