Today marks the first week of 4th and 2nd grade complete in this house and this may have been the toughest transition back to school my kids have ever experienced. All Labor day weekend long my daughter kept reminding me not to remind her that school was starting on Tuesday. Though each day of the long weekend brought the threat of rain, it held out and we raced to our town pool to spend every last moment we could before it closed on Monday.
Monday night I couldn’t sleep at all…I was getting over a cold and heard my little one coughing throughout the night as well. But I did get up early for my job as drill sergeant to get everyone ready for that 7:41 bus. I figured it would be late on the first day as it always is though which would give me some time for pictures…..
As soon as I snapped this photo we heard that all familiar roar of the bus up the street and we raced down it. I shoved the kids on. It was not the send off I wanted…especially for my little one in her new school! I felt so tired and guilty and mixed up. But luckily I had my annual meet up with friends at Starbucks to look forward to and that helped a lot.
The first day of school was also the hottest day of the year so the poor kids were sweltering. My daughter came home early and sick! (Luckily she was able to return the next day.) There’s been a lot of grumpiness and whining and all around malaise. I know they are tired and so am I but I am thrilled the weather is still summer like!
How has back to school gone for you?
I love summer and right about now is when I start to plummet into depression as the days getting shorter and I’m cognizant of the fact that it is 7:35 and starting to get dark.
Don’t get me wrong…the kids have been driving me crazy….biting each other, punching each other, whining….I know you know what I’m talking about. And they were not happy to be dragged along today when I had to go to the store (because summertime also means I perpetually have no groceries because I rarely get to the store!).
However, I had a moment when I was checking out and they were all happily comparing their sour spray flavors……….not only will I miss summer in September, but, as crazy as they make me, I am going to miss these guys…….terribly!!!
I’m wondering if I’m the only mom right now who is feeling this way. Fall is going to be so busy. I could use one more month of summer :)
When you marry a guy who is one of SEVEN that’s right SEVEN children, you have a lot of family events to attend, especially in the spring and summertime. (My husband was an uncle at age nine!) I happen to love it coming from a small family.
On Saturday night our gorgeous niece Ari got married and stupid me I didn’t even snap a picture of her and the groom, but I did of course get a picture of her and my monkeys!
After the ceremony some of the kids were playing with the rose petals and I took what I think is one of the most beautiful shots ever.
It kind of makes me cry to look at it…so innocent…
The kids are at a nice age to attend family events and be able to run hang with their cousins and have fun. The only downside was that they crashed by 10:0; they were done!
I kept looking over at their older cousins sitting together sharing drinks and was thinking that it won’t be too long before that’s these guys…and then I got choked up!
My boy just wrapped up a week of intensive hockey camp….well at least I thought it was intensive. I mean when you drop your 8-year-old boy off at the rink and he plays hockey for 3 and a half hours straight with just a few breaks it seems like hockey boot camp! The week was about strengthening stickhandling skills. Stickhandling is all about moving, maneuvering and gaining control over the puck.
The first hour was played on “dry land” in the blazing hot sun. The camp was led by a guy, Sean Skinner, who is a world-renowned hockey trainer. The last two hours were on the ice.
The first day home he was exhausted and starving but as the week progressed he was energized and excited, each day coming home, racing out of the car and practicing his new skills!
This is the I wonder what he’s thinking about shot………but I can pretty much guess……..daydreaming about a potential future in the NHL…..?!?!?
Any other hockey moms out there? I love it….stink and all!
disclaimer……..just so you don’t think I was a complete stalker mom at the camp….my hubs volunteered me to be the camp photographer :)
Why? Because it is in my favorite season….summer! The only bummer is that once it hits, you blink and summer is over. We spent ours celebrating last Saturday night at my husband’s golf club.
There were rides and games for the kids and psychics and caricaturists and tatoo artists too. The highlight of the evening for me is when we all sat for a family caricature! A lady nearby remarked that we all looked “so cute” and I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a photo…my fave!
And my hubs who cracks me up everyday thinks he looks better as a caricature than in real life :)
Then before we knew the fireworks started…they were stupendous and wonderful!
Oh summer hang on, we’re having too much fun!!! How was your 4th?!
Last weekend we celebrated my mother’s 79th birthday…how great does she look!?
And I remind you that my dad, who doesn’t like his age revealed, took us all away on a big trip to Mexico last summer to celebrate his BIIIIIG birthday!!! (Seriously if I looked like them I would tell everyone in sight my age!)
To celebrate, we gathered my sister, my brother, spouses, kids and my brother’s friend and we took over half of a little Italian restaurant.
Because really that’s all my mom wants….to have all her family in one place. And since it happens so infrequently, we took just a few pictures…
Love my little poser in the foreground!
How do you celebrate family member’s birthdays?
Another thing I love about summertime is the sometimes influx of family parties. My husband is one of seven so there’s usually some event happening beginning around May…a graduation, wedding, a baby shower, wedding shower…etc. And when the gathering happens, it’s never small!
Last Saturday night my sister-in-law got married and we had such a fun time celebrating with her. Because the family is so large (21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren on the way!), when the majority is together the opportunity is grabbed to snap some photos!
I snuck this shot in of most of the grand and great-grandchildren with their grandparents (some couldn’t make the wedding) while the photographer was setting up):
Before kids you could never find me on the dance floor but my girls had me up there all night…
Their fun and delight was contagious. I didn’t care how uncoordinated I looked. :) And I wasn’t the only one who got worn out by the end of the night!
But the best part was that we got a great family photo before we even raced off to the wedding!
I cherish these days. :)
(Sorry I neglected to snap a photo of the bride and groom!)
Today is the last day of school and all of us coincidentally are in blue, similarly to the first day. It’s hard for me to believe they will all be together in the ‘big school’ next year…my babies!
For the past couple of half days I’ve been racing around, running to Target, stocking up as if I were hurricane prepping. My last hour this morning will be a continuation of the stockpiling because we all know what it’s like shopping with kids!
Good thing it’s my favorite season!
I attended field day at both kids schools over the past couple of weeks and the delight I observed was contagious!
I was so thankful the twins were playing for the same team this year…grey!
Field day really marks the beginning of the end of school, so there’s lots of joy around here.
We are saying farewell to 1st and 3rd grades!
I truly love this month. The days get longer. Everything starts to get greener and warmer, and my most favorite season is coming around the corner. It’s also the month my little surprise baby was born just 18 months after I gave birth to TWINS.
It just makes me love this month even more. And for the last week or so we’ve been celebrating this little red head and the fact that, as she said to me last night she’s “been alive for seven years!!!”
The festivities started with what’s probably now our 3rd party held at Chuck E Cheese. My kids cannot get enough of that place!
They really have a good time, and the birthday girl was thrilled.
We continued the celebration over the next week by playing some family golf, going to the beach, and partaking in our traditional birthday hibachi meal.
We ended up celebrating for days and days but I guess that’s how it should be when you turn 7 years old huh? :)