Dare I Say…

….week one of Operation Back – to – School is almost complete and we survived! 

And they're off!

And they’re off!

Just today, I was able to come up for air.  Between work deadlines, and two PTO events, and meetings and sport practices – it’s been quite a week.

But I know I am not alone.  Facebook (you know, the barometer of how happy we really are 😉 ) had much to share with first day photos and even some very funny and clever less happy – second day photos.   Based on my news feed, everyone seemed to be frazzled, but enjoying the craziness of it all.

And while I am still delirious with glee, I am not ashamed to say that  I was forced to make the children’s sandwich on hamburger rolls that I luckily found iced over in the freezer because I ran out of bread this morning (thank you microwave defrost button).

Hey – don’t judge.  I made it to Thursday with great lunches and lunch box notes of love.

Of course, I am sure in due time I am going to be scrapping around the fridge for not only bread but filler for the sandwich too, but until then, I will relish in the success of the week.

So hats off to all my fellow parents who made it through their first week of school.  A job well done, my friend.  A job well done!

CC Fowler

Which Team Are You On?

Outfits are chosen.

School supplies patiently sit in the backpacks waiting to be used.

My pen – which will fill out and sign way too much paperwork – is selected and guaranteed to make this chore less painful.

Photo credit someecards

Photo credit someecards

In our neck of the woods, school begins next Monday.  But with Labor Day behind us, and summer math and reading assignments yet to be completed, this week is very much what I would think getting stuck in purgatory would feel like.

AND because the kids are nowhere near the age of being left home alone – this Momma gets to take the week off from work.

Can you guess?  I am on Team SCHOOL CAN’T START SOON ENOUGH.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love summer, the great memories we get to create with the kids and I even relish that I get this last week to spend with them before they embark on their school year.  BUT, (there is always a but) I am ready for school to begin.  I excited to send them off to school.

Off to normal routine schedules.  Off to daily conversations with their friends.  Off to daily activities that help their minds grow and nourish.

On Facebook today, the teams are very much mixed.   After the tears are shed and the pictures are snapped, it’s difficult to determine which team -Team SCHOOL CAN’T START SOON ENOUGH or Team PLEASE GIVE ME ONE MORE WEEK – is in the lead.

So I ask you – which “team” are you on and why?

CC Fowler

What I did on my Summer Vacation

Ahh yes.  The obligatory What I did on my Summer Vacation! post.

Seems only fitting I get a head start on this post since I am sure my help will be needed when this arrives as the Back-to-School assignment in September when the kids return to class.

Despite the brevity which seemed to dominate the summer, the family and I made the most of it.

photo (3)Jersey Shore.

Nights around the fire pit.

Family and friends enjoying ample BBQ’s in our backyard.

Summer camp.

Sleepovers.

Table-making (me watching and hubby making) and gardening.

Dinners Al fresco.

Bike rides and having the puberty talk with my daughter.

Hey, isn’t that part of everyone’s bucket list? (kidding of course)

Suffice it to say, we have had a very full summer.

But as the summer comes to a close and September is at hand, I “gotta” admit – I AM READY!

I gladly welcome the cooler nights, structured weeks and less I Am Bored chanting.

So beginning next week, you’ll hear a little more from me than you have in the past months.  Sure, juggling work and the children’s schedule will be hectic, but thanks to the updated design of this blog, I am going to give this another whirl.  Hop on and enjoy this wild ride of motherhood with me!

CC Fowler

Six Weeks and Counting

I believe many would agree Summer 2013 is flying by.  And thus far, my family and Boy Swinging in a Tire SwingI have checked off quite a few items on our to-do list while making memories along the way.

Sure I would love for summer to last forever, but what fun would that be?  Without autumn, you could not appreciate winter.  And without winter, you could not appreciate spring.  And without………well, you get the idea, right?

Anyhow, there are six unofficial weeks left to summer.  For many of us, Back to School marks the end of summer and this year, it begins an entire week later (thank you Jewish calendar).

So make the next six weeks last by sitting on your front porch just a moment or two longer.  Let the kids linger in the yard a few minutes past bedtime.  Take the scenic route home and enjoy the night sky under the twinkling stars.  Because sweater weather is just six weeks away and counting…..

Five More Minutes Mommy

With the first full week of school almost complete, dare I say that we made it through alive and unscathed?  Let’s not jinx me.  It’s still just Thursday and anything can happen between now and Friday at 3:40pm.

What I can say is that life has suddenly become more about Mommy giving just five more minutes to everyone.

Read me another Little Critter story for five more minutes mommy!

Please wait with me at the bus stop until the bus arrives…it’s just for five more minutes mommy!

I could use a little more sleep; just give me five more minutes mommy!

I will do my homework in just five more minutes mommy!

I have been late to the office and meetings all week.  I have arrived late at a practice or lesson or meeting each night this week. But I wouldn’t have traded any of those extra five minutes I have spent with my children for arriving anywhere early.  These days won’t last forever and I am sure the tables will turn when Mommy will be asking for just five more minutes.  Pehaps they will remember……..