Monday, August 31, 2015

Day Two of School and SC Pier

So the first day back to school is exciting.  The second day back to school is a little less exciting, and a lot more depressing. Depressing for me, not for the kids.  The second day was the first "real" day for Harper, meaning I didn't get to go to class with her.  I didn't sob as much as I did when I dropped Sawyer off for her first "real" day of kinder, but I definitely had to hold back some tears. Luckily both girls were excited and anxious for the second day, so that made things somewhat easier.  I also had my parents coming to visit that day, so that gave me something to look forward to.

This year is a little wonky because Harper didn't get into "early bird" kindergarten, which means I drop Sawyer off at school, and then I have to go back to the school like an hour and a half later and drop Harper off.  I also have two different pick up times which kind of blows (and a whole different story), but I am going to try and make the most of it and start reading books again.  I don't think I have read a single chapter book in an entire year, pretty sad.  But anyways, to kill time in between drop offs I ran into Target with my 3 littles and ended up coming home with a stuffed Iron Man toy (Decker's current obsession) and some random coloring stuff and a few Avengers cups.  Target with kids is dangerous…especially when you are trying to avoid any kind of whining, complaining (really just any kind of unpleasant sound/voice) at all.  

My parents got into town while both girls were at school.  It was such a treat to have them help me out with pick ups and drop offs while they were visiting.  I loved their help so much, but the girls loved seeing their grandparents at pick up even more!  O also just loved having my parents around and having them to chat with and hang out with.  

Most days, Marc and Sawyer will get home from work and school at about the same time…which is awesome!  Makes fitting in family play time a lot easier! I would hate it if we had to start cutting into our beach going time ;)

Once everyone was home and settled we headed down to the pier for a little beach combing and surfing.  Afterwards we met up with my sister and her family for some dinner.

On Thursday, after sending the girls off to school…again, my mom and I headed down to Crescent with the boys.  It was hot and Decks was a little grouchy, but it was still fun.  Thursday night Marc had a work golf tournament and my parents had dinner reservations with some work friends of theirs so it was just me and the kids at home.  I snapped some photos of my parents before I sent them off on their date.  They are the cutest.  

Decks got washed out to sea moments after this...

There were a few moments there when I wished I was escaping on a dinner date out with my parents...

At one point my mom said something along the lines of "I am glad we have our own photographer" but I thought she said "I am glad we made ourselves our own photographer" which I thought was pretty funny.  


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Day of School 2015/2016

I don't know who, what, when, or how this happened, but summer passed by in a busy, fun, ridiculously quick blur and now here we are, back in school! And not only are we back in school, but I am the proud parent of a second grader and a kindergartener. I swear it wasn't that long ago Sawyer and Harper were tiny babies and the thought of school and schedules was a distant and almost impossible concept.  

While I cried big fat ugly tears when I sent Sawyer off to kindergarten two years ago, I found it much easier sending Harper off today.  Harper likes to be busy and constantly engaged, and sometimes I find it hard to keep her as occupied and stimulated as she would like…so school is the perfect place!  Sawyer also loves learning and socializing and doing the whole school thing, so my heart feels more happy than sad and I am excited for my girls and for their growth.

Getting "ready" for the school year wasn't as monumental as it has been in the past either.  We did some casual school shopping here and there, made a special trip to the mall for some new shoes (sneakers and a pair of boots for each girl, of course)and followed the school's supply list and got what we needed and not much else.  I don't know, in my mind "back to school shopping" is a big ordeal and involves lots of purchases and shopping bags and the laying out of outfits once you get home but somehow we bypassed most of that this year, and no one seems to even care.  I liked it.  Very little stress was involved.

Yesterday felt like a normal summer day and we finished the evening off at the beach as a family.  The kids got in bed later than they should have and I only snoozed my alarm twice this morning.  Only one lunch needed to be packed since Harper had a super short day/orientation and Marc stayed home from work so I had an extra set of hands to help with the boys.  Decker wasn't thrilled about the girls leaving and had a tantrum on the driveway (wrapped around my legs and laying on the ground, no less) but I managed to snap a few photos of the girls anyway. Sawyer was excited but nervous and Harper was excited too.

I feel like I am supposed to be sad tonight but I am mostly just happy and feeling proud of my kids but just dreading waking up to an alarm tomorrow.  

I sure love my babies and their wildly different personalities and I would like to note that Harper chose black finger nail polish for her first day of school.  Not sure why, but I think that is pretty funny.

The only charming photo I got of Decker all day…snacks opened and smashed all over the ground, him wrapped around my ankles (still wearing his jammies) crying loud enough to wake all of the neighbors.  Amazingly enough, I still think he's pretty cute.

The parking situation at the school this morning was out of control.  I had to park like a 1/2 mile away and walk.  Although Harper didn't start school until a couple of hours late than Sawyer, she went with me to drop Soys off and to see her classroom.  My baby is in 2nd grade.  Wow.

Harper was so anxious for her school to start.  I really am so thankful Marc was able to stay home with the boys since it was a parent orientation for her first day of class.  We parked the car and Harps wanted to run to her classroom, even though we were early.  She was so pumped.  She did get distracted by a rolie polie bug though.

And then back on the home front…

Marc and Sawyer took advantage of the day and squeezed in a surf session, just the two of them.  I wish I had a photo of them together today, I love their cute bond.

And Sawyer finished her first homework assignment of the year…and "All About Me" bag.  She is on a real surf kick right now ;)

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