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Good news: Baby Michael learned to scream (happily) at the top of his lungs today. Very nice. Good job.

Bad news: He learned how to do it during the finale of Six Feet Under.

Good news: Everyone goes to school tomorrow.

Bad news: I’m a nervous wreck about Joseph going, and the start of school means more Sunday-night work: skirt-hemming, lunch-making, supply-labeling.

Good news: Everyone goes to school tomorrow.

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posted August 21, 2005 at 11:18 pm

Good news…Six Feet Under is on again tomorrow night.

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posted August 21, 2005 at 11:45 pm

Good news: we still have a coupla weeks left of summer here in the northeast. Kids go back to school September 6.
Bad news: we still have a coupla weeks left of summer here in the northeast. Kids go back to school September 6.
When my kids went to the public elementary school up the street and across from Dunkin’ Donuts, I would drive them to school and hop on over and get a cuppa coffee (important when you work nights and coffee is one of your best friends) — the first day of school always made me laugh out loud and made my day because I’d see all the moms with huge happy smiles, grinning from ear to ear when the last kid hopped out of the car and shut the door. The moms would drive away with that smile glued on their faces.
Truth be told, I wish my kids were still under kindergarden age. :-( I miss them being small!

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Jack Dwyer

posted August 22, 2005 at 12:58 am

Of COURSE you’ll be happy to see all your kids leave for school…!!! For an absolute maximum of maybe 5 minutes… Have a large box of tissues ready for the copious crying the’ll ensue with the realisation that they’re GONE…
Er, unless Welborn is a Scottish name and/or you’re sending Joseph to a Scottish school (or making him learn bagpipes), what’s with the skirt-hemming??? I don’t know how many kids you have, see; but I sure hope at least one of them’s a girl…!
Who DOES wear the trousers in this family??!!

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Father Ethan

posted August 22, 2005 at 6:22 am

At my parish, school means that everyone comes back from their summer homes on the Cape and in New Hampshire. It also means that my work increases by 800% when they return. I love summer! On the other hand, I love my work. “COME HOME!”

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posted August 22, 2005 at 6:33 am

Good news: my kids have been back in school for 2 weeks already!
Bad news:my kids have been back in school for 2 weeks already – homework, projects, remembering which is the right uniform each day, making lunches, driving to school, SPREADING GERMS (my kindergartner has already been sent home from school for throwing up)….

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posted August 22, 2005 at 6:58 am

It the most wonderful time of the year…..all four of mine, going to four different schools, are ready to go back. Hmmm, scratch that. I am ready for them to go back. I am exhausted.
What I learned on my summer vacation:
1.What 14 year old boy has interest in is NOT the same as a 4 year old girl . Although they are the only two that don’t bicker. He does exactly what she tells him.
2.Compromise is key. When a thirteen year old daughter can squeeze into a size 2 two piece bathing suit, you compromise and make her buy an 8.
3.When an 9 year old boy wants to stay outside in the neighborhood to play manhunt with 20 kids past his curfew you let him. The sweaty dirty face with the big grin is an unforgetable memory.
4.Letting the household chores slip is ok especially if you plan on going to the beach.

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posted August 22, 2005 at 8:20 am

“Good news: Baby Michael learned to scream (happily) at the top of his lungs today.”
Alleluia!! As the Good Book says, “Out of the mouths of babes …”

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Pat Gonzalez

posted August 22, 2005 at 11:55 am

Good news: Younger son is getting ready to move into his apartment in Downtown Montreal for his second year at McGill. Bad news: same. Whoever mentioned the box of Kleenex above was right. I foolishly thought that, now my sons are pretty much grown, it would be easier to let them go. It’s not … sigh … Empty nest and all that. I can relate to all those who posted above, for sure. Kids in our area will be back at class on Sept. 1 (I think), which is the same day Tim begins classes. Older son Carl is doing a 1-year course in video game design, beginning Sept. 6 — also downtown, though he’ll continue living at home. That will bring its own changes… as they say, “Stay tuned for other developments”. Amy, I chuckled reading about the baby’s first scream — you may have a future opera singer on your hands!! God bless him — give him a hug from me…

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Symona Dunleavy

posted August 22, 2005 at 12:47 pm

A homeschooling mom’s viewspoint: summer is no different for me in that the kids are home year-round. What is a treat is to have all those hours that we spend 9 months of the year with the schoolbooks filled with summer things: family trips, sleeping in some mornings, gardening, lawn care, lunches with friends, more time to bake, etc. My vacation is over with theirs, so we’re BOTH sad to say goodbye to carefree days–it’s back to formal pursuit of knowledge. It’s very rewarding, but of course requires a large commitment of time, patience and effort. St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of Catholic schools, pray for us!

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posted August 22, 2005 at 12:51 pm

I absolutely hate making school lunches – 4 of them – in the mornings. My favorite thing about no school is not having to make school lunches!

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posted August 22, 2005 at 1:22 pm

Well MY 4-year-old Joseph went off to school for the first time recently. (Florida of course starts school in August) It’s my current top blog post titled, “It’s My Baby And I’ll Cry If I Want To.”

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