Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Two Days Off This Month

So, school just started this month, right?  My kids have already had two days off!

Tomorrow is one of the two September days the students and staff have off.  Which means since school started they have only had one full week of school.  I looked at the calendar and October is the only month of the school year that has no days off. 

Here is how the rest of it breaks down:

4 days off

2 weeks off - Winter Break

2 days off

1 week off - Mid Winter Break

2 days off

1 week off - Spring Break

2 days off

I don't claim to understand teacher contracts or number of school hours required by each state for the school year or how many minutes a school day should consist of, but what I do know is my kids work better with a routine and so do I.

I know I have a hard time getting into a groove because just when I do my kids seem to have a day off from school.  If I'm having a hard time getting into a groove imagine how hard it must be for the students.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Sound of Silence

I remember this day last year when I boo hooed about Christopher starting school full-time and how quiet it was in my house with no kids home during the day.  Well, I still get teary-eyed the first day of school but I gotta say, this year, I welcome the sound of silence.

We had a great summer.  I can't quite believe it's over so fast.  But, during that 2 1/2 month hiatus from school I am with the boys from sun up to sun down and silence isn't something I can count on with any frequency.  If we go out somewhere with a crowd, it's loud.  Even if we stay home, it's loud.  At night, when everyone tries to settle down but one brother hits the other brother as he walks by and a fight erupts, it's loud.  In the morning when it should be quiet because, well, it's morning, one brother scares the other brother as he comes out of his bedroom and it's loud. 

This summer was loud.  But, today, it's quiet. 

I'm a little bit anxious because it's been so loud for so long I'm just waiting for a door to burst open with one of my boys spilling forth tattling on the other for rude behavior during the neighborhood kickball game.  I still need reminding today that the boys are back in school because it just doesn't seem possible that summer flew by as fast as it did.  Even though I miss the heck out of them already I am thoroughly enjoying my quiet time.

Everyone always wants to know what you'll be doing when the kids go back to school.  I've got plenty lined up.  My to-do lists are growing. 

But, just for today, I'm enjoying the sound of silence.


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