Wow, what a busy weekend! It came and went very quickly but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This year my parents were preparing for a trip and Jordan and I were both so busy that my Mom decided we would celebrate the US Thanksgiving in November as an extended family so I just prepared for our family.
Am I wrong in saying September flew by? I am super excited for Miss Charlie’s first long weekend. She also has two days off towards the end of October which I have made sure I am not working for. It is only a half days that she goes for but I miss my girl! I can already feel this school year is going to go by fast. I have heard it a million times from parents of older children but experiencing it for myself is another thing. Being a Mom is really truly special it is like have permanent front row seats to your favourite play or musical(in Miss Charlie’s case).
Today’s society not only requires us to be homemakers, good lovers, have ambitious careers, and be awesome DIY parents but it now also wants us to now have a “side hustle” that makes us extra money! It is a tad exhausting to even think about. We all enter the race, scope out the competition(on social media of course), and none of us make it to the finish line. None. Of. Us.
Right now my heart goes out to Cuba, the Caribbeans, all of those little islands and of course the States with all of the Hurricane Insanity. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to have to start all over. We are definately blessed here in the maritimes when it comes to weather systems(which we often forget come snow season). The last few days have been absolutley beautiful and we have been soaking it all in knowing these warmers days are about to come to an end.
After much anticipation we sent this girl off for her first few days of school. I held back my tears and it went really well. On the morning of the first day we had breakfast as a family before taking her to her new school. She was very excited. We did our first day of school pictures at the top of our driveway beside our maple tree. We will now take a picture here every year on the first day back to school. I might even take a last day photo here too. The leaves changing was the perfect fall backdrop.
As you read this post this morning I am buttoning up this little gal’s blouse and tucking it into her skirt, brushing her hair out and putting the finishing touches of cute new barrettes in her hair for her first day of school. I am holding back each and every tear as to not cause her reason to worry or be sad on this very important day in her life. I am weighed down by the hurt and pain felt years ago on a dark day when my hopes and dreams of having a little girl were abruptly taken away from me that this day would never come. Today though, no matter the weather outside my window, is the most beautiful day. Today is a day I have spent much time thinking about over the years and now it is suddenly at my feet. With each step I take to walk her towards a building that will help her grow into the kind lady I want her to be it will also be the first wall between us. Her first step towards independence. This sweet, beautiful, energetic girl was never mine to keep and now I must let go of her little hand and trust that God is with her and back out of the classroom and wave goodbye. I then plan to race to my vehicle before the tears start streaming down my face. This is a new beginning for us and I pray this chapter of her life goes SLOW! I don’t even want to think in this moment how I will make it through her graduation.
As I type this, I am in a very messy house because we have been out so much enjoying every last minute of summer. This week I am getting organized but I am also soaking up the sunny days with the kids. I purchased my 2018 agenda the other day and have been busy filling that in with appointments and reminders. It is something I enjoy taking the time to do and writing down important dates helps me to remember them much better. I also put them in my google calendar which syncs to my apple watch and helps with my bad ol’ memory too.
Next weekend is the last weekend of Summer before school starts. Jordan unfortunately is working next weekend so we decided to make this past weekend our “last weekend”. On Saturday evening we invited friends over for a camp fire and some fun!
This will be the first year our family has ever followed a school schedule. With Miss Charlie going into kindergarten, we lose out in the freedom to just go and do as we please. Remember, last fall we went on a Family Vacay to PEI while everyone else headed back to school. Since my Hubby works shift work and I all night shifts we have not ever followed much of a daily schedule as it is always changing day to day. School is a great way to get on schedule though and I have been thinking up lots of goals for my “new” year. Gretchen Rubin has often said on her podcast: “Happier” that September in a lot of ways is like January in that you are beginning a new year. Now that Miss Charlie is off to school, this really rang true to me this year. So hear are some goals I have for myself for our “new” year this Fall:
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Dating when you’re married with kid(s) is HARD! See that little head back there!? That is Mr Simon interrupting Mommy and Daddy getting cozy for a minute. We have recently realized we need more “dating” happening in our marriage and decided to make it a priority.