Thursday, June 18, 2009

Anti-climactic but DONE all the same...Day 180

Last day of school today. And it began early, too early for me anyway. I've not been feeling well the last few days, and thus the kids have grown quite accustomed to Mom allowing the morning hours to saunter by while she lies in bed in a Nyquil-induced stupor. In fact, yesterday around 8:15, Alex gently woke me up, gestured toward the glass beside my bed, asked if I needed any ice, and then informed me that she would put breakfast on the table and ensure everyone began their schoolwork. One might wonder who the parental unit is around here.

I decided that, sick or not, since today is Day 180 around here, we should celebrate somehow. I opted for a breakfast celebration; the kids love coffeecake. Unfortunately, the preparation of said coffeecake means I have to get up at the crack of Leave-Me-Alone-And-Let-Me-Go-Back-To-Sleep. Which was especially tough after a rough night. In order to avoid the drug-induced stupor, I opted out of the Nyquil last night and instead pumped my body full of pseudoephedrine and dextromethorphan. Which, without the aid of antihistamine, has quite the opposite effect on me as Nyquil.

After a little TV and lots of tossing and turning, I had just done my last countdown after glancing at the clock: OK, if I can just fall asleep now, I can still get 4 hours of sleep and was beginning to drift off when the storm started. And this was a bad one, one that chased one kid into my bed. One isn't bad; I expected at least two. There was a good hour where it seemed like daylight outside because the frequency of lightening was so great.

Then of course since there was a kid in my bed, once I did fall asleep, my internal alarm clock woke me up a good half hour before the crack of Leave-Me-Alone-And-Let-Me-Go-Back-To-Sleep so the real alarm would not wake him up. Because, intrinsically, I'm a considerate mom like that.

And after the celebratory coffeecake, it was business as usual: reading, math, phonics, handwriting. After which I announced to each of them that school is over and that they are now in the 4th grade, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, and, well, 4-year-old grade. I also informed them that they would have now until July 1 with no school at all. And that Summer School would commence on July 1. Because I don't want to spend our first month of the new school year reviewing. Therefore, I am going to plan a little mini-summer unit to review math facts, the presidents, states and capitals, and reading. In addition, we're going to complete a unit study on nutrition which I obtained from Bread Beckers.

So, with little fanfare, it is out with the 2008-2009 school year and in with the
2009 1/2 session before we officially welcome the 2009-2010 school year.


Marianna said...

Bummer that you are starting out your vacation sick. But, at least you can say you are done! Yay! We are doing the review thing too and my kids think it is sooooo unfair! I will happily report back to them that we are not the only ones doing reviews. Ha! I win again. I'm also glat that you mentioned the storm. I wasn't sure if I was dreaming or not. I remember now rolling over and shoving Jeff but I don't know exactly why. Strange things happen when you are totally zonked and a storm blows through.

4 Lettre Words said...

Woohoo...welcome to summer break!

Hope you are well SOON!

Arby said...

It looks like you got the storm that passed over us. We've had some mighty wet days here, with more to come today and tomorrow. Congrats on the schoolwork! Enjoy your break.

Annie H. said...

yay! I'm glad I'm not the only one with summer school. I call it Mommy Boot Camp and my kids aren't so thrilled about it! But it's happening, sister!

dclouser said...

Congratulations on the end of the school year! Hope everyone enjoys the month off. Love to my darling nieces and nephews and I hope you feel better real soon!

Khakismum said...

Good for y'all. We just chug through all year long since we take weeks off here and there for various reason - like *life*, throughout the year. I've had my niece down all week. I have subjected her to the torture of swim practice every morning and TWO meets this week, I wasn't going to make her sit and watch K. do school work too! So it's back to the books next week after working at VBS in the morning.

Enjoy your summer 'vacation'. ;-)

CrossView said...

So glad you finished. Now you can allow yourself to get better and you have till 1 July!

Mine doesn't know that we've finished. She would go bonkers without the structure - she gets that from Guy! Instead, we're on a cleaning vacation for two weeks. She's been really helpful since she thinks she's getting away with "skipping school". Old age and treachery....