Ash, what the heck is a fascinator? I thought I had a good vocabulary, and it's not registering with me! You look adorable in each dress, so I'd go with whatever one makes you feel more confident.
We got our teacher assignments, and start school in one week. I'm not excited about school starting, but I'm not dreading it either. I guess I'm just waiting to see how it will develop. I know DS has been looking forward to starting a new school, because he hasn't formed any good connections there. There is a girl gang who doesn't really like to play with boys, and a bunch of really rowdy "bad boys" (kid- and self-labeled), and he could really stand to develop some relationships outside of those two smallish groups. DD is really excited about it. I'm not looking forward to the difficulty of having to have the kids somewhere five days a week, and the coordinating of drop-off and pick-up and the lunch money ready. I don't like not being able to go to fun places on weekdays, but I feel like I have been working so much this summer and my days off are just catching up on errands and chores that we haven't been able to do much anyway. It's losing the possibility is the hardest part. I used to take them to a museum, a park, a playground, or somewhere more interesting every time I had a day off. Still, I'm really maintaining the sense of excitement around them, and they are excited too.
Erin, I'm very sorry about Bruno.
Chrissy, this just doesn't get any easier, does it?
Bridget, I love your park description. I think you handled it beautifully, better than I would have.