It’s been a busy summer. A trying summer, with two 3 year olds and a 5 year old at home all day every day. My patience has been tested, and the guilt-meter has been off the charts, knowing every trying day is a day I’ll regret when they all go to school.
We’ve purchased three backpacks. We’ve attended orientation for one, scheduled the other two, and fulfilled three school supply lists, gone school clothes shopping, and have filled the pantry with lunch and snack-packing supplies.
One week ago, my firstborn baby headed off to his first day of kindergarten. Four days ago, he turned six.
He was calm, and he was ready for Kindergarten. Way more ready than his mama.
He offered to get my camera ready for our traditional first-day-of-school shots. He made his bed, made his own breakfast, brushed his teeth, dressed himself, and kissed us goodbye in the garage. And then, when the bus came, he turned and gave me one last kiss and said, “I love you, mama,” and got on the bus without looking back. That moment alone nearly killed me. Each day since has gotten incrementally easier, but next week the twins are off to preschool and the cord-cutting process will begin all over again.
I’m sad to see summer end. I’m sad to have to say goodbye to the warm days and sunshine and afternoons in the pool. I’m sad to see the end of the last summer before all three boys are in school.
But I’m satisfied by what we accomplished this summer. Our oldest boy is confident in his swimming abilities without his life vest. The older twin is an independent swimmer with his life vest on. And the littlest one isn’t far behind. We played mini golf, spent a few days at the zoo, took a beach trip and visited a new aquarium and a battleship and a cave. We squeezed in a few date nights, checked out a hot air balloon festival, spent several Sundays watching Ryan race his new go-kart. We had play dates, took walks, hikes, and bike rides, and spent a lot of time in the pool. Through all the tough and trying days of being at home with a five year old and two three year olds, we made a lot of memories this summer.
And now that they’re on their way back to school, I’m wrapping it up by fulfilling one last summer goal that had, until today, gone unmet: I’m sitting on the back deck, fresh out of the pool with a cold drink and my laptop. I’m planning to focus more time on some exciting ideas: a new look for the blog is coming soon. I have TWO secret projects under wraps, and I’m working on some new design projects that I hope to share on the blog in the coming months. Stay tuned, friends. Mama’s got free time on her hands, and it just might be fun…