I remember when I overheard my mom tell someone, "I don't like it when the kids go back to school. I really like having them around." As a kid that makes you feel pretty good. I wanted to enjoy my kids that much.
Last summer Big Brother started school six weeks after he arrived at our house. I was looking forward to it by week one. I needed him to go to school. And I mean NEED! I told Tony that attitude bummed me out. I wanted to enjoy having my kids home. I wanted to look forward to summer. I wanted to be sad they were going back. "Maybe next summer," I said.
Christmas break came......I was counting down the days for school to begin.
Spring break come....I was counting down the days for school to begin.
On to Summer. I did something right for summer. I implemented our daily schedule. It was incredibly helpful. It allowed for structure and entertainment for the kids. It helped me to not rely on the TV to make it through the day. And it allowed me to accomplish some of my goals for the summer.
So now that we are 1 week away from school for Big Brother and 2 weeks away from school for Little Man and Baby Girl, what do I think?
Well, I am ready for them to go back. They are ready to go back. We have children who I need a break from. We have children who need a break from me. We have children who need more time with me. And we have children who need a break from each other. My daily and weekly tasks (like laundry, paying bills, balancing the check book, straighten the house) are also begging my children to go back to school.
So while I am ready for my kids to go back, I am also beyond thankful that we had a fun summer. We enjoyed the library, swam, did a garden, did lots of crafts, visited family, and lots of other things. I'm a pretty happy momma.