I’m Not Ready #iPPP

This week is the last week before school starts. The week when I get the crazy in my eyes, trying to get those kids back into a routine! Get some sleep! Wake up early! (all for me AND them) Label the supplies! Fill up the backpacks! Lay out the first day of school clothes! Take lots of pictures! Pack their lunches!

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I’m not ready. This summer was so weird, weather-wise, that it didn’t even feel like summer until late June. It rarely got up into the 90s at all. (Last year, by this time, we had seen at least a month’s worth of 100+ degree days)

We didn’t plan a lot of activities, focusing just on bible school, an overnight camp for the oldest, and swimming lessons. We took some trips, and I spent a week without the kids (which was nice, and quiet, and lonely at times.) The kids didn’t really get bored for long. They fought some, but it didn’t last. They watched a lot of TV and played a lot of Minecraft, but they also played with LEGO sets and dolls and there was a lot of pretend happening.

I just today received the letter in the mail saying that our four year old would be in the morning preschool class. Less than an hour later, I talked to the bus coordinator and got all three kids’ bus schedules worked out. (I’ll be picking up and dropping off more than I’d like, but I’m thankful that I have the choice to send my kids on the bus or not, and make the decision about how long I’m willing to let them ride. More than an hour? TOO. LONG.)

I’m not ready. Logistically? We’re good to go. We’ve got supplies, backpacks, clothes. I know when and how the kids will get to school and home. Other than which teachers the big two will have, not much is unknown at this point.

But in my mama heart? And my sleep-deprived wait-I-have-to-start-waking-up-at-6:15-everyday-again eyes? I could use a few more weeks of summer.

This guy, though? I bet he’s more than ready to have mama to himself for a couple of hours every day.

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When does school start back up for you? Are you ready?

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25 Responses to I’m Not Ready #iPPP

  1. Elaine A. says:

    Crap. I still need a back pack for my oldest! I forgot… lol. But otherwise, we're pretty ready. Except like with you, the waking up earlier and packing lunches. Not that part so much.

    p.s. I kinda cheated in my post this week, only one photo is from my phone, but it's there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    p.p.s. love that photo of you and Erv. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. lydsrich says:

    We start on the 26th. I'm ready because I love the excitement of a new year. I'm NOT ready because husband is a teacher and that means he (and his very helpful self) will be gone and I'm home with a toddler and a baby!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Audrey starts kindergarten this year. She is so excited. But here is the funny part. They both attend a Montessori school which means kindergarten is in the same class she has been for years with the same teacher and some of the same kids. The only change is all day as opposed to half day. Don't tell her not much is different. She is excited.

  4. Co-Pilot Mom says:

    We start in early September, so we have almost a month left – but I am not ready for summer to be over yet. I always get emotional around the first day of school.

  5. My kids go back to school on the 28th of August.

    High school.
    Both of them.

    Also? My son got his driver's license this summer so he'll be driving himself to school this year.

    Oh yeah. I get the "I'm not ready."
    Hard.

    XOXO

  6. Shana Norris says:

    I'm not ready either. I'm never ready for them to go back, though. Summer always goes way too fast. We're in Missouri and our weather was similar. The first month didn't quite feel like summer.

  7. euregirlsandboys says:

    I'm not ready yet! But I have a little more time left. I remember being a little jealous when you were out of school in May, but I'm glad we have almost three more weeks now ๐Ÿ™‚ What are you and Erv going to do all day long??

  8. about100percent says:

    That first photo really captures the feel of Back To School for me. It's a frantic get-everything-ready-we-need-more-pencils-where-is-my-backpack time for us. I am not ready, but we've got a few more weeks to squeeze out of summer.

    Here's to another successful school year!

  9. Heather says:

    I am not ready for school. Both my kids start the last week of the month. My son starts that Monday and my daughter will go in just for pre school open house on Thursday. Her first real day will be that following Monday. I am dreading the have to get up a 6 am thing.

  10. Leighann says:

    my heart did a little leap because this means that it's one more school year until my little girl goes to school herself.
    Yikes.

  11. We start back in early September too, so I am holding on to every moment. Love your family selfie – it's the best!!

  12. Life of K says:

    My son starts in early September. It's his first time at school and he's super excited! I think my daughter will be sad and miss him but it's only half days this year. I'm looking forward to seeing him grow.

  13. Jennifer says:

    We start the 26th, and I'm not ready either, and I won't be ready even then. I'm not good with back to school.

  14. Carolyn Y says:

    I LOVE Erv. And like you, I'm logistically ready, and mostly heart ready, but sending Julia out is a bit sad for me. She'll have this whole new world that I won't know all about, you know?

  15. arnebya says:

    I think my readiness level would be different if I were home with them all day. I'm ready in the sense that it's time for school to start according to the calendar but that's about it. I've bought a few uniforms but nothing else. No backpacks, no supplies, no shoes. They go back on the 26th, even the boy, all day to PK4. Between this weekend and next, though, I plan on getting the majority of their stuff (but not all, because we pretty much wing it supply-wise. The schools/teachers never send it home BEFORE school starts. It's like they want all the already harried parents to fight over highlighters and Staples brand $.10 paper.

  16. Laura says:

    Wow. I can't believe school is starting already! I'm pretty sure school starts around here at the beginning of September. I would have a hard time going to school mid-August! That's still summer!

    I did really love back-to-school though. It is always a fresh start. I hope it is a great transition for all of you!

  17. On a bright side, yay! for a little more quiet time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don't really know what to wake up late is (or past 7am). Because we both work, we have to get up (and wake up) early to get us out the door. Sigh. One day. Sigh.

  18. ksluiter says:

    My students come back the day after Labor Day, but I go back Tue the 27th. I have 2 and a half weeks left and it doesn't seem long enough!! I agree, this summer's weather has been SO weird. We have spent way more days inside during July than I would have liked which makes the fact that August is in full effect surreal.

    Sigh. Why does time go so dang fast?

  19. nicolettespringer says:

    No I'm not ready. My four year old starts Pre-K in two weeks and I'm sad, excited, nervous and every other emotion possible. I've done all the paperwork, bought supplies, clothes, etc but mentally I feel unprepared. Like you, the silver lining for me is that I get some quality time one-on-one with the baby. In three years when she goes to school … nevermind I can't even think about that.

  20. Tonya says:

    Lucas goes to year round school, so I'm so out of the loop on all the back to school stuff, of course, he only goes three days a week and I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't hang out with him the other two.

    Hang in there, friend!

  21. Alison says:

    Physically, you sound ready. Emotionally, I think you're nearly there. It'd be all good, the kids will love school and Erv will love having you all to himself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Heather says:

    Finn starts preschool in a month and I couldn't be more ready…unfortunately, he doesn't feel the same.

  23. Larks says:

    I'm impressed by how on top of it you are, logistically speaking. School doesn't start until September for us. Right now I feel sooooo ready. When the time actually comes who knows how I'm feel?

  24. Love those pictures!!!! I'm totally not ready and never am…we are always the sad family the day before school starts picking through the almost empty aisles of Target's Back-To-School section. I vow to be different this year though. Totally impressed that you are so organized and ready supply wise and schedule wise. And I totally feel you about the mama heart and tired eyes not being ready. It's going to be rough. (We still have a few more weeks until the first day.)

  25. just JENNIFER says:

    Today while sweeping I was thinking that we are ready, logistically. Like you, we only need to go to back-to-school night and orientation to find out the boy's teacher and the girl's schedule. But yeah, going back to the routine? I'm glad we still have a few more weeks!