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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Winding Down

As I watch all of my friends in other states get their children off to school, I am clutching to the last weeks of summer with white knuckles.  While I can't wait for school to start in some ways (less bickering at home, anyone?), I don't look forward to the early mornings and the busy afternoons.  I am not thrilled about packing lunches for the kids before the sun is even up, and I really don't want to deal with fights about homework.

But I still have two weeks before my kids have to go back.  Unfortunately, Joel started back yesterday, so family activities will be a bit limited from this point on.  And yet, we've really lived it up this summer with all of our sleeping in, beach days and movie nights, parties and potlucks galore, grandparent visits and even a few road trips.  We probably need the discipline and focus that school will bring.

I'm trying to work on my schedule for the next semester, and I admit, it's a bit overwhelming.  I am taking a few more students than I have in the past just to help make up for the summer of no paycheck.  Sophia will be in preschool three days a week, and I am lucky that all but one of my students can be taught during school hours.  Which leaves my afternoons free for the insanity that is three children and their homework, practicing, music lessons, church activities and whatever else comes up in their schedules.

I know that I will fall into bed each night absolutely exhausted and get up in the wee hours of the morning wishing I could sleep for just another ten minutes, please?  Again, I know it's good for me, but I'm not sure I want to give up the wonderful summer we've just had for schedule and order.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is, we'd better cram as much fun as we can into the next two weeks and then maybe I'll be ready to go back.

Maybe.

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14 comments :

  1. Oh, I'm glad you figured out how to to have (almost) all your classes during school hours!! Your summer sounds fab, but I'll bet you'll get into the swing of things for school pretty quick. We start Sept. first and making lunches is high on my list of things I dread, too. I say we come up with a way to make it less daunting. . .

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  2. In some ways I long for the days when I will have to get up and get my kids off to school. I remember school mornings of warm mush (wheat kernels that my dad turned into mush), scriptures in the morning, hot showers, etc. But on the other hand, getting up early when I am so tired, being cheerful when I don't feel like it... I guess I will savor the time I have now, because I am sure when school age does arrive, I will be longing for these times again. The grass is always greener, right?

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  3. Did you see my link to my sister's blog on school lunch box ideas? If you didn't I'll send you the link. She has some good, easy, economical ideas that are way better than just sammiches every day.

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  4. 'I think I'd be NOT wanting the snow!

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  5. This is always an interesting time of year for me. I love that I don't have to send my kids to school (we're sending our kindergartener for fun), but I am a touch envious of those moms who get some free time every day! I hope this is a good year for you and your little ladies!

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  6. I have to say that I am LOVING school. But, this year I am really focused on that after school time. Trying not to leave housework or other stuff that will tear me away from my two peeps. Focus. ;)

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  7. Definitely on the wall myself--the one between excited for the order and peace again, and dreading the accompanying structure and, yes, chaos. (Order and chaos are both part of the school year, right?)

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  8. I was torn yesterday as my boys started school. I loved summer, but I also love a routine. As my boys get older, we have a harder time getting them to bed earlier than summer bed times. Adjustment is always fun :)

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  9. We've been in school two weeks and I'm already counting down til next summer.

    I heart summer. Period.

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  10. I like the routine of the school year, and I like my job. But I would still rather hang out with the kids and relax on a beach and shop, etc. than do anything else. sigh

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  11. There's something so sad about the end of summer, but I always find myself looking forward to mittens and pumpkins and crisp air right about now—even if it means buckling down with a tighter schedule. Ah, the life of being married to a teacher!

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  12. For the first time in 20 years, I am not sending anyone to school. I am so happy and giddy about it, I can hardly stand it!

    For now, every day is summer at my house!

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  13. 2 weeks? So jealous. We start Thurs. Stupid day to start. So I'm trying to jam pack these last couple of days with as much fun as possible. I can't tell if the kids like it or are just too exhausted to care! :)

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  14. My children started school last Wednesday and I seriously KNOW what you mean about being so exhausted at night and not wanting to get up in the morning! Enjoy the rest of your summer :)

    I really enjoy your posts.

    By the way, this is way off the subject.... whatever happened to that tarantula in your library? just curious

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