The Day Before School Starts

Tomorrow is the first day of first grade for my daughter! Like any good mom, I’ve been preparing for this moment all summer long. We’ve spent our last days of summer leisurely lying about. It’s been nice and relaxing.

Just kidding. I don’t know about you, but I crammed all our back to school prep into the last 2-days. We’ll be screeching to a halt with a dust ball behind us right as the bus pulls up tomorrow morning. Here’s what’s been going on at my house:

Back to School clothes shopping. When I was a kid, I used to love shopping for new clothes before school started. My mom hated it. Now I know why. Yesterday I took the girl-nicknamed Princess Picky-to Target to try on pants. (What did moms do before Target?) Our trip was a total success and we found 4 pairs of jeans that she not only liked but promised that she would actually wear! That is, until we got home and took all the tags off. Now she hates everything.

School lunch planning. I’ve pinned a ton of articles on “healthy lunches your kids will eat” on Pinterest. I’ve put the super cool bento box in my cart on Amazon. Aaaand so far, I’ve successfully ignored it all. Yep, it looks like we’re starting the year with our old stand-by: The PB&J and strawberries. The child may die of boredom, but at least I know she won’t die hungry. Oh well, there’s 179 other days to try to get a healthy lunch in her, right?

School supplies. Seriously, she’s in first grade. You can take your “Recommended Supply List” and stick it. Ok, ok, I didn’t really say that. I bought a couple of items for the class and stuffed them in her brand new, covered-in-glitter, Frozen backpack. Yes, I caved and bought one. Mom’s a sucker. My punishment is glitter all over my couch.

Haircut. HAHAHAHA! I will be lucky to get her butt in the shower the night before. Those bangs can just be swept to the side, right? Hair gel, anyone? I’m taking her for a back-to-school pedicure instead. A girl needs a little glamour on her toes to start first grade. What? I need one too!

School countdown. I actually did make a paper chain so she can see how many days left until school starts! Unfortunately I forgot about doing it until there were about 5 days left. (It was a good thing that last year’s countdown was still taped to her bedroom wall.) And my teacher-husband has been giving me the stink eye every time we take a ring off. Hmmm, think he’s sad that summer is over? Understatement of the year.

Starting early bedtimes and early wake-ups. Oops. Seriously, nothing short of darting her with a tranquilizer gun will get her to sleep earlier than 9:00 these days. And the closer we get to the end of summer, the more she resembles a teenager with her sleeping in habits. I am seriously going to pay for this one tomorrow morning.  (Of course, if school started on a Saturday, she’d be up at the crack of dawn. Am I right??)

Notice anything missing from this list? Yeah, I’m sure I’m forgetting something too. Oh well. Nobody’s perfect.

Ready for Back To School?  Ready for anything! Photo: K. Stevenson Do not use w/o permission
Ready for Back To School? Ready for anything!
Photo: K. Stevenson Do not use w/o permission


3 thoughts on “The Day Before School Starts

  1. Yes. And all the planning begins. There will now be lunches to make and homework. Of course, the challenge is to get the kids up early enough for Before School Care.

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