Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Last Day of Summer

This picture is a perfect representation of my kids personalities: Ashlynn and Ty - all the way at the top! Briggs, cautiously sticking close to the ground.

For the last day of summer, by friend Natalie gave me the idea of going to the school for "first day of school" pictures before the craziness of the actual first day of school.

We've had a really fun and full summer. We got out in May, so we got a full three months. Which has been heavenly!
Because I knew we had plenty of time to be lazy and have fun and take adventures, I never felt a hovering sense of anxiety that the summer was slipping away from me, like the feeling you get on the last day of a vacation, where you know you have to go home and do laundry and face reality.
It ruins the last day of vacation. Summer can be the same way for me. Mid July, when you feel like you are just hitting your stride, all of the sudden, you start seeing back to school supplies and fall clothing, things you don't want to be thinking about. And the inflatable pools, and goggles and sand toys that you need NOW are relegated to the clearance section, or worse, gone.
This year we made a summer to-do list, and boy did we hit it hard! We did so many things, and then some! It was nice not to have strollers or nap time. I feel like we filled up every nook and cranny of summer in the best possible way. Lots of adventures and play time, but a perfect amount of laziness.
The other day I caught myself thinking about some projects and tasks I needed to complete, and thought I would wait until the kids were in school to start them. That's when I knew I was ready for school to start. Then the kids admitted that they were ready to go back and see their friends, as well. Ashlynn actually confessed that she was ready for school so that she could "Start Being More Productive". (Whatever! If that's what she was craving I could have certainly helped her out!)
Today while we were walking around the school taking pictures, the kids started getting giddy and excited. Then Ashlynn and Ty saw their teachers from last year and ran to greet them with squeals and big hugs (they all had really awesome teachers.) We even got a peek at Ashlynn's teacher who is new to the school! (We totally followed him to the classroom to make sure it was, in fact, him!)
This year will mark the one and only year where all three of the kids will be at the same school on the same schedule. I've mentioned this so many times the kids are starting to repeat it (the grocery store clerk knows, the home teachers know, and that guy down the street who has the dog with the two bad knees knows...)
Then the question that inevitably follows is, "And what is Mom going to do all day?" Uhhh...EVERYTHING I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO FOR THE LAST 11 YEARS!!
Actually, I will probably do exactly what I've been doing now (laundry, meal planning and shopping, exercise, cleaning, errands - all the really fun stuff) I just get to do it without playing a non-stop game of 20 questions. Which sounds great!
But honestly, I'm going to miss the kids and the fun we've had this summer. When they are toddlers, it seems like time is standing still. When they get the age mine are now, time is flying by. Everyone always said that to me, but I never believed them, because I was sleep deprived.
I would definitely say this  time of year is bitter sweet for me. Here's hoping it's more sweet than bitter!


Michelle said...

I just love reading your blog Kate. Your kids seem awesome! Enjoy your first day of school tomorrow!

SLO Rober said...

Thanks, Michelle. You are fast! I just hit publish!