The first week of school has kicked my butt and it hasn’t even gotten crazy around here yet. Next week is when we add swim practice, baseball and Cub Scouts to the schedule. This week it’s just been school.
Just four days of school.
As much as I enjoyed our summer (and we had a fabulous summer!) I craved the routine that makes the school year. The week before school began I could barely contain my glee. Oh sure, I’d miss my kids but our wake-up times, leave times, come home times, dinner times and bed times would finally be in sync.
First day: no homework (yay!) but #1son’s backpack and the required 2-inch binder broke. Back to Target.
Second day: Homework. Not too taxing. Everyone was happy with their results but it took longer than expected and dinner was late. Oh, and #2son has decided that school lunches are gross. So now, it’s back to making lunches in the morning. For one child. Other child calls school lunches “gourmet.” And the recent-school-lunch-hater’s Buzz Lightyear lunchbox from 3 years ago simply will not do. Back to Target. And Publix for lunch meat.
Third day: More homework. This time a research project. Over the summer we brilliantly put in place a net-nanny system on the computer upstairs that requires me to punch in a password for every new website they visit. Every. Single. One. Who’s brilliant idea was this? Oh yeah. Darling husband who isn’t home during the day when the boys use the computer. Project (finally) finished but need a clear folder to place it in. Back to Target.
Fourth day: I’ve been in a daze. I can’t think. I can’t focus. Pulled in different directions, I can’t seem to finish a project. I can’t sit still because I keep thinking I’m forgetting something.
Guess I’ll go back to Target.
Because Target hasn’t failed me yet.
Remember when I said I’m not into blogging for the money, just the fame? Well…..
My boys are famous!
Parents.com saw my first-day-back-to-school pic and asked if they could use it on their back-to-school online page.
Yep. That’s them! The cute little devils on the left. You have until Monday to check them out and then I suppose they’ll be replaced by two more handsome little devils. (But never as cute as mine!)
Even if you see this too late, head on over to Parents.com anyway. It is chock full of helpful information to make your school year delicious, easy, organized, joyful, healthy, fashionable, effective, bully proof, homework-hassle-free, safe, nutritious and fun. You name, they have an answer for it!
So check it out.
And yeah. My boys are there. Rockin’ it out like the rock stars they are.
Ok. So I’m not the famous one this time.
I’m a mom.
I’ll just live vicariously through them! 😉
When my daughter first started school, 14 years ago, we started a tradition of dinner out at the restaurant of her choice on the first day of school. It was a tradition born of necessity. I was teaching at the time, a single mom, and was completely overwhelmed and frazzled on that first day of school. She had no idea she was saving me from having to tackle dinner.
She thought it was all about her.
Which it was.
And continued to be.
We’ve done that every year as our little back-to-school tradition. Not very original, though. Especially when I read a Facebook friend’s little shout out: “Just finished our end-of-summer-back-to-school tradition of ice cream for dinner! Yum! Yum!”
So cute. A little too sugary for my tastes. (Ba-dum-bum! Chhhh!)
But original. And a lot more exciting than our boring ol’ go-out-for-dinner-on-the-first-day-of-school.
There must be other traditions out there that I hadn’t heard of.
Shout them out in the comments section below.
I’m looking for new material!
Most wonderful commercial ever! (At this time of year, anyway!)
Just one more week for mine. How about yours?