In about 8 days, school will be back in session. Man, time flies when you're having fun (or if your not). I went Tuesday to register Morgan for her JUNIOR year of high school. No really, she is in the 11th grade. Do you know what that means? It means I am getting OLD. Agghhh. The funny part is Madison is starting 3rd grade this year and the Bubby just turned two. Can you say glutton for punishment?
Anyway, back to registration. Lemme just tell ya, that is an interesting spectacle to behold. Like a zoo, but without the cages. I asked Morgan if the students sat around the first day making fun of the parents. She never answered so I take that as a yes. Not that I am innocent. I had some definite questions regarding some of the clothing (or lack of) and hair options on the kids I saw. She really didn't need me to go, just my checkbook, but it was good to be there. There was one outstanding moment, one of those that seem harder and harder to catch. We both looked at each other and said the same thing at the same time and she grins that beautiful grin and says "I love US". Us-her and me. Kinda gives me the warm fuzzies. I am so proud of her. I hope this is an exciting and fabulous year that lives up to all her expectations. This one's a biggie~her first parking pass, first prom, classes off campus~definitely not what we are used to.
After registration, since I had already taken the day off, Madison and I hit the pool. A word of advice if I may. Don't throw caution to the wind just because it is only you and the eight year old in the pool. I mean a tankini is a tankini for a reason and you picked it for that reason. Like to hide the baby fat you have around the middle (it IS still baby fat, I don't care if he IS 2) . You know those areas that NEVER see the light of day. Keep it that way. Just because no one else will see does not make it a good idea to roll the top up a bit and expose those pasty pale rolls to the sun for an hour without sunscreen. I assure you, it will not end well. It will hurt. And your husband will laugh~on the inside if he is smart. Worse than the pain is the embarrassment of the fat roll burn lines. You know what I am talking about. So use extreme cautious and my new motto~if it's normally covered, keep it covered.
Ok, so to finish up my random musings here, I want to share some back to school stuff I have begun using and tell you a few things we are doing to prep.
Most Mommas are probably well ahead of me on this, but if you haven't already, get back on the school schedule. Bedtime and morning time. Go ahead and start the routines. A checklist can be helpful and there is one here http://blogs.cozi.com/livesimply/morningchecklist.pdf that is great for the mornings and one here http://blogs.cozi.com/livesimply/nightbeforeschoolchart.pdf for the night before. I am enjoying the whole Cozi website and its useful tools.
Make sure you have all your supplies ready and the groceries you need for all the meals and snacks, cook ahead and freeze (pancakes, fruits and waffles), think of celebrating back to school in some small way like maybe a picnic or summer fun scrapbooking, and we are going to do a private back to school clothes fashion show this weekend. Maybe your child(ren) would like to make something special for their new teacher.
I would love to hear what other Mommas are doing in preparation for back to school. Hope it is awesome for everyone!