I had a mind once. Now I have small children.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Over Already?

Well, folks, summer is officially over as of tomorrow.  I must admit, it kind of snuck up on me this year.  I mean, I did have that calendar doing a countdown on my computer for the last month, but whatever.  It still seemed to surprise me when I woke up this morning and realized this is our last day of summer vacation.  Tomorrow is BACK TO SCHOOL!!! 

Now for all my moaning and complaining about how I couldn't WAIT for school to be back in session, I will admit that I am having some mixed feelings.  This year is bringing a lot of changes.  I can feel our family shifting from a "small children" routine, to a "school-aged children" routine.  And I'm just gonna say it... I sort of feel blind-sided.

Let me start by saying that we had a pretty nice summer.  Other than the insane heat index, that is.  Despite the 100+ degree temps for half of the season, we have done some fun things.  We visited the Zaz and the Pop.  We went swimming, and to parks, and to the zoo.  We did a stay-cation in the mountains.  And my favorite, we had lots of lazy days of sleeping in and wearing our pj's till noon.  We also had lots of bickering between Goombas, lots of "but, I'm soooooo bored!", and lots of Mommy needing a beer at 2 in the afternoon to get through til dinner time.  But, we won't focus on that part. 

I will admit that there were many days when I thought to myself, "Just go back to school and leave me alone!!!"  And now that we are back at the daily grind starting tomorrow, I am wishing we maybe had just a couple more days.  Of course, it is only 8:42 a.m.  Let's revisit this at 2:42 p.m. today and see if I am still feeling the same way. 

So, tomorrow we are back in the saddle.  Back to routine.  Back to school.  Mario is in 4th grade.  WTH?  Ummm, here is the thing....  I remember 4th grade.  Quite clearly, in fact.  So....  how is it humanly possible for my son to be old enough to be in a grade that I remember being in myself?  Doesn't that make me, like... old, or something????  I digress...  He will be in 4th grade.  Also, he will be a Webelo Scout, playing the drums in band, and participating in club soccer.  Whew.  I am tired already, and that is just Mario's stuff!

My sweet Luigi is starting Kindergarten tomorrow!!!  Wow.  I remember the day he came home from the hospital.  This tiny little 4 pound, 9 ounce baby burrito.  And now, he is a strapping young boy getting ready for Kindergarten!  Most of you know, at this point, that Luigi has been a little trying at times.  But, I am starting to get a little veclemped and I am really going to miss him all day!  He is my little lover man, always hugging me, telling me I am his best friend, and that he loves me forever.  Well, my baby bear, I love you forever too, and I know you are going to do great in school!!! 

Peach still has 2 weeks before she goes to preschool.  It will be nice to give her some undivided attention during the day.  She is going back to the same classroom as last year, and she is very excited to be one of the "big kids" in preschool this year.  She also has her purple, sparkly, tutu dress hanging in the closet, ready for her first day of school debut. 

Once Peach goes back, I will have 4 afternoons a week all to myself.  What will I do with all of my time???  I can assure you, the first day will be spent moping around, feeling a little lost, missing all of my babies.  Yeah, for about 5 minutes!  Then I will lie on the couch, enjoying the blissful silence, possibly eating bonbons and sipping a glass of champagne, patting myself on the back for surviving the summer.  My door will be unlocked if you care to join me in celebration. 

Happy Back to School, Moms!  And to my babies...  Good luck my darlings, although you won't need it.  I love you all so much and I wish you a wonderful year of school! 


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