So basically this was one very busy summer, as they are for most folks. I wish we were able to travel more, but we at least made it to down South to my parents a few times, and we might still try to sneak in an early September weekend to the beach. But, our summer was really focused around keeping the kids entertained via local fun, growing the business, renovating the studio, and the general massive upkeep of daily life. Trying to schedule client meetings and the necessary childcare for the last few months has been insane. I like being able to work from home, and I am happy that I can mostly schedule things around the boys’ day, and while J. steps in a lot, nothing seems to happen in a super smooth fashion, and it’s damn exhausting. I know I’m still lucky we have somewhat of a flexible schedule to make everything work.
L. is off to Preschool in the mornings, 4 days a week. It’s not a long day for him, which is perfect, because he doesn’t come home over-tired and wiped out, but rather, he’s just invigorated and ready to squeeze more out of the rest of the day.
Last year, he went for a 2 days program, so this is going to be an adjustment for all, but oh how I love his school! Although it doesn’t help me in terms of fitting in a few hours of work, it is such a great place, and now, the extra time gives me the opportunity to take P. on a few solo adventures. He’s used to just tagging along for L.’s older-kid stuff, so I’m excited to spend some quality time with him during those morning hours.
I really enjoyed seeing all the kiddos first day back pictures up on the social media sites this week. I have a handful of really close friends whose first born is off to Kindergarten this year. My mama has been teaching in the same Kindergarten classroom, busting it, for 37 years, and I know how important that first day is for children, and how hard teachers work to make sure it’s extra special and inviting for all children. My parents took a photo of us kids every year on the first day, and it’s not a new phenomenon that’s for sure. Pinterest regurgitation is always fun to watch, but I did have to roll my eyes a little at a few jerk-os who made fun of the plethora of photos by posting a picture of their 30 something-selves with a chalkboard noting random daily acts (aka “on my third cup of coffee today, time to make a sign and post on fb!”). What I think these folks don’t realize is that creating the “big deal” or “special picture” is positive energy around school, and no matter, that is always a good thing. Kids need to feel like that first day IS a big accomplishment to be proud of, and that going to school is a milestone to be celebrated. So pull out your signs and easels, chalkboards, and pomp and circumstance parents, and keep posting those pictures.
Anyway, like many I’m sure, as the school season rolls around, I’m so ready for it. At the end of the summer, I’m always looking forward to the changing season and excited by the Fall activities. I’m already promising myself that we will pick plenty of apples, I’ll makes tons of comfort food and fill the house with the Autumn aroma, and NOT make the boys’ Halloween costume from scratch this year. I’m going to leave a little extra time in there for all the other things I’ve over-committed myself to…! I will however, be avoiding all of the news coverage of Princess Diana’s wedding dress being handed over to her sons. Apparently, even though I am not a Royal fan-atic follower, the news report I read from FB earlier today made me ball my eyes out. So random, I know.