Summer had a fun soccer season. Her team played with girls a year older than them, and, in most games, they held their own.
This was the first year that they moved to the bigger fields and actually had a Goal Keeper. Summer decided that she wanted to play Keeper.
After the learning curve of the first game or two, she really came into her own.
She is tough,
She really enjoyed playing soccer this season, and it was so heart-warming to see her really shine.
Each new school year brings so many mixed emotions, especially now that I am a teacher.
I am so sad that the summer is ending because I love every second with my own children.
I am excited to meet my new students.
The littles are anxious to settle into a new routine with new teachers and new friends.
I am nervous about how much our lives will shift as our schedule picks up the pace. I love being relaxed and unscheduled during the summer, so jumping back into a very scheduled, structured life is not my favorite thing.
This year, I am excited because Summer is in 3rd grade with me.
I am happy that Gabriel will have his 3rd and 4th grade teacher as his 7th grade Language Arts teacher, and I am so proud of him for testing out of 8th grade math and jumping into Algebra.
I am in disbelief and a little sad that it is Ethan’s last year in elementary school. I am in denial that he will be at a different school last year, and I am trying to have my heart come to terms with that.
Yes, it is a new year with a mixed bag of emotions. The one thing that I am certain of, though, is that we will get through the good days and the bad ones, the highs and the lows, the laughter and the tears, together, as a family.
Since we took our big family vacation in May, the summer was spent mostly enjoying things at home.
We went swimming,
ate at some of our favorite places,
showered our Papa with love,
went to see some movies,
celebrated Independence Day,
had a fish fry,
explored (Gabriel and Sean) Big Bend rafting,
and really just enjoyed being together.