It has been the BEST summer. Exactly what summer should be. Just enough gorgeous days to enjoy the outdoors and just enough rain to keep the grass green.
We've each done lots of what we love ...
We've hung out at the mall when the heat was really bad ...
We've focused on important goals - like perfecting the flip into the pool.
We've tied notes to balloons and released them into the world ... (still waiting to hear back, by the way).
We sat on our deck until well past dark ...
We enjoyed a wee bit of bubbly, to toast the new prince.
We played bocci ball ...
And we rode roller coasters ...
We went to the drive-in ...
And we sat on docks ...
Some of us jumped off cliffs (and into lakes)!
We learned to paddle board (super-fun)!
And we thoroughly examined the bottom of the lake ...
But eventually, you just flake out. You're exhausted and craving your routine again. That's when it's time to get real. We are at the Sunday of our summer. Time to pack a last few fun bits in, and get ready for the school year ahead.
The Tuesday after Labour Day (exactly 2 weeks from today) has always felt more like New Years Day to me than the first of January. Oh, the possibilities!! There were a few years when I bought my kids every single school supply new ... and then I realized that was a bit wasteful and changed my ways - now we only buy the things they actually need and re-use what we can. I still try to get them to wear a "first day" outfit - with mixed results. But each year, I try to figure out what we can do better - and this year, my focus will be on getting them out the door without the usual panic. You'd think after sending my kids to school for 12 years now, I'd have this sorted ... well, not so much. In June, I'm still
shouting saying things like "if you miss the bus, it's your own fault, and you should have thought of this before, and I can't believe we're STILL having this conversation in June!!!"
My Back-to-School To-Do list looks something like this:
- Book doctor, eye doctor and dentist check-ups
- Book hair cuts
- Buy needed school supplies
- Buy needed clothing and shoes
- Sort out school buses
- Clean & organize kids bedrooms
- Load up on lots of lunch supplies
- Create routines to make the morning better
How about you? Do you have any things left to do to get your kids ready to go back to school? Am I missing something? I'll be spending the next 2 weeks trying to get through this list - I'd love to hear what you think.