Saturday, August 15, 2015

Back to school







Off they went on Thursday morning, my first-grader and my fourth-grader, back to school for a brand-new year. They were in good spirits, excited and just slightly nervous, ready to see their friends and teachers. They woke up early and did all their morning tasks quickly. There was a flurry of activity and then there was some time to sit and wait; it was too early to leave for school. Daddy was taking them; he drops them off on his way to work. There were hugs and kisses and last-minute reminders and instructions and then it was time to go.

I had four hours to myself, the longest stretch I've had alone since the summer began. I made beds, started some laundry, cleaned up the kitchen and did a little pruning in the backyard. It was already hot outside; I was sweaty in no time. I decided to take the rest of the morning for myself. I turned on the radio and made some tea. Then I sat at the kitchen table and tried to work out one of my vintage potholder patterns (I'd ordered some #3 crochet thread last week, in the hopes that it would be easier to work with than the finer stuff). I made progress; it was easier this time.

I sat and relaxed and lost myself in my work and The John Tesh Show on the radio. The difficult summer faded away and before long, I realized that I missed those two little people an awful lot. I picked them up and brought them home for lunch and started our afternoon of homeschool. We sharpened some pencils. We organized backpacks. We dove into the new workbooks, crisp and clean. We started fresh.

36 comments:

  1. A heart warming post, greetings to you and best wishes!

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  2. Beautiful post. A little time to yourself and then that yearning to see your babies again. I know just how that feels Jennifer X

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  3. Penny has hit the nail on the head, it is a yearning you feel and I'm not sure if it ever goes away.

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  4. My daughter - Joanna, aged 33¼ - would be so jealous of GB's shoes! Joanna's school shoes were never as cool as those ones! :o)

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  5. I agree, fabulous shoes! It doesn't take long to miss the children once they go back to school does it. I'm glad they were looking forward to it though. CJ xx

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  6. Hard to believe that it is time for school to start already. here in Ohio they will all be going back in the next couple weeks. My little 3 year old grandson starts pre-school at his mommy's workplace. He will be going 3 days a week and I will still be watching him the other 2 days. Your children look happy. I remember those days when my 2 daughters were small and went to school. They are both in their 30's now. Sometimes I wish life had a button to go back in time. Those were happier days even though I was too busy doing what moms do to really appreciate it then.
    Susanne :)

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  7. Four whole hours sounds like Heaven. My Mr 18 starts his college courses on Monday and Little Buddy starts a week later. I still will not have time to myself with work, oh well.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. Matt starts his last year of formal schooling next month. I can't believe how quickly the time has flown by.
    Enjoy your space and their company. Xx

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  9. Aw, they look so sweet heading off to school. Children here don't start school until beginning of September. I guess your little ones must start holidays earlier than ours (end of June start date here).

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  10. You have woven with words a lovely heartwarming and heartrending part of your life. There is joy and there is so much here with your photos. It all runs so quickly between the fingers of our hearts..but with the love that you all have..it is good and will be good.

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  11. Such a lovely post and beautiful pictures.
    Rosezeeta

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  12. What a delightful post, Jennifer. I had forgotten the wonderful feeling of liberation to have a few hours to oneself when the children go off to school - brings back memories :) The GB looks very sweet in her pink daisies and silver shoes, love it! And then, of course, we miss them and want them home again...

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  13. I can't believe school started already. Seems so early! I always thought your daughter looked like you, but then when I just saw this current photo of your son, I could not believe how much HE looks like you! Here's to a great school year for all of you.

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  14. Great shoes! I still miss E when she's at school and she's 17. It was much worse after her exams as I'd had her at home for Easter and then study leave - the house seems far too quiet without them doesn't it? Glad to see your son looking so well and, I agree, he certainly does look like you! xx

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  15. A lovely post Jennifer and do love those shoes ☺

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  16. The first day of school always seemed more impressive to me than the first day of the new year. I loved your description of your growing bears' launch into a new school year and the changes noted in your routine, too. I'm so glad your son feels better and that all of you made it through the healing process as well!

    Have you ever tried to make the heart pattern Teresa Kasner has on her blog, Jennifer? I found the way she has the pattern laid out very helpful in tackling a lacy pattern with thin thread. I admire your courage to try the lacy potholder...more complicated a project than I have tried!

    I got back from CA Thursday night and now am busy catching up. I hope you and yours are having a happy weekend. xx

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  17. They both look so sweet ready to start the new school year, enjoy your few hours of freedom Jennifer. :) xx

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  18. So beautiful to go to school!!
    Here, kids go back to school the 1st of September....
    I would like to have school like you.... with school at home the afternoon!
    Kids having lunch at home is the best I think!!!
    Well...have a wonderful school year you and your kids!
    Miss (Dreamlittledoll) xx

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  19. The seasons come and go but the pattern of life continues. I had mixed emotions when the children return to school - time to do a bit more on my own, but missing them too. The wheels keep on forever turning.
    You have a lovely family.

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  20. Your daughter's shoes are fabulous, I could do with a pair of those myself. I think the summer seems a long time when you have little ones at home but once they're back at school you end up missing them terribly.

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  21. Sounds like a great way to ease back into school. May I ask - do they do both mainstream school and homeschool? I had some time to myself last week too, and although I missed them - it was nice to have a little alone time. They are adorable.

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    1. Thank you, Carlin. Their school is 50% traditional classroom time and 50% homeschool. It's a good mix of both kinds of schooling.

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  22. A beautiful post, heartwarming. I too just loved those shoes.

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  23. what a wonderful post Jennifer, full of the hope and promise of a new term x

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  24. Beautiful photos of your little people :) The fresh start of a new school year is always lovely. How lovely to have a little time in the morning to yourself, enjoy!

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  25. I always hated that first day of sending my kids back to school and missing them. Your kids look so cute!

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  26. Enjoy the new school year - both parts of it! What sweet serious first-day-of-school faces the little Bears have.

    The crochet looks gorgeous! Size 3 thread is definitely easier than size 10 - using the finer stuff takes a bit of getting used to. (And to think people crochet with sizes 20-80.) If that is a potholder it will be much too pretty to use. :)

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  27. I enjoyed this post so much Jennifer. It reminded me of my children and their school days. We did both, private school and homeschool and I enjoyed it very much. Loved the shoe picture. The LB is so color coordinated and the GB's shoes are amazing!!! Piper would be jealous. :-). The potholder is coming along great. I did a project last year that used #80 thread. Just one project. Never again! Your potholder is looking wonderful.
    Blessings always,
    Betsy

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  28. I love the sound of their school. It's a lot more unusual around here to see homeschooled children, either full or part-time.
    Your morning alone sounds like it was just what was needed - enough to rest and refresh you.
    Sarah.

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  29. What a couple of cuties!
    That first day back ..... so bitter~sweet.
    Happy new week, love Jooles x x x

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  30. Hey Jennifer,
    Oh I did enjoy this post. Her dress! Her shoes! Their backpacks!
    I like that new school year feeling too. Everything is shiny and new, and then that precious bit of time to yourself too. Olly and I spend every waking moment together during any holiday. And for the most part we are on our own. It can be trying. For both of us. But boy will I miss him when he returns in September. It must be lovely for you to have everything return to normal, after a trying summer.
    Leanne xx

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  31. Good luck at the beginning of the new school year!! :))

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  32. Lovely. I'm so glad all is going well back at school. We have another two and a half weeks of holidays to enjoy here in England! I envy your 50/50 schooling option! x

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  33. Home alone again after such a long holiday.... I guess it must feel very strange, those first days of school...
    GB's shoes are adorable !! Even I would wear them (as long as I didn't have to go back to school, obviously... ;-))
    And that potholder is seriously gorgeous - it just exhales "vintage", the pattern ! I lóve it !!

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  34. Such a sweet post...and I love their new school shoes! Wishing you all a happy new term!
    Helen xox

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  35. Love the idea of your 50/50 schooling. Wish we did it here. My children go back next week and I'm already dreading it. Fabulous school shoes. A good start to a new school year.

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