Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Bittersweet Last Day of School

Tomorrow is the last day of school for Pipsqueak... well, a half day really. I'm happy and excited. We won't have to wake up to the alarm clock anymore, and I won't have to run our mornings with military precision in order to get out the door on time. I can make pancakes or waffles any morning of the week. Even though I try to stick close to her usual bedtime, if we're in the middle of something, getting to bed late a half hour or so won't matter. If I want to work in the garden, I don't have to get all prettified first to take Pipsqueak to school; I can put on my old gardening clothes and shower when my work is done. I really love spending time with Pipsqueak. We have fun together doing arts and crafts, work around the house, shopping or taking a walk. We have plans for lots of things we're going to do together.

However, I know I won't be getting much done unless I can find a way to include her in the projects I want to work on. I'll get "momma"ed so much I'll want to fill my ears with sand, and there will be endless requests for hugs and cuddles. It's an issue with having an only child; mom is the entertainment and the playmate. I was an only child myself, and I learned to be happy by myself and how to keep busy. I'd play games against myself, and do all sorts of projects and pretend play alone.

Even though I want a relaxed summer, I want to keep a bit of a schedule too... a time for gardening and outside play, a time for art, and chore time. I want to keep TV watching to a minimum. I think I'll schedule one hour a day of "no momma time". She'll have to occupy herself and not bother me, so I can keep my sanity.

In my house, "bored" is a dirty word. Pipsqueak has enough toys to sink a large boat. If she says she's bored, I tell her she'd better find something to do soon or I'm grabbing a trash bag to start loading it with toys. That usually motivates her.

I'm looking forward to the next 70-75 days, but I know that come the end of August, I'll be ready for a little less together time. I don't know how home school parents do it.


Tammie said...

bored is a dirty word around here too. whenever i see my son wandering around the house aimlessly i tell him he better find something to do before i find something for him to do.

Lorilee said...

We have been out of school here since June 4. (I teach 4-year-olds in a public pre-kindergarten). No boredom here yet. I just bought lots of fabric, so I will be busy sewing!

Aunt Becky said...

Ben loooves the "I'm bored" excuse. I know he probably IS bored some of the time, but hey, it happens.

Anonymous said...

"I'm bored" translates into "Give me something to do". I like Tammie's thinking--figured out how NOT to be bored or I'll do it for you! These are great years, B...they'll be over too soon!

Anne said...

Just browsing new blogs and came across yours. I can totally relate to everything you said in your post. I to am glad that my son is out of school and for the slower passed days ahead! Yay! I'm already bored but remind myself how hectic the days were. I to don't know how homeschooled mom do it. But I sure do give them a lot of credit. It must be tough at times.

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