"" The Preppy Strawberry: Back to School

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School


Can you believe it’s September already!?  Today, was the first day of school and let’s just say I’m glad we have the first day behind us!  Last night was a late night and this morning was an early morning!  This is the first year that Lilly really had a hard time falling asleep – you know worried about where to sit on the bus as a 3rd grader, Who should she sit with on the bus?  hmm….I  wish that’s all I  had to worry about in day but I know to an 8 year old these are important concerns and are a big deal to her! 

I don’t know about you but Summer is one of my favorite months but as a working Mom I really love the routine the school year brings! This Summer Lilly had the opportunity to swim on the swim team at the swim club and she loved it!  She even asked us if she could swim on the winter swim team.  So along with making the competition dance team again she has also joined the winter Penguins swim team!  This fall she will start to swim down at the University.   I’m so happy she is willing to explore new teams and try out new groups – especially excited she wanted to try  winter swim team!  My goal for her is to have at least one activity outside of school that is her “thing”  something that she’s passionate about and provides her sense of belonging to something outside of school.  Plus, I think it’s important to teach them how to manage things outside of school so when they get to high school or college they can learn to budget their time to work, belong to groups or a team as well as make that commitment to school work. 

So now as move into Fall which is my 2nd favorite season –  Some of my favorite things about fall are
1.) I love the fall morning and nights (as long as we have a good Fall weather)
2) I love fall clothes!  Jeans and sweaters
3) it's football season.
I’m really looking forward to this fall and hope that we can continue with some fun weekends! 

A week before school started I had to take some vacation days because the college babysitter returned to college and my mom had teacher meetings .  So one morning Lilly and I headed out to take some 8 year old pictures and back to school pictures ……  I really can not believe I have a 3rd grader!  I swear if I blink she’s going to be in Middle school! 




back to school collageREV
A look back over the past few years….

one another note….
It’s been awhile since I posted here and honestly, life just got the best of me this spring.  Hopefully, some of it’s under control and that I will start to have more energy to do things after work.  This Spring I honestly, hit a wall – I mean literally had zero energy after work and it took everything I had to get through my work day only knowing that once I was done with work my day still wasn’t over – I still had to help Lilly with homework, run her to activities, make dinners, and everything else that comes with running household.  For the past 8 years, I have been fighting Hypothyroidism and I knew after I had Lilly and went back to work that something was not right with my body.  My friends used to tease me and call me the energizer bunny – I would work 8-10 hours a day and then head out to happy hours (the good-ol single days!) The next day , I would be up bright and early and function like I had a full nights sleep and didn’t just consume 6 martini's!  Ahh, those were the good-old days!

It wasn’t until Lilly was 5 years old that I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism but on top of that I also found out that I have an autoimmune disease that causes my own body to kill my thyroid  function.   Guess, that answers my lack of energy and why I just never really felt like myself after having Lilly.   This Spring I hit a wall again and knew something was off and I was right!  So after an increased dose of medicine and some other changes I finally feel like I have some extra energy.   So my lack of energy makes me lose my drive – while I might have completed some fun projects the effort to put them together in a post was an exhausting task to think about and well that’s why I haven’t posted much here since the Spring.    So far with the medicine changes and changes to my diet and commitment to some exercise goals that I will get back to my old self and sharing some fun projects!

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