As mentioned in a previous post, our transition back to home life wasn’t particularly difficult because I kept the girls home from school for the remainder of the academic year, so our routine was more relaxed. Over the summer break we’ve loosened the routine even more, so sleeping in past 10AM was not uncommon for my girls, especially my eldest.

All that is about to end though, in 1 week, as the girls head off to school. This will be my younger one’s first year in Elementary School, so quite a milestone for her. My older one has to attend school for 30 minutes longer, now that she is in the upper grades. After having been out of the school routine for over a year, it is with mixed feelings that I greet the upcoming academic year.

On the one hand, I am definitely looking forward to having kid-free time to work on my own projects. I have registered a general business name (Seven Springs Broadcasting & Publishing), and have a few things in mind, including developing a podcast.

On the other hand, I’m not looking forward to making school lunches, cajoling my girls out of bed, and harping at them so we get out the door and to school on time. Isn’t this the perennial parental struggle?

I do, however; like the structure that school provides, and the social aspect, though more so for my extroverted child than my introverted one. I’m not looking forward to struggles over homework and am definitely of the view that less is better. After all, there is so much learning, growing and socializing that takes place outside the school setting.

Going back to school means fully integrating back into our life in California. I’ll let you know how it goes on September 1, when we celebrate the one year anniversary of the beginning of our Round the World family adventure!

Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer and some of these summer pics!

Summer fun painting…

climbing trees…

hiking…

going to The Children’s Discovery Museum…

making things out of nature…

and just spending time together as sisters!

 

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