It's still hot as Hades outside, but nonetheless you can feel the certainty of summer winding down. Bags of school supplies sitting at the ready, new tennis shoes with nary a scuff mark to be found, and the excitement of finding out your teacher for the year- all are pretty good clues.
Today is Henry's first day of first grade. The house is strangely empty without him to keep me company during Charlie's nap time. I already miss hearing the scattering of Legos and listening to him play with his sister. But he was so excited this morning. Bed made, quick shower, breakfast eaten and he was raring to get out the door. "Henry, do you want me to walk you in?". "Only if you want to, Mommy.". Sweet boy. I didn't dare squash the confidence he had to walk in there on his own. The minute he got out of the car Charlie starting saying, "Find him! Find him!". More than one gal is going to miss his sweet face.
Luckily he and Charlie left evidence of a morning selfie session on my phone, so his sweet face is nearby if I need to take a peek.
Last night College Grove Elementary had their yearly "Ice Cream Social". Basically, to Henry this means: meet your new teacher + get a popsicle. He's in. We met his teacher, Mrs. Martin, and he was so happy to see some familiar faces from Kindergarten. Afterward, we dropped Daddy and Charlie off at the house and headed out for a surprise trip to celebrate the last day of summer vacation. The Fair. The last time we went was a couple of years ago, so I think it all seemed new to him again. The fair is such a magical place when you're a kid.
Did I mention that this boy has no fear? There we only two rides that he didn't go on- and that's only because he wasn't tall enough. I'm pretty sure I swore off nausea-inducing Pirate ship rides after our trip to Lake Winnepesaukah a few years ago. So imagine my surprise when I found myself being convinced and pulled into the line for this contraption.
Slow Sunday afternoons might be the thing that I will miss the most about summer. Whether we're hanging out with our favorites from next door on the driveway, or with our friends from the next county over the story is similar- kids playing, adults catching up and everyone just enjoying some time to hang. On Sunday we headed out to Hill Town so that this guy could cook a most delicious Sunday roast-
Afternoons with this crew are so easy and so, so good. We'll take a thousand more, please.
Thanks for stopping by to look in on us!