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

How Could You Not?

2013 summer beginsAs the daylight fades, the sounds of children’s laughter and shouts dance in the night air.

Their songs are full of possibility and excitement.

They know that Summer has begun and there is no feeling quite like knowing that tonight if the very first night of summer vacation.

As parents, regardless of whether we work from home, at home or outside the home –

We can’t help but feel the same very excitement.

How could you not?

Happy Summer Little Ones.

May it be magical and memorable and everything you imagined.

Saying Goodbye to Summer

The last of the vacation laundry is folded and the beach chairs and toys are all rinsed and stowed away.  I have more shells than Pinterest has crafts for and the children are fighting the new bedtime routine.  Phone calls have been exchanged about “who did you get?” (which was also supplemented by their parents on facebook) and the bus schedules have been finalized and sent.

I gladly say goodbye to Fall and Winter and Spring, but it’s hardest to say goodbye to Summer.  Sure this season is not quite as relaxing as it was back when I was a student and childless and still very carefree, but the extended daylight and lack of after school activities makes up for scheduling overdrive.

As my children get a little older and a little more mature, vacations and trips we can take broaden and offers a nice change of pace.  Milestone are achieved by the children as their excitement grows and flourishes.  Picnics with nourishing food and drink open and close most weekends and even our office work loads don’t seem as pressing.

But like all good things, Summer must come to an end.  There is just one week left to our Summer vacation and we plan to make the most of it.  Together with family and friends we will squeeze the last days and nights to barbeque and swim and just sit on the porch with fresh drinks as we say goodbye to Summer.

Getting There

I love my passport.   I love the stamps from far away locations gracing each page (although it irks me when customs randomly selects a page to stamp – seriously, why can’t they just stamp in order!) and the tiny stickers placed on the back of the book.  But most often, these trips, while great fun, involve sightseeing, jet lag and sore feet.  So as much as I love my passport, I also love Route 539 which is my passport and passageway to the Jersey Shore.

Over the years, much of the route and its fixtures remain the same.  But from time to time, there is a subtle change or a Super Wawa that graces the route along the way.  Even the children have come to recognize the landmarks along the way.  When we reach the American Flag Rock, the kids know that we are half way to our final destination – that is unless we are vacationing in LBI which then means we are minutes away from vacation time.

There is something comforting and reassuring about this county road that stretches the four counties we pass through to reach the beaches of Cape May.  And each year we travel this road, new memories are made and old memories are cherished through conversation and laughter.  Once upon a time, it was just Hubby and I racing our way down the single lane road with a small bag flung in the back seat with the tunes cranking and the windows rolled down.  Now seated behind us are two passengers who vie for their music selections as we sit in a temperature controlled SUV amidst sand toys, suitcases, games and toys.

Yes, times have changed but so have we.  Despite the ordeal that is associated with packing up for the beach with two children, their delight and absolute glee about vacationing on the beach is far better than days gone by (although I do miss reading peacefully on the beach with my one towel, water bottle….the pleasant dinners eating bayside…..the late mornings sleeping in….but I digress.

Route 539 captures every essence of the best part of summer vacation – getting there!