Back to School 2014

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.

 First Grade

Fifth Grade

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

Every Monday was Gramma Day and they were out and about at the movies, the pool and squeezing out every little bit of use from her summer pass to the Space and Rocket Center. Once again, I don't know what I would do without Gramma, she even took Little Kid to get her back to school haircut this year!

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:

Every year it seems that more and more kids from the neighborhood are walking to school in the morning. I will never take that for granted. I remember as a kid living on the other side of the county from my school, so being within a stone's throw of the kids' school is a luxury. This is just a portion - there were kids appearing from all directions this morning!

Fall is my favorite time of the year so even though this is Alabama and we are just now entering the dog days of summer, I can see cooler weather and football and fall foliage in the future. Here's to another great year of school for the Skelley kids!

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  1. Yay for back to school. Here in South Florida we start in two weeks. You guys did so much this summer, no idea how you were able to keep up or even remember everything!

    1. I have a longterm memory like an elephant! Sadly, I do misplace my phone on a daily basis. ;)

  2. I am glad the first day went so well.


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