Back-to-School week has gone well. It's been tiring, but we've survived and everyone is still happy with their new classes! To really kick off the back-to-school feeling for me, there's already been the lunch that has returned to me at 3:15pm uneaten, in pretty much precisely the same state as I packed it at 7:15am. Ah, yes, I remember. This is what the school year feels like!
I am not even exaggerating when I say that I spent 1.5 hours on Monday night filling out forms by hand for my 3 public elementary school kids, who are attending the same school as last year and we haven't moved! Sweet mercy, somebody put those forms on-line and give me a box to check that says, "Our information has not changed"!
Homework has been manageable so far and doable even from the couch:
Although there was once this week when I was looking at some stuff my 10 year old wanted to show me about his class and my 3rd grader rattled off a math question she wasn't sure about. Usually I can answer those without skipping a beat, but this time I was like, "Whoa, repeat that question! What?"
I give you our 3rd grade math:
"A turtle crawls up a 12 foot hill after a heavy rainstorm. The turtle crawls 4 feet, but when it stops to rest, it slides back 1 1/2 feet. How many tries does the turtle make before it makes it up the hill?"
Don't you just love a good story problem?!!
I was playing hide-and-seek with my 4 year old today while her older siblings were at school. I hid first and it took her a little while to find me. Then she hid and giggled from her hiding spot totally giving herself away. I pretended to look for her, knowing all along where she was. Once I finally "found" her she told me, "Mommy, you're supposed to make noise while you are hiding in hide-and-seek. That's how you play the game. Like you are suppose to laugh or make funny sounds!"
Guess I missed that aspect of the hide-and-seek rules!
One evening as I was tucking my kids in bed, I opened the closet in the boys' room and began hanging their clothes for the next day on their closet doors like I do before every school day. Sometimes if I set out a shirt for one boy and the other boy has the same shirt, I'll just grab that shirt for the other boy, too. They end up matching but it's really just from laziness on my part, it's easier to just think up one outfit and have it work for both boys.
But, this evening I paused as I was doing it and looked at my 1st grade son and asked, "Do you like being dressed like your big brother?"
His answer was hilarious! He said, "Yes, because then if I get lost, you can just point to him and say 'I need to find a boy like that, only smaller.'
Happy Long Weekend, Friends! I think after getting our kids to school on time 5 days in a row we've more than earned a 3 day weekend!