I almost titled this post “Back To School” however, “I Survived Summer” seemed a bit more apropos.
Summer was good, fun, eventful, crazy and slightly stressful all in one. We have adventured, we have traveled, we have been to the pool, we have played with friends, we have destroyed the house, we have argued over cleaning the (destroyed) house, we have fought, we have had many a time outs, we have done camps and we have celebrated.
I have attempted to work, I have attempted to put down work and play, I have tried to occasionally incorporate “educational” and I have parked my kids in front of the TV one too many times – and I have fed them way, way, way too many goldfish.
I think there were only two weeks that I called my Mom begging to come and help me. Waving the white flag only twice, I’m calling a total win. There were a few times that I was desperate and friends brought us dinner or helped, so I’d be lying if I didn’t say that summer survival was a team effort.
Its been a great summer, however I am ready for a bit more structure. On one hand, I don’t want it to end and on the other hand, my kids thrive under routine. With their current ages, for them to have a bit of space from each other is not a bad thing. They can be the best of friends and the worst of enemies at times.
If we could just go back to school for a month and then have a few weeks off, then back for a month when we start getting out of sorts, then off again, that would be perfect! 😉
The boys still have a few days till they start, but Annie M is full swing in first grade and so far, so good! Coming off of a wonderful Kindergarten year with the most fabulous teacher we could have ever had, she was nervous about what this year would look like – and if her new teacher would like hugs as much as hers did last year.
The good news is that her first grade teacher thrives off of coffee and hugs and is energetic, fun, patient, loving and smart all in one! Annie M gets to school and goes straight to her former kindergarten teachers class to say hello and help. She is really excited to “help the babies” and assist her teacher if anything needs setting up and then heads to her room for morning work.
My hubs has done most of the morning bus stop runs. He is more functional than I am in the mornings (hence my half asleep sleepy face above) and Annie M likes the few minutes quiet time with her Daddy. It seems to be calmer too, since my style is more of a roll out of bed, throw on a robe and sprint. I am mentally preparing myself to take over morning duty, but I’ll take any slow transition back to school I can get.
On the mornings Daddy is in charge, they have breakfast together at the table. So sweet.
On my mornings, I carry her backpack and she eats as she walks all while I yell “SMALLER BITES SO YOU DONT CHOKE!!!” …Not so sweet, but memory making, perhaps?? 😉
Speaking of memories, I remember my elementary school days and my Dad served me Mayfield Chocolate Chip ice cream in a red solo cup daily for breakfast. Good times, for sure!
Anyway, I kind of feel like a crazy person with multiple personalities and I think during transitions my crazy is exacerbated.
On one hand, I am the mom of four kids, Jesus freak, laid back and patient, planning admittedly over the top kid parties with a creative correction parenting style and a cheesy mom blog.
On the other hand, as it relates to work, I am off the charts type A, business minded, work in a professional field where I have daily conversations with important, high level people.
Then on the other hand, I can’t wake up or function before 9 AM am running to the bus stop in a robe, flip flops, a top knot, glasses and lack of a certain undergarment that a nursing mama should not be running in and then some days I forget to shower. One day, all will converge and I will have it together, right??
We had our 2nd annual PTA night and grocery store date night (#wefancy) this week and it made me excited and thankful all over again for the school we go to, our administration and the community around us. We have been praying for them and this year and so far all good!!
Last school year, I helped in her classroom as well as did the PTA bulletin board. This year, I signed up for Yearbook and I am really excited about it. I think the flexible schedule will be a bit better for all I have going on and showing up with my camera and taking pictures is right up my alley! Plus it gives me an extra excuse to come to the school and hang out with my best girl.
Hubs is excited that I have not over committed myself (yet) and hopefully the boys will get back in school, we will hit our stride and be off and running for the year!
In other random kid news and for the sake of catching up, Spiderman has begun to make routine appearances at the bus stop and Annie M tried out and made the dance company. So proud of all of my little munchkins and their sweet and adventurous spirits. Never a dull moment, for sure and so thankful for each and every day…even the challenging ones. 🙂