Truly has been one of those weeks where I will honestly tell you I have been feeling a bit out of sorts. Deep down I know that summer has ended. The local pools and beaches are no longer really open with lifeguards on deck. Their is crisp chill in the air in the evenings and mornings now.
To prove it my theory, my brother usually goes to the pool daily during the summer (he works late night into early morning, so when he gets off he usually head to the pool) and while I was hard at work during these summer weeks during the afternoons, I would hear or see his tales on his Facebook wall. Monday, while it was truly overcast and a not very summer-like day, his Facebook wall photo caption read, “Last day shenanigans.”
That summed it up perfectly, the summer is over and Monday being Labor Day was its swan song.
The local schools started up this past Wednesday (elementary through high school), but were then off for the Jewish New Year on Thursday and Friday. A tease for teachers and students alike.
For my girls, it all starts this upcoming week with Monday being “Meet the Teacher”, where they go to do just that and meet their teachers for half hour and then start Tuesday with school for 2 1/2 hours in the afternoons. And Tuesday evening, we get to go to “Back the School Night” to hear all about the upcoming school year for them.
Emma will be going Monday-Thursday (4 days a week, 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon). Lily will also be going for the same time and days minus Wednesdays.
Not only am a little down in the dumps about Summer ending, but I am a little shell shocked that my baby, who isn’t even 3 yet until November will be going to pre-school this year.
Lily has grown so much over the last few months right before my very eyes. See she gave up napping this past summer, talks circles around me the loud mouth, is fully potty trained and really is her own little person. But up until now, she still wasn’t in school and hung out with me nap or not, while my big girl, Emma went to school.
I didn’t take Emma starting school last year as badly, but this one does kind of hurt, because I no longer have any babies in the house.
Don’t get me wrong, I am very much happy for many reasons that I don’t, but this still is bittersweet for me and have a feeling as much as I protest, I will probably be fighting back tears when I drop her off on her first day. As I write this, a lump is forming in the back of my throat..
However, this is supposed to be an upbeat, thankful post for the weekend. So, I am going to try now to pull myself together and give you a few things that I have been thankful for this past week now. Like I said a little choked up, but still do have lots to be thankful for. So here it goes!
My Ten Things of Thankful of The Week~
1. Starting off the weekend last Friday with finally getting a touchup after almost 4 months. I was looking like I would fit in for Halloween with my grey roots. I could have been Cruella DeVille quite easily. But thankfully, I had some time to get it down and now at least my roots match the rest of my hair color.
2. Fall sunsets that look like the below picture, because the colors are so vibrant and dreamy, too!
3. My dad bringing home Taste of Home’s Smoothie and Blender Drinks Recipe Books. We already made the Nutty Monkey Malts, click here for the recipe.
5. Kevin and the girls having their own brand of silly fun whatever day of the week it is!
6. Cheating a bit on my diet and enjoying Carvel’s Health Bar Sundae Dasher on one of the last summer nights this year!
7. That even though it was rainy and overcast, we were able to take the girls to Build-A-Bear to finally get Lily her very own dog, because she and Emma have had trouble sharing Emma’s (which she got on her birthday in July). Sorry the picture is a bit blurry, but was the cutest I got.
- 8. The girls loving their new dogs the following day and even entertaining themselves, while telling each other and their dogs funny stories!
9. For the PinCentive Blog Hop that started this week having over 150 linkups as of the time I wrote this. Seriously so excited for how well the first week went and hope you join us this week now, because from all I have seen so far this is HUGE!
Now if you missed a moment of this week’s blog articles, here is a recap~
On Monday, I graciously handed over my blog for the day with a heart warming story and giveaway (too!) to my monthly In Post sponsor, Brigid from The Pink Roller Coaster, for more click here.
On Tuesday, my younger brother was kind enough to stop by and share all about the latest kids craze with all about Rubber Band Bracelets from all his knowledge as stock manager at our local AC Moore with a tutorial, as well, click here.
On Wednesday, I happily posted about the Coffee Bean Direct and even offered a giveaway from the company to my loyal readers. For more click here.
On Thursday, I admitted my guilt of not having read a real book in so very long and asked for a bit of forgiveness, click here for more.
On Friday, back finally again with another FTSF, the sentence to finish was “If I had a magic wand…” To join us and link up, please click here. I also just had to share a recipe we just tried and loved for Nutty Banana Shakes, here.
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