Remember my posts from earlier this year about the start of the 2011 baseball season? I gave some helpful tips on surviving as a baseball Mom, enjoying yourself with new situations, and a bunch of proud Mom pictures. Well, I am so proud to announce:
It’s so hard to believe that the 2011 school year is almost upon us. Each year it seems like Back To School supplies show up earlier and earlier. In a way, I feel bad for the kids that their summer is always rushed and that they feel they have to rush in order to enjoy it. At the same time, time ticks on, and the calendar is inching closer and closer to September. Our school district always starts school the Tuesday after Labor Day. I wish that would start earlier because of our unpredictable winter weather that has a tendency to extend the school year because of all the snow days that are used up. We are lucky in the fact that our school district does build some snow days into the schedule, but they were all used up, and the kids had to go until the 16th of June last year.
This year it’s hard to believe that oldest DS will be in 7th grade. This is his second year in middle school, so we both have a better idea of what to expect. One of the newest course in this school year is Spanish. This is the first time DS will have any exposure to languages other than English. He certainly has the brain for it, and a good ear(why is it he can hear, but not listen?? LOL), which should make this class a little less intimidating for him. He is also excited that he with no longer be in “the dungeon”, as they call it. Last year, 6th grade was in the lower level of the school. This year, they are on the main floor, and not so far away from everything. I am not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. At least they are still separated from the eighth graders. In this school year, youngest DS is going into 5th grade. This will be his final year at elementary school, so it is kind of bittersweet. There is not too much added to his schedule, other than morning band practice twice a week. The fifth grade teachers are mostly different from when oldest went, so I really don’t know what to expect from any of the teachers. I am just hoping that youngest will be more responsible with his agenda, showing us his work, and remembering to bring things home.
I guess the hardest part of the school year starting back up is the unknown. We still haven’t received our class assignments. From previous history, they should be here this coming weekend, but the waiting is still difficult. I do like to email the teachers ahead of time to go over supply lists, and to make sure that they have all my contact information for the new school year. I also like to know if they are any things I can donate to the classroom, and start stocking up on those items. My SIL is a teacher, and it’s always difficult to hear how she is spending so much of her own many just to supply her classroom with basic supplies. I know that not everyone can donate to the school, so I try to help out whenever I can.
So I ask this of all the bloggers out there: What are your favorite tips for preparing for Back To School? What are you doing to make this a successful school year?
*I learned that I really missed blogging, and I am glad that I decided to start a new blog.
*While I love my job, I am longing to be a serious SAHM.
*I really am enjoying family dinners on the nights we don’t have baseball or I am working 3-11. I do, however, need to expand my menus to make meals easier and healthier.
*Things aren’t always as they seem.
*That working 3-11 ranks right up there with cleaning the toilet with a toothbrush.
*That having a “Girls’ Night Out” was worth all the time and effort it took in planning it.
I learned a few things along the way this week, some new, some the same old same old. How about you? Join in the fun to see what others are doing and to make new blog friends. For more WILTW, please visit Julie at From Inmates to Playdates!
*Pulling This Out Of The Archives In Anticipation Of A New Year*
It’s hard to believe that we have already made it through 4 days of school. It’s been a learning experience all over again as to what works the best for school mornings. I still find it so hard to believe that I have one son going to middle school and the other to upper elementary. Where did the time go?
For Mom, the hardest part is getting up early again. During the summer, I allow myself the luxury of sleeping in when I can. Now it’s back to getting up with the kids. Since my oldest is in middle school, he has to be up at 5:45am in order to be ready to leave for the bus stop at 7. The extra time is to allow for breakfast and wardrobe indecisions, and twice this week it has come in handy. It’s hard to get up when it’s still dark outside, and the covers are so warm and cozy.
I have learned a few things this week, and I thought I’d share them with my readers.
- I need to remember to check the weather forecast each morning. I have to keep in mind that summer is, for the most part, over and mornings(and possibly afternoons) can and will be chilly. I need to be aware if the boys need jackets or long pants. Yes, they should be able to figure it out on their own, but you know how that goes.
- I need to remember to write notes the night before. Our school requires you to send a note each time your child needs to use after-school services. Because it varies from week to week, you can’t write just one note to cover the week. Remembering said notes 2 minutes before a child leaves for the bus stop is not productive.
- I need to find a better method to deal with school papers. Right now our printer looks like something exploded on it because all the papers just get tossed there until there is time to deal with them. I really need to come up with some kind of system to make this easier.
- I need to meal plan the breakfast menu as well. The whole what-do-I-want-for-breakfast dramas are getting old already, and it’s only the 4th day. I need to get things ready the night before, at least what I can.
- I need to get back to using Flylady. Between working FT and the kids being back at school, the house is out of control. I need to get it straightened up, and keep it that way.
It’s still hard to believe that the summer is over. I have just as much to learn as the kids do, so I am ready to start! I am determined that I am not going to become stressed that my house is a mess. I am going to take the initiative to keep things as neat and simple as possible.
So what tips do you have for making the school year a success?
- 1 oz. package bow tie noodles
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, chicken or turkey
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped green peppers
- 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup bbq sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook noodles as directed. I always cook the noodles about a minute less than I would normally.
While the noodles are cooking, brown meat in the skillet.
Drain fat, and toss in onion, green pepper until tender.
Stir in tomato sauce, bbq sauce, and water
Let simmer 20 minutes.
Mix in noodles, then layer in a casserole dish alternating with the shredded cheese.
Top with more cheese, and bake 20 minutes (covered if you just want melted cheese, uncovered if you like your cheese toasted).
This dish freezes really well. The above ingredients feeds 4 so increase as needed for your family.
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken(for ease, I use the already prepared chicken pieces)
- 1 cup chopped green pepper
- 8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
- 1 jar salsa
- 8 flour tortillas
- 12 ounces Velveeta
- 1/4 cup milk
1. Combine chicken, peppers, cream cheese, and 1/2 cup salsa on low, stir, until creamy.
2. Add mixture to each tortilla, wrap, and place in baking pan
3. Stir Velveeta and milk in another pot until creamy, pour over tortillas in pan
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
5. Pour remaining salsa on top and serve
This is one of my husband’s absolute favorite fall foods to eat. I love mine topped with Redi-Whip, although someday I am going to learn how to make homemade whipped cream! This is a simple pumpkin cake recipe that requires 1 mixing bowl, and 1 baking dish. It will definitely become a family favorite of yours as well. Your family and friends will also enjoy it as well, so don’t forget to take some to them as well. I know that there are plenty of bakers out there that prefer to use fresh pumpkin. Just substitute the equivalent amount of the fresh pumpkin and your pumpkin cake will be just as delicious.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup shortening
- little salt
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 16 oz can pumpkin
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 9×12 baking dish, preferably not a glass one
- Mix all ingredients gently in mixer.
- Pour batter into the lightly greased and floured baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees, for 50 min.
- Place on cooling rack, and cover with a clean towel to cool.