This day has finally arrived!
We've had a faltering start to school this year. It's been so busy around here that I even only managed to capture a back-to-school photo of one of my children. (Actually it was a back-home-from-the-first-day-of-school photo. Note the dirt on her tights. She must have had fun on the playground.) Isn't #4 sweet?
Back to the point: school vacation has started! You read that right. Summer vacation is for the kids. School vacation is for me! The three youngest started school one week ago. On the fourth day of school, my fifth grader threatened my school vacation plans by staying home sick. Yesterday the two oldest went to a half-day orientation to high school while my niece and I worked on her scrapbook. But today is the day! The house is quiet and will remain so for six more hours. School vacation is IN!
For the past couple of years, I've looked forward to August 2012 when I would start putting the house in order, catching up our financial records, and maybe even stay on top of a part-time job or two. Now that the day has arrived, am I going to tackle the piles of canning dishes I created two days ago? Sort the stacks of hand-me-downs that have accumulated? File some receipts or argue with the health insurance until they cover our doctor check-ups? All of those are so tempting. But no. I am celebrating this momentous day of having all five children in school all day by taking a nap and reading a book.
Oh yeah. I still have to check my fifth grader out for an orthodontist appointment, teach two piano lessons, and make dinner for a new mom. But at least I have a few hours of me time for the first time in a long time!