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See you in September...

{stream of consciousness}

It's been a little while for the blog and I. August slipped through my fingers in the blink of an eye, and now we're in September, with school starting in just two days. Backpacks and lunch boxes and folders and pencils have all been purchased, back-to-school outfits are ready to go. All that's left is a haircut for PJ (pray for me) and a gathering of my emotions as I prepare to send my baby to full-time school.

I can't talk about school yet {too emotional}, but I can certainly relish the beautiful month August gave us. With PJ in extended school year, our summer vacation doesn't really begin until August; a beautiful month of sleeping in, lax bedtime routines, old favorites and new adventures. PJ splashed in our neighborhood pool and stood up on a surfboard as he rode the waves. We dug holes on the familiar beach at Ocean City, NJ and dug similar holes for the first time on the beaches of Ocean City, MD. PJ saw his first 3D movie, rode his first ferris wheel, and battled sea criminals on a pirate ship. Pete and I even managed to sneak in a few nights out to dine with great friends on a beautiful evening and take in a show with friends who are family.

Technically, there are 20 days left of summer, just enough to squeeze in one or two more day trips to the beach, make a few more trips to the playground after dinner to take advantage of longer days, even as the sun goes down earlier each day. We can enjoy Cabana Water Ice and there's still time to get that library card. It's back to school, but summer still has some life in her yet. September is weird that way.

This week, school starts and soccer practice begins, and the week after, we start cheer leading! There are exciting new changes for PJ at school and a chance for Pete and I rewrite some of our mistakes and have a new fall together. Fall is my favorite season, but always, especially since I became a mother, it's a little hard to let go of summer.


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{ of consciousness}

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You can view a summary of the latest CDC report here, but there are two points of the report that stood out to me:
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