Another School Year Begins

And so it begins. Again.

Sending them off to preschool was hard. The first day of kindergarten – that was tough.

I used to think it would get easier … the first day of school.

It doesn’t.

I truly have a love-hate relationship with the beginning of the school year.

Because I work from home, I am pretty darn excited to kick the kiddos out the door and soak up the deliciousness of my peace and quiet.

But I also feel the enormity of the milestone. One more step on their journey – their own path – and away from the one that we share now.

The ticking of the life clock getting louder and louder with each passing “first day” of school.

And it makes me proud. And sad. So very sad.

Fortunately, I know that this day will pass, my tears will stop and we’ll move on in quiet obliviousness to the background ticking of that clock.

And suddenly, I’ll blink and the year will be over.

I’ll be once more reminded that the clock continues to tick, ever closer to our very last “first day of school.”

Video

Leprechaun traps … Becker style

This is from last year …

Forgive the poor quality but I had to get it before the leprechauns did. They also left the front porch light on and added disco balls, comfy sofas and potato chips to the actual stuck-in-there areas.

We’re all about catch and entertain here…

The first year in 6 years that on St. Patty’s Day Eve, there are no Leprechaun traps gracing the floors of the Becker house.

No tiny footprints.

No glitter or fancy, dressed up shoe boxes.

I mourn this much more than the day that Santa disappears. There was something about the magic of the Leprechaun that was just …. innocent and special.

Not that the little ones don’t believe  – they just don’t have the same fervor that the oldest did. His excitement about the Leprechauns was pure and real. He truly believed, without question, that he had a chance to catch one. Like for real.

I’ll have hope for next year, but it will never be the same.

Sniff.

Sniff.

And So It Begins…

High school.

How did we get here so fast?

Parent orientation …. sigh.

Feeling all of the feels.

A little bit of yay us!

A big ole batch of tears (keeping those contained).

And a overwhelming amount of holy shit.

The beginning of the end.

Or at least the beginning of the end of this chapter.

Please fasten your seat belts kids. Remain seated with arms, hands, legs and feet inside the vehicle at all times.

Enjoy the ride!