Friday, August 14, 2009

Saying Goodbye....

Saying goodbye is always hard to do, especially to something you love so much. Yes, I'm talking about summer. Summer will be coming to an end for us officially on Monday with the start of a new school year. We have had a great summer filled with lots of memories. We hate to see it end. We will miss you summer. We will miss the pool, the beach, staying up late and sleeping in, playing with friends, etc... On the plus side, whenever you say goodbye to one thing, you say hello to something new. That something new, for us, will be the start of new school year and all the exciting activities we have planned for fall.

First, Abbey will start the 7th grade on Monday. She is very excited. She has Mr. Watson and Lynn Allen as 2 of her teachers. She is sooooooo happy about that. I'm kinda sad, though. Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday she walked through the kindergarten doors. Now, my baby, is 12 and starting the 7th grade!!! I need to find away to reverse time! With any luck, she will let me pretend that she is still little, for just a few minutes, and walk her into school on Monday. Camera in hand of course. lol.

While on the subject of school, I'll take a minute to update you on our homeschool adventures with Morgan. After months or research and prayer, I have finally chosen the curriculum that she and I will be using. And, I finally have our lesson planner complete. That is a huge monkey off my shoulders. We have officially withdrawn her from school and enrolled her in a homeschooling program. We have decided to postpone her start date until after Labor Day. This will give us a couple of weeks to get Abbey settled into a new school year. Then, Morgan and I will hit the books and the road occasionally. We have a few field trips already planned out. You all know me with planning EVERYTHING! lol. We are very excited to get started. Morgan gleams with excitement every time UPS pulls in our driveway with a new delivery. She knows it's her school stuff. I'm so relieved that she is this excited about it. I, too, am getting excited now. I'll keep you updated on our progress. Please keep us in your prayers as we go through this journey in our lives.

Next week is also the official start of softball and soccer season. Time to put the gear back on. Time to say goodbye to home cooked meals; and, hello to McDonalds, Wendy's, Subway, etc... Gotta love the sports schedule. As soon as I get their ball schedules, I will email them out for everyone to come help us cheer them on again.

The girls have National Dance Competitions on September 5th in Nashville. Good luck to all of the Step Above Dancers. While in Nashville, we will also be taking the time to visit several friends of ours there. We can't wait for that! They will also be competing in October in Maggie Valley, NC. That will officially end this years travel part of dance until February.

Also, in October, Jason and I will be going to the Caribbean for a week. It will be very nice to get away from our hectic schedules and just relax!

Saving the best for last, fall is also the time of year we say HELLO to TN football. Yep, "It's almost football time in Tennessee." Is there a greater time of year to be in Knoxville than that? NOPE! Time for big screen tvs, football parties, chili, tailgating, home games at Neyland Stadium, and of course......ORANGE everywhere! GO VOLS! The air even smells orange in the fall. The countdown has begun!

So...... Goodbye Summer! Until we meet again next year............we will miss you!