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Thursday, August 20, 2009

I sent my baby off to school this morning.

Okay, so our kids are grown and married, but my hubby is a teacher. He had been a principal for the past 19 years, and now he's going back into full-time teaching! Whoohooo!!  We're hoping it will be less stress, but time will tell. :-)

It's hard to believe we're into another school year. I blinked and summer was over. I can hardly believe it. 

I wanted more watermelon.

Still, there's a part of me that gets excited when this time of year rolls around. We quickly settle back into our normal routine of things, the air turns crisp and I start baking, candles flicker, our dog romps with the grandkids and life is good. 

It's the routine thing that I look forward to, I think. Summer is fun but chaotic. I like having routine, daily days where I can actually get to my "to do list"--though I wouldn't trade the summer fun with the family for anything.

So how about you--any plans now that the kids are, or soon will be, back in school? How do things change around your house with the kids back in school--or do they?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 6:51 AM  
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At 8:09 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

You said it, Di! I am so looking forward to a quiet house to work in and a regular routine.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Life is the same here, month in and out. LOL And I didn't even have a bite of watermelon this summer! If you get out the Christmas music, I'm going to hurt you!

I'm ready for you to be back to a routine though, all three of you! I miss your emails when life is chaotic.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Colleen! Christmas music???? ;-)

I miss our emails flying, too!

At 9:01 AM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

Once upon a time, I was a teacher...back when I was 22ish and thought I was a lot smarter. It turned out that I learned way more than I taught!

Now I'm a mama, and my oldest is going to kindergarten this year. Her fondest desire is to be a princess, ride the yellow bus, and learn to write. (She already writes, but she wants to write stories...I think she means that she wants to read.) She slept with her new purple backpack, last night. And she doesn't go until after Labor Day.

Life is going to change a whole lot, I suspect. She's the narrator of our home-story, the sparkle in our day. My son will be lost, with no-one to guide him and fight with.

I still miss the classroom, sometimes, too. In August, I always buy school supplies surrepticiously...brand new crayons, yellow pencils and a new notebook. There's just something about all those fresh beginnings. Plus, my birthday is in September, so it always felt like the year began in September, not January.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Until almost four years ago, I worked for a school district. Although I was 12 months, there was a definate division between summer and the rest of the year. Summer meant no teachers around so I could get a lot done! LOL Opening day for teachers was usually a day or two before the kids came and it was energized, frantic and busy all at once.

I think for me the start of school (which was always after Labor Day in my childhood) meant fall, and brand new pencil boxes, and a fresh start. We can all use that, can't we?

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Farmer's Wife and Pam, I could almost smell the sharpened pencils as I read your posts. Happy Sigh. It is a wonderful time of year.

And so it begins: My daughter just called and said her daughter called from school and said she left her lunch box in the car. LOL!

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I am enjoying the quiet and peaceful house. My husband is on
2nd shift so he is gone and the boys are still at school. My cleaning routine is back on schedule!! I love it!

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Abby said...

So funny that you say that about your husband. My dad was a teacher for 30 years, retired and then took a principal position and then a superintendent. This year he retired again (but you know how men are) and he got a job teaching one class at the local community college. Today was his first day. It's funny how teachers go back to what they love to do isn't it?

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Lisa Faye Harman said...

This summer was the first summer in ten years that I didn't work full time. I enjoyed every moment with the kids and feel so blessed to have stayed home with them over the summer, but...I love schedules, rountines, and quiet. Bring on the quiet.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

I'm a day late in replying, but after yesterday's sob fest, it's a good thing I didn't read this until today.

Fall sparks a huge change in our household as we gently (with many Mama tears) nudge our oldest out of the nest. He begins his freshman year of college, yet his first day of kindergarten is vivid in my memory.

Last night I cut his hair, and sobbed while fixing dinner because of how grown up he is. He's no longer a child. He's a man.

As for routines, I like getting back into a routine, too once school starts. My daycare children go to bed earlier and they're easier to deal with. My son isn't up until the early hours and sleeping half the day away. Plus, fall brings the ACFW conference!

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

I'm still getting used to the idea of school. My oldest is now in second grade and all the sudden it seems so real. She's growing up! I'm looking forward to the routine, but I still have another little one at home so we'll see how much "routine" I really have with a 2-year-old :)

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Edna said...

All mine have kids and one has 3 granddaughters of his own so I really don't even know when school starts anymore, so glad I am not out in that mess of traffic like I used to be. We have to pick up a grandchild ever so often when they are sick or so, but that is it. I love being a grandmother and my age now "if there were no so much pain"


At 8:28 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

It's still too hot here to think about Fall.

But for me, it's the ACFW conference that signals Fall to me. :D I've got my bags almost packed. But my big dilemma is what shoes to wear? They have to be cute and comfortable. Does that exist?

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Great comments, all!! Enjoy the new season!!!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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