Every year, the first week of school is the hardest week of the year. Every year I forget how hard it is. Sometimes it feels like giving birth. You know it’s hard, but you forget the pain and struggle in the glow of a new little one in your family.
This year is my bookend year. My youngest son is entering Kindergarten and my oldest son is in his last year of high school. This fall is a bit crazy for us thanks to balancing soccer, scouting, and my oldest son’s community college class.
First Week of School
Clearly some of us are excited about the first day of school. And some are not. My oldest son was already at school for the day when I managed to snap this picture of the kids on our front porch. My second son is going into 5th grade, the next one down (on the left) is going into 3rd grade; my daughter is going into second grade (First Communion year); and my youngest is going into Kindergarten.
Since I had to pay for my oldest son’s college books, my youngest son and I went with him to community college on his first day. We sat outside and ate our lunch while he attended class. Afterwards, we headed to the crowded bookstore and managed to buy his books, even though the computers crashed at one point.
Actually, we rented the 2 books. My oldest son’s decision. He knew he could buy or rent, and I hadn’t said anything either way. I think we saved $60 by renting the books.
This….this is why I dread the first week of school. In our Catholic school, all workbooks, text books, and copybooks are covered by contact paper. It’s optional in 5th grade, however, my son still wants me to cover his books. I will cover about 20 to 25 books, easily, by this Friday. I’ve already gone through 6 rolls of contact paper, and need more. At $5 per roll, that’s already $25 in addition to the stationary fees for each child.
After a rough start to preschool last year, my youngest son seems a bit apprehensive though more ready for Kindergarten. He was very shy and uncomfortable at the Kindergarten Open House the day before. The classroom was crowded, noisy, and full of people he didn’t know. However, he came home on the first day and told me and my oldest son that his teacher was fun and Kindergarten was fun. He was so excited to see his new classmates when we went to Chik-Fil-A for lunch.
We celebrated our firsts with lunch at Chik-Fil-A. I love seeing my oldest and youngest sons interact with 12 years between them. My youngest will only see his brother mature as an adult while my oldest gets to see all of his siblings grow up.
Of course, Kindergarten had its own supplies that needed labeling! My Brother P-Touch Labeler is my go-to tool. I use it for labeling crayons and other stationary supplies. I also use it to label the kids’ water bottles; the labels last through a year of school and repeated washing in the dishwasher.
Of course, a crazy first week of school has to end with a crazy crisis at home. In a moment of insanity (as in before my morning coffee hit my brain), I upgraded to the last version of WordPress, software I used for running my site. Boom! The site stopped working properly. After several hours, my hosting company, Fresh Roasted, ended up restoring a back up, and I lost some work. I spent the weekend catching up as much as I can.
We ended our crazy first week of school with our first soccer game for the season. My daughter is playing at the U8 level, after taking a break for a few years. It was a hot day for a game in the middle of the day. The coaches did their best to keep everyone hydrated, though one girl did collapse. She was fine after a little bit.
Now for the first full week of school when everyone is in their regular schedule!
How was your first week of school?