Monday, August 20, 2012

In The Mix Monday--End Of Summer

End of summer


Thank you for joining us for "Back to School Week" here at Ladies Holiday! 

I don't know about you but back to school is a bittersweet time for me.  On the one hand I can't wait to have some quiet time without the kids screaming and fighting.  I look forward to the time when I can clean the house and it will stay clean for more than 30 seconds. 

However, I also find that I miss them terribly and feel lonely when they are gone all day.  I see or read something they are interested in and I turn to tell them but they are not there.  I miss their cute little voices reading me stories or telling me about the game they just made up.

I don't look forward to the transition, I'm sure you know the one I mean.  The kids miss the carefree days of Summer and are very resentful of being sent off to school for the entire day.  They have anxiety about their new teacher and who will be in their class. They don't want to go to bed early, and they are so tired from the day at school that they come home cranky and out of sorts.   

It probably doesn't help that so much of those last moments before school starts are filled with rushing around to buy clothes that fit and school supplies.  I also feel like I need to have the house completely in order before the first day, so that  we get off to a good start. 

This year I have put a lot of thought into things I can do during the day to keep my mind and body occupied while they are gone.  I find that during the school year I seclude myself to my home.  I get overwhemlmed by all the projects there are to do and never really end up accomplishing anything.  This year I must push myself.  Push myself to stay busy and not let myself fall into that sad lonely state.

 We are renovating a room in our house so we can move the computer in there.  This will be an area that I can create a welcoming writing space, as writing will become my primary focus.  I would like to create a back log of posts for the school year, just in case the kids are home sick or to cover myself during school vacations.  No more throwing together a post at the last minute and strugggling to have it up before noon.

 I will try to visit the local chapel for an hour each week and stop in at the thrift shop more often.  I will also try to visit with friends.  This is something I rarely do but is so absolutely necessary for staying connected to the outside world, and not feeling lonely.  I'm also thinking about taking sewing lessons.

There will be more dog walking and I hope to start a yoga routine atleast a few times a week.  I will try hard to have a meal plan and start dinner early, so when the kids come home they have my full attention.  This is usually when I start dinner, tell them to start homework and it ends up as a whine fest because I'm trying to do too many things at once.

So this year as I'm trying to stay in the positive, I'm looking forward to all the ways I can improve life for myself and my family.  I will miss my kids but I will also know that while they are gone I will be accomplishing something.  I will attempt to see missing them as a good way to look forward to our time together.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry as I am writing this.  Both kids are chatting loudly in my ear, asking for my attention.  Which can drive you crazy!  But I'm also thinking about how very soon I will be writing in complete silence and I'm not sure which is better or which is more distracting LOL!

Enjoy the last few days of Summer with your kids, it has gone by so fast.

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  1. I do love summertime. The kids get to sleep in and go places their imagination takes them during the day.
    Once they start school back we have to get back on schedules and the "freedom" dissipates (just for a while).
    Enjoy the time that is remaining Seana!

    1. It seems like each year it goes by faster and faster. We should definitely enjoy each moment.

  2. oh i am so with you here! i hate giving my kids back to the school- i love our summer fun and keeping these sort of slow schedules.

    1. There is something very special about summer with our kids that's for sure.

  3. I truly think Motherhood is one long lesson in letting go. Whether it's transitioning from summer vacation to a new school year or sending them to camp or moving them away to college. It all feels the same in our hearts; it's both achy and exciting at the same time. I completely relate to your words.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

    1. You are so right! There are so many transitions for us as mothers and the end of summer is just one of them. Hopefully these small transitions will better prepare us for the big ones.

  4. Thanks for your thoughts, it's sad seeing kids going back to school or growing up.


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