Back to school means many things – the end of Summer, leaves turning and school supplies. For me it means getting back into a routine, which I am giving two thumbs up. We have had one of our best summers yet and loved every minute. But there’s a trade-off that includes chaos, much later bedtimes, living out of the car, piles of laundry and constant on-the-go business. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all FUN but I can’t do it all year long. By the time school rolls around I’m a little relieved to get back into an organized, all around family routine. Back to school means that I can relax a little, not from “getting a break” from my child being out of the house, because as a Mom – do you ever get a “break”?! When Luke’s at school it means maybe I can get the house back together from Summer
craziness fun… clean out closets, finally file that stack of papers away, catch up on those baskets of laundry that have been sitting out for way too long and most importantly spend a little one on one time with my youngest (AKA: POTTY TRAINING). Break? HA. The list goes on and on.
I am most excited about getting back into a regular blogging routine. I have missed this keyboard over the past few months but I understand completely that Summer is about fun in the sun with my kids and enjoying every moment with them creating memories. So it’s not only ‘Welcome Back’ to school but to this beautiful space in the blogosphere and to YOU.
So have your kids already gone back to school or do you have a few more days/weeks until their big day? Luke had a great first day starting Kindergarten this week and we had fun celebrating “Back to School” with him. We did not give him any gifts on his first day but he did help with his back to school shopping a few weeks ago and was happy with some new clothes and shoes that he really needed. We did blow up a few balloons so when he came out of his room in the morning he was giggling and starting the day out on a happy note. It wasn’t over-the-top which I think is key. You can print out these back to school signs over at my Pinterest Page.
I think it’s really important to ask your kids what they want and even though I had planned a big fancy breakfast for Luke, I stopped to ask him and give him options of what I could make and he really just wanted the most simple thing: cereal. I asked if he could at least have an egg with fruit since it would hold him over better and he agreed. Phew. Looking for more quick and easy back to school breakfast ideas? Get some inspiration HERE.
If you are looking for some fun ‘welcome back’ gifts for teachers, check out these easy and fun gifts for their first week back to school. I also loved all 15 of these back to school gifts from Lil’ Luna that are worth checking out. This year I did something a little different and got Luke’s Kindergarten teacher a new book for her classroom signed by Luke from our adventures in Washington DC. It’s a really fun and personal gift that his teacher loved and she was excited to read it to the class and let Luke share about his adventures this Summer. We also got her some DC magnets for her school board and some chocolate from the National Portrait Gallery.
Last year my Mom (a third grade teacher) loved the personalized gifts she received all year long and I was so impressed that the parents knew the stores she liked to shop. She told me a few of the kids last year gave her a questionnaire at the beginning of the year which I thought was a brilliant idea. Here’s one I found and loved that it was quick and easy for the teacher to fill out. You can download and print yours FREE from Eighteen 25.
So there ya go, a few reasons not to dread the “back to school” craze and be joyful and blessed to watch your kids grow up! Enjoy! If you have any other great back to school ideas, leave them in the comments!