Summer is over--even the hot temperatures are mostly gone--and school has begun.
Yep, middle school!
As we told the kiddos as we were prepping supplies, clothes beforehand, "We love you even though you're middle schoolers!"
Actually, the transition has been pretty smooth. There were the usual nerves--mostly mine--and lots of groans. But the school is closer and they are the last bus stop, so their wake-up time is the same and they get home an hour earlier.
They felt a little rushed during the shortened lunch 20 minutes and the 3 minutes between classes in a building they don't know yet. Socially and academically, nothing much has happened yet. There are about a dozen kids from their gifted and talented class, so friends. All good thus far.
I can't quite wrap my head around middle school. It might take a bit longer for that to sink in.