I might be the only one...
I might be the only one. From what I have seen on facebook, I am. From what some of my other mom friends have said, I am. I feel kind of ashamed to admit it. But, I am pretty sure that I am the only mom that was very happy to see today come. By "today" I mean...da da da duhhhhhhh...the first day of school! Please know that I love my kids. I really, truly do. My kids are my world. Pretty much everything that I do is for them. But I LOVE routine, I NEED routine, I THRIVE on routine.I am not talking about strict, rigid, unchanging routine. Come on people, 9 kids equals flexibility! I am talking about a basic, "This is how most days will go" routine. School requires routine. Bus schedules require routine. Nine kids require routine. Summer vacation is pretty much the exact opposite of routine, the antithesis of routine. Summer vacation and routine, not friends. We had a great summer. I really enjoyed spending time with my kids. I honestly did. We went to the pool and the playground. We went to the library for the summer reading program. We went to Vacation Bible School. It was a good summer. But, there was no consistency or routine. I guess that is what summer is all about, a break from the routine. My oldest three kids worked two jobs a piece, so I never knew if they would be around or not. Jake played summer basketball, so that added another level of chaos. And let's not forget the doctors and dentist appointments that we all had. And the fighting, the constant arguing and fighting. Yes, let's not forget about the fighting. After reminding them for about the zillionth time that they actually do like each other, they sort of seemed to get it. (I hope!) Basically it was crazy, a good crazy, but an exhausting crazy all the same.We were all ready to get back into a routine. Soooooo, anyway, today is a good day. Yay for school!
Here he is. My little boy is not so little anymore. Dj is a (gulp) Senior!
My beautiful, smart Dippin Dot...Coley, also a Senior!
(For the record, it is so extremely unfair that as a mom, the first time I have a senior, I have TWO of them. Really, really, really unfair.Just saying!)
The man, the myth, the legend...my Junior, Jake.
Wow...where has the time gone?
An hour later I loaded another batch of little Houghlings onto a big yellow bus.
Noah, my big First grader. He was a little bit nervous about going all day, but I know that he will be fine.
My Third grader, Miss Gianna, was so "pumped" to go back to school. She cracks me up.
The always lovely, Hannah, heading to Fourth grade. She was super excited about meeting her new teacher.
Isaac, the big Fifth grader, was so happy that his best buddy, Gavin was in his class again.
Look out Dayton Elementary...the Crazies are coming!
Ok folks, there you have it... the first day of school. Ta Da!
In conclusion...Summer was great. I love my kids. School has started. I have 2 seniors (!?!?!). I only have two "littles" at home. Time for a new routine! Love to you all!