Twas the night before school, when all through the house
Not a pre-schooler was stirring, it was quiet as a mouse.
The backpacks were hung by the door with care,
In hopes that recess time soon would be there.
The children were snoring all tucked in their beds,
While visions of playdough danced in their heads.
And I in my p.j.'s, and dad at his desk,
Had packed lunches, picked clothes, and planned to rest.
When in my inbox there were messages galore,
I checked over our schedule three times more.
Away to my closet I flew like a flash,
I rummaged and rummaged to pick something with class.
The heat from the sun was just giving way,
even though it was September it was hotter than May.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a basket of laundry and a hamper so full.
[seriously. I think I do laundry every other day.]
With all of those clothes I had to act quick,
I thought in a moment I just might be sick.
More rapid than lightning I sorted them out,
And started a load after spraying some "SHOUT"!
"Now Christian! Now, Solomon! now, Jaxon and Porter!
My, boys! My, men! My messy food eaters!
To the top of the stairs! To the top of the hall!
I finally finished and I thought, "Is that all?"
As I returned to my room to settle down for a rest,
I knew that this mama was truly blessed.
So I closed my eyes after saying a prayer,
knowing full well that God does more than his share.
And then, in a twinkling, I was dreaming so deep,
hoping for at least seven hours of interrupted sleep.
As I laid in my bed, I was dreaming so well,
but I woke up just thinking about how this year would be swell.
Mr. Perry was still up finishing some work downstairs,
He was organizing or cleaning, that was my prayer.
A stack of paperwork for school I had placed in the bag that was mine,
And I felt like a celebrity with so many places to sign.
I tiptoed to their room to see them once more,
I was careful and quiet as I cracked open the door.
Christian's eyes-how they twinkled! Solomon's face so merry!
Their cheeks were like roses, and their cute little noses like a cherry!
They were both so excited to go to school,
and were still at the age where learning was cool.
Solomon had a slight grin on his face,
though he was unsure of what went on at that place.
Christian had a joyful face and a little round belly,
That shook when I tickled him, like a bowlful of jelly!
Solomon had little round cheeks and plump little lips,
And I laughed when I saw him, thinking of his baby pics!
A light in their eyes and one last kiss on the cheek,
Soon gave me reason to know I had nothing to dread.
I spoke not a word, but went straight back to bed,
And filled my mind of a terrific day that was ahead.
I got comfy again and had sniffles in my nose,
because I knew that this time was a sweet as a rose.
I yawned a great yawn, and dozed off once more,
with great anticipation to see was in store.
But before I was completely asleep again, I said to myself,
"Happy First Day to all, and to all a good-night!"
Tomorrow is the boy's first day. We wrapped up "Back to School Week" last Friday with pizza, family time, and a special gift. . .
Tomorrow at school the theme is "I am a Promise." Based on this book. . .
So the boys get to dress up as "what they want to be when they grow up." Even though they don't particularly like grocery shopping, they love cooking and eating! Here are their costumes for the first day.
We took these pictures early since we'll probably be rushing around here like crazy people tomorrow morning!