Smile if you're a Dodgers fan
It felt like they would be like that forever. And now, they're both in school.
What this means for them is the chance to continue growing and developing and learning in a different environment, particularly for Kennedy. She's been dying to go to school for two years now and is thrilled with kindergarten, thrilled with being a bona fide big girl.
What this means for me is the chance to plan things, like runs, trips to the gym, work, meals, errands, etc. What this means for Mrs. LB is coming home to a clean house... wait, um, maybe I shouldn't get carried away...
Anyway, this is the first full week of school, the first full week where I have a clean slate for three hours a day, every day. It's not much time in the grand scheme of things but it feels like I have control over my schedule now. Sure, I'll have to take them and pick them up to and from school every day, and my parenting duties have really not lightened much if any, but I can plan things.
I can say "I'm going to run Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. this week" it won't be followed by an "if..."
I can say "I'm going to spend an hour on Thursday organizing my office" and I can make it happen.
I can say "I'm going to hang out at the beach" ... actually, I can't say that... darn...
So, on the one hand, it's a bit of a bummer that the girls are aging seemingly so quickly, but on the other hand, it's been a ride, these last seven years. We're done changing diapers. We're done taking our whole house out with us when we want to go eat. And I'm done with the damn treadmill (except for speedwork). We're done with that phase and that part of the journey.
And for all four of us in this family, the future suddenly seems so much more wide open now than it did one week ago.