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A New School Year

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After a summer well-spent, we’re back to school.  Thank goodness!  We loved our break, we fully relaxed and enjoyed ourselves and we took an amazing 2.5 week trip back to America, but after 10 weeks off, every last one of us was in need of some structure and time apart.

Summer vacation is always lovely and much-needed, but by the end of August the kids have had too much togetherness and they can’t go thirty minutes without bickering.  They’re sick of each other and they need to see their friends.  I’m done with making snacks and lunches and reminding them to clean up after themselves and mediating arguments over stupid things.  I’m tired of spending hundreds of dollars on food every week only to have them all descend like locusts and eat it all in a day, or be told that, despite the full pantry and fridge, there’s nothing to eat. 

We were all ready for school to start.  Clearly.

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The children go into this year in a completely different frame of mind compared to last fall.  No longer the new kids, no longer unsure what to expect, they were all counting down the days in anticipation of getting back.  Unlike years past, they were truly excited to be starting back in school.  They couldn’t wait to see their friends, get started on their sports teams, find out which teachers they have for what subjects, compare holiday adventures, and get back into the swing of it all.

I am also excited, because, like the kids, I’m no longer doing things for the first time, unsure of how it will all go.  It felt lovely to walk into the school yesterday morning and greet so many familiar faces, to chat about the summer holidays and upcoming sports matches, to arrange coffee dates with other moms.  I think I’m looking forward to this year even more than the kids.

With a full year behind us and at least that long ahead of us, we’re in a groove and I like it.  Long may it last!


Also, the first day of school last year when my baby went off and left me, and an ode to Back to School.


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School Break

 

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After three and half weeks off for Christmas break, my kids went back to school this morning.  The house is oddly quiet. 

The longest mid-year break we’ve ever had by far, the past three weeks were actually incredibly enjoyable.  I thought going in that I would be SO ready for the kids to go back to school long before the break was over, but that wasn’t the case at all.  We had a really relaxing and much-needed respite from the crazy daily grind and I was actually sad to see them go this morning.

That being said, three and half weeks is also a really long time to be out of school in the middle of the year.  It was a little hard to get back into the swing of things today, but I expected that.  And I prepared for it, so it turned out to be much easier than I anticipated.

On the very first day of break, when I was still used to having a million school-related things to do everyday, I emptied all the kids’ gym bags and washed all their one gazillion P.E. and sports uniforms and re-packed the bags.  I washed their dress shirts and dress socks, cleaned up their blazers, and shined their dress shoes.  (To be clear: the children all helped.  Please don’t think I did all of that smilingly and unassisted.)  We unpacked their backpacks and recycled unneeded papers and we checked out what the homework assignment situation was over break so we weren’t caught by surprise by a long-term project on the last day before school started.

We got everything clean, sorted, and re-packed.  And then I could just forget about it.  I relaxed and didn’t even think about school stuff again until this past weekend.  I made everyone double-check their homework (which we did here and there over the break, so it wasn’t a mad all-day affair on the last day).  I double checked sports bags and backpacks, put beach towels in everyone’s swim bags, and that was it.  We were already ready.

That one day of work on the first day of break made the entire rest of the three weeks so much more relaxing.  And it absolutely made this morning run much more smoothly.  A day’s work well worth it!


Also, how school breaks can be frustrating!  And another example!


 

Back to School

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My 5th grader, Pre-Kindergartener, 2nd grader, and 1st grader!

The kids were off this morning to start another school year without so much as a backward glance.  In fact, they were up and dressed at 6:45AM, despite the fact that they don’t leave to walk to school until 8:15AM.  Excitement and anticipation were the words of the day.

I love everything about back-to-school time.  I love the fresh start, I love the clean slate, I love the potential for an amazing school year.

I love the new shoes.

I even don’t mind packing up the lunches.  That will last for a few weeks at least.

We had outfits picked out days ago.  They hung, ironed and ready, in bedrooms last night.  We actually have outfits picked out for the whole week.  That’s kind of how we roll.

Pre-K doesn’t actually start until next week, so for the next few days Q and I will fall back into our school day routines and do chores and errands together alone.  We’ll read books and play games and he’ll definitely watch a few cartoons so I can get an hour of time to do things like…write this.  Then on Monday, we’re off to his first day and the beginning of the end–this is our last year of preschool (and our 8th year AT our preschool).

So we are back to the grind, with all the fun and excitement it entails.  I love this time of year!

 

 

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