I Sent My Baby To Middle School

4 Sep

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I’m really not sure how it happened, I sent my baby to middle school. He can’t possible be old enough for sixth grade, he was just born yesterday. I can’t really be old enough to have a kid in sixth grade, I’m still 23 (at least in my head).

Last Monday Cameron’s alarm went off at 5:45am and we started on a new adventure here in Mommyland. His excitement was not only about starting middle school but the poor kid was just ready to get back to school and back to a routine. That excitement was gone by Thursday morning when he was tired of the early mornings. I know he’ll get used to it, but it’s going to be a challenge until he does. Oh and I just can’t wait until he has to get on the bus in the dark. {insert sarcasm here}

So how did it go?

The first day he was given an incorrect schedule that sent him to two wrong classes. No one realized he was in the wrong class until I questioned why the schedule online and the schedule he brought home were different. After a nice conversation with the principal we got it all straightened out and he was ready to rock on day two.

Cameron was bummed that his closest friends are not in any of his classes but he seems to be enjoying the freedom of switching classes without having to follow single file with the rest of his class. He likes just about all of his teachers which should make for a good year. There are still some things he has to figure out, like when he can make it to his locker between classes and how the hell he is going to get his saxophone to and from the band room without being late for first period in the morning or missing the bus in the afternoon.

How am I doing with the change?

Like anything else there are good and bad aspects of it. I love that I get one on one time with him in the morning before he heads off to the bus. I don’t love getting up at the butt crack of dawn. I love that he’s growing up and becoming more of a little human. I hate that he’s growing up and getting closer to leaving the nest. Seven years is not that long of a time when you think about it. I love that he has classes that interest him and teachers he likes. I hate that I worry about him maneuvering the school and getting where he needs to be.

When Cameron was born people would always tell me to enjoy every second because the time goes so fast. I had no idea what they meant at the time and I usually just rolled my eyes. Some of the days seemed to go so slowly when he was a baby and I always felt so tired and overextended. Now I look back and wonder where the hell the time went. How did my big baby become my big boy? When did he make it through preschool and elementary school and off to middle school? Now I understand just how fast time flies and it seems the older I get the faster it goes.

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1st Day of Kindergarten

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1st Day of 6th Grade



Halfway Through My Reading Challenge

2 Jul

At the beginning of the year I decided to challenge myself to read 17 books. For a non-reader like me, 17 books seemed like a lot and a number that I’d have to work to reach. I soon found that 17 wasn’t going to be as difficult as I originally thought so I decided that since this is my 37th year that I would read 37 books in 2017.

#37in2017 was born.

Since we’re now halfway through the year, I thought I’d share with you the books I’ve read so far. I’ve had a few people ask for my book list so today I’ll tell you about the books I’ve read so far and at the end of the year I’ll tell you about the rest.

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  • A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson. This is the sometimes hilarious tale of two men who take on parts of the Appalachian Trail. I really enjoyed this book. In fact I liked it so much that I added hiking (part) of the Appalachian Trail to my bucket list.
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I decided to read this after I saw it featured on the Gilmore Girls revival. I loved it from start to finish and think everyone should give it a read.
  • Into This Air by Jon Krakauer. I couldn’t put this book down! The true story of the (then) deadliest year on Everest. So much action and adventure!
  • The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson. I loved A Walk In The Woods so much that I decided to give another Bryson book a try and when I finished I realized I should have quit while I was ahead. The book was terrible! Clearly after living in Europe so long he thinks of Americans as fat, lazy, rude and stupid. I had to really fight to get through this one.book challenge
  • Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer. Another true story of life and death in nature. Much like the other Krakauer book I read, I couldn’t put this one down. Does it look like I have a type? First five books, all about the great outdoors and all true stories.
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Cameron inspired me to read this book when he asked to see the movie. I was fascinated from page one through to the end. I found myself wondering how I never knew these brilliant woman existed? How was this never taught in any of my history classes?
  • Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. This was BY FAR my very favorite book. A true story about the failure of operation Red Wing (and also a movie staring Mark Wahlberg). A look into why those 19 men died and the amazing story of how one made it, against all odds. This book started my love affair with the Navy SEALs.book challenge 2
  • The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. I am probably one of the least religious people you will meet so I was a bit apprehensive when I heard what this book was all about but I gave it a shot anyway and it really made think. I don’t know if it made me any more or less religious than I was before but it certainly gave me some food for thought. My first work of fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Men Are Like Waffles Women Are Like Spaghetti by Bill & Pam Farrel. This book came as a recommendation from Cameron’s teacher as a way that I might understand what’s going on in his little man brain. It was definitely insightful to see how differently men and women’s brains work and give me a greater understanding on how to communicate with the men of the house.
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova. I laughed. I cried. I was fascinated yet again. Still Alice is a quick read that takes you inside the mind of someone with Alhzlmers. I’m sure you can guess that there isn’t a fairy tale ending here but don’t let that scare you off from reading it.
  • The Great Whale of Kansas by Richard W. Jennings. This book came as a recommendation from Cameron. This is more of a children’s book but I still enjoyed it and found it to be an uplifting story about a young boy. If you have a 4-7th grader in your house, they might enjoy this one.book challenge 3
  • Service: A Navy SEAL At War by Marcus Luttrell. After reading Lone Survivor I needed more. Service offers more stories about the toughest our military has to offer. Read Lone Survivor then read Service.
  • Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian. A recommendation from my Mother in Law. After the first chapter I wasn’t sure I’d ever look at her the same way. Russian prostitutes and a bachelor party gone wrong, I’ll leave it at that. The book was slow to start but I eventually got into the story.
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. This is a true story that read like a novel. Set in Warsaw, Poland during World War II, this book takes you through the “Underground Railroad” that saved so many Jewish lives. A fantastic summer read.
  • Code Name: Johnny Walker by “Johnny Walker” and Jim DeFelice. This is the true story of an Iraqi who risked everything to work with the SEALs. OK, I think it’s clear that I have a crush on the SEALs since this is my third book involving them and not the last one I have on my reading list.
  • 10% Happpier by Dan Harris. I’m a fan of Good Morning America so when weekend anchor Dan Harris wrote a book about how he overcame the voices in his head to become 10% happier I figured I should read it. Who wouldn’t want to be 10% happier?

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So far I’ve picked some great books. Out of the first sixteen, I’d  strongly recommend 12 of them and recommend 14.

I’ve got a little catching up to do since I’m halfway through the year and I still have 21 books left to read, but I’m confident I’ll make it.

Do you have any books you think I should add to my reading list? Tell me about them!

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