The first day of school, what a fabulous day. So much preparation goes into this highly anticipated day. We outfit the kids with new clothes and shoes, buy all of the right school supplies and wait with bated breath to receive “the letter” which then starts a chain reaction of phone calls and e-mails to find out which children will be in the same class. It’s all so exhilarating.
The morning arrives and excitement, mixed with a little nervous trepidation, fills the air. Everyone is dressed, fed and packs slung on their backs. We walk out to wait for the big, yellow bus and exchange hugs as I provide words of encouragement. I watch them hop aboard while waving and wishing them well.
I walk slowly back into the house, close the door and proceed to do my happy dance! Wahoo! School days are here again. Please don’t get me wrong. I love my children and I love the carefree days of summer but I do look forward to getting back into a routine and gaining just a tiny bit of “me” time again. I’m not alone here in the house, I still have my little girl (19 mos) and another little girl (2.5) in my care but…they take naps!
I have set a few goals for myself this school year. I plan to get to the gym several times a week and hope that the new routine will also help me to do a better job of meal planning. I feel so much better about myself when I am eating well and getting in shape, it changes my whole outlook on life.
I also have a list of projects to complete…paint the hall bathroom, organize and purge the kitchen cabinets, attempt to sort, organize and purge the kids toys, etc. There is something so freeing about getting rid of our clutter.
Our house, while not filthy, has not been properly cleaned or organized for about 2 months now. When ever I attempted to clean and organize one room, it seemed as though the kids were busy messing up another. Now I can clean a room and actually enjoy the results… at least until the big, yellow bus comes back.
What are your feelings on the kids getting back to school? Do you, like me, have any plans for yourself? I’d love to hear what all of you are up to and maybe I’ll get a few more ideas for myself!