And the School Rush Begins...


Okay, in all fairness, school started three weeks ago.  I guess I should have developed a routine by now, but instead, I feel like the rush is on--the rush to do homework, the rush to plan and drive to various activities (like swimming, Cub Scouts, and roller skating), and the rush to "schedule" family time in between it all.  (Did you notice that I didn't mention house work?  Who has time for that?)

I know what you're thinking..."but you only have One."  You're absolutely correct.  I honor, no revere, anyone that has more than one child.  I can't even imagine handling all of Lewie's activities times two (or three or four).  I even bow to those moms that have children involved in sports like football and baseball.  I would never be able to handle a vigorous schedule of practice and games--either my mom and husband would have to help cart Lewie everywhere (because I don't come home early on most nights), or I would need to quit my job.  Simply put, there is just not enough hours in the day for everything, and weekends seem to go by with the snap of a finger.  (Of course, it doesn't help when you're expected to work on one of those weekend days, which does happen from time to time.)

So in this three week blur, here are a few pictures to remind me what happened...

Big Lew and I went out for a seafood dinner at Guilford Mooring.  (This is when we learned that they
have a friendly skunk that likes to roam around the dock looking for food scraps.) 

We had a Pack 2010 Car Wash Fundraiser, made a "pizza garden," organized a carnival (Bear Requirement),
and volunteered to sell popcorn at our church fair.

We closed our pool, ending our second season with it.

We went for a hike at White Memorial Conservation Center.

We treated Big Lew to a birthday lunch.  (It ended abruptly after Little Lewie got sick
and threw up at the restaurant in front of all the patrons.)

Hubby got to make a birthday wish.

Lew welcomed his 47th year with a family party.
Now it's Tuesday (three weeks later), and we're back to our routine of school, swimming, and Cub Scouts.  This weekend, Lewie will get to "camp" overnight aboard the Intrepid (the sea, air, and space museum complex in New York City) with Daddy and the Cub Scouts while I enjoy some quality "shopping time" with my mom.  September is going by fast.  I'm so thankful for blogging, so I can capture the highlights before they all turn into one big blur.

First Week of School Traditions (Third Grade)


Little Lewie officially started third grade last Monday.  There was some sighing and whimpering as this kid got out of bed, but no tears.  I reminded him that he needed to give his new teacher a chance. Miracles do happen.  Maybe he would love third grade.

I was a little out of practice with the morning routine, so Lewie almost missed the bus!  For some reason, I thought the time went by slower in the mornings--my bad!  I had exactly three minutes for pictures before the bus showed up at our driveway.  It didn't give us the chance for long, tearful goodbyes, which definitely was a good thing.

He grabbed his backpack and jacket and to the bus he went.  Once he found a seat, he even waved back to my mom and me with a big smile.  "Good," I thought.  "Now I can finish getting ready for work."

Since I had a long day of work ahead--almost a 12 hour day--I called my mom around 4ish to find out about Lewie's first day.  She put him on the phone, and he told me "it was the best day ever."  He wanted to keep me in suspense until I came home, but my mom told me a few things she learned when she picked him up..."Lewie said his teacher at school was having trouble with the computer, so he helped her.  He also said his teacher was really nice and was not going to assign too much homework."   Yes, all it takes for Lewie to have a good day is to demonstrate his computer knowledge and to not get much homework; his new teacher knew exactly the way to his heart.

At the end of the week, on Friday, I promised Lewie I would take him out at noon, so that he, Daddy, and I could spend one last summer day together.  Starting as early as three (2011), our family made it a tradition to go to Lake Quassy Amusement Park on the last Friday of the season--the Friday before Labor Day.  Since most kids are in school, we get easy access to all the rides and arcade games without having to wait in lines.  This Friday was a little cooler (68 degrees and windy), but we still enjoyed the day.  It was what Lewie needed to congratulate him on being so positive about school, and it was what I needed to congratulate me on being positive about work.  I needed this special day with my son, especially when I know that work takes me away from him at least two to three nights per week.

We started our day at Quassy the same way we always do...with the train ride.  Then, Lewie ventured to his favorite ride--the Pirate Ship.  Daddy and I went on it three times with him.  Then, thankfully, he made a friend who was willing to go on it an additional four times.

Then we went on the Quassy Queen (our usual boat ride) followed by the Carousel, a few more spinning rides, and the bumper cars.

Who wouldn't enjoy playing with a life-size version of PacMan?

Our day at Quassy ended the usual way too...with an ice-cream treat.  (It's never too cold for ice-cream!)  It was definitely the way we needed to spend our day to get us pumped for the new school year.  School is important but so is family time.  Every once in a while, we need to make time for activities like this, so we can enjoy the time, the age, and the memories without feeling rushed.

Lewie has a half day scheduled at school on September 27th.  You know I'm taking that day off to be with him!  Let the planning begin!

Chasing Summer


Where did the summer go?  After our Grand Canyon trip, Lewie spent six weeks at Camp 565, and then we had three full weeks in August to get in those final summer activities.  Unfortunately, I couldn't take a lot of time off from work.  A few half days each week had to do the trick, but thankfully, it did.

Summer vacation ends tomorrow with the beginning of school, but at least I can say we did everything in our power to make those final summer moments last.  Here's a glimpse of our last summer play-dates.

On Thursday, August 10th, we went to Jenning's Beach in Fairfield to play some "tag," followed by a beach dance party, and movie, The Secret Life of Pets.  It was our first movie on the beach, and it did not disappoint; we are committed to doing it again next year with family.

Next, it was time for us to make use of our season passes to Lake Compounce Amusement Park.  We spent one day with dear friends and the next with family.  On both days, Little Lewie went to bed grinning from ear-to-ear.  I did too.  Even though I get motion sickness on many of the rides I used to enjoy as a kid, there were still plenty of rides and activities I could enjoy with Lewie.

Before going into the haunted house to hunt ghosts.

At the Wave Pool...

On the trolley ride with Corey and cousins...

The last week, we had some good old-fashioned fun at Burr Pond and Hammonasset Beach State Park.  At Burr Pond, Lewie pretended to be an explorer with his friend, Kirsten.  ("I just love exploring nature, Mommy" was his comment.)  At Hammonasset, Lewie rode the waves and then did some bike riding with me through the campground.  After biking, Lewie fell asleep on the car ride home.  It was proof that our day at the beach was a true success...

Finally, our summer vacation ended with Little Lewie's very first concert--we scored six free tickets to see Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Meadows.  Hubby and I were originally going to have a date with my sister-in-law and her husband, but at the last minute, we thought...what if Lewie and his cousin Sarah joined us?  Sarah danced all the way to the end and Lewie passed out at 10:30, having rested his head on Daddy's shoulder one minute too long.

Besides their talent and passion for music, the band members of Earth, Wind, and Fire had awesome "energy."  I love the fact that they seemed to have so much gratitude for their fans. My favorite song to this day is still their hit, "September."  The song came out when I was three.  Yes, I am still a 70's girl at heart.

In less than 12 hours, Lewie will be stepping onto the bus for third grade.  It's a bittersweet reminder that Lewie's days as a precious second-grader are gone.  Time for a new year...  I'll be praying it'll be a good one.