Sunday, August 17, 2014
School started this week, and we're right back to our routines already. I like it this way. I enjoy summer break and the leisurely days too, but I feel more comfortable with places to go and things to do. Our school situation is unusual in that we also homeschool, in addition to mornings spent in a traditional classroom setting. Afternoons are for homeschool, a couple of hours each day. They're adjusting. This is the GB's first year - she is in kindergarten - and it seems okay so far. The first afternoon was hard - she was really tired. We'd had extra time at school that day while she was given a reading assessment, then we needed to buy her new dancewear (she'd outgrown her leotard and slippers). She's tired in the afternoons but she's sleeping like a log at night. I remember the LB doing the same thing. It's a big change from preschool. But it will be okay; I've been blessed with very adaptable children.
It was a week of changeable weather. It rained on the first day of school. A storm came in around lunchtime and stayed all afternoon. We worked together indoors. I lit a new candle while cooking dinner. Two nights later, on Friday, I was making popcorn on the stove for the Bear and me (it's our Friday-night-relaxation treat) when a huge storm developed. There was vivid lightning and very loud thunder. We had to unplug the computers and TV. We listened to the radio while we ate our popcorn and watched the lightning. We've had beautiful sunsets lately, the mountain lighting up pink and red on clear evenings. I can feel the change of seasons in the air - the sun is setting earlier and the mornings are cooler. A few trees are starting to change. It's still very warm during the day but it feels like fall is just around the corner.
We celebrated the Bear's birthday this weekend, with dinner at an Italian restaurant and then back home again for homemade tiramisu. He asks me to make it most years. It's deceptively easy to make. We gave him some shirts and a book, along with candy. He didn't want much this year so we had fun with simple things for him. We have a school friend's birthday party to attend later today; she and her toddler sister are celebrating their birthdays together. I crocheted a little hat for each of them this weekend for gifts. I used the Autumn hat pattern from The Green Dragonfly blog for the hats, modifying one to be a bit smaller. It's such a quick and easy little pattern and it makes an adorable hat, perfect for cool weather. I'm so glad to be able to make gifts as needed.
I feel good about our return to routines and our new life with two kids in school. There will be bumps, but we've got this. They're growing up and life is changing a little bit. I know they're enjoying themselves, along with adjusting to the newness. I don't have new plans for myself; I like what I do and I think it's important. I'm right where I need to be, and they are too. I think we're going to have a really good year.