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11 More Days Until Kindergarten!

Yep, that’s right.  The girls are going to a charter school which has a year round curriculum.  For those who aren’t sure what a charter school is it is defined as:
In Minnesota, charter schools are tuition free independent public schools that are open to and welcome all students, no matter ability or need, and are governed and operated jointly by licensed teachers, parents and community members.

And year round doesn’t mean they don’t get breaks.  In fact, they get lots of breaks, long weekends, etc which honestly, just work better for our family than having one big chunk off in the summer. 

Are they excited? Hells yeah! Are they nervous to be in different classes? Yes.  That’s been their only fear.  I’ve been trying to “sell it” to them as having a space where their sister can’t interrupt them when they’re talking and the chance to meet twice as many kids which equals twice the opportunity to make friends! That seems to help. 

Addi got a new haircut for school today.  Frankly, up until now she’s looked like a ragamuffin.  She throws a FIT if you try to make her do anything with her hair so received two choices.  Let me do a few things to her hair so she can see what she likes and have choices for school on the days her hair looks particularly witchy OR let us cut it and she can wear it down, no bands or clips, every stinking day if she wants.  She picked haircut.  I think it’s a good choice anyway as it will allow teachers & students to tell them apart.

Grandma Deb took them school shopping and helped them to pick out backpack and school supplies. Nana took them shopping today and let them pick out new shoes.  They are most certainly ready- and spoiled!  
Spoiled rotten.  Tonight was early bedtime d/t behavior.  They have been fighting nonstop and WHINEY!  Ugh.  Am I excited for school to start? HELLS YEAH!  Don’t get me wrong, I love my little monsters, but they have been just that lately.  I’ve been struggling with a lot of mommy guilt.  My brain keeps telling me I “should be really enjoying these last few days & cherishing them because it’s really the last time I’m going to have this time with them” while my heart keeps yelling “Ya-hoo!! Only 11 more days and then those little shits are going to school and I’m going to have some me time! I’m going to clean up and watch it stay clean for HOURS! I’m going to be able to listen to music, pee in peace and wipe my butt well, I’m going to have SO MUCH FUN!!!”
Yep, then comes the spiral of mom guilt. 
But I’m so freaking excited I just can’t help it.  This will be my chance for the first time in my life to focus full-time on my art and really give it my all.  I have a few new designs drawn up for 2 new jewelry lines.  You may have seen the honeycomb necklaces on Etsy already, but there is so much more to come in the Earthy Woman line (name is still in the works).  It will contain necklaces, brooches, post & dangling earrings.  Bracelets potentially.
Holey Socks Art Patterned Honeycomb and honey bee necklace
Then there is the Outspoken Woman (again, name in the works) button line.  I have a few of these out on Etsy, but there are more in the works. 
feminist cross stitch pin brooch Holey Socks Art
Oh, and new embroideries, fine tuning of some of the original jewelry designs, etc, etc.   So how can I not be excited? It seems the more I create the more ideas I have and I’m just sitting on my hands right now working when no one is looking…
So there you have it.  11 more days (okay maybe 12) and you will get to see these little boogers head out the door to school.  I know I can’t wait, can you?

  1. Anonymous

    Ah, yes…the first day of kindergarten! It will be a transition for all of you! Crossing my fingers it all goes well, and stays going well! Can’t wait to hear how it went!