Well, the kids have been back to school for a month and I am just getting around to this post. Yah. Ahh… it has been hectic to say the least.
Little Man is in 4's preschool at the same school and class. So his "back to school" was pretty uneventful. He has the same teachers he has had since last June. There are a group of new kids and he has done fairly well adjusting. He has good days and bad days. He has a really hard sharing his "show and share" toy so recently he has been "banned" from participating for awhile until he can demonstrate he can share. We will give a whirl in a few weeks.
We are still tackling his behavior issues going through good patches and rough ones. I texted a friend last week that we have been firmly in Holland for several days. It is hard to admit but I always dread walking into his school because I do not know how the day has gone. I breath a sigh of relief when I round the first corner and can see that Little Man is not in the director's office. Then I take a deep breath of relief if I do not have to sign an incident report. I did not really realize I felt that way until recently. It has been happening for a long time, but I did not recognize my thoughts where consistent each time I pulled up. Sad but true.
I am a work in progress. I fail miserably embracing all that makes up my Little Man. It pains me that I struggle with him in public. That pain makes me alter my plans so I do not have to deal with the frustration I feel and looks I receive. Some days I can embrace his challenges and hold my head high. Other days, I can not. A work in progress… still.
Lizard is in third grade. She is with two of her best buddies and loves her teacher. She has slide into the school year with almost no hiccups. And, what I love best about this year, is that I altered my morning schedule so I can take her to school. She and I drop off Little Man at preschool and then I drive her to school. We usually have about 10 minutes until she can go into school. So we wait in the car… just the two of us. Sometime we talk about serious stuff and other times we just kid around. I love it.
She is cheer leading at the football games. She loves it and maybe has finally found her thing. She is taking it seriously and we all have the cheers stuck in our head from her practicing at home. "Go Knights!" She is also signed up for basketball in the winter… all 45 pounds of her!
Soccer Girl is in 6th grade - a middle schooler! She really was not too nervous before school started, just wondering about the volume of homework in store for her. On the first day, I took the morning off and drove her to school. When I told her it was time to go, she said a very nervous "oh man" and looked at me with pleading eyes. But my big girl gathered up her stuff and took a deep breath, gave me a kiss and got out of the car. She walked with her head high into the school.
She has adjusted very well. I think the biggest adjustment has been the social activity… all the who likes who, who is mad at who now stuff. She has stayed away from it, but seems to like to be in the know. Luckily she will tell me who likes her, what so and so did or said. I pray that communication continues as the years pass.
So overall the start of the school year has been good. Just busy. I have an hour with Little Man before Lizard gets home, then an hour with the two of them before Soccer Girl arrives. Then typically we need to be at some activity within the next hour. It makes for very hectic weeks. Lots of quick dinners and not much down time. Our little family needs down time so we are trying to work that in and say no when we need to to get it. Like the other night, I had plans to go out to dinner with two good friends. It was a rough day - everyone yelling and fighting - so I bowed out of the dinner at the last minute and stayed with my family. It was the right thing to do.