After a glorious 17 days off of school for Christmas break, today was back to reality. Back to packing lunches, back to waking up early with an alarm clock, back to homework and back to a go, go, go schedule. I loved the break and having the kids home for so long. The first week they were at each other's throats. There were constant fights, arguing, and pestering. But it only took a few days and they were into their groove. They were playing, make-believing, imagining and creating. I sometimes hated to interrupt their play because it was so sweet. I just love having the kids at home and allowing them to really be kids.
This morning was a rude awakening. Not only was a early, but it was really cold, too! We have to leave for the bus stop at 6:45 AM, and it is just miserable to be up and outside at that time. Thankfully they were really excited about getting back to school though. That certainly made it easier. Handley couldn't even go to sleep last night because she was so excited. It was almost like the first day of school all over again.
Hudson wasn't supposed to be starting back until tomorrow, but he got sick in the car this afternoon and seems to have an upset tummy, so he'll be home again. Him getting sick meant we didn't make it to dance this afternoon. Hudson was disappointed because he had been looking forward to going and playing with all of the other little brothers. The girls were a little bummed, but understood and as Jen put it, it was God's way of easing us back into our busy schedules. Our afternoon at home proved to be just what we all needed.
I'm sure by the end of this week, we will be back into our school schedule groove and things will be rolling right along. I certainly hope that is the case because we have a long way to go before Spring Break!