This past week we had planned on taking one last summer trip to the beach, to swim, picnic and play in the sand. However, that morning we woke up and it was soooo cold outside. It was like fall arrived overnight and our excitement for swimming vanished. Once it gets cold here like that the water temp is just not swimmable anymore. Ha, if you ask some adults they will tell you the water is never really warm enough to swim around here in Vermont. So add to that the cold air and we knew summer had pasted us by. With summer already being so short here it really was pretty sad.
Instead of spending the day at the beach, we headed out to get some new fall clothes for the kids. We made a day of it enjoying time walking through the mall, eating freshly made pretzels, and shopping for clothes. While this may sound like something some people do on a regular basis, for us having the mall an hour away makes going a special event. On top of that we tend to purchase used clothes as much as possible to save money. However, this fall the kids had all grown so much that most if not all their fall/winter clothes would not fit and wouldn’t work for the other boys. Picking up school clothes really made the reality that summer is over more real. We spent a lot of time talking about our summer adventures and what was in store for us this coming school year. Even without swimming or playing in the sand we still had a nice day out. That night I got to work on planning out what curriculum we would be using for the upcoming school year and what out of that list of curriculum I needed to purchase. I got to work on scouring the internet for great deals and coupons to save us as much as possible on those purchases. After several days of debating on which items to purchase and where, I finally got everything purchased.
Regardless of having all the supplies or not, Wednesday marked the beginning of the new school year, at least for one of our kiddos. I watched as my teen pulled out his new clothes and got ready down to his new Converse shoes. He was as calm as could be expected for this first morning of school. After taking his picture and giving him a hug, I watched him walk down the road to catch the bus heading to the high school 10 miles away. As I walked back into the house all I could think was “It has Begun.” The school year is officially under way, at least for all public school kids and teachers around here. We however have 2 kiddos that we are homeschooling.
Homeschooling gives us lots of flexibility so while the public school is under way, we spent that first day of school celebrating with an end of summer fun day at the fair. It was a perfect day to go. Not too hot, not too cold and practically no lines for the rides. However, school starting was definitely on all our minds. I have one kiddo who could go on with summer forever and I have another that is super excited to get started. He LOVES school and really wants to get back to learning. While on the ferris wheel there was lots of talk about school.
So even with the flexibility that homeschooling offers we started homeschooling the next morning. Whether we where ready for it or not, summer had gone and the new school year had begun. l am looking forward to keeping all our kids on a similar schedule this school year and bringing back a more structured routine to our days. So here is to the new school year, whatever it might hold.