Back to School
August 25, 2010
My children all start school on August 30. Less than a week to go
1. waking up early
2. rushing around
3. packing lunches
4. stressful homework battles
6. time management
1. less sibling bickering
2. sense of purpose about the day
4. a small amount of daily alone time for me
I’m starting to feel the need for some routine again. It’s been a great summer, especially after we got through that icky, cold, gloomy time. The past few weeks have been a blur of not much structured playtimes, mainly featuring my children and a lot of the neighborhood children playing furiously together outside. Oh, it’s been lovely. Our tiny suburban front yard has been packed with kids of all ages, swinging on our homemade rope swing, leaping from the green utility boxes that we are lucky enough to have in our yard, spontaneously inviting friends to stay for dinner, sending friends home with walkie-talkies so they could keep chatting as they went to bed. Everyone’s been sleeping in, even Bridget! I’ve been waking up on my own and enjoying the luxury of staying in bed for awhile, drinking coffee and checking email and facebook on my iphone. Ahhhh! Marvelous.
But I haven’t grocery shopped efficiently in months. I haven’t planned meals. We wake up and stay in jammies until it’s about lunch time, so lunch and breakfast get all mushed up together and we snack through the afternoon. Dinner planning has been sparse. Just throw whatever together last minute. And I love it. And I am starting to yearn for some structure and consistency and predictability.
So bring it on, new school year! We’ll feel bittersweet, but we’re ready.