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School is Back in Session and Summer Break is Over

August 28, 2017

Summer break is officially over for us.  Today.

One would think that a week or so ago we would have started moving up our children’s bedtime (and ours) and that I would have started getting everyone up earlier than 9:00 a.m.  But I didn’t.  Because that would have required that I wake up earlier.  I am not terribly lazy, but I did want to soak up every late night and every late morning possible.

Instead, I took my friend Julie’s approach and ripped the Band-Aid off.

That will be met with regret this week, as I drag limp and sleepy bodies from their warm and cozy beds at 6:00 in the morning.  Elementary school in our neck of the woods starts at 7:30.  And, I have slow morning movers.  I have drawn the parallel before, when I wrote about Day Light Saving Time,  that in the morning my family moves like a stampeding herd of snails.  Minus the stampede part.  I even shared photos of my oldest sleeping at the breakfast table in that post, as darkness still enveloped the world outside and his Cheerios floated soggily in their bowl of milk.

Six o’clock is bit early for a little one to start their day I suppose.  Especially, as I look across the county where little ones are sleeping in and going to elementary school at 8:45.  Why the difference I wonder?  I’m sure there is a valid reason somewhere.  It is probably listed right beside the explanation as to why the same school only requires three glue sticks per child whereas ours requires forty-five.

Anyway, we stretched out our last weekend of summer lazily.  We pondered packing it in with as many fun things as we could imagine, but decided to take a more laid-back approach.

Saturday, we attended our neighbors sixth annual Oyster Roast and Floatilla.  It is a great, down-to-earth family party complete with a boat-dragged ‘floatilla,’ which equates to a bunch of cool floats clad with children and adults – all connected by a rope that is attached to a boat.

Summer FloatillaOur neighbor drags everyone out to the island outside of our cove and then back again.  And then he cooks oysters.  Lots and lots of oysters, complete with plenty of dipping sauce choices.

Summer Floatilla 2Yesterday we checked on progress at the house.  The kids pretended to be chickens, played in the saw dust and I tried to catch a quick nap. 😉

Big Chicken Coop - Summer

Summer Saw Dust Art

Summer Construcation NapThen, the children painted their final summer masterpieces – all of which were sunny and bright, just like our summer.

Summer ArtThe sun had not yet set, but we forced everyone to bed at 8:00, which is still thirty minutes too late for a school night.  That went as well as expected.  Many protests, lots of tears and much resistance.  And, at least one who was suddenly ‘a little bit scared’ of her bedroom.

They were all finally asleep by 9:30.

My oldest starts third grade tomorrow and the twins start Kindergarten on Tuesday.  They stagger-start the kindergartners so the children have an opportunity to acclimate to the school and the classroom in smaller groups.  Then, everyone will go back Friday until next summer.

What ever am I going to do with myself?!

I have cycled through many emotions about this transition.  As you know from what I wrote a couple of weeks ago here , I have cried about it without any tangible reason or explanation.  I am trying to still remind myself I also cried when Smurfette died in the Smurf movie (eye roll).  Then, I experience periods of time when I think about all that I might be able to do with my time.  Which, for the record, everyone who has walked this path before me says I will have none of.

Perhaps I will spend time picking out finishes and fixtures for the new house, painting, writing, cleaning, organizing things (which I love to do), dusting, trying to get my children’s book published (let me know if you have any leads 🙂 ), volunteering at school, reading, eating bon-bons, organizing my kids’ book shelves using the Dewey Decimal system ;-), and return to my great gym, Burn Boot Camp!

And maybe I will finally have time to sort through and assimilate some portion of the 26,358 photos that are on my phone into photo albums.

I will admit that sometimes I like to exaggerate to prove a point, but 26,358 is actually the exact number of photos on my phone as of last night.  Here is proof:

Lots of Photos - Summer

You didn’t believe me did you.  This obviously does not include the photos from the digital camera too…

I am not going to have any time am I?  Perhaps I won’t be able to dust after all?!

I hope everyone’s transition back to school goes well for you and your kiddos!  I will be sure to share some photos of our first days in a future post.

Enjoy this journey in your new season – whatever that might be.  And, don’t be surprised if you see me looking a little lonely as I wander slowly through Target without anyone hanging off of my cart.


The Dewey Decimal System

While I probably will not classify the countless children’s books in our home library in my upcoming spare time, I thought I would refresh my memory as to what the Dewey Decimal System is and how it is used.

The Dewey Decimal System was created by Melvil Dewey, a librarian, in 1876 as a way of organizing books in a library.  Previously books were shelved in order of acquisition and size as opposed to topic.

The classification system uses three-digit numerals for the main classes, with fractional decimals added for further detail on the subject.  A library assigns a classification number, which places a book in a position relative to other books in the library based on its subject.  That number makes it then possible to find any book and then to return it to its proper place on the shelf.  The Dewey Decimal system is used in over 200,000 libraries and in at least 135 countries.

All books are divided into ten main classes or the First Summary:

  1. 000 Computer Science, Information and Generalities
  2. 100 Philosophy and Psychology
  3. 200 Religion
  4. 300 Social Sciences
  5. 400 Language
  6. 500 Natural Science & Mathematics
  7. 600 Technology (Applied Sciences)
  8. 700 Arts & Recreation
  9. 800 Literature
  10. 900 Geography, History & Biography

Books are then divided into the Second Summary, which has 100 classifications (ten for each first summary).   For example the first several for Literature (800), are:

  • 810 American literature in English
  • 820 English & Old English literatures
  • 830 German & related literatures
  • 840 French and related literatures

From there is the Third Summary, which has the thousands of further categories for the First and Second Summaries.  Using Literature as an example again, here are the additional classifications to complete the first three numerals:

  • 801 Philosophy & theory
  • 802 Miscellany
  • 803 Dictionaries & encyclopedias
  • 804 Unassigned
  • 805 Serial publications
  • 806 Organizations & management
  • 807 Education, research & related topics
  • 808 Rhetoric & collections of literature

It ends up being quite a bit of numbers, but it sure beats trying to find a book based upon its size or when the library acquired it!  If you haven’t appreciated those little numbers on the book bindings before, perhaps this will cause you give a nod to Mr. Dewey.  After all, it is a pretty impressive system.

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