School started 2 weeks ago, but as you all know I am totally behind.
Summer was crazy fun and you will get to see that I finally start to catching up with things I let go this summer.
BUT, I did want to share with you our first day of school pictures and my thoughts on this first day of school 2013.
Boy 3.
The baby.
How in the world did he get old enough to go into 2nd Grade?
2nd Grade. That is the start of being a 'big kid' in my book.  More chores, more homework, more responsibility.  I no longer have a baby.  While the biggest part of me is excited about this, there is a small piece of me is sad, very sad.  Per post rules (and our rules because we live in Mayberry in Seoul - it would be a totally different rule if we lived someplace else) he can now walk to and from school by himself.  Mr. Independent.
Breakfast at the Bus Stop, a 1st day of school neighborhood tradition!
Boy 2.
5th Grade!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! 
This kid amazes me each and every day.  He has so many facts and details stored in that little brain of his I know that he is going to do something amazing with his life.   5th grade in the past has proven to be the year of change among our children and I can't wait to what this year brings for Boy 2.  This year our boy got the teacher he wanted and I think it is going to be a perfect fit!   I believe Mr. L will get this boy on so many levels.  Oh, and I can't forget to mention how independent he is; he has an ID card and a Ration Control Card and most of the time he has a couple of dollars in his pocket.  He is super generous and I have found out many times that he has treated his friends to goodies from the shopette after school. 
Breakfast at the Bus Stop, a 1st day of school neighborhood tradition!
6th Grade - Middle School.
I want to cry.  My baby girl is growing up way too fast.  I can't even talk about it.
I am SO PROUD of this girl.  She has an amazing heart and a beautiful spirit.  She tends to stay away from girl drama (please everyone say a pray that this continues throughout her life) and is a positive influence on her peers.  She is the best sister this group of boys could ask for.  She is my solid.  She takes care of me even though she knows she doesn't need to, and talk about being Daddy's girl.  I love watching her and her Daddy hold hands as they walk anywhere together.  She is the sunshine in my life. 
Boy 1.
High School SENIOR.
It is a well-known fact that when your 1st child enters Kindergarten that there will be tears, and there were tears for me on his first day of Kindergarten.
What I wasn't prepared for was his senior year and so much more.
No one told me that if you BLINK your baby will go from being a Kindergartener to a senior in NO TIME.
No one told me how hard it would be to send him to school his first day of his senior YEAR.
No one told me I would have more tears the first day of his senior year (and the weeks leading up to his first day) then I did on his first day of Kindergarten.
No one told me that when your baby enters his senior year of HS your heart will break a little more each day.
No one told me that when your baby enters his senior year of HS that you only have 10 months left to teach him what he needs to know before he goes out into this big bad world.
I want more time. (By the way, I have tears streaming down my face while writing this.)
I haven't finished my job.
I have so much more to teach him. 
He doesn't even know how to grill for goodness sakes, much less drive a truck.
But then I have to step back and look at him, really look at him and the big picture.
What an amazing young man we have raised.
He has a good head on his shoulders.
I know there will be many bumps in his life journey, but I also know:
He is strong.
He is confidant.
He is smart.
He is cautious.
He is kind.
He is caring.
He is giving.
He is responsible.
And even though he has no idea what he wants to do with his life, (other than go to the University of Alaska - YES!  I SAID FREAKING ALASKA!!) I feel confident he will go out into the world and do good things.
He will give back to this world and not just take from it.
He will thrive even if he is freezing cold in Alaska.  :o) 
And these my friends are my precious gifts from husband on their first day of school 2013.
I am one blessed lady.
9/11/2013 03:56:20 am

Now you did it!!!

9/26/2013 08:45:44 am

This might be the best blog that you have ever written...and you have a lot of good ones. I have tears in my eyes reading about Boy 1 - I know how it feels to blink your eyes and your children are grown and gone off on their own. I can't wait to see everyone in a few days..Luv U!


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