The time Mac hit me with bricks

Mornings.  It’s usually me working on five things at once, getting us all ready to get outside for the bus on time. Usually I’m calling the boys numerous times with prompts to stay focused and get moving while making breakfast, lunches, checking homework folders and backpacks, making sure all medication is given – especially at this time of year with that corn coming down! Most mornings, I do all this without thinking about how busy I am. My mind is usually on my work day already and I know what I need to get done and just do it.  But occasionally, I get overwhelmed and upset, especially when I can’t get it all done in time.  It really wears me out sometimes with all of the things I have going on in my head in the mornings. (It reminds me of this meme:

8ec6a98d86500b33805167ff4b14f570But I digress…the point of this post is coming up!)

This morning while I was making breakfast, packing lunches, checking homework folders etc…, Mac was quietly watching me while eating his pancakes.  After watching me get the lunches finished, he looked at me and said, “When I’m grown, you won’t have to do all this, Mom.”

It was like a ton of bricks hit me in the chest. Literally.  I know I’m supposed to cherish these times.  I already look at my boys and think, Where did my babies go? And I’ve always said, I won’t be one of those mothers that misses the baby stage. I want my kids older….but I’m taking that back.  I do miss them as babies. I do miss their preschool days of sweetness and just loving on them in the evenings.  No chores. No homework. Bathtime was play time.  I miss it all.  And I know that one day when they’re teenagers and barely home or needing me, I’ll look back on these days and miss them.  And to think that one day, I won’t have them at all hits me hard.

So we had a nice little chat about empty nest years and it was a great reminder to me to cherish these days, no matter how chaotic they are, because one day I won’t have to do all this.

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It’s Another Smart One!

Patrick brought home his first round of weekly test for first grade.

All are 100% A+

All are 100% A+

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Open House!

Visiting the boys’ school this year was fun.  They are enjoying their year so much.  They wanted us to meet their music and PE teachers. It was nice to see where they spend their days and to hear from their teachers how they’re both doing a great job.

First up was Patrick’s classroom.  I informed them that I would be inspecting their desks and lockers to make sure they were staying organized.

That's my boy in the middle of all those girls. ;)

That’s my boy in the middle of all those girls. ;)

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Yep...again, that's Patrick.

Yep…again, that’s Patrick.

His desk!!!!

His desk!!!!

On to Mac’s classroom.  We got to take a tour of his room then we took a family picture in the teacher’s photo booth.  I hope we get to see a copy of that one! My kind of fun. :)IMG_5022

Mac's self portrait....I couldn't figure out which was his.  I wonder what threw me off...

Mac’s self portrait….I couldn’t figure out which was his. I wonder what threw me off…

Mac's desk!

Mac’s desk!

All the work I do, and still Dad is the hero.

All the work I do, and still Dad is the hero.

Mac had a good laugh at this guy.  Everyone had the same template, so they each had a fat head and body. :)

Mac had a good laugh at this guy. Everyone had the same template, so they each had a chubby head and body. :)

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A Beautiful Day

The weather this past weekend was absolutely gorgeous.  Even with sickness around, we did find a few moments to enjoy the beautiful days.

Patrick and Prince

Patrick and Prince

Cousins having fun at the park

Cousins having fun at the park

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Labor Day Weekend

Day 1: Relax. Don’t clean. Daddy recouping from bronchitis.

Day 2: Off to enjoy a day at the lake with Meme and her family. (Thank you, Uncle Luke for a wonderful time!)  Come home to Daddy feeling worse. Regret not cleaning on Day 1.

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First jump in the lake!

First jump in the lake!

First jump in the lake!

First jump in the lake!

They loved the feeling of floating.  First time in life jackets!

They loved the feeling of floating. First time in life jackets!

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Day 3: Develop a horrid cold. Still don’t clean. Play Putt Putt!

IMG_4995 IMG_4996 IMG_4998In spite of the illness going around, we had a wonderful weekend with family. :)

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