Monday, August 17, 2009

A little back-to-school blogcation

I'm sitting here in the final week before my oldest son starts Kindergarten and I'm wondering where the summer went...and honestly where the past five-and-a-half years went. I've decided to take a little blogging break to concentrate on the boys before school starts and we adjust to our new life together with one child in full-time school and the other child starting part-time preschool. It's a big adjustment for all of us and not surprisingly, I'm the one who's having the hardest time coming to terms with it all. In order to savor our final days as a family with non-school-age kids I'm taking a short blogging break. Once school starts and the boys and I settle in to things I'll be back with tales of the garden, the chickens and life around here.

Thanks and see you soon...

13 comments:

Lo said...

:( I hate growing kid adjustments :( :(

Annie's Granny said...

Enjoy every precious moment, Kate...but hurry back, we'll miss you!

hidinginmygarden said...

Enjoy your special week, I'll be thinking of you. My boys are 14 and 18 years old now, but I still get a lump in my throat remembering that first week of school. x

Darla said...

Understand~~~~

Engineeredgarden said...

Kate - thankfully, my last child in school is a senior this year. It was kind of sad to see them get onto the school bus for the first time when they were little kids, but after they get older - it is a welcomed break. Hurry back to us, because you will be missed!

Dani said...

((HUGS)) to you Kate. :)

Ribbit said...

My eldest started Kindergarten this year as well. He just loves it!! Yours is going to do fantastic as well!! Think of the things you can come to class and share. Wouldn't the kids just have a duck if you brought one of the chickens for a little lesson!!!

donna said...

What a good mother! Your boys are lucky. Our grandson is going into second grade. I've been pleading with him for several years to "stay little", but he doesn't listen to a word I say. I love that he reads now, that part is super fun. I'll be checking in for some kindergarten and preschool stories. Good luck to them both.

Anonymous said...

Kate, as a Mother of 3 adult children and a Grandmother of two sweet boys, I have so enjoyed reading your blog and will look forward to your return. Enjoy your last days together!!!

Right now I am working on your Photo Memory Game as a birthday gift - thanks for the great idea! Barbara

Kelly said...

How do we do this? I am facing the same hurdle. It is hard to imagine our days without the little ones around nagging isn't it? One day they are spitting sweet potatoes at you with a toothless grin, and then they are leaving you for full day kindergarten. My youngest will be home all day by herself, she may have the hardest time adjusting to 5 full days with out her big brother! Enjoy your time with the boys, they grow too fast!

Jamie said...

Hi, I'm a loyal blog follower and have a question. One of our chickens just laid her first egg this morning (SO EXCITING!!!!) and now I'm not sure if there's anything I'm supposed to do with it before we can eat it. I know I should wash it, but anything else? Just put it in the fridge until time to boil it? Thanks!
~Jamie

Kate and Crew said...

Thanks so much for the kind words everyone! It's a weird feeling knowing that tomorrow is the big day and we'll be spending all day without my oldest.

Ribbit - how has the transition been for you?

Jamie - One thing I know for sure is that you aren't supposed to wash the eggs. Washing the eggs can introduce bacteria into the egg. You're supposed to wipe it down with a rag (if it needs it) and if you really want to, you can wash it right before cooking with it, but don't wash it and then let it sit in your fridge uneaten. It washes off the natural "bloom" that's on the exterior of the egg. In my chicken book it says this:

"do not wash the eggs. Wipe them clean with a dry cloth or lightly scrub them with a course paper towel of very fine sandpaper. If you can avoid it, do not wash the egg with water. Eggshells have a natural outer coating that keeps bacteria out. This outer coating is water soluble. If you wash the egg, you also wash away its protective coating. If the egg is so dirty that it must be washed, use it right away." Hope this helps!! and CONGRAT'S!!!!!!!

Muum said...

my youngest is 13, but I do remember that feeling. Here's a poem:

Back to School

Somehow the sunlit world is gray
A small boy went to school today.
So often in these last few years
of healing hurts
and drying tears...
Of picking playthings off the floor...
Of running often to the door,
One thought has been a placid pool...
He'll soon be old enough for school.
He was old enough today,
Yet all the sunlit world is gray.
So soon my rooms grow orderly,
With no small boy to bother me.
But quiet rooms are lonely things
when in their walls no small boy sings.
A quiet yard's a lonely place,
When it has known a small boy's face.
Today he joined the world of men...
He'll not be wholly mine again.
Today he braved life's rise and fall...
Dear Lord he seems so very small.
Somehow the sunlit world is gray...
My baby went to school today.
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