It’s that time again, back to school. I sit here wondering where the hell summer went, as my teen has his first day of sophomore year today and my others (which we homeschool with an enrichment school day once a week) start in 2 weeks. I have a 10th, 8th, 5th and 1st grader now.
It’s impossible to take a pic without doing a silly one…we’re the most “us” in these.
Who else is totally and completely NOT prepared? I haven’t even printed out their class and materials lists yet, you see I’m in absolute denial. Summer flew by and we didn’t do anything spectacular like big vacays. (We hosted a big family reunion but dat’s about it) We spent most of our time swimming in the lake, bbq-ing and playing in the backyard. Straight up low key.
The face of happiness in the lake.
And then before I knew it, the lazy days of summer are over. Our son has been doing HS football practices already, but I’m not ready.
2 dogs with all of the fixins please.
Fall is our busiest time of year. Between one kid in a public school, 3 kids homeschooled, 3 in sports that overlap practices and game days all in different locations, hubs work schedule being opposite of M-F, and my biz. Holy cannoli batman I need some serious caffeinted bevs stat.
“When Mom’s head is turned we’ll use the dog dryer to give ourselves awesome ‘dos”
I’ve got a take it day-by-day and just breathe approach. And of course there’s the ORC creepin like a bad photobomber in the midst of the family chaos. Woosaaaahhhh (Bad Boys anybody?!) (Which I’m not prepared for either!)
My sweet girl…another teen in the house!
Even if you put aside all of the crazy there’s the not so subtle and obvious fact that this means my kids are getting older. A big fat reminder of the time passing by way too fast and I will have one in college before I blink my eyes with my others hot on his heels.
My boys doing their best to behave
I’m just NOT ready. For fall, for school, for my kids to get older. It’s so cliche but remember when you were a kid and the adults would always say “time goes so fast so just enjoy it” when you were dying to get to Thanksgiving break? Well, I’m not loving the real honest truth of it at all.
I set mine up right next to his after he looked so comfy
It’s legit hard to watch your kids growing up and every time a new school year starts it blows by and then there’s another.
Nothin like a good park day
We have spent the last 2 days doing family focused activities. Lunch at Olive Garden, swimming at the lake being “Shamu’d” by our gigantor son, renting Pikachu and eating pizza, going out to a movie (a once a year event, Toy Story 4) and getting all the popcorn and icees, with a stop for ice cream on the way home, and evening walks.
I want them to have memories, to slow time to relish every moment. And then before I know it, here we go again. And I hope we’ve done enough, not the major memory things but just the time spent together.
His favorite Panda gets the good seat
When I’m dropping my kid off at his 7:30am start time school in the morning I can’t guarantee that I won’t have a tear in my eye. Or when I bust out the books to get going on schoolwork with the others and can’t help 2 of them with Math because they’ve aged past me already, sniffle. (we wait for dad on that one) Or when my first grader really rails through his reading and I’m beaming with pride because I taught him that but how did he get so big already moment, sob.
I know so many of you completely get this and I’d love to hear how you get through it all. It’s tough and I struggle with feeling like I’m missing everything, but I’m here how am I missing it, but I’m missing it and repeat. Dude getting old, thanks for the reminder lower back pain, and watching your kids getting older is brutal.
p.s. I blame Toy Story 4 on this (emotional post) right now, watch out for that one. Now if you’ll excuse me, where are the kleenex?!
I’d love to hear how you all get through it or don’t (I’m clearly not handling it well haha) so hit me up in the comments and feel free to share.
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