Cedar Tree Bus Stop Balance

Lurking just off the edge of our property is a patch of beautiful cedar trees and it is here where Carter’s bus stop is located.  Today after what seemed like a simultaneously too long and too short summer, we walked to the bus stop to wait for the first of many days of school bus rides.

Ceder tree bus stop Collage

Carter is old hat at school and school bus riding, having one year of preschool under his belt as well as having logged numerous hours helping out in Cody’s Kindergarten class last year.  He was ready.  With his blue and orange shark motif backpack on his back and clutching an orange roadside poppy in his fist to present to his bus driver (his idea, not mine) there were no lingering looks backwards.

Ceder tree bus stop waving and off he goes Collage

Have a great day at school today little buddy!  I will miss you but at the same time I am greatly looking forward to having three hours and twenty minutes four days a week kid free.  I can experience zen-like grocery shopping trips and whine-free house cleaning moments.  Even while the school year is already filling up with school events, swim lessons, PT/OT and other various activities, it feels like balance has been restored to my little world.

Ceder tree on the bus looking out

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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20 Responses to Cedar Tree Bus Stop Balance

  1. Beautiful words and even more beautiful pictures to go with them!

    • shoes says:

      Thanks. I had a good subject to photograph and the beautiful cedar trees were an added bonus. The last one I took of him through the glass window looking into the bus and it reflected the trees in a neat way. Totally unplanned but I am taking full credit for it. 😉

  2. mimijk says:

    He looks so gorgeous as he goes off to school!! Enjoy your shopping time!!

  3. Hetterbell says:

    That’s so sweet. I hope all went well. 🙂

    • shoes says:

      Thank you. Carter had a really good first day back at preschool. He has the same teacher as last year and several of his previous classmates moved up to the afternoon class as he did this year. He has been looking forward to school starting up ever since two weeks ago when Cody’s school started.

  4. Emgy says:

    Oh glorious, sweet, precious…SILENCE. Wow. Child free. I swear I dream of that at night!
    Hopefully you can fulfill your quiet time with some activities to restore your soul. =)

    • shoes says:

      I KNOW! It was fantastic. I tried, and could not, contain a trill of giddy laughter once I was home from the bus stop kid free and oh so quiet was my house. May you one day soon get to experience the dream of silence too. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment!

  5. The Waiting says:

    Beautifully said! You earned your quiet time, Shoes!

  6. I remember the days when I had a few hours to myself – I loved them, but was ready when my boys returned home –running toward me with outstretched arms — it is my favourite memory

    • shoes says:

      It is very nice to be greeted so grandly, isn’t it? I am glad they are happy to see me at the end of their busy school day. I enjoy my quiet time but am ready for them when they get home.

  7. Beautiful photos, and beautiful kiddos!

  8. Mary Ann says:

    That’s so nice of Carter to give a poppy to the bus driver. I bet that made the bus driver’s day!

    • shoes says:

      He likes to pick flowers and give them to people. I think he has tried a couple times to get them all the way to school for his teacher but the flowers get a little damaged along the way. He also likes to give people nice looking rocks and pieces of lichen but not everyone is so accepting of his little treasures. 🙂

  9. Stephanie says:

    That is so sweet of him to present a poppy to the bus driver! Those few kid-free hours during school are indeed precious… they go by so quickly! I never appreciated how nice it was to grocery shop by myself until I had kids. 😉

    • shoes says:

      The grocery store experience is totally different once kids enter into the picture. While I don’t mind shopping with the boys now that they are older, I still prefer to linger and price compare kid free.

  10. Nancy says:

    Love your pictures! Especially that last one. So creative. Congrats on making it through the summer. Happy to see my oldest head back to school as well. My youngest starts preschool in two weeks. Mornings will be mine again 🙂

    • shoes says:

      I was not planning on doing a blog post about Carter’s first day of school (especially since I did not do one for Cody’s) but after seeing that last picture, the entire blog post just formed inside my head and had to be told. I loved how I had taken many pictures of Carter hiding in the cedar trees and then when the picture of him taken through the bus window also made him appear to be hidden in the trees it was perfect. Dumb luck, really. I am glad you like it! My schedule this year is mornings with Carter and my afternoons are kid free.

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