I’m feelin’ it. I know that back-to-school time has arrived when my mind starts spinning with projects, ideas, and an undeniable urge to get involved. I love summer. I love its more relaxed pace, the time to be playful and creative with my family. No denying that, but I also get a blast of energy and enthusiasm as I anticipate the return of school days. I’ve gotten myself in trouble during more than one August by starting projects, organizations, businesses, and new volunteer responsibilities before the hectic busyness of the school year truly begins, and by October, I’m overcommitted and struggling to get out! (If my sister is reading this, I know she is giggling.) I would like to say that I’m not going to do it again this year, but alas, I’m already on that bumpy road. In the past two weeks, I’ve signed up to be a library volunteer at my son’s new school, signed up for a 5K run in early September (I don’t even run!), agreed to help with a pro-breastfeeding campaign that is just getting started, reconnected with a group of mommy friends in the hope of pulling together some regular play dates, and made some preliminary plans for a new business (I can’t wait to share more about that!). Yep…I am decidedly in the danger zone.
So, I’m trying to clear my mind, clean my house, and get ready for a shift in schedule and seasons (and maybe prepare for that 5K). I’ve got plenty to focus upon right here in my own home. We are in the process of redecorating my older son’s bedroom in order to transform it into “The Boys’” Room. My sweet little co-sleeper is going to make the big journey to the neighboring room. Of course, we are going to let the toddler take the lead. He used to cuddling with his mama and daddy, but he also adores his big brother and asks to sleep in his room almost every night. We are putting in bunk beds on Sunday after (hopefully) painting the walls and adding a few homemade touches. This bedroom project is tough (How do you spackle and paint with little ones underfoot?), but it is an exciting milestone for all of us. I am thrilled with the “up-cycling” of an old dresser that we acquired from my husband’s brother. It was just an ordinary bureau, but now…Little Boy Chic! Didn’t my hubby do an amazing job?