Thursday, August 28, 2014

Getting Back to Our Back-to-School Groove

It’s hard to believe my daughter is back in school already! I completely took for granted those lazy days of summer. Oh well. LOL. To get back into our back-to-school groove, I came up with a list of 10 things we need to do to stay sane as we embrace this awesome, new school year.

1.       Organization is key. Preparation is a necessity. Organization helps me stay calm every morning. That means I’m not standing at the door yelling, “Come on!”
2.       We need to be sure we forget about those summer nights, staying up late, chatting and watching movies on some random night! Instead, we have to reserve those infamous “girls’ nights” for Friday and Saturday only.
3.       We MUST become more familiar with the alarm clock again.
4.       Hitting the snooze button again and again is no longer a luxury. We no longer have that extra pad time.
5.       We both have natural hair (kinks and coils everywhere), so figuring out what to do with our hair on the weekend is a MUST. We cannot get caught up in the early morning wash-n-go routine or untwisting coils drama!
6.       The calendar has to be utilized—no exceptions.
7.       We need to decide on the best outfit (for school or for work) the night before. No more fashionably late days!
8.       We need to pull out the Crock-Pots and try new recipes!!! OMG!!! I refuse to re-live the potato soup saga this year!
9.       When running around, doing errands, we need to choose the best places to dine—quickly and cheaply.
10.   If I don’t get my “Me” time in the evening when we get home . . . drama is to be expected.

In addition, we must remember to laugh at life. It’s okay to take a load off with humor. We also must keep in mind that great memories are created within mundane activities. For example, my daughter and I were taking a quick shopping trip to Lowe’s one evening when I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a man riding on a horse in the parking lot! It was hilarious at the time (you had to be there). We were having one of those days, and that guy made us laugh so hard we were nearly crying! But it’s so important to enjoy those crazy moments with our children—they grow up so fast these days. Just saying. . .


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