8.13.2009

the deep end.....



I' m going to tell you a secret.....but you must keep it to yourself.






I. am. done.with summer. break.






I will let you in on another secret.....






so. are. my. kids.







what you are about to see....i warn you......is my day to day life.



I was just telling my friend yesterday that i am surprised i have not had a mental breakdown this summer.



I can't even take the kids to Target without pulling one of them aside and practically beating them with the closest broom......



and then flying off on that broom.....



because the lady watching me is about to pull her cell phone out and call security.....and the sad part is...I want to say to her.....I dare you.









and i love perusing through all the lovely blogs and reading about how some of you make playdough with your kids and have shaving cream fights in the front yard......



really?



because i tried the whole shaving cream thing......and you know what happened.....i didn't get awesome photo's of the kids having a total blast......



i got kids screaming that their eye's were burning and for me to call 911.



i got kids that had an allergic reaction to the cream and had what looked like 3rd degree burns all over



their body......



and that playdough we tried making.........



one of my kids ate it.......and had green poop the rest of the week.....



it was AWESOME!




I've made the decision...and it was a hard one.......



not to homeschool this year. I really thought it was my calling to gather all my beautiful children around the dining room table....have a curriculum........but you know what.....



we sat down the other night and voted.



everyone....including my husband....decided that it was in the best interest of the children to send them back to public school.



It was a hard decision.....but.....if i want my days to look like ........





this picture above.....nice...smiling....little happy creatures....then i best get these children back in school.

Please tell me i'm normal? I have no more patience.

I.am.exhausted.

We had our back to school day yesterday.....when the kids find out their teachers and get their pictures taken....and as we were {not so patiently} waiting in line for out turn....i noticed a cute mom and her adorable little boy {who just so happened to be wearing the same shirt as mason that we got at the infamous target shopping trip} at the back of the line.......and she kept looking at me and smiling......

so after we made it thru the line and were walking to the back the cute mom waved at me......

so i walk over and she say's......I read your blog.....and i love it.....love your music....

so i thanked her......then i introduced myself.......{while feeling on cloud nine for a moment}

and thought to myself.....

I better not write this post......especially because people that know my children are going to read it....

but then i thought......

I know I am not alone......

I am so tired of summer. I just am.

There is a week and a half left till school starts.......

please tell me i will make it.

xo











98 comments:

Lace said...

You will totally make it! I think it's completely normal for Mom's to breathe a sigh of relief when their kids are finally back in school!

Simone said...

How did I not know that you homeschool? I will hold my hands up and say that I do not know how anyone does that, I wouldn't last a day....you ARE superwoman Kasey, I have no idea how you do it, truly I don't.

Hands up to you for your honesty....summer holidays are HARD....and we are only halfway through ours in England.

Good for you for making the back to school decision - YOU WILL MAKE IT!!

Hang in there honey!

Simone :) xo

PS You must read my "brown and beautiful" post yesterday - you are another blogger who went I see that little photo of you, I think "yes, she's got my hair"! :)
Mind you, if I homeschooled, I wouldn't have any hair ;)

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh my gosh, I know this isn't funny but I laughed at all your honest descriptions.

Hey you'll get some quite time soon, not long to wait.
xxx

JerriR said...

commented you on Facebook but then noticed the time of your post...girlfriend you have got to sleep! Trust me I know.. I have been awake for the last 18 yrs..not entirely :) Life is much easier on the days when I have gotten some sleep! Keep on keepin it real!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

A week and a half is nothing, Kasey! Just lock them up in a closet and slip crackers and cheese under the door (ok, you can give them a flashlight, so the little ones don't get too scared), crank up the stereo, sing loudly and dance. I guarantee that within about 30 minutes, they'll be begging to come out and be good. Kasey, you'll make it.

white flower design said...

I love reading your blog, I can really relate. You have a great sense of humor, I am sure that helps you get through the trying times. I had 3 kids in 3 years - I'm still laughing - by the way school starts here on September 9 th. Lori

Beach Vintage said...

Have a wine or some kind of alcoholic beverage. It always helps. You will make it. Don't stress.

Lori said...

I know you will make it ~ although you are tired, you still have your sense of humor! Just think ahead ~ the kids in school ~ you are in the house BY YOURSELF!!! You can spin around and dance or run through the house naked.... Keep thinking good thoughts ~ it won't be long now.

Chez Zizi said...

Kasey, please you are not alone. I work at camp and have my kids attending camp and I AM DONE with summer.
Just wait camp ends next week and then I have a week and a half until school starts for the kids (I, thankfully go back to school a week before they do - do you hear me happy dancing?). ANd the bonus is that if my kids are healthy they get to sleep at my in laws for two days - another happy dance.
It's been long but I tell ya, you will survive.
Zizette

adrienne said...

Kasey, I have never posted, but love your blog, and today I felt compelled! I am done with summer too. I am done every year in August. The kids are done too. Lots of togetherness. Lots of fighting. You are so not alone. I am one of those moms that does the fun things---in JUNE. By August, it's just survival mode. I've found that planning a vacation in August or day trips gets us all out of the routine and helps a lot. We went to Kiddieland yesterday, Indiana Dunes one day...just to keep our sanity. August 24th is coming!

Anonymous said...

Homeschooling-hummmmmmm I can't even inagine. I watched the woman down the street take her boys in and out of public schools all thru elem and middle now they are high school age and not doing well at all. She blames the High School. Lost souls. I'm sorry to be so serious. I just thought it would be intersting to you. I support both. Thanks for being so honest. It makes me feel normal-what is normal?)--WE ARE!

LuLu said...

You and me BOTH! Something happend this week... the kids have all turned into fighting, screaming made at each other creatures living in my house!
Wine time is getting earlier and earlier here! hee hee my hubby is out of town and my girlfriend called to chat at bath time of course and I shut the door and said talk to me while I have a beer than i wont be drinking alone!!! :)
have a good one!!
LuLu

Magic Brush said...

Ok... so I'll be the only one to say that I am so sad summer is almost over. Yes, it's busy hectic and all... but I will cry next week when my boys go back to school and I just have me and the 2 year old at home. I love them being home.

Preppy Mama said...

Oh my goodness I have ones younger than yours and I am out of patience and can't wait for school to start! You are amazing for even attempting home schooling, I honestly would never have the patience so bless your heart you are more than normal. And thank you for writing this so the rest of us moms feel normal too!!

Kristina said...

I love your blog and your true honesty,we all feel that way, and we love our kids and need our breaks too!! my kids have started school here in gerogia,your break is coming soon and you will miss them a little.LOL

Martha said...

I am dying laughing Kasey...I have younger ones...but I cannot wait for those 1-2 days a week they will go for a little "break" for myself...I don't want summer to end...but I do want it to for a little bit of a break :)....and may I say what a gorgeous picture of you too! I love the picture of all three of your kiddos~ very happy, cute, and sweet:) ...and I agree with LuLu above...the wine sometimes arrives a bit earlier on some nights than others:)

traci said...

you will make it and then you will really miss them. it is such a double edged sword.

paige said...

darn, i would have loved to be standing there beside you at target & we could have ridden off together , on pink brooms of course!
hang in my friend
& enjoy the vino
xo

SCmama1971 said...

Oh gosh! I had to laugh at your post. I thought I was the only one who had kids go crazy once we walked the the Target doors. What is it about that place that causes kid's to go birzirk?! I threaten my kid's before we even go through those Target doors.

I promise, you are NOT alone! We didn't have a summer vacation at all. No real trip or vacation and with the heat and humidity here in the south ( we are used to Southern California) we stayed inside most days. I thought I was ready for a mental breakdown too!

Heres to school starting!!

littlebyrd said...

This is so perfectly funny and made me laugh first thing today! Oliver was only off school 2 weeks and I kept thinking...all summer, really? How do people do that :)

The Flying Bee said...

LOL over here! I can SO relate! Thanks for keeping it real!

Adrienne

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh Kasey you are not alone. I love my kids to death I really do. They make me happy on so many levels, but during the summer I feel chaotic. I miss the routine, they fight, I gain weight, they spend lots of time in their rooms for time outs etc...

It's hard being a mommy. Lots of patience. At least you attempted the shaving cream and play-doh - more than I can say.

Heres to public schools -three cheers. Homeschooling is not for everyone. I think you made the right decision:)

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

You are not alone and you will survive.

But, do what you can to treasure even the crummiest moments because before you know it they will be gone. The children I mean. The grow up and go away all too fast.

I know.

I was you.

Now I wish they were fighting and making me exhausted.

Tracey said...

Really, you were thinking of home schooling...really? You're almost there - there is a light at the end of the tunnel now:)

T

Tommy said...

You're normal. We often find ourselves saying in a half-joke, Kids ruin everything.

It was an easy decision for us not home school - and a relief.

Jill said...

I.am.with.YOU. I am D-O-N-E. I totally feel like the only mom who feels this way, everyone I talk to around here says, "no I am so not ready to have the kids go back to school, we are having such a great summer"....then my husband comes home from business trips and wonders why there are so many wine bottles in the recycling bin! Oh, and by the way - we don't start school until September 8th, yes, that's right, I said September 8th!

***LIZ*** said...

I feel the same way, in theory I would love to home school all my kiddos, but in practice I don't know that it will be the best for my kids or I. I hope your kids have a great school year.

Valerie said...

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you for typing up a very real post and actually posting it. You are so normal, I am so normal, and although I love blogging and reading blogs, I could go crazy with all of the blogs I read that seem a bit too perfect, a bit too together, and really just make me want to scream. I am a very good mother, but I am also a very realistic mother, and your description of the brooms at Target not only made me laugh, but wanted me to buy us some "BE-FRI" and "ST-ENDS" necklaces to wear and be BFF's forever and ever, haha...

Rachel said...

You will make it!!! Thank you for being real! xoxo

Tara said...

You will make it...not sure if you have any other choices!! Cute photos of the kids and cute story!

Sarah said...

You will totally make it, school will be here in no time. Don't feel bad at all about sending them back to public school. You have to do what is right for your family. Isn't it funny how some families can do those fabulous things like shaving cream fights and have wonderful memories and others have such turmoil with it all. Just goes to show again, your family does what works for them and it is a beautiful thing! :)

Kristin said...

In a word Kasey, AWESOME! You made this girl smile today big as I think I would so be the kind of Mom you are in every way. Thank you for you. For being so real and you know everyone is secretly saying...AMEN, SPEAK IT SISTA, SHE KNOWS WHAT REALLY GOES ON IN MY HOUSE WITH MY KIDS...HOW DID SHE KNOW...HA HA HA...Yes, in fact because of your real they are all found out now!

Happy wonderful day to you Kasey in every single way.

Leah C said...

No, Kasey, you are not alone. You say out loud what a lot of moms are feeling:) School starts next week for us...and we're ready {at least, I am}!
P.S. The Target scene? Been there, done that;)

Anonymous said...

really....you are so normal.....there is no "perfect" family.....regardless of what all the other bloggers want us to think....life is real and soooooo good!.....

ag gal...

Jackie said...

You're so not alone (obviously) - I'm ready, my kids are ready...August 26th here we come...can't wait!

Tales From the Land of Motherhood said...

I just stumbled across your blog and love this post. I posted about the same thing on my blog at the beginning of summer. I could have given the kids away, used the broom at Target or better yet packed my bags and left. I think we all have mommy "moments" like that. My 3 lovely little angels drive me crazy at times with the fights, tattling or the all out brawl they decided to have. We have roughly 10 days and 15 hrs to go until my 3 start school on the 24th. Here is to all the other mommies in the world counting down the days........

P.S. Love your blog!!

Simply Me Art said...

Normal! you are very Normal. I will tell you as they get older, the summers are much better. They do their own thing and really don't need you the way they did when they were younger. My spawn are back to school today, I was Sad to see Summer end for us. It was the most Relaxing and Peaceful Summer we have had. Now the Crazy part begins and I am sure I would Love to fly off on my Broom soon. Jamie

Morning T said...

You are awesome Kasey! I only have one child and I work full time so she's in school year round. I feel tremendous guilt about that but I know if we were home together all day long it most certainly wouldn't be playdoh and shaving cream bliss that other people portray.
We all do the best we can and here's to you for being real!

Jean said...

Hooray for you Kasey- You are so honest! I go for the five o'clock glass of "Mommy's Time Out" pinot grigio-It really calms the nerves after going on the slip and slide for two hours.You are not alone-being a mom is definitely the test of sanity.Love your blog-enjoy your free time when it comes-LOL Jean

Chablis said...

Well, the fact that you even gave homeschooling a chance is awesome. There's nothing you can do since it lost out on the family vote! Believe me, I've been sorta "forced" into the homeschooling this year. Not by a certain person, but by circumstances. Bad ones. I'm counting down the months till we can move away from AK and bad schools! I'm filling my kids days up with other things so I have a few quiet moments...gymnastics, piano, pre-k PE! Hurray for fall and structure.
p.s. I'm SO happy you wanted to be on my "exclusive" list!

Anne Marie said...

homeschooling isn't right for every family, and that certainly does NOT mean that you did something or are something wrong.

whatever is best for your family....

but you already know that

Glitter and Bliss said...

Bless your heart. I know you made the right decision for your sweet family. I get the challenges you face.... You hang in there. Fall is just around the corner.

Jamie said...

I'm with ya' sister! We have 4 weeks until the first day of school. Every day, my girls say that they "so want school to start". I don't think that makes me mom of the year. I try to look at it positively...at least they like school. :)

fromthepines said...

omg, that was hilarious! What a change from smiley happy kids. WE know the truth right?

I know I wouldn't even have entertained the THOUGHT of homeschooling much less doing it!

At least you have a Target there.:)

Cheryl

luckygirlgifts said...

You are so funny and NO you are NOT alone.
Mine went back yesterday.
I posted a sweet little summer tribute blog because I don't have the guts to post about all the fighting and whining and threatening.
Oh yeah, I made playdoh, he played with it for about 10 minutes, and I thought, wow, 10 minutes when he wasn't pissed and screaming at me.
So, it was worth it.
My oldest doesn't go back for 2 weeks. She's driving me crazy.
Don't worry, you'll make it.

DolceBaci said...

Thanks for making me laugh! You are not alone...and you will make it!

Simply Mel said...

Hilarious post! Thanks for the good laugh...but I am still savoring summer so don't take it away too quickly!

Michelle said...

This makes me smile. I JUST said the exact same thing to my boys this morning. Terrible I know.. who tells their kids they are tired of them being home? Me..I guess. I cannot take one more fight, the whining is at an all time high around here and I shut all the windows this morning so the neighbors won't hear me yelling! So awful! I just need a break, the fighting wakes up the baby, which makes for a really mean Mommy. My kids won't start until Mid-Sept.. I really don't think I can make it. And like you I DARE the lady in Target to say something, I just wait for it! So far they all must be scared of me, because they haven't! I love them to pieces.. but I REALLY love them during the school year! You will make it!

Alyssa said...

Oh my! I think you made a good decision...why stress yourself out and the ones you love?? Sometimes it just has to be done...

sorry to hear about the green poop and burns! what an image :)

PamperingBeki said...

Ohhhhh honey, you are so not alone. (obviously!)

The most blog comments I've ever received was when I went on a rant similar to this one day. But mine was telling about my messy house, chubby thighs because I don't make time to exercise, the face that I put make up on Sunday mornings for church and on Wednesday, I'm still wearing it.... People came out of the woodworks.

Because regardless of what blogs look like, there are REAL people behind them! Real people with REAL kids, real lives, real zits, cellulite, messy houses, etc.

You are not alone. :)

I hope you love your free time when the kids are in school!!

Tattered Goods said...

Kasey! my girls went back to school yesterday and let me tell you AAAAHHHHH... how good it felt, I am so happy and so are they. Oh btw home schooling would make me go crazzzzy, I mean reallly how can you get anything done? unless you are up at sunrise and in bed at sunset ;) ENJOY your day

Sheila

Lou Cinda said...

You will make it!! Mine went back Monday! Mine are older now 17 adn 19 and do their own thing, so it isn't as crazy as it was when they were little!

Homeschooling? I am way to dumb to homeschool. Math?? I gave up after "take away"!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Lou Cinda

Vana said...

You are not alone...we are not alone! I am counting down the days sista...for both of us! than we can have that glass of wine we've been talking about.

XOXO

Bonnie said...

I can totally relate. I have the highest respect for you - raising more than one child at a time. I like to say God knows me so well, He didn't give me more than one son to raise at a time (my oldest is 23, my stepson is 9). You aren't alone. You aren't crazy and I don't think I know one Mom who isn't ready for her children to go back to school come September. Homeschooling Moms amaze me, too because I know I'd never, ever be good at it. I don't think that makes me a horrible Mom - just a woman who knows her weaknesses and chooses to avoid having others suffer for them. All the best to your kids as they start back to school!!! I hope it's a glorious, wonderful and wonder-filled year for all of you. :) Blessings!!

jen from wr said...

Hang in there, LOL! Did you really have a shaving cream fight? I would go crazy trying to homeschool my kids(I am forced to with Destiny and the highschooler shomeschool themselves). Do you seriously usually homeschool?

paperhill said...

you'll be ok, hang in there :)

Kelly C. said...

i absolutely LOVED this post {though i'm sorry it's been a crazy time}. you have such a way with words!
hang in there!
*)

Andrea Villarreal said...

Mine went back on Monday HA! I was so ready!! You aren't the only one believe me. You home schooled you crazy woman:) I didn't know that. We can barely get through homework time can't even imagine doing it all. All day everyday!! I love my kids don't get me wrong but I think even Mrs. Clever sent Wally and the Beev to public school:)

Joanna Jenkins said...

TOTALLY normal! I'm counting the days for you.
Hang in there.
xo

Angela Henrie said...

Now I'm feeling completely idiotic for posting my "shaving cream fight", although, I don't think I was alone on that one. It's not all fluff, I guess I'm lucky that I can go to Target ALONE. It allows me to save the energy for the shaving cream war. You know, whatever works. It gets better.

Flax and Spindle said...

Did i mention how much I love reading your blog?????

Honey, I am soooo on the same page as you.

It's the constant bickering of my two children thats going to send me over the edge!

adrienne said...

thanks for your comment.

this is my first summer home with the kids, and it was BEYOND insane.

i know some of theses mommy bloggers outside of their blogs, and they're ALL losing it; some folks are far less honest about it, in my most humble and unpopular opinion.

the decision to not homeschool is so very hard, but i think having cps sniffing through your laundry would be a tad more uncomfortable.

labor day festivities in my house are going to be like frickin' bastille day...

vive le first day of school!!!

kana said...

I am right there with you.....I am so over summer, the heat, the lack of schedule, etc. Your kids will soar in public school and find many new friends. God did not give me the patience to be a home schooling mom and my kids are better for it and I am too! Hang in there, the first day will be here soon!!!

Kim Wilson said...

My sister linked your blog to me on facebook today, hoping it would be an encouragement. I was having a day from Hades and I almost died laughing reading your blog! Your life is like mine!!! Look on the bright side... you only have a few days left of summer...mine don't go back until Sept.8th. Thank you for bringing some levity to a dark day.

Kelly said...

Oh my word. I just stumbled across your blog and it is hilarious! I know your post today wasn't necessarily supposed to be funny but it was. I saw the shaving cream thing too...did you see it on Meg's blog?...and didn't dare try it for the reasons you stated. Too funny!
My kids started school yesterday. Well 2 of 5 did. I was sad but they go to year-round school so we'll have another break soon enough. I hope you can enjoy the rest of your's a teeny bit! :)
I will be back for sure!

Brenna LaPray said...

I'm still laughing!!! I love how you describe things. You kill me! Believe me Kasey, I think summer gets long for every mom...even the ones who make play-doe. I'm so looking forward to the first day of school.

aahcoffee said...

I can so completely understand! I want to jump up and down and yell "me too, me too"!

Allegra said...

It sure feels to me like there is just NO winning. BUT, we always make it. YOU WILL make it! :)

Kasey said...

Ha! Hilarious. Hang in there, you're almost there!

Marci said...

sweetheart you are soooo not alone! i actually ran away the other day in my truck with my 5 yr old chasing me up the side of the street and screaming at me!

Alicia said...

wow what a tough decision to make!! but hey, at least you found a friend already! and you are such a wonderful mother....enjoy the last week!!

rdford said...

You are so not alone! Yesterday was my boys' first day back to school. Sigh!!!! I hit a wall about a week ago. My boys' are much older than your children, but I felt like a ran a motel all summer and my kitchen door was converted into a revolving one! Love my boys more than anything, but all GOOD things must come to an end.

Enjoy your blog!!

julie said...

oh kasey! you are not alone! i have friends that homeschool that i think wow thats wonderful! however, i just dont think i could do it! my patience are running very thin too! i LOVE my children and are going to miss them when school starts but they are ready and i think i am too!

Beth said...

I just love this post ...and your blog! I have 2 children and the other day thought the same thing about school starting... I'm done. We have until Sept. 7th...I think?? Let's hope I make it...I live at the pool and don't think I can stand one more greasy application of sunscreen or anymore smelly, dirty beach towels and lost goggles! Ugg.
We just went to Old Town Alexandria for a few days and it was just what the Doctor ordered!

Have a good day.

Laura said...

I think you will make it. But I am not sure. I came ever so close to being taken away in a straight jacket a couple of summers ago...I think I blogged about it...let me check...

Rue said...

Have you ever seen Christmas Vacation? If so, do you remember the line after Clark loses it and asks his dad, "How did you get through it?" and the dad says "I had a lot of help from Jack Daniels"...

Yeah? Well, there's something to say about that ;)

You can do it Kasey!

xoxo,
rue

Laura said...

http://mylifeisapieceofcake.blogspot.com/2008/08/picking-up-pieces.html

I found it. The post I wrote the summer I had a nervous breakdown.

So far, so good this summer for me...but there are 2 weeks left and camp is over. I could blow at any minute...wait, that sounded sexual...let me change that...I could LOSE IT anytime now.
There.
That's better.

and the shaving cream? I laughed out loud. I thought about doing it with my kids...but KNEW that I would be yelling at them the entire time...and the EYES..it would SO get in their eyes...

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

So with you on the kids going back to school! Tired of the fighting, complaining, "I am bored", you know...all of it! I love my kids more than anything, but I also understand that they need their break from me as much as I do from them. Oh, they know if mom puts her "evil" eyes on and look like a crazy women...I mean business. It is part of being a mom! lol. Hang in there...I am doing the same...it is almost school time! Yay!!

Hugs to you friend,
~Victoria~

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I keep hearing all you girls talking about how thankful you are that it's almost time for school again. And then I count the YEARS I have left until all of mine are in school! And then I die a small death.

You are normal.

paperbird said...

You are the amazing Kasey- You can do it!

Kris said...

Kasey - you crack me up girl. Honesty is the best policy and I so remember those days you are speaking of and I only had one boy to raise - but did it on my own. Any mother that can home-school or be a SAHM is an incredible human being. Work is what saved my life and my son needed that socialization I couldn't provide. Keep telling it like it is - it's so refreshing. Take care! Kris

krys kirkpatrick said...

I am with you. I started my own business, had 3 children, my husband was gone most of the time. If it wasn't for babysitters and my job, I don't think I would have made it. My kids are now 31, 29 and 23. The youngest just graduated from college in Dec. I am freeeeeeeeeeeee! And, they are lovely well adjusted adults who actually love me. Thank God!

caren said...

I have so felt like that in the past and I only have one daughter. She is 23 now and sometimes I could still get the broom! She is a great kid and has always been but about the time I say that it's PMS time - know what I mean? lol

Jaime said...

Hi I'm one of your blog stalkers. I think you are freakin' funny. What a great mom...and I applaude you decision!

Lizzie said...

we've been back to school for a week now. and i already miss summer!!!

when the kids are home i want them at school. when they're at school i want them home. goodness!

you'll survive, i promise :)

Beth Quinn said...

hey girlie ... i couldn't agree more with you as much as i hate so them go I so LOVE it ! they need structure someone to tell them no that isn't there mom , they know the buttons to push and they are ready to go too as much as they might not think they are- i could never homeschool , because i too dont have the patience , and that is OKAY that is why we have public schools - soo thanks for the honest post ... in a couple weeks you wont know what to do with your self and you will find yourself again ... and not just be mommy ...hang in there !!
xo,
beth

MelanyTN said...

OH my goodness. Thank you for this post. Honest and exactly what I've been feeling.

RobinBirdsNest said...

OMG! this has got to be one of the best posts I haave read in a long time! How true. My kids are all grown up with kids of their own now. but boy do I remember that feeling. Love your blog.

Lisa said...

Totally agree! Only 4 days to go here...yahoo! Oh, and the whole home schooling part of the post...a joke right? After reading your fab blog for a while I think it is clear your kids have always gone to school and are not home schooled and you like it that way as do SO MANY of us!

Jean Knee said...

oh sweetie, you will make it. And you are soo not alone, you just have a REAL life.

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

You are NOT alone! I actually told my husband I need to get a part time job so that i can send my kids to school for a bit. Sometimes a girl needs a break.....

Jennifer said...

Oh you are NOT alone! And...I am so glad to hear that I am not alone either! I had a very, very similar Target moment last week and then realized that my neighbor was in the next aisle...ughhh...but then realized that I really didn't care! Funny too because I thought I was having one of those great make your own playdough, picnic in the yard, collecting fireflies in a jar kinda summers! That all came to a halt about 2 weeks ago. They are done I am done...and then of course when they go back, I will miss them. ahhhhh...motherhood!!!!

What's next said...

oh, I needed to read this today! I wanted to kill my fighting girls earlier today!!!

Sweet Addie said...

Kasy you crack me the F*#@ up!! I love hearing that you feel exactly like I do!!! Don't get me wrong, I love my kiddos, but I think I love them the best when they are sleeping! While it's all fine and dandy hearing about how moms do the play-dough, shaving cream things, lets be honest, sometimes we just want to escape motherhood! It's exhausting, monotonous and messy, and nothing like "they" tell you before you have kids!! We should all get real more often and tell it like it really is just like you do!

-Kelly

PS~Erin said...

Okay, you know how you secretly feel good inside when you witness someone else's child throwing a fit in the middle of the store? It's not bc you are happy that they are miserable, but bc you are relieved that it *does* happen to other people (and it's *not* happening to you at that very moment in time). That's kind of how I felt when I read this... I am so thankful for your honesty and appreciate you sharing this. I had my "Target moment" in a neighborhood Tex-Mex restaurant this weekend. It sucked.

Anonymous said...

OMGOSH, I AM NOT KIDDING.. I had a breakdown in Target today. My 14 year old smart mouth said something really humiliating to me in the school supply isle. He didn't whisper it either...all the moms turned and looked at me. I couldn't figure out if I should cry or yell. instead, I grabbed his cheeks and squished them together. I'm sure I looked real in control, up on my tippy toes and doing this to my son who stands 6'1"... somehow, I pulled it together and finished getting all $80 worth of school supplies and wondered why a lady with a sweet looking toddler kept looking at me... I swear, I think she was going to report me.. Came home, cried, made my son ride his bike to football (in his pads), now feeling like the worst mom ever.. just read your blog, and yes, I am so ready for summer to be over. You are my new soul sister. swear.

Carmen said...

Kasey, darling, you are NOT alone. While I *have* indeed enjoyed this summer with my children, I am so ready for them to go back to school. I could never home school, never! Props to the parents who do but it's definitely NOT for me. You'll make it through the rest of summer and so will I and when the kids go to school, it will be QUIET. Woo hoo! (((Hugs)))

vintagebejoyful said...

none of us have the June and Ward Cleaver life, some try, most fail, the best gift we can give our kids, is our real self, honest above everything, they deserve to see us for who we are and learn to love us anyway, what a gift we can give them.....a life full of love and yes, flaws, we are all a little flawed.....