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back to school

I feel like I’ve been in prep mode forever. Between getting things ready for Maya’s big day next week, her first day of kindergarten, and getting things ready for Little Miss #3’s arrival and now getting things ready for my in-laws’ visit late next week I feel like I’ve been on the go and in constant preparation mode for months. Sometimes being a planner is annoying.

Finally, I feel like things are ready for Maya’s big first day of school next week and for Little Miss #3’s arrival. Now I just need to finish getting things ready for the in-laws’ visit. One day I’ll be able to sit down again and not worry about making a list of things that still need to be done or writing out a meal plan and accompanying grocery shopping list or deciding which part of my house to deep clean that day….one day. Probably not until I’m forced to by the arrival of baby #3 😉

I’m a planner, I don’t feel comfortable leaving things to chance. I don’t procrastinate and feel incredibly stressed out when things end up getting left to the last minute. I feel most at peace when things are ready well in advance and I don’t feel like I have to rush to get things done. Hence the fact that I’m already working on a meal plan for a visit from my in-laws that won’t start until late next week and figuring out what cleaning I can do now so that I don’t have to do it all in the last 2 days before they get here. Once my fridge is stocked and all the necessary cleaning is complete I will feel much better. The planner in my will breath a sigh of relief and I’ll be glad to be done with this crazy prep mode that taken over my brain the last couple of months.

Of course, I try to work in some time to sit and put my feet up, because my body just doesn’t have the stamina at almost 37 weeks pregnant that my brain wishes it did. I don’t baby girl to arrive earlier than she should because I’m over doing it 😉

Things have been a bit crazy around our house lately, at least for me anyway. Between getting things ready for the upcoming arrival of Baby Girl #3 and getting things ready for Maya to head to kindergarten I feel like I’m constantly shopping, organizing, putting things together and, basically, never sitting down.

In 2 weeks my first baby will be making her big debut at kindergarten! Seriously, how is she old enough to be in kindergarten and who said she could grow up so quickly. Since the enrollment process started in the spring it has been non-stop filling out forms, dropping medical supplies (epi-pens and doctor’s orders regarding nut allergy), and attempting to get everything in place for her big first day. Thanks to all that and the fact I’m pregnant and due right around the start of school means time has flown by. I’m not sure I’m ready, emotionally anyway, for this big milestone yet.

Maya is excited about starting kindergarten. I know she is a bit nervous, she says so every so often, but all in all she is ready and excited. We’ve met a few kids in our neighborhood who will be attending kindergarten as well so she is anxious to see if any of them will be in her class. The incoming kindergarten class this year is the biggest ever, there will be a total of 6 classes, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that at least one or two of the kids we’ve met and she has bonded with will be in her class. I know having a familiar face in the crowd will make the transition that much easier for her (and me too).

We are almost all ready for the big day. School supplies will be waiting at school for her (thanks awesome PTA program!), back to school clothes are almost all purchased, and I’m psyching myself up emotionally. 2 more weeks, I can’t believe it.

It is about that time of year again, back to school time. Maya starts her last year of preschool, her per-kindergarten year, in just under 2 weeks.

Way back in the early spring when it was registration time at her beloved preschool in St. Louis, before we knew our world was going to be turned upside down with a move to Seattle, I had signed her up for the 4 day a week pre-k program. She was going to have the same teacher as last year and many of the same classmates. We were both super excited about it. Then things got turned upside down and I had to hunt for a school here in Seattle that was a good match for us and had openings available. Luckily, I found what seems to be a good match.

The school I found here is a natured based preschool. They spending an hour outside everyday going for hikes, searching for bugs and butterflies in the meadow, playing on the playground, riding bikes, you name it. Their academic program is nature based as well. Maya will be attending 3 days a week. It sounds like a wonderful program and I hope Maya really enjoys it.

I had a parent orientation at the school today. The teachers are wonderful and the program for this year sounds great. The school is small and there seems to be a real sense of community among the parents. I’m excited for the school year to start. I hope Maya has a wonderful last year of preschool and makes some wonderful new friends this year.