The first day of school has come and gone. It feels very odd not having my two 'shadows' with me.
Today I stayed home and made a big fat list of all the things that have needed attention and closure. I am seriously on a mission to get my house decluttered and get our photo albums up to date. Now, I am not a scrapbooker, but I do put our pictures in albums because our boys LOVE to look at them and that blesses me. Also on my list was to backup pictures and music on our computer to make it go faster. Yes, I am a computer genius, can't you tell? The Geek Squad and I are BFFs. Because it was quiet and I knew I would need extreme amounts of concentration and focus, I attempted to install an external hard drive on our computer that has been needed to be installed for quite some time (FOR THE LOVE! I could not get a live person on the phone and on top of that, their on-hold message was broken so it sounded like the Emergency Broadcast System on auto-repeat. And they lie....10 minutes until the next operator can help me, my behindy! I eventually just hung up, twice. Did I mention it DIDN'T come with a manual?).
I still have not gotten used the fact that I don't have to pick up W at 2:00. Checking my watch is a hard habit to break. And I also marvel at what I could accomplish in 5 hours....and now I realize how much more I can with the two extra hours! Apparently that doesn't include lavish dinners....Tray was so hoping for a wonderful array of deliciosa comida because I was at home ALL DAY without distraction. Unfortuntalely, we just had leftover barbecue sandwiches. In my defense, I have to adjust to the new routine as well...wink, wink.
What was amazing to watch Monday was how my youngest never looked back once that Yellow Dog rolled around the corner. He has been waiting to get on that bus for 2 years and yesterday was his chance. He totally robbed me of the 'getting on the bus' shot, all I got was his backpack and the darlin' girl behind him waving away. What I was also not able to catch on camera was his wide eyes taking in all that it meant to be going to school. I love that about him....that dude LIVES life. He is all about experience and often the consequence is worth the fun to be had. So basically, he scares the pants off of this rule follower.
As my Father-in-Law put it so well today, Men never turn back when they are on a mission. So true. I pray that I can spur in them a desire to be a light in their classrooms and an encouragement to their friends.
On a side note...if you are also on a mission and need a bit of help in the organizational area, take a peek at my friend's blog for her new business. Sometimes you just need someone to bring a little bit of vision and help you get the project back to ground zero. Like my car... for example. Did you know Car Spa does this amazing detail job that includes wash/wax, seat treatments, carpet shampoo and they blow out ALL the crevices. Seriously? They are offering me a chance to get all the goldfish and other miscellaneous snacks out of the deep, dark recesses of my 5 year White Knight? SOLD! Now I just need to find the 30% coupon.