It’s that time of year

School starts back for my kids tomorrow. I am so excited for each of them, yet dreading this year at the same time. My oldest will be a freshman in high school. My middle child will be in 7th grade at the middle school. Then the munchkin will be in 5th grade at the elementary school. That’s right folks … one kid in each school. I am so nervous about how I will be able to keep up with the schedules, teachers, and events at three different schools. I’ve got my planner ready though, so I hope I’m good to go on that front.

Then there are the other things making me apprehensive…

My oldest will be in HIGH SCHOOL?! How on earth did that happen? Where did the time go? I was not at all ready for this, but here it is before me. I know that my high school years were some of the most amazing years in my life. I remember them all vividly. I often think back on those years fondly. So many amazing experiences and people that I still cherish. I learned many lifeĀ lessons in those 4 years that I still use to this day. I know my daughter is excited to begin this journey. I hope that her high school experience is even better than mine was (if that is even possible šŸ˜‰ ha ha!)

Then there is my sweet boy. He will be all by himself at school for the first time ever in his life. He has always had at least one of his sisters at school with him up until this school year. I know he is smart, responsible and fully capable of handling himself on his own. It’s not like his sisters were holding his hand every step of the way or anything. I just can’t imagine him at school without one of the girls. I went through a similar situation with the youngest last year. She was all by herself at the elementary school for the first time. But not only were the siblings not there, I wasn’t there anymore either. My son has learned a lot about responsibility since starting middle school. He has really grown and come into his own. It seems like he needed an extra challenge and he got it in middle school and is definitely thriving. I want that amazing-ness to continue for him!

Then my baby girl is officially the ‘big fish’ in the pond at the elementary school.Ā This will be her last year at elementary school. She’s always been tiny for her age so imagining her as a 5th grader is even harder for me than I thought it would be. She is too tiny to be a 5th grader! She’s my baby and can’t possibly be old enough for this to happen! But once again as I said earlier … I’m not ready for this, but here it is right before me. I must remember that just as the older kids, she is strong, smart and independent. She will continue to have success!

I am sure that tomorrow will be amazing for each of them.Ā All 5 of usĀ sat down at the dining room table tonight for dinner. Larry and I made lots of the kids favorite foods and we sat down to discuss school and work and life over our meal. We asked the kids what they were each most excited about for the upcoming school year. They all had similar answers, but each answered in their own way too. I love seeing how alike yet different they all are. Larry talked about some big events that he has coming up at work. I just listened and soaked it all in as they talked. I just wanted to enjoy that time with them. I hope to make dining room dinners a regular occurrence for us. Our schedulesĀ  are so busy that we need to have time to connect as a family.

I reminded each of the kids to do their very best at school. I also reminded them that even if other students don’t treat them with kindness that it doesn’t mean that they can be unkind to them in return. “Kill them with kindness” or so they say.

I’m sure that tomorrow will be especially hard on me. I am so thankful that I took the day off from work. I will need the time to wipe away the tears for how fast all of my babies are growing up on me. I am almost in tears now as I write this post tonight. However, I know that this is how it is supposed to be. I am supposed to feel this mixture of happiness and sadness at the same time as I watch them grow into adulthood and slowly move closer and closer to the time that they will no longer need me each and every day. I’m going to cherish each step that we continue to make.Ā Ā This isĀ a brand new adventure and we are going to soak up each and every moment and enjoy it all!

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