Friday, August 26, 2011

Summer's End

I am trying to stay positive about the summer vacation coming to an end. I am trying to focus my attention on all the fun and excitement that the new school year will bring. I am trying, but the truth is that vacation escaped me. It flirted with me; a day here or two days there but we didn't get to go steady they way I'd hoped.

So, I will focus my attention on the excitement to follow the start of the new school year. Ashlyn is starting fifth grade with the wonderful teacher she had in fourth grade. Darrien will be in third grade with the same teacher Ashlyn had in third grade. I am interested to see if his first male teacher gets sucked in by his charisma the way all his female teachers always did. Emily will be in first grade with a first year teacher. As a teacher, this makes me a little nervous, but a lot excited.

Sports are getting underway for Darrien, Ashlyn, and Emily. Darrien has already started practicing tackle football. He loves and hates the sport at this point, but I'm sure the love will outweigh the hate at the end of the season (if they win some games because Darrien hates to lose). Ashlyn and Emily start soccer soon. I am very excited to see them run, kick, and demonstrate athleticism I never had.

Lathaniel is almost three and I am excited about him meeting the all important milestone of using the potty like a big boy. We tried unsuccessfully to teach him to use the potty when he turned two and at about two and a half, but I think third time at his third year should be the charm. As the mother of four children, three of which successfully learned to use the potty while they were two, I just keep reminding myself that all my children decide to do things when they are ready. (I need to cling to this so I don't feel like such a big failure, so let me cling.)

Excitement and good times are to be had as we slowly descend into fall and I can't wait. Let the school year begin!