Every year about this time, I start to get in nesting mode. Perry only has a week left until he goes back to school and the kids are down to 3 weeks. These summer breaks seem to by go quicker and quicker. It's hard to believe we're coming to the end. I'm so thankful my kids get to stay home with their dad all summer. How many kids get that experience? And even though they've all complained a bit at times, I think these are memories that will stay with them throughout their lives.
But, in a few short weeks, our lives will be hectic again. Perry will be back to teaching and heavily involved with high school sports. I start my yearly cycle as a sports widow. Football is the worst season since they have Saturday games. The only day I can count on him being home in the fall is Sunday. He'll leave home before the kids get up and get home hopefully before they are in bed for the night. It's a long, draining season for the family.
So, in preparation of that season, I usually start getting things ready so we are as organized as possible for the coming year. I'm decluttering closets, drawers, homework areas, the works. Lots of things going in the trash or to goodwill or freecycled. I try to get my meal planning on track so I have simple and healthy meal options at the ready (and I'm organized enough to have the ingredients on hand).
On a positive note, I was able to get our flexible summer schedule extended into the school year. It'll mean slightly longer days but only 4 day workweeks. I'm truly hoping this will help with some of my "sports widow" stress. I'm looking forward to using that extra day to get errands and chores done so we can better enjoy our weekends. I'm also looking forward to being able to volunteer a bit more often in the kids' classrooms on those extra days.
I'd love to hear your organization tips for back to school!