Missing the Silly

This is it.

Summer is officially over.

I know, I know.  Good old “Kyle” on Storm Team8 claims we are entering into a big old heat wave and temperatures are going to soar into the 90’s.  I realize this SOUNDS like summer is still here.  But it is not.

Tonight (Monday), I start teaching.  Monday and Wednesday nights I will be teaching a composition class at Grand Rapids Community College.

Also this week?  Meeting start at my high school teaching job.  And students will be back in the desks the day after labor day.

I will be logging more than 60 hours a week with driving and working combined.

Every day I will leave before my little buddy is awake.

Two nights a week I won’t return until after he is sleeping.

I will see even less of Cortney because he too is starting classes.  He will be in class Monday and Thursday evenings.  And he will be gone bowling Tuesday evenings.

We will go from being a family of three who sees each other from sun up to sun down every single day, to being a family of 3 who is only together on weekends.

I really, REALLY wanted to blog about something else.  Something more cheerful.  Especially since I was able to find my bond with my little boy (as posted about yesterday…in the post below this one).

How overjoyed was I?  And now?  I feel like I am being ripped away.

Our family has had such fun, silly moments that we totally would have missed out on if we didn’t have all this time together.

Today for instance, my child decided to…

wear a box on his head and walk into things.
place his sippy IN a bucket and drink it this way (he is going to be AWESOME in college, by the way).
And pull his diaper almost completely off while standing and watching Little Einsteins.
And then?  When he noticed that WE noticed what he was doing?  He thought he could distract us by “dancing it out.”  For your viewing pleasure:

How in the world can I go back to work?  I am going to miss so much fun and so much silly!

Eddie is on the verge of saying some REAL words….

He is getting so funny and so crazy…

We have developed a bond…

Cortney and I have just figured out to co-exist at home all day with each other AND still like each other…

I know all the positives about starting school and getting into a routine and making some extra money for my family.

I know this. 

But I am also acutely aware of what I will be missing.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Jennifer Kay says

    Katie, I should never read your blog before going to bed because I was dreamin about you all night!!! My dream was that we were hanging out with Eddie and Haylee but my camera wasn't working so I wasn't getting any of the pictures – more like a bloggers nightmare right?

    My hubby is starting fireman's school next month and I start at Davenport tonight so I feel ya. It works the opposite for us though, when we spend time apart, we like eachother a whole lot more! Hopefully it works the same for you.

  2. Pumpkin and Piglet says

    I love, love, love the video! E is so cute 😀 It must be hard thinking of the time apart and the weekends just won't seem long enough at first. But you will find a balance, it will just take a little time.

  3. Blair@HeirtoBlair says

    I know.
    Boy, do I know.
    Right there with you, buddy.
    We'll make it through this.
    I hope.

  4. Mungee's Ma says

    OMG, I am cracking up at the baby butt crack dance. (Pun intended).

    I can only imagine it is going to be a difficult transition with the changes in your schedule and routine. I wish the best for you, & that a new balance is found quickly!

  5. it's tough. i go through spurts like this too. life is never easy, but when you ARE together as a family, you have to make every moment worth it. blog when he's in bed and spend the weekends together as a family!!!

    it's tough, but you'll make it. when you come home from work, spend the few hours til bed time just loving on that boy like nothing else!!!

  6. Aw, such a touching post of mixed emotions. Sorry. Just keep looking for those smiles. And I'm sure you will savor those moments together a bit more now. Hang in there.

  7. Wow, what a schedule, you are definitely going to be a very busy mother! fabulous post 😉

  8. Grace @ Arms Wide Open says

    i'm sorry. that's all i can really say. you will get through it and it will work out. i know it!

    p.s. that sippy picture? HILARIOUS.

  9. You are going to do just fine Momma. It will take time to get into a new routine and to actually like it but you will do ok. I know you will.
    Eddie loves you and he'll still be silly when you get home 😉

    Giant hugs

  10. E is so cute! OMG the video- hilarious. I hope you guys transition smoothly- I can't imagine how tough that must be.

  11. I LOVE Eddie's video!! Baby butt crack is HILARIOUS!! Especially when its my cute nephew.

    And your boy loves the pants off of you whether you are at work or at home 🙂 Good luck to the start of your busy work life, and the start of your school year!!

  12. missy widener says

    eddie and ethan can be dance buddies, seriously. love the way eddie shakes his groove thang!! and yes you will miss him and he will miss you but you will make every moment together count that much more. and the silly? will be there waiting for you.

  13. Dude. I love you. I know what you are talking about in the tips of my toes.

    Know what else I know?

    You can do this. You will do this. And Eddie will love you despite the fact that you have to do this. In fact, one day, he'll love you more BECAUSE you did this.

    And now I'm crying.

  14. I've done this, and no doubt, it's hard.

    But you'll make it. You're a bad ass mama and you can do this.

  15. It will be OK. Just cherish & make the most of the time you DO have together. Kinda a quality over quantity thing.

    LOVE the video!!