It is that time again. A new school year begins. There have been so many times, with three kids, that I have had them scattered in different school buildings. This year I have the boys both in high school so I am down to one school.
I know how old they are, but some things have just kind of "hit me" recently. Sydney is starting her second year of college and Shane is a junior and Stratton is a freshman. I am really looking forward to this year. Nobody is graduating and it should just be a fun year. I would never have thought I would be such a football fan, but with two playing, I just love it! I will have two games a week to watch and I am very excited about that.
What I am not looking forward to are the early mornings. At least with Shane driving, I won't have to deal with morning car lines, but then there's the worry of, well, he is driving. (By the way, Stratton turns 15 in December so I will have 3 drivers in a few months!) I think I have easily aged 10 years with these kids learning how to drive and being out in their own vehicles! I don't know how parents did it before cell phones. If one of the kids forgets to text me they have gotten where they are going it isn't past me to go look and make sure they are there. Don't tell them, though!
What has been a very sobering realization is that my kids are almost grown. Seriously, time goes so fast and it has just occurred to me that in four short years I won't have any more kids in school. Well, I hope the boys will be in college, but you know what I mean. Four years. Four years. That is no time at all. If me, my sister, and brother are any indication, then it isn't likely my kids will leave me, but they will be grown.
In fact, it is my dad's goal to find some land so we can all still be together and any of the kids that want to be near can also. I realize I just probably ruined any chances of our kids ever finding someone to marry them by saying that. That kind of closeness doesn't work for everyone, but we wouldn't want it any other way. Our kids won't really know any other way to live. They are so close with one another, more like siblings, that I don't see any of them wanting to be too far from each other. They were as sad as me when Shane had football camps this summer and he was away for just a few days!
It is just a strange idea for me to think about having grown children. I like their ages now. We have a lot of fun. We can all watch the same movies and do many things we couldn't when they were little. I also enjoy their friends. Now, it is just the more the merrier, not like when they were little and you just added to the chaos! I loved their little play dates, but having their friends over now is a lot more fun. It is a lot harder keeping them all fed, but it is still more fun!
I am sure it is just like anything else. You just move along and get there through a process of time. It was hard for me to imagine being at this point a few years ago. I know I am getting ahead of myself but the last few years have gone by so fast and I know it doesn't show any signs of slowing down. I am just going to go into this new school year feeling blessed and make sure I don't take anything for granted. There are a lot of moms and dads in my position and we just have to enjoy every minute and not let any of them slip by without being thankful.
So, here's to the new school year, oh, and football season!
My handsome boys! They make me proud on and off the field!
By the way, there is a reason Stratton's pads are a mess. I told them when the school was done with pictures I wanted to get one of them. He took his pads off thinking he wouldn't have to, but I caught him and made him put them back on for just long enough for me to get this picture!