Happy Labor Day! Thank you for all of you who work the daily grind (even today as many of us were out dining and shopping).
I realize for much of the country, you have probably already gone back to school. My husband finished out his first full week of teaching rather happily. Thanks to the great sales as of late, school shopping is finally finished for the whole family. Tomorrow holds the real "back to school" feel in our home; because, you see, tomorrow is the first day of pre-school!
I am not finding it as bitter-sweet as I thought I would. I am actually glad for this new adventure in our lives. My three-year-old has been asking to go to school on an almost daily basis for about a month now. We have watched DVD's about favorite characters (Elmo and Blue) going to school. It is an exciting time. All that said, I have put a lot of planning into tomorrow. The homework assignment "All About Me..." poster is finally complete and in the packed up back pack (lest we forget this very important item!). The lunch is all packed (except the hot portion). Everything is Magic Marker labeled. The clothes are laid out - down to the shoes. I feel as though I have planned well.
So I ask those of you who are parents, for your first day agendas. What do you do on that first day with a silent house, you stay at home mom? What do you do the first day coordinating buses, car-pools, after school schedules? Working parent, what is your challenge with after school care?
I find myself curious about others' lives at this point. What are your "back to school" rituals? I have a dear friend whose husband goes into work late on the first day of school. He stays home a little longer and cooks a big breakfast for the whole family. I plan to try to maintain a "life as normal" status quo in the morning so as not to upset the applecart that is my young one. Yes, Elli, I will TRY TRY TRY to remember to take a picture of him in the morning. So tell me, what do you do that is different/special for that very first day? How do you plan? If you are beyond the point of having school aged children, what did you do for your children when they were small that was special? What is YOUR best first day of school memory?
For any of you who are interested, there is still space available in the up coming Home Hub Seminar for Monday evening (Sept 15, 5:30-7pm).