Screw Christmas (okay, not really), first day of school totally beats out the jolly fat man for best day of the year.
We got up early, I made pancakes for breakfast, the boys had on new shirts, and we walked to school.
(We don't normally walk to school except for the first day. Because the line of cars extends all the way from the school to our house. Walking is simply quicker.)
Even with Mini Me here, I'm giddy with delight. We stopped at Starbucks to celebrate the day, after the 4K meeting for MM.
Why do I love the first day of school? Well besides the obvious (come on, it's like summer vacation for parents), it's all about new beginnings. Anything is possible, scholastically. Larry Potter is excited because his teacher is his friend's mom, and he thinks that will make the difference for him this year (not that he's had not-good teachers in the past). Hoover, well, he was excited to wear a new shirt. I'll take whatever baby steps he throws out to me.
And me? So glad you asked. Besides my 2011 school year resolutions, I find I'm actually looking forward to things like cleaning out closets and Swiffering...all without little
I'm sure it will last all of a week.
|The bus is here, kids! Have a great first day! I know I will!|
But that's the thing about the first day of school...pipe dreams are not only normal, they're welcomed. Sure, everything can go to pot by Labor Day, but heck if you don't give it your all that first week of school!
Maybe I'm weird (okay, that may not be a point up for debate), but here are the things I love about/like to do this time of year:
- Burn an apple candle in the kitchen (Like my current Fav Yankee Candle's Apple Cider)
- Take out any of my Gooseberry Patch autumn cookbooks and find new recipes
- Make a menu and grocery list for the month of September with all the down home cooking I'm sure I'll do (Generally, this is not repeated in October, or any other month, for that matter)
- Start thinking about the Halloween decorations and debate whether or not it's too early to take them out. (It is.)
- Make a daily schedule for myself which includes things like dishes, quiet time, and catching up with the kids. It usually lasts 48 hours.
- Think about doing a fall craft, but end up just watching Ina Gartner on the Food Network
- Curse the hot weather, because it's supposed to be September, after all!
I had a few comments about my wrong name post that made me feel I should clarify a few things. Her name is wrong not only in her classroom, but in the office and on every official form they have (from emergency contacts to bus routes). It's totally not the teacher's fault, and when I called the district administration office, it wasn't to get the teacher in trouble. Not at all...it was to try and find the right person to change it forever. In the past, when there's a problem or mistake, it takes about 85 people to notify before the "right" person can do something about it. Which is why I am trying to talk to as many people as possible about this. Because 84 of those people can write it down on a post-it note, but apparently only one can actually enter it in on the computer and hit save.
And my district is little. Three elementary school, one middle school, one high school. Maybe about 900 kids total in the district. I had more kids than this in my high school...and my high school was one of five high schools in the school district. Keep in mind, I'm in a small town. I did giggle when my friend Lisa commented about how the Chinese kids in the school feel (about having their names misspelled). We don't have any Asian students. My area definitely needs more multi-culturalism.
The more you know. :)