Back to School for another busy year!

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I’ve been doing a bit of thinking when it comes to this blog. At first I decided to veer away from personal blogging so I could focus more on other things. Then I realized that I’ve been sitting in radio silence because personal blogging is what I’ve always done since back in the days when blogging was new.

After some thought I’ve realized that my blog focus and my personal blogging actually go hand in hand. If my goal is to show you how to fit in health/fitness/family/fun no matter how busy you are, then what better way than to share my personal blogging which often is a perfect demonstration of how busy life can really get? So I’m going back to my roots!

And honestly, I couldn’t have better timing with that revelation because not much gets as busy as back to school season!

The kids started back today and at first I was going to come for the drop off and head to work, finishing later. However, I had a vacation day that I needed to cancel anyway (it was booked for a day that I can’t take off anymore) so I decided to just take the entire day off so that I could be home to hear right away all about the first day of – brace yourself – grade three and grade seven!

Grade three and Grade seven (jr high!) - where did the time go?

Grade three and Grade seven (jr high!) – where did the time go?

Yes, somehow my tiniest baby is a third grader and my firstborn is in her first year of junior high. It is CRAZY.

The drop off was fairly uneventful. I went with Hayley to the junior high and shortly after arriving they called all the grade seven (!) kids in to the gym to be assigned to their homerooms. I didn’t go in with her of course, so I said goodbye, told her where I’d meet her later, and then decided to run over to Breanna’s school. She and George were still outside and she was very happy to see me and to report that she had gotten the teacher she wanted, although her best friend wasn’t in her class for the second year in a row.

Hayley was so excited when she found a Daryl Dixon shirt to wear. (She was tired of me taking pictures though!)

Hayley was so excited when she found a Daryl Dixon shirt to wear. (She was tired of me taking pictures though!)

Breanna waiting for her new teacher to take her inside to the grade three classroom

Breanna waiting for her new teacher to take her inside to the grade three classroom

I spent the day almost wishing I’d gone to work because I wasn’t sure how to pass the time. I mean, obviously there are all kinds of things I can do at home but I was full of nervous energy. I don’t think kids realize their parents are nervous about the first day of school too – at least not until they grow up and become parents themselves!

Breanna was mildly nervous in an excited way but it was Hayley who was most nervous. That’s pretty understandable what with it being a whole new school, not to mention going from the oldest grade to the youngest all over again. She was pretty convinced that she wouldn’t enjoy it at all and that it was going to completely suck. I texted her during lunch and she was having a very good time – whew!

After they got home she confirmed that it wasn’t as bad as she had thought it would be and she seemed to have enjoyed herself. Even one of her best friends passed me after school and told me that Hayley had a great day. She was disappointed that two of her BFFs are in a different group and thus don’t share any classes with her, but her other BFF does, so that’s a relief. She even ended up being the go-to person to teach all her friends how to open their combination locks on their lockers!

This is where life gets busy again. During the summer we get pretty laid-back about a lot of things. Bedtime is really relaxed and much later than it is during the school year and although we eat supper together most days, other meals and snacks are often on a “when-you-get-hungry” cycle. Now we have more structure again and that means a little more clock-watching than I’d like but we’ll get back into our routine. Last night they were in bed by 9, their usual school-year bedtime but neither slept as well as they’d like. Tonight should be better after the excitement of a full day.

Now it’s back to making school lunches – with more healthy choices than not – and fitting in suppers, baths, showers, and getting ready for work too. Breakfasts need to be eaten at a certain time and we have to be out the door on time.

It’s crazier than the summer, that’s for sure, but we always make it work. So as I get back to my blogging roots while still sharing ideas on how to maintain your sanity during super-busy days (and nights!) I’ll be preparing some blog posts that will hopefully help you with all of these back to school challenges. We all need to share those tips considering we’ve got months and months (yikes) of the school year ahead of us.

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I can’t lie – I love the back to school season. It’s not because I don’t want my kids around but I always loved going back to school myself. I was pretty excited to hear about their day, and I’m glad they had as great a time as I hoped they would.

Did you enjoy back to school time as a kid? How about as a parent?

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