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Friday, September 9, 2011

School days

The kiddos started school!!!  I L.O.V.E. these little people, love them a bunch, love them with all of my heart, so please don't think I'm a horrible person when I confess that during the last few weeks of summer, I have a little countdown to the first day of school playing in the back of my head.  In case you were wondering, having 6 kids is hard, like really hard.  And summer break is about a week longer than I am personally qualified to keep this crew together 24/7 without becoming homicidal or suicidal...but that is just if I'm being honest.    Any-whooo...this is my motley crew early , 6:45 a.m. early, after a long summer break...we all walked them in the first day...Finn is yawning and wearing a shirt that belongs to one of her older sisters. Lord help us!  
 My school kids!  Ty's first day was actually an assessment so he had a week off in between his first and second day.
 We are also going full force in soccer this season...yeah all 5 are on a soccer team.  Marc and I are trying to figure out how to clone ourselves so at least one of us will be able to make it to each of their games  ( 3 outta 5 are on "travel" teams).   so 5 days a week for hours at a time we find ourselves hanging at the soccer fields...

Now see this  pic..  when you look at it do you get the impression that my girls sit on the sidelines soaking up educational books at great lengths?  Quietly, and all mellow like so we can relax and enjoy the games of the older kiddos?
 This is Ty, his actual first day with his actual teacher... he was so excited!
 My sweet guy coming off the bus..smiling ear to ear.
 And then this week was the little girls turn for starting preschool.
 Finn was just about as broken hearted as I was when we said goodbye and severed the tie that has been between us for the past two years.  Her first day of preschool and we were both devastated to be on our own for a few hours.  Can't you tell by the look on her pathetic little face.
So now I have actual free time a few hours a week...child free for the first time in 18 years...  I'm not gonna lie... it doesn't stink..  Having a few hours to recharge my Mommy soul does wonders for the psyche.     And my heart actually leaps at the sight of them when I pick them up from preschool or I see them stepping off the bus.   I love these little people!


Kristi said...

I only have 1/2 the crew you do - 2 in full day school & the little in 2.5 hr a day school. I'm thinking I need another little at home to keep my company

Cheri said...

Wow! What a busy life you lead. I, too scramble for time between all the kiddos activities, 3 soccer leagues, piano, co-op, karate (only 2 free days a week). I remind myself that it is only for a season...but this season has lasted over 21 years!! I need some alone time, too. And you are so right when you said it is hard parenting 6, very hard. I'm sure harder on you because the youngest are all so close in age. Enjoy those few hours alone!

Megan said...

So good! Enjoy your time. Spend at least 15 minutes each day doing some serious on your butt time. Read, close your eyes, think, day dream, flip through something superficial with pictures of perfect people or houses. You pick. If you weren't excited for school to start I would seriously think you were a nut!

Truly Blessed said...

My crew is all back (or in) school now too. You think I'd have all kinds of time for myself since they're ALL gone every morning and only one is around in the afternoon -- but 4 days into the school year and I still haven't had more than an hour or two to myself each morning! Something always manages to sneak in and fill up that time (visits to the vet, appliance repairmen, breakfast with my best girlfriends, errands, etc.).

Looking forward to my 2nd week of school so I can find some time for me!

Enjoy yours!!!

Liz said...

Honestly I don't know how you do it! You are amazing! I only have two kids and I feel chewed up and spit out most days. You deserve some down time, enjoy it! Liz

Bailey said...

They all are so adorable! Our eldest just started kindergarten and her favorite thing is riding the bus in the morning... and telling us everything about school when she returns. Good luck with a great year!

rgshrs said...

Lady, I don't know how you do it. Enjoy your Mama time! YOU DESERVE IT! We have 2 soccer teams, Girl Scouts and Gymnastics we are juggling right now and I'm barely making it. We've been in school for a few weeks now and today was the first day that I have truly come home from dropping them both off and CRASHING. Hopefully it was enough so that I can make it through the rest of the week and into next Wednesday before I have that chance again. So much for free time right??! :)