. . . so are the days of my summer break.
Tomorrow morning at 8 am the school bell rings for me once again. It's back to work I go with Shortcake following me two days later. Punkin's first official day of school doesn't start until next Monday, but with a kindergarten orientation scheduled for 9:30 am Friday it sort of feels like we're all getting into the swing of Back to School. I'm already engaging in my annual back-to-school-panic about how, exactly, I'm going to manage everyone's schedule while also keeping people fed, bathed, nurtured, rested, and generally sane. With two girls in school and after school activities I anticipate this yearly ritual might occur with more frequency than previous years. WHEEE!
I feel like I'm in a state of denial that the summer is behind us already. June passed by in the blink of an eye. July's mind melting heat created a hallucinogenic mirage like memory of that month's activities. August was a mad dash of last minute fun and frantic school prep. I know how blessed I am to have this opportunity to spend two and a half months at home with my girls, and I tried to capitalize on every opportunity that presented itself this year. There were no exotic vacations; we actually didn't travel more than a hour away, and most of our daily adventures took place within 30 miles of our house. We spent a lot of time by the water and our tans definitely reflect that. There was plenty of bonding with family and friends, and time spent vegging at home when we needed a break. No matter what we did each day, though, I went to bed each night grateful for that day's adventures.
Now, it's time for a new set of adventures to begin. Here's to hoping that this summer's lazy days have left me recharged, energized, and ready to tackle the 2011-2012 school year.