Saturday, August 27, 2005

Confessions Of A Grade School Mother

I managed to live through the first two days of school (for second grade)...although they weren't void of tears; and I will readily admit that yesterday I came home from the car pool line at 4pm and drank a Mike's Hard Lemonade...all by myself. I actually called a friend after I finished it because I worried that I was drinking alone, because you always hear that people who drink alone have "issues". And you know, that one small bottle might lead to me appearing on Oprah or Dr Phil 5 years from now on the "Desperate Housewives: I Couldn't Stand The Pressure Of The First Week Of School" episode. By the way, this "I'll get caught" paranoia would be why I didn't drink in high school or college...I was always afraid I would get caught...or worse, die; and then my legacy would be "she died at a desert wash party(where kids who live in the southwest go to party) from one sip of really cheap beer while the police raided the party and everyone got away except her"....but i digress.

Next week will be the first week of Kindergarten. Which brings me to my next story....I went to Target to get a few little things that are needed for my Kindergartener. My list included a Strawberry Shortcake lunch box and a towel for her "rest time" blanket. As I was shopping I began to think about how I have spent the last two week really being anxious about this whole 2 kids in school thing...for instance last Wednesday I was feeling a little I ate not one, but two, Snickers bars for lunch...and the ads are right, Snickers really do satisfy. I had never personally eaten 2 candy bars at once (although I have eaten half a bag of "mini" candy bars... and almost an entire 3lb bag of Peanut M&M's.. but those don't count) but I can't say I would never do it again...sometimes life requires chocolate. But anyway, we were shopping at the Target and I realized that there was this woman shopping with her daughter who was obviously shopping for her dorm and getting ready to start school at one of the local universities. It occurred to me that there are so many years ahead of me in my first week of school activities....13 more years of worry, and change, and for goodness sake Target expenditures! I was glad that I was buying a lunch box and a towel...this other mom was buying a small fridge, linens, plates, appliances and, I think, a kitchen sink. But it made me feel good that I was on this side of things...the time will help me to get my act together...who knows what i will be doing 11 years from now when I am shopping with my college kid? For goodness sake i better get a handle on this chocolate and "sauce" problem... 'cuz this is just the beginning.

So this weekend i am focusing on getting my second grader to go back to school next week, and making a plan for my first days alone as an official 'Mom of Grade-Schoolers'.

I better go get all the chocolate products out of my house.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I'm No David Letterman


10. Clean the closet I have been meaning to get to for the last 8 years.

9. Loose that last 5 pounds of "baby fat".

8. Listen to music that doesn't have anything to do with Barney, Veggie Tales, or Wiggle's.

7. Go to the bathroom...alone.

6. Read the last 5 years of Good Housekeeping that is still wrapped in plastic.

5. Save $425.77 on the "food" budget...since I won't have to buy "kid-in-tow" extra's.

4. Work on that food budget.

3. Address and send the "We Have Moved" cards I ordered in March.

2. Stand outside the window of the kindergarten room until the principle tells me I might want to go home.

1. Chill out and know that the time will go quickly.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Don't Blink

It seems impossible that three mornings from now I will wake up two children, make two breakfasts, pack two lunches, and then, drop off TWO children at school...

My kiddos are very normal children...they are sweet and loving; they like to laugh and play; they talk incessantly and eat more food known to man;; they protect and defend each other and every once in awhile they have a sibling spat; but mostly they pretend to be Harry and Hermione, Spiderman and Super Woman, Han Solo and Chewbacca; and right now they are working on a backyard fort, made with fallen trees and "buried treasures" that they find in our yard; they get ludicrously silly and out of control... feeding on each other and making the silliness escalate to Out-of-Control proportions; causing the house to rock back and forth with there noise and movement. And, shockingly, they occasionally have bouts with a bad attitude and a tendency toward getting in trouble...


They are fun...

And not only do I love them, I like them...

The "toddler" years go fast...don't blink.

I miss them already...

Come... Summer 2006.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Being sick

It has been a long time since I have been sick... really sick... I am talking lay in the bed, don't get up, children running around unsupervised 'cause you don't even care if they eat Poptarts for breakfast and lunch sick...

Since I have had children I can't remember being this sick...

But this is the REAL sign that I am not feeling well....yesterday I didn't even want that's sick.