Did you happen to see a crazy, middle-aged woman jumping for joy in a church parking lot on Thursday?

That was me!  However, I wasn't as graceful as the ballerina.

Why was I doing pirouettes?

I now have six hours of quiet time to myself in a week. Let's count. Hold those fingers up. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.  Two days a week, I can fold laundry, run errands alone, read your blogs, perhaps write a blog post, do a yoga pose without someone trying to knock me over, and even send a little tweet with a nice cup of tea in my hand.  All.By.Myself.  (I bet I just put that song in your head for the rest of the day.)

Yesterday was the first day that these two darlings were in school at the same time.   Mr. Cool has been in kindergarten for one week now, but Baby Diva is now toting her own backpack to her toddler preschool.  She goes just two mornings a week for three hours a day.

She did well on her first day.  She had just a few tears.  Well, I could actually hear her screaming as I dashed to my car after drop-off, but I've been through this before.  I've learned to keep my cool, and not worry. Drop-off is always the hardest.   Luckily, she was all smiles when I picked her at 12:15 p.m.   I was told that she even has a new little boyfriend.

She denies it though.  She says in her little southern drawl, "Nooooooooooooooooo!"

My first child-free morning was blissful.  It had been a long summer, and yesterday morning was a much-needed break for me.  Honestly, I have been a little overwhelmed since the start of the school with the paperwork, and volunteer opportunities for parents that accompany a child entering kindergarten.  I'm now looking at ways that I can best serve our school, and I'm learning to communicate through a folder in a backpack. I've also learned to "let go" a little, and realize he is growing up, and that he has to take on more responsibility.  If he forgets to buy milk in the cafeteria for lunch then he just gets a little more at dinner.

We've also worked on our morning routine, and we are at school on-time. Early, in fact.  Far cry from our summer chaos.

Things are slowly coming together.  Fall is quickly approaching, and thanks to our new schedules, I will have a little more pep in my step.

I"ll be back next week with some parenting posts from my Triangle Mom2Mom column that I've not shared, and I have a great hotel feature coming up on the blog.

Have a great weekend! I hope you experience a lot of bliss. 

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