This week is a busy week for this gal, my boys started school, we had to finalize our wills, Mike is traveling for work, book socks (don’t ask), work, calendar issues especially because, they discontinued my favorite ones from Target! Let’s all return our tray tables to their upright positions though, I got them on Amazon and I bought TWO, so there.
Yesterday was tough for me, actually the past few weeks have been tough for me. I’ve been an anxious wreck. But, I know how to slap a sticker on it and keep it moving because I can’t let my anxiety and fears keep me from being Mom, wife and novel outliner. This girl has goals, anxiety can happen at 3AM, like it did last night or this morning, rather. But, back to yesterday I thought for sure that Alex was going to have a rough day and Gabriel, as always would have the time of his life.
So much for that. It was the reverse! How do I know? Well, Gabriel is very vocal, and the tears yesterday morning were an indicator. He just didn’t want summer to end. I get it, buddy, I do. I thought the day’s activities and the excitement of seeing his friends would wick the tears of a shortened summer off of his chubby little cheeks.
Mike and I took the day off to drop them off and pick them up, not to mention do last minute school uniform shopping during the day (and that Last Will and Testament thing). We show up at the school a whole 30 mins early, because I am excited to hear all about it. After 45 minutes of waiting, I see Alex with his arm around Gabriel coming down the hall. I wave like I am being electrocuted – like they wouldn’t recognize their mother whom they just left a few hours ago.
Me: Hi My Sweet Boys (that’s what I call them) how was your day!?! (said way too loudly, by the way)
Gabriel: Boring. We just listened to announcements, and rules and only ONE RECESS, Mom! One!
Alex: Awesome, my best friend is in my class!!
Well, first grade is a change isn’t it? Mike grabbed Gabriel’s little hand and we started off to the house, we’re only across the street. So I chatted it up with Alex and all of his excitement. I remember it like this:
He was talking about that little card he has in his hand, where if he does well he gets punches, and 10 punches means he can pick from a basket of stuff! He’s so excited, and BEST FRIEND, Mom! Isn’t that so cool, finally!
Not what I expected and I was so relieved that he had such a great day. And isn’t he so cute in that tie?!
Mike, was walking with
Eeyore Gabriel talking in hushed tones. I just know Mike was trying to cheer him up. This is how he bends when I’m sad so I recognize the stance and tried to calm Alex but still give that interested face (where your eyebrows reach your hairline) and try to listen in on the conversation. Mike’s an expert with the hushed tones, so I got nothin.
I didn’t even get to chat with Mike about it at all when we got home. Mike had to change his flights for work and the boys had to change their clothes. I just knew my little boy wasn’t excited for his first day. All he wanted to do was cozy up in his bed and play with his toys, lay about with his brother and relax. He wanted his summer back. I did my usual paper flinging aka checking the backpacks to fill out first day paperwork (the information on them never changes) and I pull this out from Gabriel’s backpack.
See how he’s reaching for his bed and television (which suddenly has rabbit ears?) I can’t even imagine what this was like in the classroom. Little boys and girls sharing their one word feelings about the night before their first day of school: excited, happy, awake, sleepy and then…sad. Poor lamb. Here’s hoping he has a better day, because I woke him up with tickles and reminded him he has gym today “and that counts as two recesses, Mommy?” You know it my sweet boy.
And in other news, Mike and I celebrated our 7th anniversary this weekend. As a surprise, he took me to a restaurant we hadn’t been to before and we just relaxed. It was lovely. On our ride home – because we were at a Ski resort, we stopped and took this picture.
Just a heads up, tomorrow I have a HUGE post coming at’cha – something, something, something, book review, giveaway, Catholic, lay Dominican, mystery, co-post with Tiffany, and I use the word Yowza.