Here are the kids, having lunch at Costco with me, the day before school started back up again. We were having a celebration because of a good dentist check-up for everyone (a few months ago, whoops!) so they got some extras like smoothies and ice cream, which we normally wouldn't do.
The big kids went back to school Tuesday and Jane starts kindergarten a week later, which will be this Wednesday. I'm really hoping and praying that she will feel comfortable and do well because she has a really hard time leaving us to go to her church class on Sundays...and actually she doesn't go without a family member being with her. We need heavenly help for that girl.
I have mixed feelings about the kids being back at school. I love having them home with me, and I love that we're not so busy in the summers. We don't really have to rush here or there or anywhere; the only thing we have to strictly follow on the the summer schedule are piano lessons. Also, since Elisabeth is old enough to babysit, even though they were home all summer, I didn't have to load up all the kids and take them with me on my errands, but rather, I'd usually take one so that we could have some one-on-one time during errands which I also really liked. Having big kids is great!
On the other hand, It'll definitely be quieter, with only Nora around all day, which will be nice sometimes and probably lonelier sometimes, especially for Nora. The house should be able to stay cleaner longer which is a good thing. I should also be able to keep up a little better with my family and food blogs; my food blog has been especially hard to keep up over the summer because I don't feel like staging pictures and writing out recipes; I'd rather be talking with the kids and taking them on outings, which we did a lot of :). The kids have adjusted well to being back at school so that's helped with the transition. I really do love having them at home with me and am excited to get them back each late afternoon. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have been given to mother these children.