The summer zoomed by, filled with travel to grandparents, Walt Disney World and even a stint at Braves camp and a few pool visits. But no matter how many times we savored the season with S’mores and a Pontoon ride, there still weren’t enough days to get everything done! I found myself scrambling to get lunchboxes, backpacks, and folders in order Sunday night, after Sneak-a-Peek was done for both kids when it hit me: I’d be alone on Monday morning. Both kids, for the first time, would be in school in as Red rides the school bus to first grade and Scarlett joins a preschool class part time.
Red was so proud to be riding the bus, with his new red backpack and baseball lunchbox. I asked my friends and neighbors for backpack advice, finally settling on a Pottery Barn Kids washable full size, with embroidery that should last us all the way through grade school. It got the most votes for toughness and durability, which is key for a grade schooler!
Both Chase and I saw him onto the bus, which was an ordeal after our regular bus broke down in our neighborhood to billows of gray smoke and a county Mechanic’s truck that was unable to fix the problem. A substitute bus rolled up 30 minutes late, ushering the kids inside with new riders up front. I didn’t see Red again until the afternoon when he was beaming with smiles and gushing about his first day at his new school.
Scarlett was overjoyed to “go play at school” with her 2 year old class. She cry a bit, and when I said goodbye to her, waved me off with her little hand saying, “Bye, Mama! See you later!” Off she went into the toy station. When she got picked up, Scarlett couldn’t stop telling me, “I had fun!! So much!” and asking me to “go back and play” the rest of the afternoon. It’s safe to say she’s really enjoying her teachers and the new environment.So what did I do with my time? Well, I wasted the entire first morning making to-do lists and deep cleaning spaces, which were all worth while tasks, but after a few hours I ran out of time! I have a better idea of my time span and pickup travel times this week, which means I’m buckling down on my work. But shouldn’t I get to drink a coffee by myself? Hopefully, I don’t waste too much time dancing around by myself and procrastinating…
Can you believe they are so big? I would never have thought they would grow up so fast, even though that’s what my Mom always said. So Mom? I guess I can finally say it. You were right. <3