Well, technically, we are nowhere NEAR the end of summer. It's been over 100 degrees the past several days here with barely a reprieve in sight. Ugh.
But Allie-14 started two-a-days for volleyball this week (out the door every morning by 7:45!), and today I register the Big Four for school. I sense the end is near.
Funny, it's bittersweet. In some ways I feel very settled here in our new Small Town. Most everything has been located that's been packed or stored (note: I did NOT say it's all been put away...we just know which box it's in!), and I'm making progress getting pictures put up. I can find my way around town (not that that's too hard!), and I'm learning where the shopping is in the surrounding area.
But in other ways, I feel that homesickness has just begun. Maybe because the adrenaline is finally subsiding and we are back to just plain "doing life." And life is SO DIFFERENT.
Different town, different house, different church, different doctors, different grocery store...different EVERYTHING! After almost 15 years (ALL of my parenting years!) in the same Big Suburb, I think I underestimated how much I relied on the familiar. It makes me understand why my kids have been more emotional this summer than any other one on record.
But different is good, though. Dennis is working from home now, and we've all enjoyed his company. The kids have made friends, and I'm betting with the start of school, I will, too.