Is anyone else having a hard time believing that summer is almost over? It’s just like when I was a kid — winter drags on so long that I feel ready to pull my hair out, but I blink and summer is over.
If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that J starts kindergarten one week from today! I actually don’t feel sad about this — I’m pretty excited for him. I think J is going to love kindergarten and he’s so ready now for the next phase. He’s ready for more structure, to be around bigger kids and to have friends in his neighborhood. I think he’ll love it next summer when he’s not stuck at home playing with his little brother and sister all day (as much as he loves them) and can go play with neighborhood friends instead.
But if we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is hard for me to believe that N starts pre-K in a week! N is my only girl, and while J seems like such a big kid to me, it’s much harder for me to believe that N is growing up as fast as she is. But she’a precocious little thing so I know that she will do great in pre-K (she’s always the teacher’s pet — like mother, like daughter), and will definitely be ready for kindergarten next year.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we spent most of last week visiting Mimi and Papa (my mom and dad) in Iowa. The kids looooove going on “vacation” to visit Mimi and Papa and were very excited that we got to spend 4 nights instead of our usual 2. Before we left, J and I had the following exchange:
J: “Mommy, I think you and Daddy really need some time by yourselves. So when we’re in Iowa, you guys should just go somewhere just the two of you and leave us with Mimi and Papa.”
Me: “Well J, that’s very thoughtful of you.”
J: “Yeah, and then maybe Mimi and Papa will take us to McDonald’s!”
The kid always has an ulterior motive (we never take them to McDonald’s), but Albert and I were more than happy to humor him this time! We did indeed leave the kids with Mimi and Papa and went to spend an afternoon in Iowa City. We bummed around downtown Iowa City (for those not familiar with Iowa City, it is home to the University of Iowa where I went to law school and Albert went to undergrad), and hit up some of our old stomping grounds.
I got to check out Home Ec Workshop, this darling little fabric shop in Iowa City. I didn’t buy any fabric, but I did pick up a few gorgeous buttons.
Then we met some good friends who live in Iowa City for dinner in the downtown Iowa City ped mall. Great vacation date night!
So that was our week in a nutshell. Hope everyone else is having a great end to their summer too!
If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?