Thank you Mallory for the word and blog title. This is her word for the first day of school. And mine too!
As a stay at home mom, the beginning of a school year, brings up all kind of emotions. I spend a good portion of the summer adjusting to them being at home full-time. Spending 24-7 is quite the challenge and we spend a lot of time together as a family, especially just the three of us during the summer. No one goes to camp, no one goes to Grandmas. They don't have playdates down the street. It is the three of us, 24-7. As sisters, they have beautiful time playing together and then the ugly time of sibling rivalry and fighting. They are both going through new phases. Mallory is wanting more independence and getting better at demanding more of me which I need to give to her. Riley is knee deep in pre-teen mode, and her own independence but still demanding more of me as she has done since birth. Both of them are tackling new challenges at school, which they are excited about. We will take each day, one day at a time.
On this day and prior to it, I get sad, and think of the summer activities we didn't get to do and it's over. We only went swimming twice to our club pool. That's a travesty. There will be no more big volunteer work for me during the summer! Challenges are good but this summer was too busy. I will miss the girls while they are at school, but then on the other hand am so relieved to take a deep breath and soak up the quiet of the house. I need this quiet so much to recharge.