Slowly but surely, we are making progress. Not as quickly as we would like, but the longer it goes, the harder it gets. I have quite a few gigs lined up this summer that are for pay, so this "extra" income will help a little bit. We'll see.
Opelika's public preschool is by lottery, and since the K-2 school for which we are zoned does not house a program, we are eligible for the lottery in both the other K-2 schools. Unfortunately, E did not win either lottery. Doubly unlucky, I guess. But also a blessing. So, yes, we are out the money for daycare for another year (which would have been a huge chunk toward loans), but, on the flip side, E & O will get to be together for another year to strengthen their sibling bond, and in putting off the formalized school experience, E & O will maximize their learning by play and development of their imaginations. All is well.