Thursday, May 30, 2013

Last Day of School 2013

Today is the last day that all three of my chicks are safe and sound at their elementary school together. Next year Ashlynn will be entering the No-Man's-Land that is Middle School.

As you can see from the pictures, it was a little bit of a rough morning. Ash was moody. She was barking at everyone. As we were taking these pictures she said, "I don't feel like smiling." Lovely.

Briggs couldn't find his toothbrush, which is really odd ( I can't comprehend how one loses a toothbrush) and gross at the same time, because this is the conversation that followed.

"Did you or anyone take it out of the bathroom?"
 "Did you have it yesterday?"
"No" ...
"You haven't brushed your teeth in a long time, have you?"

And then he just hung his head in shame... oh boy.

So as I'm sitting in my quiet house for the last time for a few months, these are the thoughts that are running through my mind:

  • I always want to majorly purge my house of junk this time of year. I want to throw it all away!!!
  • I've got bleach soaking in the bathroom because it smells like a public urinal in there...
  • I won a little family competition we have going on with license plates. I found triple 8 on a plate, so I get to request something from the kids. My request was that they learn how to strip and wash their own bedding this summer. Should they have learned this by now, I don't know. Whatever...
  • I've got the kids end of the year surprises all ready and waiting for the kids today. I made scrapbooks out of all of the notes I put in their lunches this year. I even included some instagram pictures of each of them through out the year in the books. I also made another summer playlist, just like last year. And I have a pile of new books to give them that will be our summer out-loud reading.  I kind of like these traditions we've started.
  • I'm grateful that I don't have to make school lunches anymore for a while. I hate that job.
  • I'm thinking about how much time I'm taking on this post, and that the number of minutes to myself is dwindling, so I better make them count. 
  • I love summer! (But I also like a little peace and quiet...)


Michelle said...

I can always count on your posts to make me smile! Enjoy your last day of peace and here is to a fun summer.

Annessa said...

You are such a great mom, and writer! I love this post. Would also love if you'd feel like sharing our playlist and booklist.
Our end of the year traditions? Get through it with the least amount of tantrums and chocolate/coca cola possible. Well, maybe not the coca cola, but at least less tantrums.

Ashley A. said...

Hi Kate! I found your blog on fb. I love it! These end of school traditions are awesome. I might have to copy some of them someday. I have to say that more than once Natalie said to me-- " do you know that Ty gets notes in his lunch every day?" Then when I wouldn't respond how she wanted she 'd just spell it out for me--why can't I have notes every day? :) I really love that you do that. We'll miss your awesome family but hope you don't mind if I peek in here for updates.