Sunrise, Sunset — Swiftly Fly The Years

Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play?  I don’t remember getting older, when did they?

When did she get to be a beauty?  When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn’t it yesterday that they were small? 

…Sunrise, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, Swiftly fly the years. One season following another, laden with happiness and tears. — from Fiddler On The Roof

This song brought me to tears today as I was thinking of all of the changes that Ian has had over the last few years.

As we wind down this school year, I am saddened in a way that this is our last year at his current school.  In the fall he will start at a new school, middle school.  He is ready and I am not, at least not yet.

You see, we have had a blast over these last years at our beloved elementary school.  He has learned so much, made many friends, had wonderful teachers, and has grown into a fine young man. He has loved school and has loved learning. My husband and I know what a blessing that is.

Each morning, the entire school says the Pledge of Allegiance and then the school pledge which I love and will miss hearing on a regular basis.  It is all about promising to do your best, to be kind to one another, to not give put downs, and to help each other.  It is what so many of us adults need to hear as well as these kids.

I too have had a blast at this school. I have made many new friends – in staff members, teachers, and other parents.  I was involved as the PTO secretary for a few years and also as the PTO president.  The PTO has worked to do a lot of great things for the school, the teachers, and for the students.  I have been honored and pleased to serve.

It is just hard to believe that our time at this school is finished.  It flew by and is now changing.  As that song says, I am full of happiness and tears as we move to the next chapter in Ian’s life.  I know that PTO will be in good hands as a great new board was elected and many things will continue that we started during my tenure.  I feel good about that.

However, I will miss all of my current activities this fall.  I have been trying to figure out how to deal with the changes and am trying to look at it as a positive step.  At least for this upcoming year, I have decided to take a step back and see what I want to do next.  I will still help but it will be on a limited basis and in a different capacity.

I have a dream of writing a children’s book.  I certainly have enough material for one.  Or a young adult novel.  I just don’t know.  I look forward to finding more time to write again.  I also am considering going back to school and will continue to stay busy with our family business.

I remember when Ian started kindergarten and was just learning to read.  Now he reads novels and many other books.  He has blossomed, come into his own person, and learned so much.  He is an amazing blessing.  I cannot wait to see what comes next.

To the parents in Ian’s class and grade, I imagine that you can relate to what I am talking about.  Changes are coming for all of us.  I know that our kids have a great foundation and will do well.  I just have to remind my heart and head of that fact.  Love to you all.

Almost End of School

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning, Ian and I discussed the fact that today is the last Monday of Second Grade.  I also mentioned that to his teacher.  Wow, this year has gone by so fast.

It has been a great year and we are now ready for summer and some down time.  The last week we have been dragging each morning, taking a long, long time on homework, and having a hard time focusing. I just hope we can rally for the last few days.

This photo was from the first day of school in fall 2015.  Ian has grown at least an inch since then and has learned and changed so much. He will soon be a rising third grader and should be ready for the new challenges that are ahead for him.  His love of reading has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year.

In fact, this weekend, he started a new book series called Warriors. He read some of it to me and told me about all of the characters.  And, he is nearly halfway through the book already.  He had a hard time putting it down once he started.  He informed me that he is supposed to read for at least 20 minutes per day. That is very doable.

I am thrilled that he loves to read and enjoys it.  He is even inspired with his own story.  He has characters and a plot in mind.  We need to get them all down on paper and move forward from there.  What fun that will be.

We had a great weekend and hope you did as well.  My oldest nephew on my side of the family graduated on Friday night. We went and had a great time. I remember when he was a baby. He has grown into a great young man. I cried happy tears when the caps were tossed at the end of the ceremony.  One of Kirk’s nephews and one his nieces are also graduating this year.  Amazing!

Saturday was Ian’s last pack meeting for Cub Scouts for the year.  He earned a few more belt loops, got to fly a kite, see his friends and the older boys, and enjoy sherbet on a cone. We then went to the library to check out new summer books, played on the playground, and asked about the summer reading program.

Sunday was a lazy day at home in our pajamas.  We normally go to church and have a big lunch, but decided to just rest.  It was great.  We had time to read, finish most of Ian’s homework, and relax.  We ate together and chatted about his story and many other things.  It was just what we needed for late May.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Being there to see my nephew graduate
  • Time with my family and friends
  • Watching Ian fly a kite with my dad
  • Sherbet melting down our arms
  • Feet in the grass
  • A windy and lovely day
  • Time with my aunt and other family members
  • Messy hair and early morning conversations
  • A day in my pjs
  • The start of a new book
  • Ian loving to read as much as I do
  • Friends with birthdays
  • Ideas for Ian’s story
  • Hugs and cuddles

I wonder what this week will bring?  I am not sure but know that it will be good and that we will make the most of it.  We will enjoy the end of our school year and then SUMMER!!  YEAH. Hope you have a great week!

Let The Summer Begin!

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

Although the calendar doesn’t say it is summer yet, we are starting our summer today.  Ian’s last day of school was yesterday, so let the summer begin!  Have you started your summer?

As I picked him up for one last walk home, one of the teachers said school starts back the first week of August.  Sheesh, we are just starting the summer break and we get reminded of when we start again.  I am ready to enjoy some down time and less structured days.

So we have approximately nine weeks of summer.  We plan to enjoy each and every one of those weeks!  We will then be ready for 2nd grade.  It seems that summers were longer when I was in school.  Then again, we didn’t have a week or two of fall break either.

This morning I had hoped to sleep in.  However, as anyone with young kids knows, that is a hard wish to have come true.  At 7:15 a.m., I heard, “Mom, are you ready to get up?”  “No Ian, not yet,” I responded and then tried to go back to sleep.

Then at 7:30 a.m., “Mom, are you getting up now?”  “No! I don’t want to get up this early. Why don’t you go play?,” I asked, trying not to be annoyed.  And off he went.

Next time I looked at the clock it was 8:15 a.m.  I woke up and was thankful that he was happy to play by himself during those 45 minutes.  I feel blessed and well rested.  I finally got out of bed at 8:30 a.m.

Funny that before being married and having kids I could sleep until almost noon, if I had been out late the night before.  Now, 8 a.m. is sleeping in.  Amazing how life changes, isn’t it?!  We had a lazy few hours after waking up.

Then we ate breakfast at 10 a.m. and have been busy ever since.  We have been doing laundry, some work for the family business, reading, and watching some TV.  Ian has been busy with Lego builds, reading his library books, and now is on the computer.

And, he has been telling me a lot about Mine craft and different Lego themes.  He knows a lot and has much to say.  It is fun hearing about things he is interested in.

Today we will more than likely stay in our pajamas, which I enjoy doing every once in a while. So, our first day of summer is exactly what I wanted — lazy and time to do various things at home.

This summer we will have more lazy days, take a few trips to North Carolina and one trip to California, swim, eat ice cream, take walks and bike rides, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, work, read books, have lots of play time, and enjoy lots of other things.

I wonder what fun our summer will bring?  I can’t wait to find out.  Have a great one!

Busy, Busy May

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Hi and happy almost end of May!  How are you doing?  Are you as busy as I am?  This month has been crazy but fun. I thought a calm photo of the water would be just thing for today with so much going on.

For scouting, we had a raingutter regatta, ice cream sundaes, and last pack meeting for this school year.  We also had a fun Mother’s Day weekend, went to a baseball game, celebrated a few family and friends with birthdays this month, and I helped plan the walk-a-thon at Ian’s school.

And, next Friday is the last day of school for this school year.  I don’t feel I have had a chance to catch my breath and now Ian is about to finish 1st grade. I am both sad and happy, since Ian is almost done with 1st grade.  I have loved his teacher and his classmates.  We will miss them next year.

Next week will be a nice one since we have a holiday, field day, a chorus concert to attend, a pizza party, and two half days.  It will be fun and then summer begins.  YEAH!

I am happy that we have the summer to enjoy.  I am looking forward to a few days of sleeping in and not having to go anywhere.  Well, not sure about the sleeping in part, but at least a few days at home will be nice.

Our school’s newsletter had some great ideas for the summer break.  “Turn off the screen and:

  • Play outside
  • Play a game
  • Write a story
  • Walk the dog
  • Listen to music
  • Create
  • Take pictures
  • Go on an adventure
  • Take a scavenger hunt
  • Spend time with a friend
  • Make a new friend
  • Cook together
  • Read, Read, Read”

We will be doing most, if not all of these, and I cannot wait!  It will be tough to turn off the screen since we all like computer time, time on our android, and watching shows, but I want to try to cut back.  Less time would be good for all of us.

So, I see Monopoly games, swimming, making ice cream sundaes, taking walks, summer Scout activities, a trip to the beach, a few really good books, and play time with friends and family.  I also want to do some writing and take new photos and have Ian help me.

Take care and have a great end of your school year!  I hope to write more again soon when things calm down.  Just hope that will be soon.

Throwback Thursday / Thankfulness

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday! For today’s Throwback Thursday photo, I decided to include a photo of Ian’s first day of preschool last year.

When he started preschool, he had never been away from home for very long.  He went part of the day that year and learned to love it.  Now he is an old pro and loves going to school each morning.

Today and tomorrow are Ian’s last days of kindergarten.  And then it’s summer time!  Yeah!  We have had a great year and are now ready for some fun time together.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, it is hard to believe that his first full year of school is nearly finished.  The time went by so fast.  Each day he learned new things and grew as a little man.  I am so proud of him and how well he has done.

Starting this weekend our routine will be different and we will have more time to enjoy being together. I always love the summer and am looking forward to another good one.

Today I am thankful for:

  • The excitement a boy has at the start of summer
  • A chance to sleep in
  • Ice cream treats after walking home
  • Bubble baths
  • Playing Monopoly and other games
  • Swimming at the pool
  • Watching Kirk and Ian ride their bikes around the neighborhood
  • Late night chats
  • Joining the reading club for the summer at our library
  • Movie and popcorn night with my guys

Have a great day!

Four More Days

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAStarting this morning, Ian has four more days left of kindergarten. I am both happy and sad at this idea.  Happy that it is almost summer and that he will be a rising 1st grader.  Sad that our baby is growing up so very quickly.

The year has flown by and he has made some good friends.  He has also really liked his teacher and her assistant.  And, he has liked all of his special area teachers as well.  We have truly been blessed.

I am so proud of all he has learned this year.  It has been amazing getting to watch him learn and encourage him as he has done so.  We have had more blessings that I can count.

The kindergarten students will have a very fun last week.   Today is beach day, tomorrow the music program, Thursday is field day and a picnic, and Friday is pajama and movie day.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  I just wish I could be there all week with him to enjoy all of this.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Making hot chocolate for Ian in the morning
  • Listening to Ian’s thoughts and ideas
  • Playing games with Ian and Kirk
  • Listening to Ian read a book
  • Having Ian assist me in the kitchen while making meals
  • Being able to enjoy the last week of school before summer starts

I wonder if this week will be as fun as I think for him.  I have a feeling that it will.

Monday Musings – Changes

DSC00725Hi and Happy Monday!  Today is the last Monday of kindergarten for Ian.  He has 8 more days left of school and is very excited for the summer.  I on the other hand am having a hard time realizing that his first full year of school is nearly finished.

It went so fast.  How is it the end already?  It seems like he just started.  But, there are huge differences.  Now he can read!  He has learned to be more independent.  And, he is learning math and so many other things.

He has loved his teachers, making new friends, and the entire experience.  We will soon have a rising 1st grader.

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Today is also a celebration for my niece who just finished 8th grade.  She starts high school in the fall – 9th grade.  Amazing!  I remember when she was born and when she was Ian’s age.  And, now she is a teenager ready for a new chapter.  Time has flown!

Sadly we won’t be at this party to celebrate this milestone but wish we could be.  We love you Gussie and hope you have a great time!  Can’t wait to see the photos!

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Today is also my dear friend’s son’s birthday.  Kendrick is 19 years old today and graduating from high school.  I remember when he was a little guy too.  He has grown up into such a nice young man.

Happy Birthday to you Kendrick!  May you enjoy this amazing year coming up.  May you have fun at school and enjoying the experience and all the amazing things that you will learn.

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Life is so full of changes and these are great ones.  Yet, I have happy tears as I realize these are major milestones for three dear young people.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Celebrations with family
  • Singing Happy Birthday
  • Life-long friends
  • Years of fond memories
  • Photos of loved ones from many years ago
  • Listening to Ian read
  • Buying end-of-year gifts for Ian’s teachers
  • Writing thank you notes to those who have helped Ian grow so much this year
  • Hugging a boy before school starts
  • Picking him up at the end of the day and a nice walk home

I wonder how these three young people will enjoy these changes in their life.  May they enjoy the journey!

What The?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA“What The?” This is Ian’s new catch phrase for when he isn’t sure what to think about something.  Or when something shocks or surprises him.

I love that he came up with his own words.  His expression when he says it is absolutely priceless.  “What The?” I always say back to him, “What The, What The?”  His reply is “No Mommy, it’s What The?”

“What The?” also applies to the fact that Ian is almost finished with kindergarten.  Tomorrow starts the last month.  How is that possible?

Before he started kindergarten, I had a hard time adjusting to him being away from home all day.  But, during the year, he has learned to love going to school and I have enjoyed having some time to myself.

This school year has been a great experience for both of us.  He has learned to read, write, add and work with numbers.  I have been able to shop by myself at stores, eat lunch with no interruptions, and have time to write on the computer.  Kirk has also enjoyed the year and seeing Ian learn and grow.

We have loved his school and I have enjoyed being active in the PTO.  I joined the first month and have been serving as the secretary.  I have met some great people and made some new friends.  We are truly part of our school family.

This last month includes a lot of fun stuff — a field study (formerly called field trip), walk-a-thon, spring fling, field day, a kindergarten concert, and then the last day of school.  It will be a whirlwind and will fly be.  And, then he will be a rising 1st grader.  WOW!!

This photo was taken at the beach several years ago.  He looks like he could be saying “What the heck is this wet stuff in the bucket Mommy?”  “Wet sand, which is great to play with,” is my reply.  This makes me think of the summer and the fun we will have with Ian.

I wonder what other things Ian will say “What The?” in response to?  I cannot wait to find out.