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June 26th, 2014

Today was the last day of school.

It was the last time we’d see Claire’s beloved kinder teacher.

It was the last day I’d have four kids in one school.

It was the last time I’d see Daniel (and all the other grade sixes) singing the school song. Some of them, I’ve watched them sing and jump and shout it for the past seven years.

It was the last time they’d all be there, for an assembly in the gym.

Today was Daniel’s last patrolling shift.

It was the last time he’d see many of his classmates, and the last time he’d see his teacher.

It was the last time that my younger three would know their biggest brother was just down the hallway if they needed him.

It was the last day that I sat at home in silence and knew that all of my babies were just a stone’s throw away, and I could see them within minutes if I wanted to.

Today was a big day. I’ve read a lot about how we celebrate the firsts but often overlook the lasts, and today I wallowed in the lasts. Their presence hung thick in the air. Everything changes today.

The firsts will come, and they will be celebrated, in their own time. But for today…I’m absorbing the lasts.

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June 25th, 2014

Tomorrow is the last day of school. I’m so emotional about it this year for some reason.

My children will all have new teachers next year; none of their current teachers will be staying with them.

Daniel will be going to a new school; none of his closest friends will be joining him. At least one of them will be moving out of the city.

Josh’s teacher left the school a couple of weeks early to get married and move away to a different province.

Andrew’s teacher is looping back to grade one, and his best friend has moved out of the community and will attend a different school next year. Another long-time close friend of his will be moving out of the city this summer. I am a little concerned about how Andrew will handle the return to school in August.

And the most heartbreaking one…Claire’s teacher is leaving to teach at another school. She told me today. I cried on the way home.

Claire’s teacher this year was Andrew’s teacher for grade one last year. She was also Andrew’s teacher for kindergarten. She is the perfect combination of stern and loving and patient and encouraging while firmly enforcing strict expectations for every child. I’ve really enjoyed her views on the way things should be taught, and I’ve loved the projects she has come up with to teach kids at a variety of levels in a way that each one of them can understand.

The school will not be the same without her.

Also moving on is the janitor of the school, who has been there for 26 years. I’ve always admired him, and his quiet gentle spirit.

There are others leaving, whom I am not directly in contact with on a regular basis; some having babies, others moving on. I feel like the world is rushing around me, while I stand in one place and can do nothing but watch it all happen.

Funny how I used to crave change so much and now it hurts when things change around me but I stay the same. It’s so different.

I’ve been counting down to the last day of school for awhile now, but all of a sudden, I want to freeze time so things stay just the way they are. I’m not ready for this school year to be over. Not yet.

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June 24th, 2014

We seriously have the worst toothfairy. She always forgets to come the day that a tooth is lost. I don’t know what is up with her.

Josh lost a molar a few days ago. He is very attached to it and doesn’t want to let it go, but he keeps putting it under his pillow only to find it there again in the morning.

Maybe that toothfairy knows he doesn’t really want to give it up, and THAT is the reason she is not coming to take it away.

Maybe.

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June 23rd, 2014

Our house is so messy right now. I don’t know what has changed in our lives in terms of busy-ness, but cleaning has completely fallen by the wayside.

It makes me crazy when the house is like this, and I get to the point that I want to just go around with a garbage bag and toss it all. I know I can’t do that because the stuff does not belong to me, but the urge is so great.

I wish the other people in my home would pick up the stuff they drop instead of leaving a trail. That would be so wonderful.

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June 22nd, 2014

So…I am currently taking four courses through Coursera. I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed up for them. There are so many that I am interested in and I feel like I will miss out if I don’t take them when they are next offered. Who knows when they will be offered again, right??

Well, one of them is VERY intensive. There is so so much information, and I am falling behind. Because I am not finding time to do that one, which I am behind in, I am falling behind in the others. I always think that I need to catch up on that one before I do any of the others, and since I feel that “I just don’t have the energy to work on that right now” over and over and over, nothing is getting done.

Hopefully I’m back with it soon; two of my courses will end shortly and I’ll be down to two. That should make things much easier. Well, I mean I hope it will be easier, even though the kids will be off school for summer break. I should make a “school hour” each day where we each work on our respective homework. Daniel has a lot of French fundamentals to figure out before school starts in August…and two of the others like doing worksheets, so maybe this will work out. Hmmm…

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June 21st, 2014

Today Daniel had his birthday party. He planned it all on his own, made the invitations, consulted with me about what kind of cake he wanted, and made the grocery list for the ingredients he required for the snacks he planned to put out.

I got the plates, napkins, cups, groceries, pizza, and made the cake, and Daniel and his guests ate, drank and played video games for five hours straight.

Seriously, easiest party ever.

I find that birthday parties get easier and easier the older the kids get. They don’t want to have the party anywhere other than home, and what they really want to do is watch a movie or play video games.

I am totally down with that! :D

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June 20th, 2014

Ah, it feels so good to be back to my old routine.

Just me in the house after I send the kids to school – fabulous.

The ability to hop into the van and do my errands without a second thought – soooo wonderful.

Being able to go to the gym if I want to (my back hurt so much that I didn’t this morning) – joy.

Have I mentioned how much I love my life? :)

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June 19th, 2014

For the past three days, I was daycare for a sweet little three year old boy. I had him for a minimum of 12 hours each day, and it was an exhausting time!

I have to say, he was super polite; my kids loved him, and the feeling was mutual; and he was so easygoing, he was pretty happy to do anything. But I am so out of that stage of child entertaining, I found it tiring that he always wanted to play something. Puzzles, outside, park, megablocks, dollhouse, playdough, backyard – flit, flit, flit from one thing to another…just as I thought he was settling into an activity, he was done with it and wanted to do something else!

Plus, I selfishly have come to love my quiet days to myself and the routine I have established.

Tomorrow he is moving out of the province and we will likely never see him again. I’m glad to know that we touched his life positively – he did not want to go home and actually cried and shouted “no!” over and over when we pulled up in front of his house to drop him off last night. He was so happy with the other kids, so comfortable to ask me to hug him/pick him up when he was sad, and just slid into our family life and routine so easily. I know I will always wonder about him and hope that his life becomes stable and happy.

I’m praying for you, little buddy! <3

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June 18th, 2014

So, I am still keeping up with the dress wearing for June Dresses to support the United Way of Calgary and All in for Girls.

Today is day 18, and I thought I’d write a few thoughts on wearing a dress or skirt every day.

First of all, it is COLD. The cold rainy days that we have going on here are not making for a comfy cozy month for me.

I have had to invest in some shorter leggings for my exercise class, and I’ve realized that I don’t have nearly enough long skirts to wear my long leggings underneath of for all the cold and rainy weather we’ve had.

I actually am quite comfortable wearing dresses and skirts otherwise, and I think that it will be hard for me to go back to pants on July 1. I tend to wear dresses a lot in the summer anyway, so I might just keep on keeping on with the skirts and dresses for the sunny days, and I’ll gladly don my jeans for those rainy ones.

And when the month is over, I will be very happy to no longer be taking a daily picture. That part is getting kind of old for me. Since Claire is doing the challenge with me, we usually end up rushing to figure out something cool that we can do for the picture, and this usually takes place after “time for bed” is announced. So, yes, June Dresses has been pushing my kids’ bedtime later and later by the day!

Hmmmm…what else?

Oh yes. I am slightly concerned that putting jeans on after a month of wearing loose-around-the-waist, flowy dresses and skirts will be quite a shock to me in terms of how much my waistline has expanded. I know it’s happening. I’m not looking forward to this realization playing out.

13 days to go!

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June 17th, 2014

Wow, time flies, doesn’t it?

As I sit here writing blog posts in bulk (yeah, I have a little bit of trouble staying up to date with this like most things in my life), and I look back over my facebook timeline for hints about what happened on what days, it becomes shockingly apparent to me that time flies by way too fast.

Things that seemed to happen days ago really took place weeks ago. It is so hard to believe.

I’ve always had such a great grasp on the passage of time.

I don’t really know what else to write on this topic, because truly, I am quite in shock over it. I have no words to explain how it makes me feel…stunned, in awe, amazed…those words just don’t do the feeling justice.

Sad.

Empty?

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