This week we found ourselves saying goodbye to another summer and hello to a brand new school year, and by-the-way, did anyone else feel like this was the fastest summer on record or is it just me??? I feel like it kind-of snuck up on me. A week ago today on the Sunday Eve before the first day I felt as if we were rushing around like crazy people trying to get ready and honestly I am fairly certain that is how we feel every year. Perhaps it is like childbirth and so many things occur after that day, you forget how crazy and painful it is! None-the-less we were as ready as we could be, minus the the kleenex, (which I ALWAYS forget) and those cool white push-up erasers that don't leave those ugly pencil streaks, (Oh why did I EVER introduce my children to the coolness of these... Now their expectations are WAY too high!) and protractors, both of which virtually every store was sold out of! You would think that I would learn not to leave the important school supplies for the night before... You would also think that by now, having been doing this for 100 years straight, x's 4 children I would have my poop in a group... Ya, okay whatever. #keepingitreal once again, people! :)
Oh but we made it and everyone was clean and pretty and had their shiny apples and managed to get dropped off by me to all 4 different schools, (on time I might add!) and everyone had smiles and there was no crying not even by the Mama with the highest EQ, (Emotional Quotient in case you did not know!). The best most ridiculous part is that we did ALL of this for only a half of a day! Good hell. Here I was ready for blissful silence with a fabulous hot cup of coffee and about the time I was able to grab one and put my feet up and pat myself on the back, they were all filtering back in! <Insert crying here> hehehe :) So I have decided that the real first day of school is actually the second day and that this 'faux' first day is all really truly done as a practice run, as well as merely the opportunity for the ridiculous photo shoot I, (along with a gazillion other parents around the universe) require them all to participate in every year. I mean come on, you KNOW they do not look this fantastic the rest of the nine months except maybe on actual picture days, if I even remember when that is!
Well all of this brings me to this day. The Sunday before the second week of school, which already includes a day off and this cracks me up because when I was a kid we never even started school until after Labor Day so this is incredibly confounding to me! Although it appears that I am complaining I am really not. Okay so we did not get all the school supplies on the 10 page long list, (when I was a kid there were only like 6 supplies...) we got to bed much, MUCH later than a true Mother of the Year would think is appropriate, the house was in shambles and my livingroom floor looked like someone literally vomited school supplies, clothes, shoes, and backpacks all over it. What I really want to say is that I am so incredibly grateful today because I have such amazing kids. I am in awe of their talents. I am blessed to be able to know them each as unique individuals. I cannot wait to see what they each bring to the table this school year. I am super excited to go watch sports and band competitions and look at the art and stories they write and bring home. I actually enjoy the 'getting ready' chaos that ensues because in all honesty it is another opportunity to connect with them. It is an opportunity to spend time all together as a family doing an activity that has become what I would consider a tradition for us. And at the end of the day in my brain, (and really in my High EQ heart) that is what really matters. I am grateful that we make enough money to be able to afford the luxury of getting some new school clothes and supplies. I try to make sure the kids know this part. I hope they learn to be grateful too. I hope they appreciate the time we spend together. I hope they look back on this time and remember it being a fun, crazy Simpson Family 'thing' we did. I love them so much and this is something that I loved doing with my mom and brothers so I hope they do too.
Here are a few out takes from the photo shoot which I must confess did not take place until after school because of the crazy time schedules mentioned above! Hey, I had to release the pressure somewhere... :) Love these crazy kids! Here is to what I hope to be an awesome and fulfilling school year for all of us.