I'm so happy it's September!
I spent seven hours in Medford yesterday with all the kids doing all the back-to-school shopping to ready them for the year. It was productive and exhausting! Found out my oldest boy has a size 12 foot- jeez, no wonder those 10 1/2s were feeling tight. ; ) He needed everyday shoes, my daughter had no shoes that fit so only got her athletic shoes so far, and 6 yr old needed boots for hiking the park at school and playing in the rain (Kat, REI has kids' Bogs for $35- the regular wellies were $20 so I was excited to get the Bogs.). I'm thinking that shoes are the most expensive part of raising children.
My kids start school Tuesday, my oldest starts HIGH SCHOOL and is super anxious and excited. I can't wait to see how it is for him. Then I have the week to prepare our home (in paused construction mode as kitchen is done but not laundry room) and paperwork and all that for my preschool to start the following week. Busy times!! My kids love their school- it's a natural science and arts magnet school so it's a small community, k-8, with 4 teachers, and they do so much fun stuff there. So they're excited to go back.
I'm anxious because I only have three kids enrolled (and my own 3 yr old too), and I usually have a group of seven; so I'm two kids short and it makes a huge difference financially though I'm doing the same amount of prep for four as I do for seven. Not happy about that, and bummed that it's because I have to take a maternity leave mid-year. So wish it was working out differently and that I could be supported even though I am having a baby.
That is awesome to hear about the bogs! We need good rainboots here, too. Oh, and costco has really good wool socks like smart wools for kids, women and men!!! They are an amazing price!
We are pretty much ready for school to start this week... I always have mixed emotions because while I am happy to send them to school and ready for it (juggling work and kids all summer can be really hard!), I do miss them terribly.
We have 2 schools this year-- and I hope to find a little preschool for my 3 year old for a few days a week, 1/2 or 3/4ths days. My 7 year old and 12 year old attend a very cool child directed/child centered learning school. It is really a cool place! And then my 4th grader will be at his Montessori Charter for his first year in upper elementary. I wish all 3 were at the same school, but it is really hard to get them all in the same place... 4th grader is on the waiting list! Although he does really well in the Montessori school, and I do love Montessori. They have a garden and go out regardless of the weather.
Jenny, We were in Medford on our way back from CA this week! We had a great last hurrah! trip to California, went to the beach and disneyland! So now I am trying to organize everything for the crazy school mornings... The kids will wear shorts through Sept and possibly into October, but then it is cool and wet. We don't get a lot of snow, but it is often extremely wet, and cold! I am bummed about your preschool class size... I wish we were closer because I need a preschool! I hope you get your support. I returned to work (at home, a desk job) after 4 weeks with my last baby and it was okay... but it was a lot. How long do you take off?
I am also planning our Cabin trip for Christmas. Which is just so exciting! Last year we decided to not do gifts and just go skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and tubing for a week. Everyone had a wonderful time! The kids got small things in their stockings, and we splurged on good wine. It was so much fun. So this year I asked them if they wanted gifts or mountain, and they all wanted the mountain! Which is super exciting. I am hoping that my sister will join us this year, too. So it makes Christmas so fun to not have to stress about buying stuff, but just getting our gear ready!
We may do a small gift for 3 kings day this year, but that will be a total surprise. I don't know about other mamas, but last year my Father passed away, and I just didn't have the mental energy to plan the gifts for 5 kids. Does anyone else just skip gifts and do experiences?
This will be the first school year we're officially homeschooling more than one child. Last year our two oldest went here http://qasacademy.org (the Florida one) and this year all four are home. So we're spending a lot less money on school, going from private school for two to homeschool for at least two, which is nice. I would like to buy more books but so far we're making do with what we bought at a homeschool conference and with what my husband's parents passed down to us.
It won't get cold here in Florida for at least another month. Being from the Midwest, I sometimes miss back home at this time of year, but at the same time it is nice to not have to shiver. I think we have enough clothes for a few more months. I certainly have more than enough sweatshirts left over from before we moved down here, seeing as I spent most of my life in Nebraska!
I need to obtain - borrow from my mother-in-law or buy - more 9 x 13 pans because we'll have guests over on Sunday. How exciting! Besides being nervous that I'll say something stupid, I think the hardest part is cleaning right before.
We too are beginning on a birthday season. I have one turning 2 this month, one turning 4 next month, one turning 8 in Nov., one turning 6 in Dec., and then my birthday and wedding anniversary are in Jan! :) Though we have 7 children, none share a birthday month. :p
We started up our homeschool year again 2 weeks ago. I spent a lot of time getting extremely organized and planned every detail out for the first 6 weeks of school. Wow, pre-planning and begin organized sure make a difference!! LOL Our schoolers this year are in 10th grade, 2nd grade, kindergarten and preschool.
I used the chore chart idea from the Smockity Frocks blog to create our chore chart/daily schedule. I also have several alarms set each day on my phone so the children and I cannot miss when we're supposed to be doing something else. So far it is all working out superbly.
I have many moments of feeling overwhelmed and question HOW on EarTH I am going to "get things done", but overall life is blissful.
Speaking of weather, I am sooo looking forward to cold weather! It gets cold here in Oct. & should be snowing in Nov. I adore snowfall. It makes the countryside so pretty! And we don't have to deal with all these darn houseflies and naughty mice anymore either. Major bonus.
I used to have that, but now number 8 is going to share a birth month with number 6. It's silly, but I was a little disappointed! She could safely come in November (which is an open month for us!), but I seriously doubt it since I have gone "late" with every other baby.