Today, Kristen from The Preppy Girl in Pink is taking over. Kristen is one of those people that you feel like you’ve known for your whole life. She’s such a gifted writer and connector and one amazing Mom to two beautiful girls. I was so excited to meet her in person back in May and I’m honored to have her here today.
Hi, I’m Kristen from The Preppy Girl in Pink. I’m a wife and mommy trying to find the balance between living, loving and paying the bills. It is a real treat for me to guest post for Christine. I feel like I should have brought a wet suit, sneakers and sunscreen. You never know what kind of adventure you are going to go on when you hang out with her. I am very lucky to have met Christine in real life and she is even more inspiring in real life than she is on her blog. She is the kind of friend that can make you laugh, allow you to vent and then tell you that there is still time to get in a workout. Christine, I hope you and your family are off enjoying yourselves and you are unplugging as much as possible!
And now for my guest post…
My husband barely has time to walk in the door from work before I start saying, “I’m done. This has been such a hard day. I need a break.”
He takes off his tie and walks over to give me a hug and a kiss. “I’m sorry, babe. What do you need from me?”
I want to say that I need a week alone, with no one to answer to, no phone, no computer, no clock and no calendar. Instead I tell him that I just need some time to fold the laundry in peace without having to hear, “I’m bored.” “She’s looking at me.” “She’s touching me.” “Why can’t we just watch TV all day?” “I don’t want to play outside. It’s too hot.”
I can’t stand folding laundry but when I count it as “me” time and my husband is keeping the girls distracted by playing with them or getting them out of the house for a bit…it is blissful.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy my girls’ company but the summer is coming to an end. They are done…like stick a fork in them and serve done! They miss the routine of school. They miss their teachers. They miss their friends.
We have had a great summer with lots of memories made and our hearts entangled tighter together. I know that they are ready for more though. The summer is fun. Every one of us needs a break but truly after a while, aren’t we all done? Don’t we all crave a routine and structure?
As much as I tried to give them the balance of vacation and routine, after so many weeks it just isn’t working anymore. Ash told us that she missed the challenges at school and when Bean told us that she was ready for the work to get harder in 3rd grade. It bothered my heart at first that they were ready to go back to school but then I felt a proud parenting moment coming on.
I realized that we have taught our girls that life isn’t just about letting things happen. We have taught them that life is about taking control and making things happen. We have shown them that with education, hard work and determination that they can make their lives whatever they want them to be.
My girls aren’t just ready to go back to school; they are trying to take control of where their lives are going…even at the young ages of 10 and 8. Sometimes, I need to remind myself to give them credit where credit is due.
Are your children ready to go back to school?
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