August was a busy month, and somehow it is already time to set goals for September! My three “big” kids started kindergarten, first grade, and third grade in August – thankfully all at the same school after going to three different schools last year. Lily LOVES kindergarten, and was thrilled to be assigned to her dream classroom (I have no idea how she decided it was her dream classroom, but she did, sometime last spring. Thankfully her dream came true). Emma is missing her school from last year, but also making new friends (she had her first play date with a new friend yesterday). Johnny had a rough start to first grade, but says he likes school. Anna enjoys having me all to herself every morning. She discovered this month that she loves trains (she calls them “choo-choo” and signs train while she says it – very adorable), so we build a lot of train tracks together. She is keeping busy with physical therapy, and we are supposed to add in occupational and speech therapy starting in September. I’m guessing that will take up a lot of the “quiet” time the kids spend in school! Anna continues to be a very happy and charming child. Lily started violin lessons this past week, and is very excited about that. Emma will be doing theater after school, and Johnny will start basketball. It seems that my kids are growing up and finding their own interests! I am grateful that my kids go to a school with short days a few times each week. I only signed them up for activities that fall on these short days, so that – while their activities technically take place after school – they still get home at the normal time.
We were visiting Mike’s mom and sister for all three birthdays, and that didn’t translate well to cake baking, so we went for a simple store bought cake and a rain check on the planned cake for Lily’s birthday (she did love the special candles Mike’s sister helped her pick out). Maybe we’ll make time for that this week. Lily is a very patient child and she hasn’t complained about my not making time for this project, but I know she would enjoy FINALLY making the cake we planned together.
And now it’s time to set September goals, which I plan to keep as simple as possible:
- Continue to work on Johnny’s school situation until we are all completely happy with how his days are going. His teacher is very caring and a great communicator, but right now he seems pretty overwhelmed. I don’t think that elementary school should feel overwhelming, so we need to resolve this issue. He is doing better than he was the first week of school, so hopefully it is as simple as giving him time to adjust to the new year. Themes: responsibility and education
- Get Anna set up with occupational therapy and speech therapy. This is a scheduling item, but scheduling can be incredibly challenging. Theme: responsibility
- Support Mike as his job ramps up after a busy summer. Given his long summer hours, I’m a little concerned about what (typically much busier) fall is going to look like. Theme: gratitude
- Think carefully before accepting commitments and be conscientious about how we all spend our time. Themes: simplicity and gratitude
What did August look like in your home? What do you have planned for September?