Today is the first day of school! We made it!
This is a very different blog post than 2013 Back to School - for once, summer seemed to fly by and before we knew it fifth grade and first grade were here. Part of the reason why is that Alabama shortened their summer break by two weeks and the kids will instead receive more and longer breaks throughout the school year.
I think it also went by so quickly because the kids spent a good chunk of it in summer camp for the first time. Working part-time, it was hard to find part-time summer childcare which is why I was absolutely thrilled with their flexible summer camp. And they had a blast.
We were just flat-out constantly on the move this summer. Baseball stretched out for the first couple of weeks and then we were gone for nine days on the Disney cruise. When we got back it was vacation bible schools, space camp and as they do every year, the kids spent a couple of weeks at Camp Nana/Camp Dana (The Engineer's mom and sister) having a big time. We hosted our new pastor and some friends at our house, we hosted a summer pool party for the children's program at our church, the Engineer and I went back to Tennessee for his class reunion … it seemed like something was happening all of the time.
And of course, we had to say goodbye to Baxter at the beginning of summer and welcomed Fletcher at the end. That took up a lot of my brain for awhile. July is also one of our busiest months of the year at the newspaper:
A few of our many special editions this summer, photos courtesy of special section editor Amy Tolson
Fletcher was all about his first morning walk to school this morning. He just sat back and took it in, cool as a cucumber. I forgot to get a picture but my neighbor Jenni snapped this: