Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We Are Ready

I feel sorry for all teachers right now because I think these last few weeks of school must be so hard.  The kids are DONE.  I know mine are.  It feels like summer weather outside and they've sat in the classroom for the last 9 months and they want to play and be free.  I have to remind mine to finish their homework and there have been a few rushed mornings when they've forgotten.  Like forgotten on purpose.

There are two little five year old boys that I watch some days in the pre-school pick up line.  After they exit their preschool doors, they race full speed down the sidewalk (it helps that it has a downhill grade) with their moms following close behind straight to the playground behind the school.  Every time I see them I want to run out with my camera and get this picture.  Their arms are pumping hard, their tongues between their teeth, their eyes glancing at each other (because you know all boys have to race!), and this is the best part...their feet hardly touch the ground except a quick slap of the pavement with their little tennis shoes.  They are suspended in air time and time again, while their legs cycle round and round.  It's straight out of a Norman Rockwell print and it makes my heart just burst.

But then the girls.  Oh boy, with the pigtails.  Or just the talk, talk, talk.  There is nothing like a conversation with a little girl is there?  You can take away all the knowledge in the world and you only need about 20 minutes.

We have new neighbors behind us and the kids are so excited...they are good pals already.

I have new sand in our sandbox.  We bought new crayons.

I've planted a few pots of flowers.  My peonies are blooming.  I've done as much weeding as I will ever manage this summer.  

It's going to be a fun low-key back yard summer, and I'm as excited as the kids are.

21 comments :

  1. Your yard looks BEAUTIFUL Sarah! Love the sand pile. And I bought new crayons today too! :) I am SO ready for summer and no schedule. Even though I know I'll be over it after a month. My kids aren't out until mid June! The next month will be a looong one.

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  2. I love that you have your own box of crayons. I love myself a new box of crayons. :)

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  3. The garden looks peaceful with plenty of room for everyone. I know what you mean about NORMAL so many people are not! How does that work? And when you have good neighbours you really appreciate it. I know I do.

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  4. I was just thinking I am so ready for summer. I can't seem to get the kids out of bed in the morning anymore and I just hate waking them up. Looking forward to a less structured summer and my backyard as well.

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  5. We are ready to be done as well. The weeks of endless testing are starting to get to everyone. Your back yard is gorgeous. I love that your kiddos will get to have a relaxed summer spent right in their own back yard. I think too often they are so rushed during the year, that a summer with a jam packed schedule of activities and trips is just over whelming. I am looking forward to spending some quiet time with our kiddo before she heads off in the fall without all the interruptions.

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  6. Even as a substitute teacher....I am ready for summer! I agree...it's time! I am so glad my kids are done early this year( June1st is pretty darn early b/c we didn't have any snow days.) I would LOVE some nice, normal neighbors so feel free to send some my way! Your yard is beautiful... and I wish you a "feet up,sitting in the shade with a lemonade in your hand, kind of summer!"

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  7. Oh we are soooo ready for summer here too.:)
    love the little girls conversation part...so so true!
    have a happy day sarah

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  8. I am ready for summer, always, except for the passage of another year. If I could have summer without the girls growing up it would be perfect!
    (Love your yard- looks so peaceful!)

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  9. Nice yard! Don't we all go through boxes of crayons like crazy! We certainly do! Take care :)

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  10. Such a pretty yard!! Summer is less than two weeks away for us and yes, my son can hardly wait.

    -I'm enjoying A Lantern in Her Hand so much.
    -The minestrone soup recipe was great. The chocolate chip cookies are awesome too. Love your recipes.

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  11. Oh the excitement of finding new neighbours to play with! We had a gate in our back fence too, so we wouldn't have to run around the entire block to visit our friends. I love new crayons too! Any kind of new stationary that is fresh and ready to use!!
    Have a relaxing summer - I won't be!This is the first summer in 4 years that I am not too pregnant or have too small of babies to do intense yard work, so I am focussing on overhauling the entire yard this year.

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  12. New crayons are the best! And as a Kindergarten teacher, I can attest that the teachers are done too! :)

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  13. I seriously wish I lived in your house! Your backyard is amazing! I need to get out of AZ! We're moving to NV....sigh....not much different. It's short term though, so maybe we'll end up some place green and beautiful one day?!

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  14. Close neighbors are the best! We are very lucky to have some close to us too. My kids are done as well, 11th and 9th and 4th grade are drawing to a close. Not sure how I feel about that, bittersweet but looking forward to some time at the pool this summer.

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  15. ready? good grief. I am not.
    but we have a lot more school than you ahead of us...
    we go through june, thanks to the awesome snow storm and power outage we had in OCTOBER. and it is not really warm here yet..cool and raining a lot. summer seems like a distant dream.

    I AM done with routine and lunches and getting up for the 6am bus...I have been done with that for months!

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  16. I love the Norman Rockwell summer idea--i think in my mind I have this perfect summer and it looks very Norman Rockwell-esque!

    I agree nice and normal is rare these days...so sad, values, morals, ethics, the way people treat each other is just so sad.

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  17. Meagan I live in NV and it isn't so bad :) we have some beautiful red rock canyons and national parks and mountains close by

    Sarah your yard is gorgeous!

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  18. I couldn't agree more. A nice, relaxing back yard summer is just what I ordered, too!

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  19. Can I ask you what brand of tractors you have in your sandbox? My 2 boys would love it if I purchased some "big" ones for them to play with in their sandbox. Hope you and your family have a super duper summer break!

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  20. My son and his little buddy ARE those 2 boys. Infact, when I get there to pick up mine, the other little guy always tells me I have to wait til his mom gets there so he and Luke can race. And race they do! It's a precious age.

    Your yard looks lush and beautiful and full of good times. Happy May to you!

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