Today is the first day of school, which means...


I always find it really funny when other parents are so happy that their kids are back in school. Since, really, it's so hard when your potty trained, able to feed and entertain themselves, can express to you what they want, sleep through the night, fully functioning, 10 year olds are home with you during the summer?

[Can you tell that I am having trouble envisioning a time when my kids won't be so dependent on me? ]

Seriously, though, I dream about the time when it will be a little easier to do fun activities with my kids during the day. School just seems like it will get in the way of all that. Then again, I was homeschooled as a kid, so maybe I'm a weirdo.

Anyway, Happy First Day!


  1. You are forgetting that small children, while not potty trained or well versed in sleeping through the night, are easily entertained with an empty box or GEO Trax. 8 and 9 year-olds? Not so much. Just imagine having to play cruise director for your children for 3 straight months. You will learn to love the phrase: I'm bored!

  2. I homeschool my 8 and 10 yr olds and they LOVE summer because I let them do whatever they want - but I often get the "I'm bored" because we aren't doing the science experiments and other things I do with them during the rest of the year.

    I too can't imagine being so thrilled that they have to wake up early, be driven or walked to a school, sit bored all day, get picked up, sit and do homework all night, then get nagged at to go to bed. Doesn't sound like fun to me! ;)

  3. Jim - You have obviously never played with Geotrax. They even entertain ME.

  4. Hi Cristin - Yes, today was the first day of school and I am completely worn out. We have the middle school schedule now, regular elementary sch., and kindergarten schedule. So that means I'm going to drop off or pick up 5 times every day! So Zac is basically going to spend the first few years of his life in the car! Some days, although I really love having a baby around, I feel like I just don't have time to have a baby. And yes, it is so nice to have them be able to take care of their own bathroom needs and make some of their own food. But they still need TONS of attention. All summer it's talk, talk, talk, talk all day long. I love that my kids want to talk to me, but it can be so very exhausting at times. Today I had 1 hour between when I dropped Jessi at Kinder. and when I picked Brayton up from middle sch. I would have had 2, but drop off for Jessi took forever with the teacher meeting all the parents and talking to everyone. So after dropping Jessi (and yes, I left her having a meltdown) I came home nursed Zac and he went right to sleep. That one hour of peace was heaven! I ate lunch without being interrupted a million times and folded laundry. And yes, I am really not looking forward to the homework scene, ugh. Anyway, I didn't mean to write a book. We miss having you around!

  5. You will get it when your kids are school age. It's kind of like before you had kids and you wondered how anyone could ever complain about their kids. Then you have kids and catch yourself complaining.

    We start off the summer with so many fun activities and by mo. 3 we are over it. We're ready for school to start again. I'm ready for the routine. Don't get me wrong - the pool, zoo, and park were fun for a few mo., but I prefer my schedule.

    Maybe we're the weirdos but my son isn't bored all day and he doesn't sit behind a desk all day. They move around a lot and he does science experiments, goes to the library, plays in the gym, goes on field trips, etc. They keep him more entertained than I seem to do all summer long.

    And who doesn't love back to school shopping? I loved back to school time as a child and Hayden loves it too. Right now he's busy sharpening 20 pencils so he's all set for next Wed.

  6. That was Kim - I guess I'm signed into Zach's acct.:)



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