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.
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