Back to school round up

Are your kiddos (or you) back to school yet?  Here in NY, we’ve got a couple weeks left (woo hoo) but D day is fast approaching!  Here’s a little round up of all things back to school at our house!

Thank you Lord (and the PTO) for the School Tool Box!  All I have to do is go online, choose my school and grade level, and click “order.”  Voila!  A box of school supplies for my son is shipped to the school and my supply shopping is done!  This is the best.thing.ever.  My supply shopping was done in July!

Prior to this year, I ordered most of my kids’ clothes online from places like The Children’s Place and Carters, and then got a few things at GAP and Old Navy when we did our yearly outlet shopping trip (sans kids).  Well, now that my son is older (a 2nd grader you know!) he has become MUCH pickier about what he wears. So this year he is coming along for the school shopping!  I plan on hitting Kohls (thank you 30% off coupon), and probably the Nike, Adidas and Under Armour outlets (because apparently in 2nd grade you can only wear athletic wear).  Wish me luck!

Ugh.  It’s always a struggle and  fight.  This year my plan is kids in bed at 8:30.  BUT they can read or look at a book until 9pm to relax and wind down.   I know some kids go to bed at 7:30, but this just doesn’t work for us.  For one, sometimes we’re not even home from activities yet (soccer practice, etc), and for another, my kids will NOT sleep at 7:30.  Like no way, no how.  It just doesn’t happen.  So this is what works for us.

I am in charge of mornings.  My husband typically leaves for work right as the kids are getting up.  So that leaves me to get myself ready, get the kids ready and out the door, and take care of the animals.  Mornings are STRESSFUL!
My 4 year old is up at the crack of dawn, but my 7 year old…not so much.  He also gets very grumpy when I wake him up.  So, we have agreed that this year instead of me waking him up, he will use an alarm clock.  We’ll see how it goes!  I am also instituting a no TV or electronics rule until breakfast is eaten and they are dressed.

Since my husband gets home before me, he is in charge of homework (all the praise hands!).  He also sometimes (maybe 2x a week, on a good week) takes care of dinner.  I am tasked with baths and bedtime, and prepping lunches and outfits for the next day.   Doing the lunches and outfits the night before has been a big time saver for my mornings.

This year I also want to up my lunch game.  My kids are super picky eaters, but I think if I make a list of foods to mix and match from each week, I can get some good variety.   If you have any new and interesting lunch ideas, please let me know! Another idea I am toying with is picking out all the week’s outfits on Sunday so they are ready to go.  I hate searching for matching socks on weeknights when I could be relaxing on the couch!

How are you preparing for back to school?



And then it was August

Well hello!  How’s your summer been?  Like almost everyone else, I am in denial that it is already the middle August and summer is winding down!  I feel like it hasn’t been super summery this year, at least in regards to weather.  The weather in NY has been wet and rather cool.  I think we’ve only hit 90 one or two times this summer, and while I don’t really mind the temps hovering in the high 70s and low 80s, it does make me feel like I’ve missed out on “real” summer.  But alas, here we are.  The rest of our August is jam packed and while I can’t wait for all the fun, I’m sad that it signals the end of summer.

This summer has been: summer camps, swimming, soccer, family, friends, playgrounds, Cape Cod, pirate ships, water guns, ice cream, bike rides, movies, fun parks and late nights.   Oh, and we got a cat!  Please welcome Bosco to our family!

Next week will be school shopping and attempting to transition my kids back into actual bedtimes!  Then the last week of August we are going on vacation!  We all are super excited for a relaxing week in Maine chilling out (hopefully not for real) by the ocean.  Sprinkled into all that will be soccer practices, my husband starting a new position at work, and me playing catch up at my job!  Then once Labor day hits, it’s back to school!  It’s time to WORK kiddos!

I plan to be making more frequent visits to this blog come September too, so be sure to stay tuned!

So what did you do this summer?