It’s hard to believe as I sit here alone in my house that it is day TWO of the school year for both of my girls! I am still wrapping my head around the fact that my little is in first grade and attends school for the whole day with pick up at the same time as her sister, 2:20 PM.
The new school year brings all kind of excitement and at the same time for me some sadness. Yes the summer break is over. The summer where we weaved in and out of any kind of routine from family vacation to summer camps to just hanging around or heading to the pool. Now my days are mine, and that brings some sadness. We had a great summer together and also I will miss the 1/2 days I’ve had in past school years to spend with our youngest. The time that was just the two of us before picking up big sister later in the day at school. It’s hard to have no one home with me, can you believe I just said that out loud? It’s been 8 years that I’ve had one or both girls with me all or most of the time.
I also wonder what school projects will be headed our way for both girls. Will there be any that will have us talk about how our family was built through open adoption? How will we handle these projects? Our girls are old enough now for they themselves to share and to whom they choose how our family was built. Last year in second grade we had an ancestry project and we included birth family, will there be another project that we can do this as well for both of our girls?
This is now the time I need to reevaluate and think what am I going to do 5 days a week while both girls are in school. My ideal would be to find a part-time job with hours from 9-1:00 PM three days a week. That is what I hope to do, have some adult time earn some money and be there for both of our girls for drop off and pick up. As we just started the school year, I have not yet given this much thought but will be looking into what opportunities I may find to fill my days and still allow me time for volunteering at school. What do I want to be when I grow up?
The school year returns routine to our home and family. Back to set bedtime and the morning wake up routine. It also means the start-up of sports, both girls play recreational soccer, the continuation of their ballet classes and Girl Scouts restarts with the school year.
We are back to walking to school in the morning. Something we have done in the past living only a 1/2 mile from school, but something that stopped the last year for the ending 4 months of school after my fall and tearing ligaments in my foot.
So now I am excited for our girls and what new learning opportunities there are before them in the 3rd grade and 1st grade.
After their first day filled with excitement I know they are ready to be back in school. I still wonder though am I ready for back to school?