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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fall just might be in the air.

I smelled it, yes I did!  That nippy little tang in the air that says 'Fall is on the way'!  It may just be wishful thinking (in fact, I'm sure that's what my family will say).  And after we had a few weeks (a few weeks ago!) of gorgeous 80 degree days and 60 degree nights, oh yeah, I'm looking forward to Fall.

The weather here can change at the drop of a hat.  That gorgeousness of those two weeks got smacked back by a couple of  weeks of 100+ weather.  We are supposedly in for a "cool down" to the mid-nineties for the forseeable future, though the trusty old Farmer's Almanac says that September and October will be cooler than normal, with above-normal rainfall and a period of hot weather in mid-September. 

I'm so down with that!  Pinterest isn't helping either.  I keep seeing wonderful Fall decorating and craft ideas, festive front porches, and recipes for cold-weather comfort food.  Here are a few of my favorites, from my Fall Seasonal board:
No Source - computer wallpaper!

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I'm loving being able to open the windows at night again.  Hopefully, the slightly cooler weather will be here to stay, and I can bring out my fall decorations next weekend without feeling foolish!

Are you looking forward to a change in seasons?

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Countdown Begins

I don't know about you, but around here, we've got 2 weeks until school starts.  And I have both ends of the spectrum when it comes to kids looking forward to a new school year.

Drama is all for it.  He can't wait to get back, break in a new teacher and reconnect with his buddies.  And eat second breakfast and two lunches every day.  I swear he's a hobbit.

Stanky isn't so sure.  He still doesn't believe that Piggy isn't going to kindy this year, and is not at all sold on the idea of a new teacher, classroom, and schedule.  He's holding on to the fact that he and Drama will have recess together this year.  I've tried telling him that he's probably not going to hang with his brother, but I think the sibling and school hierarchy is going to have to to that job for me.  I guess it's just one of those things that doesn't compute when it comes from mom.

Piggy, on the other hand, has been begging to re-start his regular pre-K schedule ever since week 2 of summer.  He loves his teachers and classroom, has tons of friends in both classes, and is doing really well with his letters, colors, shapes and basic math.  Fine motor skills are coming along, though he'd still rather pretend to be a sniper than write his name.  Just like his daddy, that one.

I'm kind of on the fence.  On the one hand, I've worked my schedule around so that I can drop the boys off and not have to pay Campus Club morning fees.  Total win on that one.  On the other hand, I will have to wrangle all 3 boys again, every morning, to get them out of the house by 7:30.  Last school year, we split the difference and Grumpy took 2, while I took Piggy (since his preschool is at work).  Should be interesting.

At least I've given myself a bit of a break from the BTS craziness.  Here's why:
  1. We don't get school supply lists until AFTER school starts.  I miss all the sales anyway, so why bother to pick up a bunch of crap that the teachers won't even have on the list this year?
  2. Shorts are allowed until the end of OCTOBER.  My boys are currently growing like weeds on steroids.  So what if they don't have new pants for the first day of school?  They are just going to grow out of them by October, so why bother?  I'll hit up those mid-season sales and pre-holiday sales to outfit them for the winter months. 
  3. Drama is getting to that age where he wants to have a say in what he's wearing.  And he probably will change his mind about what he likes/wants the second he sees what his besties are wearing.  Which means I will have to take him shopping with me.  I really don't want to drag him around, over, and through sale-dazed crowds if I can possibly help it. 
I, for one, can totally get behind the idea of a single trip to Target before school.  One kid needs decent school shoes, and they all need underwear and socks.  I think I can get away with a single-kid trip to Tar-jay the weekend before school starts, don't you?

Anyone else have Back-To-School apathy?  Blues?  Bliss?