Yes, the contest is still on, but I'm all about Finishing What You Start ( on top of the fact that my Labor Day guests just left this morning and all the Corners of My House - which I will be blogging about for the entire September to Remember - are cluttered and dusty, and wonderfully strewn with grandchildren paraphernalia).
Oh...and not so incidentally, our air conditioner is on the fritz. So, all my "corners" are hot. There's not much worse than a sweaty woman with a camera trying to take beautiful pictures of a hot house. The repairman should be here today, after which the house will be nice and clean; the playpen, sassy seats, board books, and Little People will all be stored; and I'll be Cool Again - so I should be without excuse tomorrow. I know that some (or one) of you will entertain the thought that I should be docked a few points for not staying on subject today. But Au contraire, Mary..., I should actually get Mega Bonus Points for blogging in the heat, and for for Taking Care of Aforementioned Business. So there (I would insert some kind of html code for a person sticking out her tongue at you, but I haven't gotten to that chapter in my Blogging for Dummies book.)
Not that today's post can't stand up to the "heat" (pun intended) from Lea, Lori, Meg, Kelley (?) and whomever else is trying to make a September to Remember by blogging for 30 straight days (preferably with a theme, but as we said earlier....the rules are sketchy .....although the Prize Is Not!)
Today, I'm posting my First Day of School pictures (and yes, precious dear readers I adore - and am hoping will vote for me), I know this is the 3rd week of school, but it is THE FIRST DAY OF "SCHOOL PICTURES", thanks to my lost camera, which was found...broken.
This actually is a Corner of My House - it's the little hall between the mud room and the kitchen. Backpacks go on hooks in the mudroom after school, but when they have been checked, restocked, and loaded with a lunch - they go in the hall to be grabbed on the way out the door. These dudes are heavy! I would've bought wheeled backpacks if I would've seen the size of their books (and homework) prior to school starting.
The kids get up at 6:15 to make their beds and get dressed. Then they have 15 minutes to do a morning chore, and 30 minutes for a quiet time before breakfast. (This may all change after last night, when Mary-Faith and Molly heard that Lea's children get up 30 minutes before they have to meet the bus. My children would like to go live with Lea so they could get some extra sleep. So would I.)
Since today was my daughter and her family's last morning with us I made the famous buttery, salty grits with the blackberry compote. Doesn't it look cute in my Wal-Mart red and white bowls? Grits and Wal-mart...They just belong together, don't they?
Cooper was not happy when his Daddy told him he was going home today. Here he is sulking (although it might be because of the blackberry grits, I choose to believe he doesn't want to leave his GrandMama.)
This is not the greatest picture (the brake lights were not actually on...Not sure what the deal is with the red glaring lights...), but you can still see how spiffy everyone looks in their Very Expensive Uniforms (that I had to sell my precious books to pay for.)
Justin says good-bye to Cooper. It's always sad when they leave. Normally, I cry...and the kids whine all day about not living closer to their nephew and niece. But today they left for school to be distracted by Latin and Eusebius.
Cooper and Adeline played a little duet while their parents were packing the car. Did I tell you they were geniuses, on top of being absolutely adorable? Lord willing, our next visit together will be in Chattanooga when we go meet our newest grandson, Thomas.
See you tomorrow with another one of the Thirty Corners of My Home. (I'm counting the hall with the backpacks as the first corner. Am I tricky, or what?)