Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Big 2nd Grader.....and some other stuff :)

Today was Evan's day! He started the 2nd grade....finally. Right now he really cant appreciate the 3 extra weeks of summer that he receives that his brother Ian does not. By the time Ian starts school (first of August), Evan is ready to start too. But, Ian gets to school shop first.....Ian gets a new haircut first.....Ian gets to go to school first. It's tough for Evan because he feels like he is always last for everything. One day though, when school isn't as much fun, he will learn that he has it better than Ian because he gets 3 extra weeks of Summer! Until then, today was his blessed day! Here he is....ready to go.

The first day of school is becoming more difficult for me emotionally. Dont worry....it's not like Im crying in the car as they run off to school. However, it is the day of the year when their age really hits home. When they have their birthday's each year it really doesnt feel like they are older. They are still in school....in the same grade they have been in all year and so it doesnt feel like an age progression at that point. The first day of school is when I really become aware of their ever growing statures and the fact that they really are a year older. So, a little more melancholy creeps in each year as I send them off to school....I'll be a mess by the time Addison starts Kindergarten. The boys are so close together in age that I dont have a chance to really get sad about Evan as he is right behind Ian and I am already used to the whole thing. Addie will be different story because she is my baby and when she starts school.....well, Im just not going to think about it right now.

In other news, I also started school last night. It was my first class of the semester at the University of Utah. I was quite nervous when I realized at 3pm that not only did I forget to find the class ahead of time, I hadnt picked up my ID card or figured out my transportation and parking situation. You cant just drive up to class and park. Give me a break....its been 18 years since I was in college! Anyway, some things never change....especially my procrastination. But, all was well. I picked up my ID card, found the building and a great parking space, and still had 20 minutes to spare. The class was great! I LOVE school....you could say Im a bit of a nerd about it. I could go to school forever. Too bad I didnt feel that way when I was 18 and going to BYU! I was watching some of the "younger" students in the class. They were obviously bored out of their minds.....barely awake.....attitude written all over their faces. I wish they could understand what I do now. I wish I had understood it at their age...... that life goes on. Take advantage of your youth! You may get a second chance later, if youre lucky, but it is so much more difficult than just appreciating it and doing it now. I have so much more respect for the professor and for the opportunity to actually attend college. It's too bad that these "younger" students cant see and understand what I do...... Anyway, next class is Thursday night. Cant wait!

My Mother-in-law is leaving us today. She has been here for a month and it has been a lot of fun having her with us. I hope she enjoyed it as much as we did. The kids are really sad that she is leaving. Hopefully she will come back and visit us again soon! Mandy (Denvers cousin) also came out a few days ago for a visit and so she could fly back with Carlotta. Addison has been in heaven with Mandy..... she has been spoiled rotten for the past few days. I know she is going to really miss her too! It has been a hectic August ever since we returned from Arizona, I have not really taken many pictures nor have I done much updating on this blog! But, hopefully things are settling down now and I can get back into my routines! Happy first day of school.....or just happy Tuesday for some of you :)


pete/chris whipple said...

I can just visualize you in class learning, being happy and getting a degree! Fabulous, keep up the good work appreciating getting an education. Beautiful pics of Evan...bye to Carlotta, what a nice woman.

Turley fam said...

Loved the new post & all the fun info. Go Vanessa & Evan!

Alisha said...

Enjoyed the update! Aren't we all looking for a bit of routine now that school is back in session. Enjoy your class! I'm sure Carlotta loved visiting you all!