As I sit here and blog, my kids are busy rushing around to get their things ready for the first day of school tomorrow.
Pencils and pens are being fought over, paper is being secured in three ring binders and back packs are being wiped down and recycled for another year.
Ah, school time again! I can hardly wait to have my house back in the afternoons! I have visions of Bren and I sharing quality time doing her workbooks and delving into cute little crafts together. In reality I'm sure I'll spend the first week or so just scrubbing my house clean from all of the mess that two teenage boys and a distracted pre-teen girl can leave behind when they are lounging around the house all day!
As tradition has it, I'll go out and get the ingredients for Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies to bake and have ready for the kids when they get home from school. I've always wanted to be the kind of mom who greets her hungry young after a hard day at school with a healthy snack and a warm smile. Unfortunately this is the only day of the year when I have been able to pull it off with any kind of consistency. It counts though, right?
Bren and I did a photoshoot today with a set from http://www.kidbodies.com/ that is intended as a preview for Spring 08. As I edited the photos, several reminded me of Summer and how fleeting those days were for us this year. Our first few months in New England have been sublime. I've been romanced by the Spring blossoms, courted by the Ocean from a cliff side view, enchanted by the mansions from the guilded age and intrigued by the quaint little shops that line the colonial streets of Newport. I am completely infatuated by New England.....but like all romances left to simmer for a while, I can sense a slight change in my partner. A little coldness, the tiniest betrayal at sunset. The leaves on the trees that once delighted me with their pure green color, now look a little different to me...is that gold I see? Where little pink blossoms once blew across the streets, I'm now caught up in swirls of brown and yellow leaves. yup! There is no denying it! My Summer love has turned towards Autumn. now the real challenge begins. I do adore the Fall. I love the smells and the colors that accompany this comforting time of year, but will it's beauty be enough to sustain me through the cold winter to follow? I'm not the kind of girl who enjoys bitter winds and snow that sticks around for more than a day or two. I hope that New England treats me kindly this winter, but before I zip up that coat and secure my scarf around my neck, I will relish in Summer's Last Gift.....plump, ripe Blueberries from my back yard!!!!