9.08.2009

First Day of School: Hallelujah!

This is what a third grader, a middle schooler (sixth grade!), and a kindergartener look like right before I march their little bottoms out the door and into the car for a three-fold, three-location drop-kick to their respective schools/buses. (Leo is not snarling, nor does he have indigestion; this is his new take on "smile!")

Bye, darlings! Take your time coming back home!

Don't get me wrong -- we had a lovely summer, full of adventure and visitors and travel and parties and hikes hikes & yet more hikes -- but I am cherishing having my house to myself for the first time in two months. I suspect I'm not the only one tickled about school resuming, hmm?

I shall now scrub the house from top to bottom wearing nothing but my bra and underwear, because I can.

13 comments:

  1. LMAO at the image of you cleaning in your skivvies!

    As much as I know it's for the right reasons, there *are* days I'd kill to be able to send Nik off to school instead of having him at home. *sigh*

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  2. Do you think school will be an option eventually? Leo stayed home for a year stretch.

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  3. Anonymous11:05 AM

    I would never allow a public school to place a "grade" on a child. Developmentally and academically these children are generally no where near grade level but public school districts place a grade on them so they can just shove them along in the system. Niks mom, I don't blame you for home schooling. The majority of public schools are just glorified babysitting.

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  4. VERY NICE! My day is tomorrow and I happen to have the day off. I am very excited!!

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  5. Pix or it didn't happen, sucker!!!!!

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  6. SJ: You kept your kids out of school so they wouldn't see the Obama speech? RIGHT. Enjoy your enjoyment.

    Badger: u so wish.

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  7. Nick started CAVA today and this is the last of the middle school yrs so he is going back to LAUSD next yr. I wish I had my freedom back but next yr it will happen.

    Tomorrow Matt goes. I have painting of walls and cleaning galore and tossing out stuff. I am going to prepare in Jan for next summer so I never have kids home for two full months - hate that camp cancelled and ruined their options. I have been too upset to write about it, but think I will since the camp director never sent any emails over summer, nothing at all so I am not going to be loyal after the way they treated us from 9 yrs of going to camp. I thought Leo took the bus?

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  8. Well, anonymous, to be perfectly honest we are homeschooling of necessity rather than choice. The only option in our district is very bad (we already tried it for a year) and we aren't willing to let Nik be placed into what would be as you wrote, essentially "glorified babysitting." That being said, I do know there are many schools out there that do a fine job —no, a stellar job— with the chidlren they serve.

    Shannon, I imagine the day will come when my husband has a job that will give us the freedome to move again into a district with such a school. I can't see myself dong this for the long haul.

    But, hey, if you had told me 6 years ago that I'd be raising Nik...I would've thought you were smoking crack. So...who knows? ;-)

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  9. Hee. Whee! I'm know I'm tickled pink to see Tay going off to full day preschool this year. :) He's so ready for it and so are we! Of course, I just get the joy of giving him a hug and kiss before dropping him off and heading to work.

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  10. Read an article awhile ago about cleaning in less than you've noted.....Charlie's take on "smile" is to say "smile" (with a lot of the "m" sound) and then to do a kind of clenched teeth freeze thing...... love the bright faces! (And hope you got a lot of cleaning done, and much else.)

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  11. Great picture. I'm jeallloouuusss! Abe (6th) started last week and Oscar (3rd) started today but Ruby (prek) has a week to go. We're also doing the 3 school shuffle. I think I'm going to drown in school forms and emergency kits.

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  12. Love this post, it is so true. I had a mommy-buzz from the silence and space in the house today. Bliss!

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  13. Melissa P.9:37 AM

    I love this picture of your kids~

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