Back to School happened this week.
I now officially have a 10th grader, 8th grader, 5th grader, and 2nd grader.
Where has the time gone?
It seems like just yesterday I was putting them on the bus for the first time. (Thing 3 is the only one of the Things that I didn’t put on the bus for the first time…)
But look how much they’ve grown from last year…
Or from two years ago…. (Which is the start of the pictures of four children on the first day of school)
I normally don’t dwell on the fact that they are, you know, growing up… because they do that. I know that. I guess what gets me is that in addition to realizing that this is the last year of Middle School for Thing 2 and the last year of Elementary school for Thing 3, I’ve been dealing with two other VERY BIG EVENTS.
Thing 1 is getting his learners permit this tomorrow (hopefully… I’m praying he truly has studied and knows his stuff.) and then?
She’s turning THIRTEEN. A real, live, honest to goodness teenager.
Couple that with the fact that tomorrow, I’ll be watching her cheer in her first HIGH SCHOOL football game (she made the high school JV squad this year)…
Well, I’m just screaming SLOW THE FREAK DOWN on the inside.
But there’s nothing that I can do about it.
When people ask advice on the Terrible Twos (or other young ages) I simply smile and say “Cherish them.”
Because, seriously, there is nothing I would love more to go back to the day when all I had to worry about was how to get the crayon/marker off the wall. It seemed like such a big deal at the time to me.
I wish now that I would’ve cherished those moments more.
But I am cherishing every.single.minute with these kids, despite the fact that I have to be the homework Nazi and that somedays I wonder why I had two children let alone married a man who had two more.
I am so madly in love with these kids, it’s not even funny.
And so I’m going to cherish… and the driver’s permit and the teenager thing will soon be the new crayons on the wall….
Until next time…