~ Goodbye ~
Last week 2 of 3 of the kids started back up at school. Neither were terribly excited for the summer to be over, but gave me some smiles as they headed off to school for their first day back.
Sassy is beginning 7th grade.
This is the beginning of the (supposed) "dreaded" middle school years. She started at a new school that is much larger than she is use to and she is getting up earlier than she is used to. She gets on the bus at 6:45 am (for the previous 6 years it was 8:15am). The thought of having to get from her class to first floor, up to second floor, back down to first and to the other side of the building (and so on) had her a bit nervous, and for me to see this confident girl of my nervous pulled at my heart strings. She has a full schedule, with what could be some tough classes: S+ Math, Spanish, Woodwinds, Life Science, PE, S+ English, S+ Us Studies and FACs.
On top of that she is playing volleyball for the 9th grade team at the high school. Meaning, everyday after school she is bused to the high school for a 2 hour practice. Two nights a week she has matches, two nights a week she has fastpitch softball practice and every Sunday she has 2 softball games. The girl is busy... thus making her parents busy :) But, so far she is managing everything very well.
Action is in 4th grade at the same elementary school as previous years, but with a teacher who is new to the school.
His school also hired a new principal (thankfully!) and assistant principal. They have been a breath of fresh air and it has only been one week. For example, last year the kids were "assigned" a group of kids they had to play with at recess (friends or not), then they could only pick one thing to play for the entire recess. This year, that rule is gone. They choose who they play with (size of groups are limited for safety) and they can play whatever they want. So nice to see him excited about this simple change! Anyway, week one went down as a success! He is playing tackle football again this year. Their first game is tomorrow night.
Smiley is once again in preschool this year.
She goes to school on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Today is her first day back. She was excited to get back and see some of her friends again and ready to make some new ones! I think she was getting tired of just hanging out with me all day long now that the other two are back in school! :)
Like always, it was a bummer to say goodbye to summer ~ we tried to squeeze as much in as we could around all of the activities the kids were in.
Yes it can be trying to have all of the kids home all day long, every day in the summer, yes they bicker and bug each other. Yes, I have begged for just a minute of quiet. But before we knew it, it was already gone. And only the memories are left. Memories I will savor!
I hope you are all doing well. I am still here, and I hope you haven't written off my little blog. I hope to get back to being more consistent again. I have a list of blog post to write and I am looking forward to finding all of you and getting caught up. I am so behind on my blog reading!
~ So Goodbye Summer ~
We've had a lovely time and look forward to seeing you next year and creating many many more memories.