Thursday, September 5, 2013


The day has finally arrived for our fifth and final child to head of on the bus to school!  She was so excited and so were we.

 She actually let me brush and curl her hair which was miraculous because she usually screams at the top of her lungs when I do that.  But as things were going smoothly upstairs the boys were downstairs trying to break into a can of soup with a butter knife. 
 Posing for a picture for Mom. 
 Looks like she put in a dip!
 And away we go. 

 Her bodyguards have her by the hand with the security adviser trailing behind on the lookout for boyfriends. 

 The reason there were no tears was because we went to the bus stop early and by the time the bus got there Pat and I were high fiving and Car was praying for the bus to come!!
 The teenager was even up and at it early!!
 This picture sums up how excited she was!
 Hello bus!

 Back again!

 She floated home.  Her feet didn't even touch the ground!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

FIrst Day of School

Yippee!  It's time for school.  For the first time ever all four of them where up and ready for school because they were so excited.  Kindergarden and High School have staggered entrance so the two bookends aren't in school yet but Ellie wanted to pose with her new back pack!!

 Central School is turning 100 years old this year.  Kelsey is so excited to be the oldest grade in the school for this milestone.  Ellie will be in the youngest class so we cover the whole school!

 Big red. 

 Either Carson is the only pessimist or the best planner.  The only coat in the coat room. 
 This lucky lady will be teaching our third child Grade 5.  We will see if Kelsey can keep up the Rokochy reputation for straight A's and being the teacher's pet ;)
 Ellie found her teachers and snacks!  She actually let me brush her hair this morning.  Maybe she is turning over a new leaf. 
 Olivia was relieved to only have to take one sibling to her school. 

It's only two o clock and my helper has already fallen asleep with a whole bag of lucky charm cereal.  I can't imagine how tired she will be when she actually attends class. 

 Ohhh there is a teenager at the door.  It's Dom.  Levi is just waking up and Ellie has already fallen asleep. 
 Michael Smith's chocolate cookies.  Our first day of school tradition.  Every day is an adventure!  I hope everyone else enjoyed the first day of school. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Half Time Show

We are officially half way through summer holidays although it feels a little more like Bill Murray's Ground Hogs day minus the "I Got You Babe" waking my each morning.  Today like yesterday and almost everyday I find myself cleaning doing laundry and ripping apart closets in an attempt to get my house clean so that when school starts again we will have some kind of managed chaos. 

After having a glass of wine with wonderful girl friends last night I took their sage advice to enlist the help of the built in work force in my house known as my children.  Although the teenager did not spring into action at 9 am like I had hoped I took great pleasure in vacuuming outside his door and in fact just stood there an extra five minutes just because I know it annoys him. 

Then I wrote a list and gave each child a couple of jobs by noon I realized that this picture was a metephor for the entire cleaning the house while my children are home it's two steps forward and three steps back. 

Sixty days keeping the peace, keeping it clean, keeping it together.  I hope all you other Moms and Dads are surviving Summer holidays and maybe even thriving.The best part is if it gets really bad you can always go to the swimming pool.  The kids are entertained and no one can tell you are crying!  

Here's looking forward to August, enjoying some time at the lake, finding my lost car keys and enjoying my clean house even if I have to get up at 6 am to see if clean!