And they’re off….

My house is so quiet right now. I think having the kids home all summer made me accustomed to the noise…and now I just can’t get over how quiet it is. I got all the kids off to school successfully this morning spanning a gap from the first one leaving at 6:40-8:20am.

I was awake at 5:00am due to a trip back east last week that has had me up between 5-5:30 every morning. Why couldn’t I sleep in on my last two days of summer? Who knows! I may try to get a nap before the kids get home.

I feel a mixture of emotions today. Sadness that our summer is over. It was the best one we have had so far with lots of fun trips, little fun things we did and a schedule I semi-managed to maintain through the usually unstructured summer. Joy that my kids have good teachers to work with this next year that will love them and teach them. Apprehension as Jacob starts Junior High, which I don’t exactly recall with a lot of fondness–I hope the kids are nice to him even though being high-functioning on the autism spectrum doesn’t exactly help him blend in. Bitter-sweet feelings as I watch Jordan head off to his final year of high school–sweet for him, but a little sad for me as I realize how in a years time so much will have changed.

I love being a mom and I have to admit I do miss my kids even though I was pretty drained by the end of the summer. It some ways it has gotten easier as they have gotten older. Nathan has started to entertain himself a little more (I haven’t had to hire a nanny for several years now to help me survive). I think I will take a break this week to try to put my house back together and organize myself before I decide what my priorities need to be during this school year. I’ve got so many things on my list of things to do that I’m not sure where to begin…but, I’ll make it!

Happy summer recovery everyone–and happy school year to the kids!

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