School started this week. Sweet Pea began middle school which has been a whole situation that I wasn't ready for. But she's absolutely loving it! She thinks her locker is the best thing ever. And despite not having a single class with her best friend, they managed to get lockers right next to each other so they get to gossip in between classes. I've really enjoyed seeing her blossom into a wonderful young lady.
But I'd really like to have my summer back. I miss my late mornings when I could sleep in, rush the girls into the car still in their pajamas and drop them off at my mom's on my way to work. Instead I'm stumbling out of bed bleary eyed, making breakfast, making lunches, getting myself pulled together and attempting to ensure that whatever my independent children put on in the morning follows the dress code.
As if losing my mornings wasn't bad enough, I've also lost my evenings. Gone are the nights when we'd all come home from our various activities to settle in and share. Watch TV together. Talk about the day. Instead, I'm coordinating four people as we try to figure out when to fit dinner in between 2 hour cheerleading practices, karate lessons, homework and my 45 minute commute home from work. This afternoon, Zilla and are are literally meeting in a parking lot so we can exchange children and then head off in opposite directions not to meet again until 8:30 when getting home and bedtime collide.
My weekends are obliterated as well. Saturdays are now full of football games and cheerleading. My Sundays are reserved for Sunday School and Girl Scouts.
I'd really like my summer back. We had season tickets to a local waterpark. I spent quite a few evenings after work and most of my weekends there with my girls this summer. I really enjoyed listening to them laugh and play. Counting down the days until next June.
Has school started in your area? Are you holding on with both hands to summer? Or are you looking forward to fall and all it brings?