Monday, August 29, 2016

Proposed School Day Schedule

School starts on Wednesday and I've been thinking about what our daily routine is going to look like.  Of course, what's in my head and what it actually ends up being are most likely going to be vastly different.  But hopefully writing it out will help me stay on track (because that's worked so well for me in other areas of my life, i.e. weight loss).

The new school will start a half hour earlier than the previous one, at 8:35.  We will have the choice of riding the bus, walking or me dropping them off on my way to work.  The school is just under a mile away but they are still providing bus service to certain neighborhoods because of having to cross a super busy 4-lane with a median road.  And the only reason I would let them walk (without me) is because there will be roughly 23 other kids all walking with them, most likely with a grown-up or two or eight in the mix.  Either way, we will all leave the house around 8:15.  So here is the schedule I'm hoping to adopt:

6:15 or 6:30, depending on whether I'm going to shower (sometimes I shower at night (and sometimes I skip a day {gasp})  - I get up and get ready for work.

7:30 - wake the girls if they aren't already up.  Supervise dressing, hair brushing and bed making, because if I don't they will go straight for the TV or computer or iPad, which they've gotten away with so much in the past because I'm BUSY getting ready for WORK and don't have time to stop every 2 minutes and make sure they're not doing any of that.  Or refereeing fights over bathroom use or whatever.  God, I love school mornings.

7:45 - breakfast, then brush teeth, then get shoes on and gather backpacks, lunches, coats, etc.

8:15 - leave

3:15ish - girls home.  Alone, for 20ish minutes.

3:35 - Paul gets home and administers snack, if not already self-administered, then supervises homework time.  This is the stuff that I HATE not being home for.  And the taking to activities. :(  At least I get to do pick-up sometimes.  Anyway, sometimes they will probably play with friends for a bit right after school and do their homework after dinner.

5:30 or 6:00 - dinner for Paul and the girls

6:15-6:30 - I get home and have dinner.  There are rare occasions that they either eat later or I get home earlier and we can all eat together (another thing I HATE, not eating together as a family, but I go in to work pretty late so I can be there in the mornings, and they eat lunch pretty early so they get pretty hungry and can't wait until 6:30 to eat).

6:30 - 7:30 - I finish eating, clean up and make lunches while they finish homework if not done already.

7:30 - 8:30 - violin practice (Olivia) and family time.  Usually they just play and I'm busy folding laundry or getting things ready for the next day, but I hope to start using this time to spend together, playing games, reading together or even just chatting or watching YouTube videos together.

8:30 - pajamas, brush teeth and read

9:00 - bed time.

So that's my plan.  I also want to start having a weekly Family Game Night and Family Movie Night (we have those now but not regularly).  Also, the girls have soccer every Monday and Wednesday until mid-October, so that's usually from 6-7:30.  Typically they eat dinner around 5 and then go to soccer and I will meet them there after work.  Lastly, Olivia did have violin on Wednesday afternoons but she's off until after Labor Day and then it's going to change to Saturdays.  And she may start gymnastics again which will probably be on Tuesdays, and we're going to try and get Kayley in something, maybe Karate, maybe just jump rope club at school.

Friday, August 26, 2016

School Supplies

I used to LOVE shopping for school supplies when I was a kid.  And even more than that, I loved setting them all out when we got home and getting them all organized.  Back in the days of the Trapper Keeper with multiple pockets for different subjects and what not.

And of course, we all always had several of these:

And we didn't have to get Kleenex, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, or dry erase markers like now days.  We have all that on our list and also post-it notes and 4 x 6 index cards.  Index cards?  What the heck are they doing with those?  Recipe exchange?

Anyway, the last two years I took the girls school supply shopping and they like it ok but they don't love it as much as I did and they always insist on getting the fancier more expensive versions of everything, like spiral notebooks with a cute animal design instead of the plain $0.49 (or maybe $0.59) ones.  I think one store had these on sale for $0.19, even.

So this year I went by myself.  They were a little disappointed but they got over it pretty quickly. And tonight when I got home from work Olivia was going through everything and putting things in her pencil box and backpack. I joined right in and helped her and then Kayley got in on the action. For the first time ever they were kind of getting into it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Break, Weeks 9 and 10

This is the last full week of summer vacation!  I can't believe it.

Paul had last week off so after soccer practice on Monday he and the girls took off for Crescent Bar, leaving me with the place and time to myself for the last several evenings to do whatever.  Unfortunately I didn't make as much progress on neglected projects as I would have liked, but it was still nice to have the (clean) house to myself.

They rented jet skis one day and went to a water slide park one day.  They always get to do all this fun stuff while I'm stuck working (sigh).  I'm really hoping to have some PTO saved up so I can take a few days off next summer in addition to just our annual trip.

They came home Friday and then we all went to the Mariner's game (see previous post).

Saturday started off good.  We slept in, then I took then in for their back to school haircuts.  Just a trim, nothing drastic, but Olivia asked for her hair to be curled.

We came home and had lunch and then they were riding their bikes to a friend's house and somehow Kayley fell and knocked out a (permanent) tooth.  We went to urgent care, but she needed dental work (obviously) and they couldn't get a hold of our regular dentist, being Saturday and all so they sent us to Seattle Children's.  There they were able to put the tooth back in the socket (actually they did that at the first place but it wasn't quite in all the way) and put a splint on.  If done soon enough there's a good chance the tooth will reattach but in our case it probably won't and she'll end up with an implant eventually.  She also got a few stitches in her lip.  It was quite a day.  It happened around 2:30 and after going to urgent care and then Children's, then out to dinner while we waited for her prescriptions, then back to pick up the prescriptions, we finally got home at like 10:40 or something.

So on to this week, Week 10, our final full week.  Our regular babysitter is out of town so her brother is watching them.  Kayley has had to forgo soccer, and we have to give her 2 different antibiotics, one which can't be taken 2 hours either side of diary consumption, which has been interesting because a) they are in capsule form which she can't swallow and the pharmacy didn't have the liquid form so we have to open the capsule and spend the powder on apple sauce or put it in juice and I'd like to put it in yogurt or pudding but she can't have dairy with it, and b) there are few things she can eat right now and most of them are dairy products (yogurt, ice cream, pudding, etc.).  But we've just been giving it in apple juice or sauce so it's working out.

Last night they had a sleepover with one of their newer friends.  I made popcorn but poor Kayley had to have ice cream instead.

Nothing else is going on this week.  Just a normal work week with a babysitter.  On one hand I'm really looking forward to school starting but on the other hand I'm dreading the crazy, chaotic mornings.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mariner's Game

I've been wanting to take the girls to a Mariner's game for years now.  I thought it would be a fun sunny summer Saturday activity.  I figured we could get the cheap bleacher seats in the outfield and it would be a fun summer outing that wasn't too expensive and the seats wouldn't matter because the girls would get bored and want to walk around anyway.  But we never got around to it and then this year I was able to get free tickets through work!  And bonus, it happened to be during their Star Wars themed weekend and on fireworks night.  They do fireworks after a handful of Friday night games throughout the season but last night it was set to Star Wars music, with a few movie scenes on the big screen with Mariner's game highlights (all-time, not just from last night's game) mixed it.  It was really cool!

The Mariner Moose (and btw, Kayley does have shorts on :) )

a "24" in center field in honor of Ken Griffey, Jr.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Summer Break, Week 8

This week the girls started soccer practice.  Monday and Wednesday nights for the next several weeks.  Like usual, Paul was the one to take them because I don't"t get home in time.  But I'm going to start going straight there after work and watch what's left of their practice.

On Thursday the babysitter took them to her mom's condo complex so they could go swimming in the pool.  Then Friday they got to swim again at a campground with some friends.  We have these neighbors that have been away for just under 2 years for the husband's job.  They rented out their house and now they just got back but were staying at a nearby campground for a few days while they got their house all set up again, so Paul took the girls over there for swimming (he had yesterday off).

Last night we made a fire and had s'mores and then after dark we lied down in the grass to watch the meteor showers but only saw a few before giving up and going to bed.

I was supposed to have last night through next Wednesday to myself while Paul (who has next week off) took the girls over to Crescent Bar, but with the neighbors just getting back the girls of course wanted to stay home so they could play with them.  I had a long list of things I was going to do and now I can't.  But I've been missing them a lot lately and feeling bad about being gone all day while they are with a sitter (summers suck as a working parent) so it's been nice just spending time together.  I've been making it a point to really spend time with them every evening instead of just doing chores and next day prep and all that.  We've played Jenga, read together, rode bikes, watched lots of Olympics and then the s'mores and meteors last night,  They are still going to go to CB on Tuesday until Friday so I will have a few evenings after work to do whatever I want.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Summer Break, Week 7

The first half of the week was pretty plain and boring.  The girls had a new babysitter Monday-Wednesday whom they really liked, and their regular babysitter on Thursday.  She took them to the library and they got a whole stack of books they have yet to crack open.

Thursday evening we went to our neighborhood's outdoor movie, Zootopia.

Yesterday Paul was off and he was going to take them to the Blue Angels practice (they are in town for Seattle's annual Seafair) but Olivia didn't want to go and he ended up having to deal with some home stuff.  The sun's reflection off of two small windows in our bedroom keep warping the siding of our neighbor's house, so they've just have their siding replaced and we need to replace our windows or put some sort of shield on them.  In the meantime Paul covered them with tarp.

neighbor's house

I was at work and took a late lunch break on our 11th floor deck to watch the Blue Angels.  I tried to take some pictures but because of the glare from the sun I totally couldn't see what I was shooting so here's what I ended up with:

Anyway, last night we watched the opening ceremonies and today Paul is going to take just Kayley to the Blue Angels with a neighbor and I'm going to take Olivia school shopping.

I already bought several pairs of legging from Target for $5.00 each.  They are the new Cat and Jack brand, which we haven't tried yet so I have no idea how they will look/fit/hold up so we'll see.

Then I saw on FB that Osh Kosh had a bunch of graphic tees for only $5 (or maybe $6, I can't remember) so I ordered a bunch of those as well.

I can't believe school starts in 25 days.  According to FB and other blogs I read, it's already starting for some people.  I swear it starts earlier and earlier every year.  Hello, it's still SUMMER until September 20th-ish!