Back to Routine

Today’s the first day of a new school year. Ainsley is starting 2nd grade. Zack is in pre-school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So, I get a lot of one-on-one time with Zack. And a little time to work uninterrupted.

I decided I should just create the habits I want to have for the whole school year right out of the gate. I got up at 6 am and worked out. Got Ainsley ready, fed her a healthy breakfast, and WALKED her to school. It actually felt really good.

It’s really only about 4 blocks, though across a major highway. In my day, she would have just walked with the pack of other children also going to that school and there would have been safety in numbers. Now, everyone drives their kids in their big SUVs regardless how close they live. I’m opposed to this, but trying to accept it as the reality.

This year the school is trying something new. Not only are they feeding all the poor and rich kids breakfast, but they are doing it right in the classroom at their desks. The middle kids, like mine, who won’t add $3 to their child’s daily food allowance just get to watch the other kids eat. Or bring a granola bar. Whatever. Previously, I had to deal with, Can I have a lunch tray today? NO. every day of the year. Now I get, Can I have breakfast today? No. Can I have a tray? No.

I’m trying to to be pissed off about this. I’m sure it’s really best thing the school can do. Really. I mean, parents can’t be expected to get up and tell their kids to make a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. Wait. I do. But, whatever. I’m just grateful I can afford to feed my kid healthy, nutritious food at home. Also trying to come to a state of peaceful acceptance about this.

It’s going to be a great year. I’m torn between being wistful about a very good summer gone by and wistful about the year ahead. We’re still doing it with one car. Which can be overwhelming if I think about it. But, if I just deal with the moment, the day, the tasks right in front of us, it’s fine. Soon, Jeremy will be driving his dream car: a Jeep Wrangler. I’ll have total control of my red minivan. Soon.

I signed up to be a substitute teacher this year. We’ll see how that goes.

For now,, I’m creating good habits – getting my work-out in before everyone wakes up, creating space to do yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, making sure everyone gets to where they need to go with one car, working on my book proposal for the book I wrote this year, The Girl Revolution.

How’d your first day of school go? Goals for the year?

10 replies
  1. Miss E says:

    Looks like you and I have similar posts about back to school and similar aged children! I’m new to blogging, so I would love it if you checked out my site!

  2. mrsblogoway says:

    Had a great day, here… got up at 6 am, drove Maddie to swimming at the Aquatic Center at 7am (her p.e. choice), got myself to Kilgore College thirty minutes early. Had six classes, did an hour and a half of homework while making dinner on the grill at the same time and now it’s almost time to pick up Maddie from majorette practice. Not a bad day… We are all Supermoms and should pat each other on the back;-)

  3. Tracee says:

    SIX classes in one day? Man! Look at you rock! Not all of us are near as super as you Mrs. Blogoway!

  4. Shauna says:

    This year I am trying to work smarter rather than harder. So for a month before school began, I began preparing. I made a huge batch of refried beans and froze them in individual portions and froze scrambled (pre-cooked) eggs as well so that 2 – 3 days a week I can get Sloan out the door to 1st grade with minimal stress. If you intend to do this, the key is to take that stuff out of the freezer the night before. Duh.

    Because of severe corn allergies, Sloan can’t have any food at school that wasn’t brought from home. So the days of sending lunch money and forgetting it are sadly over. I have high hopes for this year, get in shape, keep my house immaculate, finish Ulysses by James Joyce…if I have time to clean off my desk in the next week I’ll be thrilled. 🙂

    Seriously – kudos Mrs. Blogoway!

  5. Shauna says:

    Thanks! We have a penchant for unusual names, my son’s name is Dodge.

    I fix my little people refried beans because their high in fiber/protein and beans stick with them all day. 🙂 Plus, a big batch of refried beans doesn’t take much work at all and is really cheap!

  6. Cecille says:

    Your school starts EARLY! My girl doesn’t go back until 09/09. Our schedules don’t vary much between summer and the school year since both my husband and I work full time. The main difference is going to be getting her back to her “correct” bedtime and re-enforcing the school year rule of no DVDs on school nights. Oh, and I’ll have to start making lunches again. Sigh. I live for Wednesday, which is pizza day at her small private school.

  7. Shauna says:

    I start with a bag of dry pinto or pink beans – the kids like pink beans better – and I have a whole recipe, but I put in salsa, green chiles, onion and cumin. I make them in my pressure cooker so all those yummy flavors stay in. My kids won’t do canned refried beans, but homemade is a different story – and we have similarly aged kiddos. Sloan is in 1st and Dodge is in Pre-K. Let me know if you want it and I will send you the whole recipe.

  8. alexis says:

    One thing that did come easy about moving to a new school one week before the first day, is that the slate was wiped clean and new rountines could be established. We bike to school, (1.4 miles of sidewalks!!!!) and we pack healthy lunches right after we finish eating dinner. I know this will pay off bigtime!!!

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