06 August 2010

back to school

my boys went back to school this morning -- august 6th.  who in the world starts school this early in the month and on a friday?!  we so were not ready -- i'd like a few more weeks of summer, please.

after much grumbling about how early school was starting, and how early we would be getting up again (5:30 am - and i'm not a fan of getting up when it's still dark), i hit the road with my list in hand!  i had to obtain the following:

7 boxes of crayons
5 packages of loose leaf paper
172 pencils
30 pencil top erasers
2 pink pearl erasers
15 colored folders, some pronged and some not
1 trapper keeper
1 protractor
5 pkg of markers (1 washable)
2 sets of color pencils
2 - 1 subject spiral notebooks
6 - 5 subject spiral notebooks (why are these 4.99 each?!)
32  glue sticks
4 boxes of kleenex
4 pairs scissors
3 pkgs of white construction paper
5 pkgs of colored construction paper
1 pkg of manilla drawing paper
1 pkg subject dividers
2 bottles of hand sanitizer
1 bottle of anit-bacterial soap
4 containers of clorox wipes
8 rolls of paper towels
1 container of baby wipes
4 pencil pouches
2 red pens
1 pkg of highlighters
1 pencil box
3 - white 3 ring bingers
$9.00 worth of items for the "treasure chest" ($3/ 3 boys)
$45 worth of required school planners
3 brown leather belts
4 pairs of sneakers
8 pairs of khaki shorts
1 pairs of khaki pants
1 pairs of navy pants
4 pairs of navy blue shorts
20 polos (white, grey, black and gold)
5 oxfords
4 lunch boxes (i'm mean and asked them to use last years backpacks)
6 boxes of Altoids (for 1st day teacher gifts)
the note read: i'm full of excite"mint" and ready to learn!  love, child's name
and lots of groceries for school snacks and packed lunches

not to mention workbook fees, lab fees and PTO fees and the school t-shirts.  

good times i tell ya!

now, i sort of begged by oldest to let us take him today.  i even played the martyer and offered to let his dad drive and i'd stay home.  you see, it's his first day of middle school and i was a little nervous for him. of course he wasn't really nervous for himself and quickly respond with a "um, no thanks, mom -- i'll ride the bus."  REALLY?!  break a mother's heart why don't ya.  not only that, but he gets to leave an hour later than the little boys but he got up early to have me take pictures of him with them so that there was no possible way i'd be outside pointing the camera around when the bus arrived to pick him up.  again i say, REALLY!  it's like he thought i'd drop him off in front of the school and jump out with my ball cap on shooting pictures of him like the paparatzi.  and i so would have.  i would have tried not to, but then i would have thought how sad i'd be not to have those pics and i'd jump out like a crazy person and start shooting.  bahahaha -- just thinking about it makes me laugh out loud. no wonder he rode the bus!

so just like that summer is over and school has started.  i got the new uniforms ironed and school supplies loaded into backpacks, lunches packed and new haircuts all fixed, and then my favorite boys in the whole world got on the shiny yellow school bus and rode away.