Sunday, May 31, 2015

It's A Wrap!

The First Day of School 2015

And......the last day of school 2015. Pretty much one mess of party all day long.
  This week brought the conclusion of what consumes us from August till the end of May each year. School with a capital S. This Mama has taught school in some capacity for some 24 years now.....yep.... only 8 more to go until Mei Mei graduates. No wonder by the end of May I'm feeling like, well, burnt toast. This year was no exception but I do believe this was the best year of school yet. This was my first year working full-time at the school. It brought some household changes....mostly a giant woot-woot for the Doc who chipped in on clean up duty. Our house during the school year is rarely ever clean. About halfway through the year I decided impossible is a better description but we did it..... albeit crazily most of the time. The girls are headed into 5th, 6th and 7th grades in August and we are planning on milking this summer for all it's worth. We have several trips planned (travel is one of my love languages for sure) and this Mama needs some major downtime to think and reflect.

Typically in the past because our school is SOOOOO academic and a couple of the girls have learning issues we haven't over scheduled our summers with activities in order to allow their brains to 'rest.' If you have kids with learning differences and or academic challenges I'm sure you can relate. This summer though the girls are all clamoring to be involved in all sorts of no-way-time-wise-possible classes, camps, sports and well.....stuff. We're going to have to pick and choose mightily. Nature Girl will continue her job at the local Science Center on a more upgraded schedule. Blondie will be taking culinary classes among others to keep her claim as the artistic, crafty queen of the family and Mei Mei will continue to be upside down as she trains for this year's gymnastics competition season. There will be the usual orthodontic, dentist and tutoring appointments mixed in with playdates and cousin time. Finding the balance of all this is a tightly choreographed dance that keeps me up at night.  As for me, I need summer to be a much needed break mentally and physically,  but at the same time they need to use the opportunity to do things they wouldn't ordinarily get to do during the school year......me included. I 'mostly' have the summer off from work but like anyone in academia land there is much, much planning done during the summer. The dance continues. Oh and yea, The Doc and I are training to run not one....but two half-marathons this year. Dancing on.

Nature Girl finished off this school year at 5'6". She's a long, tall, all legs and a tall drink of water right now AND she's not near done growing. Good thing we live in Florida cause buying clothes for this chick is a challenge. Blondie stands eye to eye with me at 5'3" which means 'hey Mom, your closet should be my closet and all your shoes should be my shoes' in her language. I never can find anything. Ever. Makes me want to stick myself with a fork sometimes......but in the nature of y'all would think that disgusting....I don't. I just think about it and go hunt down my stuff.

Mei Mei is a whopping 49 3/4 " at almost 10. She just grew out of toddler shoes (TODDLER shoes people),  but for this girlfriend buying clothes is not so much a fit problem but a "just because I'm small I don't want to dress like a baby" kind of problem. Yea, there are no Hollister shirts in her size. She has learned to deal and this Mom knows that when you take her shopping you better budget a lot of time. Very opinionated this one. Clothing problems of the smallish kind....maketh this Mommy cray.

I pray all of you have a blessed summer. I'm sure we'll have some nutty stories when this one's over....probably involving some type of animal I'm sure. There will be some perfunctory vacay pics real, real soon. You never know where we'll show up:)

oh....and volleyball camp. Forgot about volleyball camp.....sigh.

......and I really should update our cover and sidebar photos....everyone's older now.....(see how my brain works? Never, ever stops.....)

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