Thursday, January 31, 2008

First words

out of his mouth when I picked him up from the bus stop;

"High school is so much better than primary school"

Sigh... thank God!

He had a fantastic day, has hooked up again with his best friend from three years back who moved schools, and is totally looking forward to what the rest of the term has to bring.

School for the little girls went really well too. I will sleep well tonight.

PS to Brandi, thanks for your comments, but maybe I better not post again for a few weeks now, cant get too regular here after all ;-) lol.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

High School Student

I thought these things were supposed to get easier as time went by, but it seems I was wrong. Last night was a long night for me, I lay awake for ages thinking (I am trying to convince myself I wasn't worrying) about my son's first day of high school.

This morning I felt very similar to the way I felt when he first started kindergarten, apprehensive, excited, and hugely aware of just how much I love this child. Every year he is becoming that little bit more independent, which, lets face it, is one of my goals as a parent, to raise independent, strong, happy individuals, but that directly correlates to me having less control over the circumstances surrounding him.

This is supposed to be good right? Maybe I am just a control freak lol.

I wanted to tell him everything I could about how to deal with the things that may pop up today, I wanted to go to school with him, and sit with him all day and make sure things were good for him, but I knew I couldn't, it was time for me to let go a bit and let him take these steps for himself.

Thankfully none of my fears were transferred to him, he was slightly nervous, but mostly just totally looking forward to it. He set his alarm last night, his bag was packed, he was up on time this morning, ate his breakfast, and got himself ready to go, he took total responsibility for everything he needed to do.

I am so proud of him, and I am praying that he gets off the bus this afternoon with a smile on his face, and that his first day of high school is a positive experience.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I cant believe it has been so long

I just noticed the date of my last post 20th December 2007!! That was ages ago, so yes Cranky I am coming back to blogging, but I can see why it looked like maybe I wasn't.

The past six weeks have just been kind of ... busy. Lets recap,

End of school year - every year I love it, but I hate it. This time the kids finished school on Friday 21st, which gave them next to no time before Christmas day to go shopping, sort and toss all of their old school stuff, unwind and relax before it was actually Christmas. I hate that they don't break up from school until so close to Christmas day. So that week was hectic to say the least.

Christmas Day - for once it was really relaxed, we spent most of the day at home, we had a sleep in, opened presents, had a leisurely breakfast, then spent a few hours setting up the new W!i, and learning to play "Happy Birthday" on the new keyboard. A light lunch, a long walk, then we headed to my brother in laws for tea and some light socialising. It was a really enjoyable day.

My DH was home for the next week, and we all just hung out together in the backyard. The kids also got a table tennis table from DH's parents, so there was a day in putting it together, then the competitive streak came out in all of us, and the tournaments commenced lol. As kids we had a table at my parents house, it brought back lots of good memories spending time with my own kids playing table tennis. Good clean (mostly anyway) family fun without the aid of electricity! We even managed to teach the dog not to eat the ping pong balls, and we can now leave them anywhere and he wont touch them.

January - visits from my parents, my best friend (finally living on the East Coast again YAY), good friends here in Canberra, then packing for a two week coastal camping trip, then actually going camping, then back home for Australia Day, BBQ's with more good friends here, cobbling together items for the kids return to school, and trying to organise my extremely disorganised house. Is January over yet ;-)

Which brings me to today, the last day the kids are home. Tomorrow they are all back off to school. First born is off to High school, the girls are in 4th and 1st grades this year. So that is a quick up date on the last six weeks. Tomorrow I can begin in earnest for the year, starting with a post on my feelings on First born beginning high school, which I am almost as apprehensive about if not more so, than when he started kindergarten.

Stay tuned