August 16, 2018 – Back to School

Despite my best efforts, I could not slow summer down, and on the 16th of August, it was time to send the kids back to school.

Liam walked out the door to his first day of high school like he had been doing it all his life. He comes home for lunch everyday, and together we watch about 20 minutes of a movie of his choice. It takes several days to get through a movie, but I really enjoy the time with him. He still loves football and dreams of playing in college and beyond. We are three weeks into the school year, and he is still putting in great effort with his classes, which is a major improvement over the last couple of years. I think he is really enjoying the high school environment.

The twins started 8th grade with sunburns from swimming earlier in the week. Luckily the peeling did not start until Friday and they had the weekend to get it over with. They were extremely grateful for that! They are both doing great. Nathan is enjoying football and Catheryn is rocking cross country. They still eat lunch together with their group of friends, which makes me happy. I love that they are still such good friends at 13. They are both doing really well in their classes and are enjoying most of their teachers.

As for me, I am slowly adjusting to them being gone again. It takes me 5 minutes to get used to them being home, and 5 weeks to get used to them being gone…

Liam is off to 9th grade and the twins are in 8th.

And It Begins Again…

As hard as it is to believe, school has begun once again. In our school district, August 17 was the first day back. What is it about summer that makes it go so fast? One day it is just beginning and you feel like you have all the time in the world to do things, and the next thing you know, it’s over and you didn’t do half of what you had planned.  For me it is another reminder of just how fast life goes. One had better pay attention, or it will simply pass you by…

I have never been one of those parents who couldn’t wait for school to start back up after a long summer. I love having my kids home. Even when they are bickering up a storm, I love having them home. Perhaps it is because I am not a fan of stressful homework filled evenings of school, or perhaps it is because the time I have left with my kids at home is fleeting. They will be off on their own way too soon, so I have to soak up all the noise and chaos and bickering while I can, for all too soon, our house will be quiet. I cannot bear to think of that yet, so I will put it off for another time.

The kids are all getting settled into the new school year. Liam is now in 8th grade, his last year of middle school, while the twins are in 7th, their first year. They have all mastered their new schedules and are settled into a new routine. Catheryn is running cross-country this fall and both of the boys are playing football. Catheryn has not run in a meet yet, but I am looking forward to her first, which should be next week. The boys had their first football game last week and while they did lose, they both had a lot of fun. The game was an away game and by the time we got there, it was already half-time. As we were driving to the game, Rob joked about how we had just missed Liam score the first touchdown. When we arrived, Nathan came running over and yelled up to us, “You missed it! Liam scored the first touchdown of the game!” Go figure… Football is Liam’s passion, so hopefully there will be many, many touchdowns to come. Stay tuned for game pictures.

For now, though, here’s wishing a happy school year to everyone heading back, and to all the parents left home alone. May this year be one of your best!

Nathan, Liam, and Catheryn heading Back to School!

 

Summer Adventures ~ August 2016

August came way too fast this year! Most parents probably love the kids returning to school, but I love my kids home, so the start of the new school year is never my favorite thing.

We squeezed what we could out of summer while it lasted, though. We went to Cliff’s Amusement Park in Albuquerque where the kids had an absolute blast. We spent the entire day there watching them ride everything they possible could. It was strange to remember the days when they were all so small that they could not go on a lot of rides. Now, they are tall enough to ride everything and don’t need us for much of anything. We no longer need to hold their hands or go on rides with them… Sigh.

Middle school football practice started and Liam was so excited, especially after missing summer football camp. Every afternoon I took him to school and watched about 60 boys get ready for football season. After a week of practice, they picked up their jerseys for the year. You could tell the boys felt pretty cool, all officially part of the middle school football team.

Liam got his braces on his bottom teeth, Rob and I both celebrated birthdays, Charbie continued to get cuter everyday. Sweet Hamish, the little 5-week old kitty we found up in North Dakota, turned two! He is still the same adorable butterball he has always been. Perhaps the most shocking thing that happened was that Liam cut his hair! I had thought he was kidding when he went in for a hair cut just before school, but obviously not. He went in with longish hair, and came out with short hair! He looks so grown-up!

Liam had middle school registration as well. We picked up his student ID, got his books, found his locker and all of his classes, paid his fees for the year. He was anxious to get started, I think mostly so all the nerves about not knowing what to expect would go away. The twins had meet-the-teacher, and then it was time for school to start!

We have now completed two full weeks of school and everyone is doing great. Liam has the middle school routine down and loves not being in elementary school anymore. The twins both love their teachers and have good friends in their classes.

Meanwhile, it is awfully quiet back at home… Do you suppose it is to early to start counting down to next summer?

Here We Go Again!

After a busy and fun-filled summer, it is time once again to head back to school! It was quite a new experience this morning dropping one off at middle school before heading back to the elementary school, but I don’t think it will take too long to settle into a new routine. We just have to leave at 7am in order to make it to both schools on time! The kids all enjoyed their first day, and while I am not yet convinced that summer should actually be over, I think it is going to be a good year.

Happy New School Year!!!

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Farewell Summer

It seems like just last week we were all excited about the start of summer vacation. We were looking forward to three whole months of rest and relaxation without the stress and worry that school sometimes brings. But, as they usually do, summer flew by, leaving us to wonder where on earth it went, because surely it did not stick around as long as it was supposed to.

Despite our protests, time has come for school to begin again. This past Wednesday I woke the kiddos up at o’dark thirty in order to get ready for their first day. Liam is heading into 6th grade while Catheryn and Nathan are tackling 5th.

Grade school is almost a thing of the past in our house. Pretty soon it will be all middle school and young adults where my babies in elementary used to stand. Once again, time, I beg of you, please slow down. It does not seem like all that long ago when I was wishing for the opposite. Sleepless nights followed by days filled with crying and whining and non-stop demands. I was not sure if we were going to make it through, but make it we did, and now it seems like a lifetime ago…

I want them to stay young, but at the same time, I am excited to see what the future holds for them. They are bright shining lights and I know they are going to do great things. I just know it.

So, my children, as you climb on the bus each morning, please remember that I love you dearly. And I am so very proud of you. Always have been. Always will be…

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