Anyone remember me? I’m BACK!
Knock-Knock. Hello … anyone still out there? I’m going to pretend I have a few of you who remember me after I went totally AWOL on you the past month. As many of you know, I scampered off to my beautiful summer lake in the gorgeous East TN. For 13 years we have done this and it’s always exactly what I need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the school year and avoid complete burnout. (Thanks Louise for this great post.)
Here’s a little taste of what we did on our summer vacation.
Ginger’s writing desk.
A girl flying with her grandpa!!
Goodbye Summer 2012
And now we’ve been home a week and today is the first day of school. It’s a momentous year for the Calem Clan. Our youngest is off to middle school and our middle child is joining his brother in high school. In fact, they drove off to school on their own. It’s a new reality for mom.
The Natives off to 11th, 9th, and 6th grade.
I know everyone says, “time flies” so much that it’s beyond a cliché. I’d like to change it to ‘Time Apparates’. Most of you know we are huge Harry Potter fans in our house. You know how in the magical world, the kids reach an age where they can learn how to apparate, that is be in one place and then through concentration and a bit a magic, instantly show up in an entirely different place?
Well, that’s how I feel. I feel that in one second I was the mom of little kids who needed my hands-on care for food preparation, shoe-tying, nose-blowing, bubble-baths and play dates. And now, well, now I’ve apparated to a world where they don’t need me for any of that. Except for maybe that food-prep thing. They do love to be fed!
With elementary school behind us for good, gone are the class parties, field trips and ‘Good Job’ stickers on their papers. Heck, I hardly saw a single paper come home from high school last year. But there will be a lot of school sports, orchestra and theatre productions. For that, I am grateful and can’t wait to support my Eagles!
I love how they are growing up and becoming mini-adults. I’m so proud of them. But I have to wonder how my role as a parent will change in the coming few years as they prepare to transition into adulthood. I recognize how blessed we are to be a close family and how we love to have fun together. I cherish all those laughs and all those moments deep in my heart.
For those of you who have passed this milestone, any tips for me? Any words of advice on how to hang on tight and release my hold on my babies at the same time?
Finally, thanks for not forgetting about me as I went MIA. I got lured away from my blog by the lake water lapping against the shore and the sunshine warming my skin and the time to spend with my little family away from it all. Forgive me?