Where to start?
Back to school time is a little overwhelming for all of us around here, and so the last couple of weeks have been mentally exhausting. Getting everyone organized, back into the homework routines, dealing with both the happiness and disappointments of classroom and teacher assignments have made my daughters and I very tired. And as usual, these daughters of mine always surprise me. The child who usually makes me worry more had a seamless re-entry into school; her younger sister who embraces everything new is the one who had a bumpy start to being back. Separated from her friends and getting a new teacher who is lovely, but not quite as gentle as B is used to, has caused my little one to be a little uncertain for the first time…maybe ever.
But then something super sweet and special happened. Driving home from my Mom’s on Saturday, (Hi Mom!), B was talking about how she was having trouble negotiating her friendships in the school yard, and big sister N started giving her some advice – including examples of how she had handled it when she had been on the outs with some of her friends. And I kept quiet and let them talk this one through, because they were doing just fine on their own. Sister win.
Tony has been travelling again, and it is amazing how easy it is now to handle everything on my own now that the girls are getting bigger. When they were younger, it was so hard when Tony was away that I would count down the hours until he returned. Now the girls are independent, and also pretty darned reasonable most of the time, that it has become awfully nice to have some time with just me and the girls.
Saturday we made smoothies, cleaned our rooms, went apple picking with a few other families, and then let my Mom feed us dinner. Tomorrow will be grocery shopping, laundry, homework, and of course, baking with apples. The day will go well, and I will enjoy it.
On a side note, Kilmarnock Orchards is a bit of hike, but well worth the drive. What an absolutely perfect spot.
I have been feeling a little bit of social media ennui lately. Twitter, Facebook, blogging, these have all fallen by the wayside just a little bit. I’m just having a hard time keeping up with it all, and I wonder sometimes about my priorities. I feel like maybe I should be spending more time writing fiction, exercising, cooking, and getting the house organized. I also feel like I have very little to say just now. Though that never stopped me before, ha.
Is anyone else feeling this way?