Wednesday, August 25, 2010

They're Back!

Today was the first day of school! After dropping the last two kids off, I came home, gathered Brooklyn in my arms and did a little conga line through the house. Yes, they're back at school NOW! Yes, they're back at school NOW! Cha-cha cha-cha cha CHA! I threw my head back and laughed maniacally. Until I noticed Brooklyn backing away from me warily, that is.

I had all these grand plans for today! Get a pedicure, meet a friend for lunch, clean my entire house, paint the family room, get all the buckets of pictures into albums, go through email, work on my book, do some yardwork, pressure wash the exterior, replace the broken window, reshingle my garage roof. You know what I ended up doing? I put a movie on for Brooklyn and cuddled up next to her in my bed and fell asleep. I feel like such a slouch, but I just don't have the energy to do much of anything yet. I try. I really do! I try, but I wear out so fast. I hate feeling like this! I can't wait to get my house back in order and it's killing me that I still feel so yucky. I mean, the pain is so much better now, but my digestive system is shot from the diverticulitis and the antibiotics. I think I need a couple more days of light cleaning and laundry before I'll be able to delve into more intense projects.

I did manage to make my kids their "Back to School Cookie" though.

The older two weren't keen on sharing pictures this time around. They have this need to approve them before I post them. Teenagers! But here's Jax, ready for junior high.

And Lex and Clay being goofballs...

What I should have taken a picture of is the amount of papers I got from ONE day at school. Six kids plus four different schools equals an entire forest worth of paper each month! I don't know how I'm going to keep up with everything by myself this year. I'm not exactly organized. My friends are probably rolling their eyes at that statement because they've seen my desk! Oh well.

Savannah is excited about her Italian class where her name is now Giovanna. Austin's excited about his Japanese class and graphic art class. Jackson and Lexi are just excited to be back at school with their friends. And Clay is excited to eat lunch at school this year. Speaking of lunch... at about 10:00 last night, I realized I needed to make school lunches! Duh! So I ran up to the store. My kids usually either buy or make their own lunches, but I wanted them to be special for the first day. So I bought some Hershey's Hugs and Kisses to put in each of their lunchboxes. I knew they'd think I was a huge dork for doing it. But I figured they'd get over it. I mean, it was chocolate after all.

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Diana said...

I didn't know that they offered italian at school! cool!
Let me know if you guys need any help with it... after 9 years living in Northern Italy, I am finally fluent =). I am on your fb page as well, just drop me a note if you need any help with it.

Nicole said...

space! Silence! Time! Oh that must be nice :)

Unknown said...

Thanks Dawn.... now I am tired from just reading your 'to do' list and it is only 7:30 am here.
I have tons to do but most likely will not get them done either. LOL

Enjoy your peace and quiet and snuggling with Brooklyn.

Donna from Indiana
Ps.. I used to put hershey kisses in lunch bags too :)

Barb said...

A can't even imagine all the paperwork you must have. I know with just two, it's overwhelming. The kids love that "I" have homework.
Hope you are feeling better soon. I honestly don't know how you do it all. You are my hero!

Unknown said...

I did the Hershey Kiss thing with my boys when they started back last Thursday. I had gotten complaints about notes in lunch boxes last year, so I figured I'd be safer including a little something with the note. I was right - I got big hugs and thank yous when the boys got home that afternoon.

Then I faced the mountain of paperwork. I only have two in school, and they attend the same one, but it still took me over an hour to fill out all those stinkin' forms. I feel your pain with 3x as much! Wish I could lend you a hand with that. :)

Beth in MI said...

Ohmigosh! How adorable are your kids??? Ridiculous!

Wish I could have seen a picture of Austin and Savannah but I have a 15 year old so I know the whole privacy thing. And Jax! He's so grown-up looking! No more little boy! How old is he now?

Love the Back-To-School cookie tradition. I admire your fortitude to do all that you're doing, as lousy as you must feel. I am sure the afternoon nap was much needed.

Keep on keepin' on, sista!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Ummm... Can you ship one of those cookies to TN?!?! For me, that is! I need to be specific.

Sandy in Illinois said...

Jax looks so different with his hair short. Is he going to grow it out again? Get well soon!

Kathleen said...

I LIKE Jackson's hair cut short!!

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