Archive for the School Category


Back to school…the busiest time of year!

It’s August. How is that possible? What does August matter, you may ask? Well, in most places in the country, it’s the start of a new school year. Yes, I realize the calendar year starts in January, but for people who have school age kids, August is the month when everything starts fresh. A new […]

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The last day of kindergarten – ever

Tomorrow I’m sending my baby off to the last day of kindergarten, and I’m surprisingly emotional about it. In the early (and exhausting) years of parenting, you just hope you and your children will make it to kindergarten without a trip to the ER or the psych ward. That the Goldfish crackers smashed into the […]

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Baby girl goes to kindergarten

I still laugh when I think of the day that Avery and I dropped Clay off for his first day of preschool. We got into the car, and she said to me, “Okay, mommy, I’m ready to go to kindergarten now.” She was 28 months old and newly potty trained, and in her mind, she […]

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School Volunteering…From Home

I have so much respect for teachers. How they can handle 22 five-year-olds and keep them quiet long enough to learn anything, I’ll never know. Other than chaperoning field trips, I don’t remember parents volunteering much in school when I was a kid, but it’s pretty common now due to larger class sizes and fewer […]

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Kindergarten Smiles

I didn’t realize how many friends had babies the same year as I did until I started scrolling through my Facebook news feed this week. I loved all the adorable photos of kids with new backpacks and new shoes, ready for their first day of kindergarten. Today was Clay’s turn! At the orientation in the […]

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Finishing preschool

Today is a special day in our house: Clay’s last day of preschool!  A few weeks ago he turned five and after today, I am officially the mom of a kindergartner. I know I sound like my parents, but where does the time go? They had a pizza party in class and since my mom […]

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Preschool picnics and poison berries

Clay’s last day of preschool is next week, so they had a class picnic at the park today. Most of the parents came, and hooray, that included me! I love that I don’t need to ask anyone for the time off, and I don’t have to rush back to the office. Unfortunately, I was still […]

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Preschool party presents

In the past few years we’ve had many parties to attend and gifts to buy. I’m not complaining because they have all been happy occasions for people we love: engagement parties, weddings, baby showers, milestone birthdays and other fun celebrations. The wedding-related parties have slowed down a bit, as have the baby showers, but one […]

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Dad saves the day

Like everyone else, this time of year is crazy for our family. We had plans every night this week, so that left us packing lunches late at night and doing homework early in the morning. Everyone has crazy weeks and we’re making it work. When I say “we,” I mean “we.” On Wednesdays, I take […]

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Pumpkin patch field trip

Clay is on his first field trip today, and I’m sitting at my desk. I’m picturing the smile on his face while getting on the school bus (he was most excited about that!) and his apprehension about the hayride (“does it go fast?”). He told me about the pumpkin he would choose. Of course, that […]

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