Sunday, July 29, 2012

Back to School Already

I don't know about you, but my son has been in school for a week already. My son started 2nd grade this year. He is getting so big. I love seeing him grow and learn - even though he says he hates school most of the time. The reason he hates it is because hes forced to pay attention LOL. So far, he has done really well, with only one day where he had to get a warning. 

If your not in Arizona, then you probably have another month for your kid(s) to go back to school. Arizona usually gets out earlier in the year, and goes back earlier then most. Chandler - the city we live in - participates in year round schooling. Meaning, they get only 2 months for summer, and then they go back. Its to help retain information learned from last year (its actually been proven that this program works well)., They also get longer breaks than most other schools, and more days off here and there throughout the year. He also gets a 2 week break in October, as well as a 2 week break in December/Jan (for Christmas) and then another two weeks for spring in March.

We don't have to buy school supplies for him - not like many others do. The school provides everything (or really, I think the teacher does). But we obviously can donate to the classroom, and the teacher lets us know if she needs anything. But here in a few years he will probably have a list of things he may need to get on his own. 

Its definitely not like when I went to school. We used to have days dedicated strictly for back to school shopping - supplies and clothes. I guess we are lucky? We don't have to have these big excursions like some families have to have. And even though I don't have to buy him school supplies, I always take advantage of the deals for school supply items! I still have pens and mechanical pencils I got for free (using coupons) from last year! 

A bit off topic, but can I just say, the past 8 years of my life have gone by so fast! In 8 years I have: graduated high school, had my son, moved to Arizona from Ohio, started culinary school, dropped out (for many reasons), met a great guy, started my first job, moved to Tucson to be with that guy, had a few more jobs along the way, moved back to the Phoenix area, got married, and now am pregnant with a little girl. Yes, I've had struggles to overcome in the past 8 years, but who hasn't? I'd like to say life has been a cake walk, but of course it hasn't been. I'm not a kid who comes from a wealthy family who will pay for everything for me. I've had to work. And yes, I've had to go back to my parents for help a few times. But thats part of growing up and learning. It also doesn't help that I had my son 6 weeks before my 18th birthday. That forced some growing up to do that I would have normally had time for on my own.

But all in all, I like to think we are doing OK. Yea, we could be better, but it could be way worse! 

And my baby boy, is turning into my big boy. And in 10 years will be 18, and, a man. I can't believe how time has flown!

So tell me, are your kids back to school yet? Hows your life been since you had kids? Has it just flown by? Do you wish you had more time with them while they are little?

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