After what was officially the longest summer break ever my kids are back in school. School in Louisiana ended on May 22nd. School in Oregon began September 4th. Yup. Three full months (plus one week and 6 days, but who's counting?) of summer break. Of course I didn't have to fill that time with educational outings or creative play or even really have to deal with "I'm boooored" (On auto repeat. Spoken in Whinese) ... much. Our summer break was jam packed with chaos which I'm still attempting to blog about. It involved getting a job offer, packing a house, taking a quick trip to Florida, then driving across the country, spending a month in Utah, moving to Oregon and unpacking. Whew. It was action packed and exhausting. And it felt like it lasted f-o-r-e-v-e-r.
But I've earned my rest!
Last week I saw ALL FOUR of my kids out the door to school! Molly has started her educational career as a brand new kindergartner! She only goes for PM kindergarten, but for the first time in almost 16 years, I have an honest to goodness 2 1/2 hrs every weekday to schedule however I see fit... sans children. If I'm being honest I feel a little lost right now, and we're still getting into the swing of the overall schedule, but I'm giddy thinking about the possibilities. A girl can
Here are the kiddos and their signs on the first day of school. It may seem out of order but this is the order in which the kids leave for the day. Let me just tell you, I feel like my entire morning revolves around getting people out the door and into the world...one at a time. We start with Ben who leaves the house at 6:55 a.m. to catch the bus and head off to high school.
|His actual feelings about heading off to school...|
|His fine-mom-I'll-pose-with-your-stupid-sign pose...|
|Genuinely excited about school! This kid makes me grin.|
|Had to pose a second time because I wanted to show the cute, cute|
shirt he chose to wear for his first day of school. It's a Sew Sara creation,
and he's gotten what he calls a "number shirt" every year for his birthday
since he turned 3 and knew what numbers were. My dear friend Sara makes such
fun creations and has helped me outfit my birthday boy every year. You can find her
goodies for sale in her Etsy store HERE or see her other amazing creations on her blog HERE.
|We're blessed to live adjacent to this amazing trail and the trail happens to lead|
right to his school about a mile away. He "practiced" the ride about a dozen times
the week leading up to school starting hehehe.
And then finally at about 11:20 we get this little lady out the door and onto the school bus to head to Kindergarten. She is in absolute heaven. She couldn't possibly have been more excited to finally go to school! In fact the morning of her first day she basically spent her time singing an ode to the first day of school on constant replay. I managed to catch a snippet of her singing without her realizing it. When she busts out the "holla!"s I thought I was going to die laughing. She's nothing if not enthusiastic, this one!
|Her very first sign. (And my last Kindy sign to make?! I'm not sure|
whether to cry or to cheer...)
|Look at that excitement!|
|She was almost as excited about riding the bus as she was|
about going to school in general.
So I officially have four kids out the door every day for school!!! I get 2 1/2 hrs of solitude before the home-from-school-and-time-for-homework routine kicks in. Whew! Happy days.