Me: “Hey, Munchkin! Look! I put the new calendar up.”
M: “Is it September already?”
M: “And there’s where I start school.” (pointing to the 7th)
Me: “How many days?”
Munchkin counts the days and I have to explain that you don’t count today and her final answer: “6!”
It was an excited “6!”
I’m excited that she’s excited. It’s still so hard to believe that my little girl is going into Grade 1.
Back to school also means back to swimming lessons, choir practices, Home and School meetings, youth group…back to our routine.
This year I’m throwing a few new things in the mix… Sparks and another choir practice.
I signed Munchkin up for Sparks. For those who aren’t familiar with Girl Guides, Sparks is the branch for girls who are 5 and 6 years old. Munchkin doesn’t quiet understand why I’m so excited for her, but I hope she loves it as much as I did.
My life in Guides spans 12 years. I started Brownies when I was 6 (they didn’t have Sparks back then) and I worked my way through Girl Guides, Pathfinders and ended as a Ranger when I was 18. Between the events with my troops (winter camping, hiking, volunteer work, etc) and my summers at Doe Lake Girl Guide camp, I have so many fond memories and amazing experiences that helped to make me who I am today. This is my hope for Munchkin, and one day Peanut.
|Waterfront In Trainting (WITs) July 1992|
Now the other choir practice is for me. Yep. I’m joining the choir at church. Finally. I’ve been singing since I was little. Starting in junior choir at church, then at elementary school, high school and senior choir at church. But that was the church I grew up in. Since then, I’ve gone to university in Peterborough, move to Toronto, moved to Brampton, moved to Oakville. BigDaddy and I never really settled in a church. Until now. We’ve been at our church for 3 years now and we really love it. With the kids older and more dependent and our schedules are finally becoming more regular, it’s time for me to do something for myself. So starting sometime in September (probably within the first 2 weeks), a few hours every Thursday night will be mine. I’m really looking forward to this.
There are activities every night of the week!
After hearing so much about kids being over-scheduled, I started to worry about what I’m doing to the girls. But I’m not doing anything. They are going to a few activities that they enjoy. As they grow and become more involved, I want them to make a good, well-rounded group of friends. Long term goal is to keep them out of trouble. If they have a good support network, there is no need to go elsewhere. Who knows what they’d find?!? I could make a few educated guesses but lets keep this positive.
So there you have it…one crazy, full schedule of fun and friends! And hopefully lots to blog about!