My kids go back to school in exactly 14 days, 9 hours, and 10 minutes, not that I'm counting. While I feel for them, and this strange summer that feels never-ending, I'm so ready to get back to our normal routine. Not only has my work schedule suffered, but because we've just moved out-of-state my kids are in my damn face all day long. So it's safe to say there are more than a few times when I wish my kids could just go back to school already, and I have a feeling I'm not the only mom with a back-to-school countdown. Summer is no joke, you guys.
With this huge out-of-state cross-country move, I do feel quite a bit of empathy for my children and the fact that they're dreading the start of a new school year. They won't be able to reunite with their old friends, and everything will be so new. I'm anxious just thinking about it from their perspective, so I can imagine how terrified they are right now. There comes a point during every summer break, though — whether it's in this state or the one before — where they just have to go. They just have to.
Now, before you get all "enjoy them while they're young," and "time moves so quickly," or whatever, know that I hear you. No really, I do. But day after day of having both kids in my face, making all the noises and messes while I try to hold onto whatever tiny bit of sanity I have left, there comes to a point when I just need a damn break. I don't need a vacation (though, that would be cool, too), but just a few hours each day where I can go to bathroom alone, work without so many disruptions, and don't need to shout "enough!" every three minutes. That's fair, right? With that, here's some of the times I couldn't wait for my kids to get their butts back in school: