0
parenthood

Back To School Blues {{Guest Post}}

Back to school blues, first day of school

I have another really SWEET guest post for you today. It’s back to school for a lot of kiddos out there, and even though my kids aren’t old enough to start school yet, doesn’t mean that I don’t think of the day they will. I LOVE reading posts like this because it makes me realize that when the day comes, the emotions I will feel are completely normal and  just a part of life.

Kids grow up really fast. I always heard everyone say that but didn’t really understand the significance to it until I became a mom. Now that little Scarlett is 16 months, she is walking, talking, and she’s even gotten a little diva in her now. haha, oh, and she’s a big sister too!

Reading posts like these from other moms who have children just a little bit older, makes me see how quickly this time will pass, and how I need to remember to cherish every moment.

So help me welcome Ashley from OurLittleLife.com with Back To School Blues.

Waking up early..

Backpack loaded down with sharp new supplies..

Perfectly combed hair..

Freshly painted nails..

New outfit with matching shoes and a bow to boot..

Tummy butterflies and nervous smiles..

Picture after picture capturing the moment..

The car ride home filled with exciting new stories, gossip and more smiles…

The first day of school.

Every year I look forward to the day. Summers over, the house is quite and chaos is at a minimum.

But every year the silence, I anxiously awaited for three months, takes over my thoughts. I realize it’s another year closer to my little girl not being so little anymore.

I reminisce on the great memories we made as a family over the summer…the laughs, the tears and the funny stories. And every year it gets to me. One more summer down, not many more to go.

This year hit a little harder, I have a third grader and now a kindergartener. Two down, one more to go and the snowball takes off… Before long summer time will be a thing of the past.

There will be no more giggles, no more pretend, no more up all night movie marathons…No more summertime excitement… One day they will all leave the nest and the silence will be something I dread rather than welcome.

It brings a tear to my eye… EVERY YEAR. I realize how selfish I acted, anxiously waiting for school to start so they would get out of my hair for 8 hours a day.

I realize the opportunities I missed by allowing myself to become too overwhelmed with 3 kids just enjoying the summer.

I realize how truly blessed I am and how easy it is to take it for granted.

 

They won’t be little forever, embrace it… All year round.

Not just the first and last day of school… Every day.

Every memory and milestone in between… Cherish the summertime and making the memories.

Do not long for school to start because your tired…

One day, in a blink of an eye, it will all be gone.

This year I plan to make some changes. Enjoy more and worry less. It’s over before you know it.

I look forward to another school year and yet ANOTHER summer…

And I am excited 🙂


Like my fan page here.

More From Story of Five

You Might Also Like

19 Comments

  • Reply
    Tough Cookie Mommy
    August 26, 2013 at 2:26 am

    There is just something so special about the relationship between an older and younger sibling. I love watching the way that my boys interact with one another.

  • Reply
    Viccy H
    August 26, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Beautifully written! My eldest starts school next month so I’m going through the same nerves, fear & excitement

  • Reply
    Sarah Bailey
    August 26, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I love the idea of taking pictures of them and including what they want to be – what a wonderful reminder of the years.

  • Reply
    Rosey
    August 26, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Oh my gosh those signs rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the kids do grow too fast.

  • Reply
    Pam
    August 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I love those signs. I wish I had thought of that when my kids were younger. They would refuse to pose for those now.

  • Reply
    Jutta@HungryLittleGirl
    August 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Oh I know that feeling too well. End of Summer always means, that they are one year closer now to growing up and moving out. Mine is 11 and I don’t want him to get older lol. Time flies by way too fast!

  • Reply
    Becca
    August 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I adore the signs that you have with them! I took a picture of Emalee on her first day this year and want to take one on the last day 🙂 It really is bitter sweet when you realize how close they are to not being home any more 🙁 I’m glad my girl loves school but she is just growing so fast on me 🙁

  • Reply
    Anne
    August 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    These years do go by quickly! Heard once the great parenting paradox is the years are short but the days are long…. can be so true! The thing is when the time leave comes for them to leave while I am sure I will miss a LOT about having them with us, I know there will be new fun to experience, like hopefully grandparenting at some point. 🙂

  • Reply
    Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade
    August 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Adorable kids, cute photos and as the mom of 3 adults, let me tell you, It DOES go by too fast. I am so glad to see you say embrace it. I hate reading post about people being happy the kids are back in school and “out of their hair” so sad.
    Love those babies, enjoy them is right, because it is all too true. you blink and they are gone.

  • Reply
    sarah clegg
    August 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    wonderful reading and i must say i love your kids pjs especially the batman ones hehe 😀

  • Reply
    Ashley
    August 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    So very cute! And i love the idea of having them hold up signs for each school year. I am 27 and started my last year of my Masters program today, but sometimes I feel like grade school was just yesterday 🙂

  • Reply
    Astrid
    August 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Interesting read. I am not a parent so have rarely thought about the emotional issues faced by parents having to get their children back to school.

  • Reply
    Growing Up Madison
    August 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Love the photos. Someone wants to be a ninja spy when they grow up. Too cute. I remember those days. My 2 boys are only 4yrs apart so they basically grew up very close. Nothing like sibling love. 🙂

  • Reply
    Stormy Gonzalez
    August 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    “There will be no more giggles, no more pretend, no more up all night movie marathons…No more summertime excitement… One day they will all leave the nest and the silence will be something I dread rather than welcome.”

    I feel like this just made me realize all the cool crazy kid stuff. I guess I felt like it’d alwasy be around – but you’re right! It’s gonna end and be over quicker than we realize. Now I can’t wait for those color bubbles to dye my patio, or “washing” the car and making a bigger mess because it turned into a water fight. THESE are the days we cherish. Not the ones we sit alone.

  • Reply
    Cynthia L.
    August 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I love the photos and the signs. It is always hard to send your little one s off.

  • Reply
    Aida Ignram
    August 28, 2013 at 3:41 am

    AWwww this is so cute… I love that you have included what they want to be when they grow up. It is great to tap into the goals of your children, giving them hope and helping them walk into school with a mission!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    August 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you again for the guest post opportunity! And also thank you to everyone for all the sweet comments above about my kids and the signs we made, made me smile 🙂

  • Reply
    Terry (My Journey With Candida)
    September 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

    All those signs are adoreable… I wish I would have thought of something like that when my Daughter was young…. too late for her, but I have Grandkids…

  • Reply
    Back To School Fears of a Busy Mom
    August 31, 2015 at 6:00 am

    […] many parents. I loved my Facebook feed this week, and seeing all my friends and family taking their back to school photos of their kids. Some were well thought out – they had signs made my mom and dad, or signs made […]

Leave a Reply