>> Thursday, September 8, 2016
Summer went by so fast.
July was pretty slow, for the most part, but August was a veritable flurry of activity. I have been gone for almost HALF of the days in the last six weeks! We spent four days at The Man's family gathering at the end of July/beginning of August, followed shortly thereafter by our 11-day west coast whirlwind road trip, then the girls and I spent a weekend up at the lake two weeks ago for my family gathering.
The past two weeks have been more like the beginning of summer ~ nothing much other than the usual yard- and housework. Just a few back-to-school appointments, like the hairdresser and dentist and such. The Man's parents came out with their 5th wheel and camped on the yard for a few days last week, but left Friday morning, so the last five days before school started were quiet.
I'm grateful for my in-laws' visit. They have camped on our yard for a few days before the Labour Day weekend each summer for many years, but last year they couldn't because of my Father-in-law's chemo regimen. Unfortunately, he needs a second round of treatment and it actually began the first morning they were at our house (he's taking daily oral doses this time instead of one intravenous dose every three weeks), but I am so grateful that there were no side effects to speak of while they were here. We had a very nice visit with them. The Man was home the entire time and because we weren't sure what to expect with his dad's chemo, we didn't plan to do anything or go anywhere, so it was actually kind of like a vacation at home, complete with afternoon naps! AND his mom made half the meals!!
thankful the girls had a good first day of school. AJ's been counting down the days ever since school ended! I wasn't worried about her because she had at least a handful of former classmates in her new class. Mack had her first day of high school and has been much more nervous about going back to school. Yesterday there were no classes for Grades 10-12, so it was just an orientation and familiarization day for all the new Grade 9 students. It went smoothly enough, so she's gained a little bit of confidence, but today is the first day with the entire student body, so the hallways will be much more congested and she's nervous about being "the little kids." And about all the other things that will be different in high school. I know she will be fine.
I'm thankful for the return of routine, although come Monday, that too, will be very different this year from previous Septembers...
What are YOU grateful for today?