Back To School


Yesterday was the first full day of school for us.

watch out for buses
Watch out for school buses and school zones!


Ms. T and I start our days at 5:35a.m. It is hard to get up that early! No amount of prepping and doing dry runs can truly make you feel happy about greeting the day at this hour. But, we try.  

Ms. T is a good sport.  She sets her own alarm and then actually gets up and turns it off. Not many 8th graders do that. I didn’t. I relied on my parents. Since both of them worked, I could lay there for “just one more minute” knowing one or both of them would rouse me.

As a work at home Mom, I know I am blessed to have the ability to stand in my kitchen each morning, cup of coffee in hand, talking with my girls and husband, helping them be prepared for their day. 

It was and still is the lifestyle choice that works best for our family. I am a work at home Mom- a Hybrid, balancing both, but putting more emphasis on home than on career. Still,  I can see both sides clearly. And can honestly say:  All Moms Work Hard!  No Mom judgments’ here!

As our girls enter 8th and 4th grade this year, I know it’s not going to be all peaches and cream, but I’m trusting in the Lord and a good, solid routine. 
To me, routines are just as important now as they were when my daughters were babies. Sameness when it comes to waking, eating, homework, sleeping;   etc. is a very good thing!

Have your children started back to school yet? If so, what do you add or subtract from your routine during the school months?  Do you have a set routine, or do you wing it?

For me, I add volunteering at both schools, getting together with girlfriends for a quick coffee and going to small business owner meetings. I subtract late night movies.

Here's wishing you and your children a happy, safe, productive school year!


17 comments

Nancy -The Frugal Dietitian said...

Sounds like my life years ago...2 girls, one would get up with one call, the other we had to drag her from bed. :-)Your "real" fun days start in High School...

Linda said...

I'm smiling as I type "Thanks for the Heads up" Nancy!
I can't even think about high school yet!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Donna Perugini said...

Linda,
Some of ours had to literally be dragged out of bed....laughing.

I do have one off topic comment...all school buses need seat belts. Period!!

Have a super year with your girls!

Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom said...

The routine is a must! As is trusting in the Lord!

Shauna Smith said...

Hi Linda.. I too have an 8th grader this year and a high school junior.. omg I cant believe that a high school junior and my baby is in 8th grade ugh.. anyway.. both kids are pretty good about getting up.. they know they want the time to get ready and both are like me hate to be late.. I will get to focus back on my online things, blogging etc.. so I guess I am subtracting the distractions all day from my kids lmao.. they start back on august 27th and high school is sept 4th.. and I agree with Donna ALL SCHOOL BUSES SHOULD HAVE SEATBELTS. WHAT IS WITH THAT THEY DONT?? lol

Dina said...

I can so relate! I wouldn't change a thing and always want to be a wahm!

Dina said...

I can relate. Praying I'm always able to be a wahm!

Linda said...

Hi Donna,

One of my younger brothers had to be dragged out of bed, sometimes into the hall where we all had to step over him!
And thanks for bringing up the need for seat belts on the buses!! I've talked to the head of the transporation department. They say it's too cost prohibitive. I say, make it a priority, get a boosterclub behind the idea, and let's get started!
Okay, this is me stepping off my soapbox... for now. :-)
Thanks for visiting, always enjoy our conversations!

Linda said...

Yes and Amen Katy! Thanks for stopping by.

Linda said...

Hi Shauna,
I didn't know we had kiddos in the same grade, small world. I don't want to think about high school, but I know this year will be filled with choices we have to help Ms. T make. She's already has one high school class this year. *sigh* Where did the time go??
Yes, the kids can be a major distraction during the summer, so I just rolled with it. Good luck with your girls when the new school year starts. And, let's try and get those seat belts on the buses! We are Moms and Grandmoms- we are powerful together!

Linda said...

Hi Dina,

Thanks for your support. The WAHM life isn't for everyone, but I'm glad it works for you too! I hope you and yours are having a good school year so far!

SHANNON JOHNSON said...

I wish I could stay home, then I might get really bored if I did or be expected to have a spotless house and then I could not blame it on blogging. My daughter is going into the 11th grade. I wake her up before I leave for work. I always make sure her feet hit the floor before I leave. Otherwise she may sleep all day.

Linda said...

Hi Shannon,

I have been asked if I'm bored lots of times over the years, and I can honestly say Nope. But the spotless house issue... well someday's I wish I hadn't set the bar quite so high pre-kiddies. :-)
My parents woke me up for school too.

Have an awesome day!

ashley@proverbsliving.com said...

Hi Linda! Thanks for checking up on me. :) I can't believe school is already starting!! I feel like this summer was a blur of WORK!! I have had several inspirations for blog posts but I never seem to find time to write. :( Anyway, I have been keeping up and I hope this school year and the balance of work and home go well! I'll be back to blogging as soon as I can sit... for more then a minute. ;)

Linda said...

Hi Ashley!

So good to hear from you my friend!
Glad you are a-okay. Try to write down those inspirations. Hugs!

Skylar Magazine said...

Well, I don't have kids, but my friends kids have started. My best friend has 2 girls one just started 1st grade and the other is 3 and started at a different school and she wailed when she dropped her off. It broke her heart. It's funny, I can remember when my mom dropped me off my first day of 1st grade and I was terrified!

Anyway, I know when I do have kids and they start school, I'm going to be a mess! I worked at a day care so I know how hard it is for parents.

Well, I hope they have a wonderful school year! BTW you do not look old enough to have an 8th grader. You look really young.

Sarah
http://skylarinc.blogspot.com/

Linda said...

Hi Sarah,

Yep, we Moms do tend to be a mess when the kiddies are little! They cry, we cry. Even kindergarten and 1st grade is an emotional land mine.
We survive though and you will too once you are a Mom.
Oh and thank you for such a nice compliment on my age!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. :-)