According to an app I have on my iPhone, school starts in 8 days and 20 hours or so. Exciting stuff, right? Eh, I’m not sure how I feel about it right now. Last year, I was really excited and this year I am nervous for some reason. Maybe it’s because I know what I am in for. Maybe it’s because this summer has been busy and more tiring than I expected it to be. Maybe it’s because my husband has regularly worked about 80 hour per week over the last 3 weeks or so and I am nervous about how I am going to manage my schoolwork and responsibilities and the kids’ stuff without a lot of help if this pace continues. I’ll get through it and it will probably help to have more of a schedule, but I’ve been tired lately and school hasn’t even started yet.
So what have we been up to? It’s been hot, but it’s been a summer of growth for my boys–both physically and emotionally. My oldest, who is on the autism spectrum, has matured a lot this summer. It’s been a lot of fun to watch. He’s made a lot of gains and I’ve loved seeing him grow this summer. He turned 11 in June and this summer has been all about him learning about professional sports. We’ve had some sports-related family days this summer that have been fun. He has also mentioned a few times that he likes pretty girls. I’m really not ready for this. Wasn’t he a baby just yesterday???
I’ve spent a lot of time with my youngest this summer, especially since the oldest was in summer school. Do you know how much fun it is to listen to a chatty 8-year-old all.the.time? Yeah, it’s a trip. On a serious note, one of the highlights for me was watching my chatty child’s compassion and watching him be a good friend. Z became friends with a little boy in his class this year who is blind. Their friendship developed and I watched Z guide this boy and encourage others in his class to play with him during recess. The little boy also attended summer school where my oldest did, so the boys got to see each other when I’d pick M up. The little boy said he really missed Z this summer, particularly at recess, and as the program went on, the boy’s aide got permission for me to bring Z for recess if I wanted to, so that he’d have a friend to play with. For the last two weeks of the program, I brought Z to the playground so the boys could play. It was awesome to watch these two boys play together and to watch my son interact with his friend. His friend was so grateful that he had someone to play with at recess and I am so glad I was able to do that for him. It was good for my son, too.
So what have I learned this summer?
- I hate the heat. I am getting old and I really don’t like it.
- I really hope I don’t have to take a summer class next summer. I did one earlier in the summer and it was enough for me. I really needed the break after it was over.
- My husband and I have evaluated our finances and have changed how we spend our money. I really hope that time doesn’t get away from me this year and we are able to continue the path we are on and meet the goals we’ve set.
- I love having boys. I am a girly girl who couldn’t imagine having two boys when I was younger, but I enjoy being a mom of boys. It’s never dull.
- I’m like an infant who needs a schedule. That’s what I am looking forward to the most about returning to school.
Here are some photos from our summer! See you soon with some back-to-school photos!