Last Days of Summer
Even though school has already started here, it still felt like summer through the weekend. August always flies by for us, since Joe always has a huge work project in the first week, and then we have back-to-school preparations along with a bunch of family birthdays. Now that it’s after Labor Day, we’re back into the swing of routines of school, work, meetings, and soccer practice. I’m not going to lie, having a bit more structure to our days again feels pretty good.
Grace started kindergarten and la-la-loves it. There were a few early dismissals due to heat last week, and she was disappointed every time. I’m so glad that she loves school so much and that her school is such a good fit for our family.
I’ve also enjoyed quiet mornings with the younger kids. Gemma naps for half the time, and it’s been fun to hang out with Sophia. It seems as though her vocabulary has grown a lot more lately, and I am constantly surprised at how much of a little girl she is–no longer so babyish.
Joe’s birthday was one of the ones in August, (he’s 30!) and we celebrated by going out for dinner with my family. It’s kind of an experience every time we go to this spot–the place is a tiny hole in the wall, in a town that’s little more than a couple houses (not exaggerating at all) and it’s usually busy enough that you have to wait outside to get a table, because there’s no room inside. There’s all of four bar stools at the bar, and only a handful of tables and booths. So, you tailgate while you wait. We hung out in the parking lot (and then on the deck, when a table opened up) for two hours and didn’t even care, because it was so much fun. Oh, and if you don’t drink all your beer before you get seated, you can just bring yours in.
One of our favorite birthday traditions that we’ve started is letting the kids get involved in picking out gifts. One of us will take them to the dollar store where they can help find a present, while encouraging them to think of the recipient. They decided that their dad would love some Pringles, orange glow sticks (his favorite color, but they were really hoping he’d share) and a Spiderman balloon for his birthday. I always have them pick out a card for him, too, and this year’s winner was Sofia the First.
The kids have been into crafting lately, and thanks to some birthday gifts for Grace and an activity book the girls scrounged up, we’ve been busy nearly every day with a new project. It’s helped me to start feeling creative again, and I’m excited to tackle some projects around here.
Hope you all had a good Labor Day weekend! Joe still had to go into work for awhile, but since he was home part of the time and Grace didn’t have school, it still felt like a bit of a break… plus I keep getting pleasantly surprised when I remember that today is actually Tuesday, not Monday. 😉