Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer is over at our house- Back to school time!

I can not even believe that I have a 10 and 7 seven year old. It's probably a good thing I started having babies right away because at 31 years old it is hard enough to keep up with our grueling schedule. I can't even imagine if I had waited!
If you can't tell from the picture above-- these two were super excited this morning. It was like Christmas Eve all over again last night. They were in bed by 8:45pm, but I have no idea what time they finally fell asleep. Luckily, the first day of school went off without a hitch. They came home so happy and with lots of stories about how much they love their teachers and new friends.
I think we were all happy for school to be back in! If ever there was a family that thrived on routine, it is this family. And the school year keeps us on a tight schedule. When you add school, allstar cheer practice, tumbling practice, dance, and gymnastics, dedication time, homework,--Oh yeah, and work-- there is not much room for sitting around being bored! And when you do get a day of relaxation-- it is appreciated that much more!
But then again, when I see the girl's gymnastics team's dedication and hardwork pay off, it renews my determination to do whatever it takes to allow my kids to follow their dreams. They may never go to an olympics or be the best there is, but they will have been given every opportunity to be the best that they can be. As parents we encourage, support and sacrifice so that they can live up to their potential.
Honestly, sometimes the running around can wear on me, but then after a few weeks of break from it, we are all ready for the daily grind again. ( the girls, of course, are always ready to go,go, go!)
And before I forget,  this summer I began teaching them basic french. After much research, I found an easy curriculum and followed it through the first session. I was really pleased with the results. In fact, they are now able to read and understand the below conversation.
Marie: Je m’appelle Marie.
Chérie: And my name is Chérie.
Marie: I am a little girl and Chérie is mon petit chaton.
Chérie: Marie, what is un petit chaton?
Marie: Chérie, you are un petit chaton. Un petit chaton is a little kitten.
Chérie: Merci Marie.
Marie: De rien. It was nothing.
The program had an audio that went along with it so they were able to hear correct pronunciation. I hope to continue this some when school starts--if we can fit it in. With that being said....Do you know what I look forward to most about school starting???
It means we are much closer to Fall and I am SO ready for cooler weather, pumpkins, leaves changing guessed it. STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES!!


the girl in the red shoes said...

I can't believe your girls are back in school already! They look so cute and excited!

Our Family said...

Yes, it is hard to believe how quickly time flies! I have one going into the 2nd grade too. The kids have 2 more weeks off, but I started back last week. Where did the summer go??? Thanks so much for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am going to try to get that post up in the very near future. Things have just been crazy around our house as I have been pretty much a single mom b/c the husband's work schedule has been horrible. Anyway, I hope that your girls had a great first few days of school! :) Lana

Erika Trevathan said...

I know all about husband's crazy work schedules too! Completely understand. Can't wait to read your answers!:)