Congratulations on both fronts. Hope the lessons work out well for you. I'm going through much the same. Given the terrible weather lately, it's been hard to translate the lessons into productive golf with lacking the ability to practice for the most part.
My regular instructor finally picked himself up a trackman and then was able to setup indoors this winter. The wife and I have been visiting him once a week (we alternate weeks generally).
I had gotten REAL steep near the end of last year and it's nice to see the changes on the trackman (when you can't necessarily see the full ballflight). I'm just hoping we thaw out soon. Before last season I had decided I was truly making a run at actually playing golf (prior I was 10000% recreational - no real goal at improving). I dropped a few points in my handicap last summer. This year I plan to drop many more.
My wife's game is shaping up too. Her attitude starts with her tee shot. If she blocks that right (which is most of the time) it ruins her whole mental approach to the hole. So her instruction has been working on that. I'm hoping it continues to go well!
The personal days, I'll admit to nothing about their planned use (you never know who's listening!!) :-)
I'm hoping to participate in a tournament or two (just minor local ones, more on the fun side) just to get into it. I hesitate only because my rules knowledge is lacking. So I'm working on that too (would you imagine that I don't truly know all of the drop rules or relief rules).