Monthly Archives: August 2013
Everyone with school aged kiddos has been busy the past few days getting things ready and mentally prepped for the first day of school. Pre-baby days, I never really gave it much thought, what it was like to send your kids to school. I had no memory of moms pressing their faces against the schools windows with tears in their eyes. I found out later (like last week) that my mom hovered on my brothers first day of school and was eventually asked to leave. My mom, while laughing, told me when it was my turn, she didn’t even slow down the car while pushing me out of it in front of the school. Knowing my mom, I bet that story isn’t exactly accurate. 😉
Here I am on the first day of school. Not sure which grade but I’m thinking preschool.
Next week, both Lilly and Willow will be going to preschool. I can’t even begin to think about Kindergarten!
Last week, we just happened upon a relocation and release of loggerhead turtle babies with the S.C.U.T.E. program here in Pawleys. The volunteers dig up the eggs and make sure all the babies made it out and into the ocean and then they take all the eggs that are still waiting to hatch and place them in a new “nest” under the sand. One little loggerhead was ready for the big waters and a group of sandy people stood around and silently watched the little creature flipper itself to the surf.
I can’t help but make the connection between this little turtle’s path to the sea and our children disappearing into the school’s front doors. When the turtle got closer to the waves, one would come up and miss it and the crowd made a unifying noise of anticipation. Then, one wave came in strong and we all knew it was the one that would carry the turtle out to sea. I held my breath and watched as what was once there, struggling to make it to the water, was now on a ride into the deep waters. Again, the crowd made a unifying noise but this time one of satisfaction.
I’ll be holding my breath next Wednesday when Lilly and Willow are walking into the door of St. Peter’s School. The waves are unpredictable and sometimes rough but as smart as they are, they’ll know when to avoid the sharks and make friends with the colorful fish…and they’ll have each other.
We received our preschool class supply list in the mail yesterday. It marked the end to a summer that has been filled with guests, sunshine and suntan lotion, boat rides, and mosquitoes. I’m already seeing my NC friends posting about how they can feel fall in the air, just a little, and I do miss that. It will be hot here for awhile longer (I am assuming) but this is when the crowds thin out and we become the locals.
Since moving to Pawleys, we have been able to see so many more of our long time friends. The beach brings ’em down and we are always happy to meet them where they are or have them stay. Recently, my maid of honor Cyndi came with her family and we spent a few hours together.
We actually sat on a rainy beach and watched the muscles dig their little holes in the sand but as always, a visit from Cyndi is fun and comfortable. Just this week, Kathryn and Tyler along with their family have been in Surfside so we’ve been able to be at the beach with them and Wil took Tyler out fishing. I’ve been enjoying the golden friends but my silver friends invited me to a girls only getaway. We went to Lake Santee and enjoyed a lot of good food, drinks, laughter, paddle boarding, kayaking and lounging around. It filled me up with new energy and confidence.
HCFM had Vacation Bible School August 5th through 9th and it was more fun then I had expected. I headed up crafts with lots of great help and things seemed to go very well. I saw many happy day campers and the mornings in crafts flew by as everyone was working so hard to complete the art du jour. Kei Kei came into town to look after Willow so I could be free in the mornings. She brought Willow over for the last day where they were able to ride ponies and go down a water-slide. The pony was a bigger hit then the slide for both Willow and Lilly. Wil put all his years at Camp Henry into good use and sang his heart out with the kids. He sure does make us proud.
One beautiful Saturday morning, we went on a boat ride to South Litchfield. We sat up the umbrella on a people free beach and Wil fished as the girls and I played in the water. Wil caught a few sharks and we saw lots of hermit crabs. Exploring when the tide is low is exactly how I like to spend my beach time.
As much as I look forward to getting back into a routine and having some time for myself, I will miss having both girls home all day with the schedule wide open. There was a point in the middle of summer where I was tapped out with ideas and needing to be refreshed. Now that the end is near, we are getting as much summer fun in while we can. All the things we have overdone this summer seem precious in these last weeks.