The Only Way Over Is Through

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The thing is – I’m triggered by school drop off and pickup.

Pickup is worse, when my defenses are down during that horrid 3pm hour (as bad as 3am, if not worse) and I no longer have the sunny and smiling clean slate of a fresh, new morning. I never did get over it, though. I only thought I had. And then I wonder – am I wimping out this year? If I am, I may never get over it. Or will I/have I? I will get through it. I do get through it, but not always well. Some years are off years and some years bring those shuddering deep breaths and heart palpitations.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's topic is: It's back to school time and... Link up!

I smile and I open my heart and I wear the brightest clothes I can find, but sometimes I’m barely standing. Otherwise, totally sturdy and nothing to hide. The thing is, though, this was a big summer for my marriage and me. I started to realize all of the ways I want to control things – just to feel some semblance of control – and then get flustered and overwhelmed, and maybe angry, that I don’t have help. Well, all of that could be changed in an instant. Years of stress and damage undone.

Maybe they scarred a bit, and maybe not. Who cares? Undone and free.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's topic is: It's back to school time and... Link up!

What changed? First we talked about Cassidy doing half of the school transportation. That would take away that triggered stress, at least half the time, and give me back some of the longer work hours I got used to during summer camp. Beyond that, we researched the school bus. Never one to slow down when I’m 100% sure of something, I applied for bus passes and got approved the same day. I had to pay a $25 late fee, but since we live over two miles from the school, the bus passes were free. FREE. Can’t say I regret the four years I didn’t do this, and the 1-2 hours a day I wasted in school parking lots.

Even though I hate school parking lots. I hate most parking lots, actually.

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I don’t regret it because it was there for a reason. Even when I had to get to school 15 minutes early just to grab a spot, and we’d always somehow skate in a minute before the bell rang in the mornings. Ah, an imperfect process. Now gone.

Just like that! I wasn’t ready and maybe they weren’t either. Now, we’re all ready. All I have to do is walk down the driveway and walk back up. Twice a day. Good for exercise. Maybe one day I’ll take the dogs. Maybe I’ll take Astro there and dress him up like a rainbow clown – just to either embarrass Scarlet, or have her break down in delicious laughter.

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Perhaps I’ll drive the van or stand in the rain with a rainbow umbrella. What I do know is that first grade and fourth grade mean the world to me, but it’s not my journey to take. And I let them go little by little, knowing that we only grow closer, the more I spread out their wings, while spreading out my own. And god, it’s still beautiful. So I predict a year with not a lot of anxiety – because I’m not testing it the way I have. That’s the biggest question I ask you. If you can answer me this.

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By not testing my anxiety at the school parking lot twice a day, am I getting over it? Or is it still a time bomb ticking in the school parking lot – maybe to detonate at some unforeseen time? Am I avoiding, or am I just finding a better way? Not OVER the fence. Not clumsily or illegally, with the potential to tear my shirt. Instead, it’s through a door that’s always been there but I’ve never seen it until now. It’s just the right size and it doesn’t stick or bang shut. It’s a door and it’s opening for me.

What will I see?

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This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “It’s back to school time and…” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE.

What would you say about back to school time?

Summer Sunset Slush Drink With Sparkling Ice

This post is sponsored by Sparkling ICE but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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There’s something so poetic about a Summer Sunset Slush Drink, I say.

Summer sunsets are gorgeous, of course, but there’s something final about this drink. I think of it as a goodbye to summer. It’s a metaphor! Summer sunset means the sun setting down on summer itself, and all of us embracing all of the wonder of fall. That said, we’re still in that fun in-between season as summer moves to fall. That means hot days, chilly nights, hot drinks, and cold refreshing ones too. This Summer Sunset Slush is delicious, family friendly, and made using the refreshing Sparkling Ice in any flavor you choose! And with 16 Sparkling Ice flavors, you can have a lot of fun. I know I do!

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Summer Sunset Slush Drink:

What You Need:

Cranberry Juice
Orange Juice
Sparkling Ice – Orange Mango Flavor used here
Ice
3 Tbsp Red Sugar

It's time to say goodbye to summer, and hello to #backtoschool, with this Summer Sunset Slush Drink #recipe #ad #SchoolsInSession #SparklingIceLife #PopFizz

It's time to say goodbye to summer, and hello to #backtoschool, with this Summer Sunset Slush Drink #recipe #ad #SchoolsInSession #SparklingIceLife #PopFizz

It's time to say goodbye to summer, and hello to #backtoschool, with this Summer Sunset Slush Drink #recipe #ad #SchoolsInSession #SparklingIceLife #PopFizz

What You Do:

1 – Start by filling your blender halfway with cranberry juice, then add ice – I filled mine over a 1/4 of the way with ice

2 – Blend on high for almost one minute until ice is well blended

3 – Add red sugar. Juice with the most sugar content will stay at the bottom of your layered drink and this will also give it more of a red color

4 – Fill each one of your glasses up halfway with red slush, and place in freezer for about 10 minutes

5 – Next rinse your blender and fill it halfway with orange juice and Sparkling Ice, and 1/4 of the way with ice

6 – Blend for about a minute as well, and add orange slush to each glass for a layered effect

7 – Freeze for an additional 10 minutes and then serve and enjoy!

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SO refreshing, and the Sparkling Ice is the secret ingredient, so let’s talk more about that! There are 16 fruity, flavorful, sparkling waters – with all the sugar or calories. They’re all packed with vitamins and antioxidants, making it a flavorful, fizzy alternative to just water for an after school snack! Zero sugar, zero calories, and naturally sourced colors and flavors.

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We just love it! For me, the best flavor is Strawberry Watermelon. It is SO refreshing. I figure if I’m forced to say goodbye to summer, my favorite season, then I’m going to have Sparkling Ice on hand ALL YEAR LONG. Orange Mango is so good. They’re all good! I can’t wait to get all of them. We are Amazon Prime members so we have great delivery options.

It's time to say goodbye to summer, and hello to #backtoschool, with this Summer Sunset Slush Drink #recipe #ad #SchoolsInSession #SparklingIceLife #PopFizz

And it’s a wonderful family friendly drink. My summer sunset slush drinks are good for the kids too. There’s nothing in there not to love. And the layered quality of the drink is extra fun. So come on and enjoy a drink. You’ll thank me!

It's time to say goodbye to summer, and hello to #backtoschool, with this Summer Sunset Slush Drink #recipe #ad #SchoolsInSession #SparklingIceLife #PopFizz

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Which flavor do you most want to try?