The Inevitable Back to School / End of Summer Blog Post

Biz insisted that I take a picture of his backpack. He was very excited to wear the backpack. People listen when you wear a backpack.

So here it is. The blog post where I lament about how summer is over and the kids are back in school.

Maybe lament isn’t the best word.

Fall in Maine is pretty awesome. And it’s nice to have some normalcy in the household for a change. A regular schedule, if you will, that doesn’t change because of vacations and weather that just won’t let you work inside.

Summer was great, but it was chaotic. We’ve been so busy, I can barely remember what we did for the past few months. I know we went to New York City, and there were carnivals and landscaping projects, summer camps and visitors from away.

That was this summer, right?

This week marked the first days of school for my kids. G started 2nd grade on Tuesday, and Biz started his first year of preschool on Wednesday.

G’s first day was pretty uneventful since he’s used to the school thing now. I made a big deal out of Biz’s first day, though, because it was his first day of school ever. And he’s always had to watch his big brother in the spotlight this time of year.

Biz’s reaction to my doting over him on the morning of his first day of school?

“Why are you being so nice to me this morning, Mommy?”

Apparently, I’m not very nice to him in the morning.

I tried to explain to him how proud I am of him and how he’s going to love preschool. That this was the beginning of him becoming a big boy like his brother.

Biz was mostly excited about bringing a backpack to school because, as he said the night before, “I’m so ‘cited because all the kids are going to listen to me when I wear my pack pack.”

So, Mommy’s mean and kids don’t listen to him. It’s a tough life for Biz.

Anyway, the first day of school seemed to go well. I wasn’t too worried since it’s in the same location as his regular daycare. It involved a mouse that handed out Cheez-its for snack, a piece of “water” artwork that looks like a randomly cut piece of paper with purple scribbles on it, and dressing like a princess. That’s all normal for preschool, right?

I’m just happy the transitions are easy.

How was your end of summer / back to school transition?

Wordless Wednesday: Welcome Back to School

welcome back sign

Wordless Wednesday (9.5.12): Welcome Back to School by Jennifer Barbour

Back to School’s a Breeze When You Get Past the Hype

our back to school essentials

Our back to schools essentials: a good backpack and eco-friendly lunchbox.

My son, G, is starting first grade on Wednesday, and we’re all ready.

It was super easy this year actually.

This year, I feel kind of like a veteran at this back to school thing.

It only took me two phone calls to get the drop off and pick up schedule set. (Last year, I think it took me at least two weeks.) And I’ve already loaded all the vacation and early release days in my calendar.

Of course, it also helps that G is a very adaptable little boy. I don’t need to worry about him not adjusting well. He had a great time in kindergarten last year and was crushed when it was over. Then, he went to summer playground (camp) and had a ball.

Despite reading about G’s assigned teacher’s leave of absence in the local newspaper, I managed to meet his newly hired teacher at the drop-in event at his school last week. She sent a letter out within days that included a simple supply list, which we purchased for less than $5.00. (I’m guessing this price will go up as he gets older.)

I learned my lesson last year and spent my money on the two most essential supplies for school – the backpack and the lunch bag. I went cheap and cute last year for these items. Both were destroyed by the end of the year. We went with an LL Bean backpack and a super cool bento lunch box from Laptop Lunches. I spent more money, but these items will last longer, are more eco-friendly (affiliate link) and backed by a lifetime guarantee.

G has been growing ridiculously fast, so I’m not worrying about a new wardrobe for school. We buy clothes and shoes every few months, when he needs them. If I buy too much of anything at once, he’ll grow out of it or the season will change. Plus, boys are easy when it comes to dressing. A couple pairs of sneakers, sandals or boots (depending on the season), jeans, khakis, some t-shirts, lots of socks and underwear. You’re pretty much good to go.

Sometimes I wonder why people make such a big deal about the whole back to school thing. G and I say bring it on.

How do you handle back to school shopping?

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