The Countdown Is On…

Looking forward to dropping them off at school in just a more days!

Yep, the countdown is on until Ethan starts Kindergarten and the girls start preschool. Next Wednesday (why do they start in the middle of the week?), my sweet boy starts “real” school. The following week, the girls will start preschool two days a week. I will be getting about four hours a week sans kids. It might not sound like much to you, but it has me doing the happy dance.

I can workout uninterrupted!

I can write!

I can get errands done without lugging all three kids along!

I can take a nap!

I can go to lunch with my husband, or maybe see a friend!

The possibilities are endless!

When Ethan started preschool last year, it was bittersweet. I went through the emotions of “oh-he’s-growing-up-so-fast” and “my-little-boy-isn’t-a-baby-anymore”. This year? Not so much. I am ready for this! I am ready for this time. I know that getting away from them for a few hours a week is something that we all need.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m sure I’ll cry when I drop him off and then again the next week when I drop the girls off. I’m sure I won’t be skipping out of school or doing the happy dance. I’m sure I won’t. Probably.

Being a full-time, stay at home mom has been the most challenging job I’ve ever had. I’m constantly on, constantly doing something. Kids cannot and do not appreciate the day-to-day things. They are demanding and stubborn and whiney, and if you aren’t a patient person, it’s enough to drive you crazy. I am not patient, so it’s been  a real eye opener for me, how tough it is for moms that stay home.

It’s tough, but it’s also a huge blessing, and I know how lucky I am to be able to do it. And all that being said, I’m still looking forward to school starting again. How about you?

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  1. OMG!! What timing for me to read this. I remember getting that freedom for the first time. It was a wonderful feeling. Especially when both my kids were in school full days, everyday. I just dropped mine off for the first day of school. I thought I would be happy to get rid of them but I feel empty. You see, my son is a freshman in high school this year. This is very hard. He is my first and he will be leaving in 4 short years. And, yes, they are very short years. He will be going to college or just moving out to become a man. A man!! OMG!! Hug your little guy as much as possible now. :-) Later it becomes a treat every so often. ~Allie Allie recently posted..Out of Place in the CityMy Profile
  2. D isn't going to school yet. If I would have enrolled him, they would have been on opposite schedules, so no alone time. I can absolutely understand why the prospect of a few kid-free hours is a bit freeing :) angela recently posted..Breaking Through Teacher StagnationMy Profile
  3. My eldest child is starting Kindergarten soon too (except here they don't start until early September). She goes to full time daycare, but the thought of the transition to Kindergarten is really freaking me out! Staying home with the kids is definitely one of the toughest jobs in the world, but I'm envious of the "ME" time you'll get to have when your kids are all in school! Bits of Bee recently posted..Summer Afternoons (Quotable Bits #30)My Profile
  4. Evil started kindergarten today. I was sad but she was happy. She even shooed me away. myevil3yearold recently posted..SiblingsMy Profile
  5. Wow! You are in the same boat I am... all kids in school. Welcome to the heavenly, amazing, freaking fantastic club! Jen recently posted..Dance Dance DanceMy Profile
  6. The last one to go to Kindergarten is a huge step! The days are long but the years are short!! PragmaticMom recently posted..Growing Your Own Garden of Bloggy FriendsMy Profile
  7. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy every stinking one. :) Tonya recently posted..Miles Of MemoriesMy Profile
  8. WOW! When does school let out? Our school year is September-June. Nolie recently posted..Fortune Cookies (A Wordless Wednesday Post)My Profile
  9. Yay! Enjoy the quiet. :) Those kid-free hours fly by. We start on a Monday this year and I hate it. Or maybe I'm just remembering my teacher days when that first week was really just to get to know my students and not really jumping full-force into everything, so I liked only having a few days that first week. Shell recently posted..Pour Your Heart Out: Peace and StrengthMy Profile