Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Life of My Own

We're on week 2 of school and so far things are going well. Vivian's at the same preschool as last year, and she suddenly has started talking to all of the teachers (several of them weren't entirely sure she knew how to talk) and even put on one of her singing shows for her class today. So that's good. And Ethan is really liking kindergarten, although all I get out of him at the end of the school day is that he played race cars at recess and ate lunch with a boy with a blue lunchbox. He doesn't believe in asking people's names, so is identifying them as things like "my new friend with the blue lunchbox".

In my world, I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I'm going to have a life of my own again, independent (for a few hours at least) of the little people and husband.  For the first time in 6 years.  Between the kids and sharing a car and the fact that Daniel and I pretty much do everything together when he's not at work, I rarely go anywhere alone.  And now I have a car of my own and time without the kids.  So I can sign up for the Bible study at church! Or go grocery shopping alone! Or something else- I don't even know what! It's very weird.

In other news, I joined the PTA and signed Ethan up for soccer and Vivian starts gymnastics tomorrow and it is finally starting to dawn on me that I am a mom.  Like seriously.  I'm freaking out a little.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I have freeeeedommmmmm!!!!

It's 8:45 AM.  It's pouring down rain and thundering/lightnining? Yesterday the kids wore shorts, today it's rainboots and raincoats. Whatever. I didn't have to do drop off this morning so rain gear is not my issue.  Even though it's dark and rainy, I'm smiling because I AM FREE!!! Until 1 PM, at least.  Both kids are off at school today (and will be gone at the same time every Tues and Thurs) and I HAVE A CAR!!! 

We've been a 1 car family for 7.5 years. And we made it work. Daniel bussed sometimes to work and the kids and I took buses a lot too. We're on a bus route, it's convenient and worked well. But now Ethan wants to play sports. And Vivian wants to take gymnastics classes. And we looked at each other one day and realized that we need a second car, if we don't want to spend all of our time figuring out who was going to have the car and where.

So Daniel did lots of research and found a car online and we picked it up last weekend when we were on a family trip (going to the area where the car was anyway!) and it's nice and comfy and even has a DVD player that the previous owners didn't know about. Seriously.

Now I can study in the quiet and run errands and see people and leave the house occasionally!

Oh, and Vivian went back to school today.  Same school as last year- new teacher, but one we already know well.  I'm in denial that she's going to kindergarten next year too.  This growing up stuff is ridiculous.

She wants to be a princess, a plane guy, a mommy and drive a car when she grows up.

My kids outfits speak the truth- Vivian is in princess gear and Ethan's shirt says "I have to win." Truth.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

First Day of Kindergarten

I was sure that I was not going to be emotional on Ethan's first day of Kindergarten. SURE OF IT.  For one, I'm not a very emotional person.  And two, he's been riding a bus to school and going off into the great unknown for 2.5 years.  Kindergarten is nothing, right!

I cried this morning.  It started when we were walking from our car to school and I just kept thinking about taking him to daycare when he was 6 months old and wearing him in the baby carrier because I just wanted to be close to him. And then the other parents were tearing up when we were waiting outside the classroom. And THEN- the teacher made us sing "You Are My Sunshine" as a group before saying goodbye to the kids and that was that.

Ethan hasn't been too excited about school but he acted like a pro today.  I think kindergarten is going to be great for him.  And it's fun to have time with just Vivian again. And boy is it quiet in the house with him gone! I'm accomplishing things! But I do miss him.

It says "When I grow up, I want to drive the M&M NASCAR car and play all the sports."