Three summers ago we spent two-and-a-half weeks in the Carolinas. Best vacation EVER. We got back home the day before school started. Since we were all still on eastern standard time, the kids were up and ready for school way early. We decided to go out for breakfast to celebrate the first day of school and a new tradition was born.
We don’t eat out a lot, especially not for breakfast. But once a year we head to Paula’s Pancake House in downtown Solvang for a huge meal: pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice, fruit and coffee (the coffee is only for the grownups!). Wednesday morning found us up with the fog, sliding into a table at Paula’s.
Even though we live in Solvang, my kids are lucky enough to go to Ballard Elementary, a school that has been in continuous operation since 1883. There are more modern buildings on the campus as well, but this little red schoolhouse is for the kindergarteners. Trust me, I cried the first day my kids went here. It was just so sweet, so quintessentially American. The teacher, Mrs. Carlson, is everything you could want in a kindergarten teacher. It’s the perfect beginning.
Of course, I don’t have any more kindergarteners. With one in 2nd and one in 5th, I am wondering how they got so old so fast. We’ve already got homework, soccer practice and play dates, so I relish even more the quiet time during the day.
Tomorrow will be my first day with an empty house (hubby has had off the last two days and let me tell you, he is a HUGE distraction!) and I’ve already made big plans for a pitcher of tea, an extension cord and my lovely back yard where I won’t answer the phone. WIP, here I come!