The First Week of School

So, I survived the first week of school with minimal disruption other than the first day follies that I talked about last week. Thankfully! I did learn some lessons including co-parent tips that I wanted to share.

  1.  Make sure that your Before and After Care situation is resolved before the school year ends. That way you won’t run into the problems that I had when I assumed that my application was accepted. Ugh!
  2. Make sure that your child has a new outfit for the first day of school. We didn’t have money growing up but my mom did have enough for one outfit for each of us. Munch’s dad had new pants only. His shirt was too small and I wasn’t happy because I called the night before to bring over his book bag, new shoes and asked did he have a new outfit for the first day. Yes is what he told me. He couldn’t find the new shirt and my son looked crazy. I went home and came back with a new shirt. I was disappointed because munch had a growth spurt towards the end of the school year and we both knew it. I wanted him to look like a shiny new penny on the first day which is what we experienced growing up. His dad’s mother would have never let him go outside looking less than shiny on the first day.
  3. Get back in the swing of things by preparing your meals in advance so that when you pick your child up you can heat up dinner instead of going out to eat every night. I just couldn’t get it together. However, my wallet knows. I’ll be prepared next week.
  4. Just buy the school supplies yourself if the other parent doesn’t mention anything. His dad didn’t offer to split the cost, get school supplies or reimburse me so I just didn’t worry about it. I wanted him to be prepared so I did it for munch.
  5. Either take the day off or mark a half day on your calendar so that you can meet everyone without having to rush off to a meeting. I did get to meet his teacher and principal on the second day so that was a blessing.
  6. Be sure to explain any changes to your little one in their normal schedule often. Munch couldn’t understand item #1 above and it disrupted his normal schedule. We talked about it 10 times until he felt he understood it.

Those were my lessons learned after the first week of school. I survived. What about you? Do you have any lessons you learned?

1 Event That Will Help You Expand Your Readership: Meet and Greet

Guess what I did today? I participated in this Meet and Greet. Check it out:

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imagesWhat day is it??!!  Meet and Greet Day!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!

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Dating Chronicles: Overkill

So, I went out on a date with a new guy on Sunday. It was weird because as I’ve indicated I usually don’t do a first date until we’ve talked for at least a couple of weeks, but rather a meet and greet.  However, I decided to go with the flow and go out with him.  We ended up talking through the night on Saturday night and met for brunch on Sunday. Brunch was cool. We made plans to get together later that evening.

We went for pizza at this great pizza place in DC and then decided to take a walk around the White House and sit by the fountains on a bench and just talk. Super cool and a different kind of date. I usually don’t see a man but once a day, but then the fact that he suggested the walk in the park and drinks after was a good touch. After we sat and talked for about an hour and a half we went for drinks at the Sofitel Hotel. Beautiful bar area and we just talked some more. It was pleasant. Until…

The next day. He sends me these texts:

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Now, I thought it was overkill to send the emoji with the eye wink and kiss. We only met Sunday. I didn’t respond. Then to send me another text two hours later and then a third text after that. It’s like “Dude, you truly are doing too much. Have a seat.”

He is a nice guy. I enjoyed his company, but I also value the ability to discern whether or not you’re doing or saying too much. One date. Is it too much to ask for you to recognize when it’s overkill?

Ugh!

Back to School Drive

My best friend and our boys attended the  Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Catholic Charities event at Fed-Ex field last Saturday. It was an incredible event designed to get children ready for back to school with a book bag drive, school supplies, free dental exams, check-ups and haircuts. The boys loved it. It was two hours of fun. There were games, giveaways and a DJ. They also gave the children two free tickets to a Redskins pre-season game as part of their back-to-school night.

Overwhelmingly blessed is how we felt to be among the 400 selected to attend this event. Best event ever. Here are some photos:

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Yeah, 2nd Grade

Today was the first day of school for my munch. He’s now in second grade. It was hard because I’m still wishing my baby didn’t grow up so fast. I mean I feel like I just survived kindergarten. Now, its second grade? Oh vey!

It was a busy first day where I didn’t get to meet his new teacher because I had a 10 am meeting and they hadn’t started by 9:15 a.m. Epic fail on my part because I was rushed getting pictures and it was hot in the gym. Oh and munch didn’t get in the before and after care program at the school because they were full. Imagine that surprise.

So, mommy rushed to the rescue and called the Director who managed the summer camp program he was in to see if they had room in the before and after care program. “Yep” he responded. Can you imagine my relief? Blessings upon blessings because I had no idea what was going to happen after school. The before and after care program picks up and drops off at the school and they are open a half hour later. This was a huge relief.

Munch had hoped for a “boy” teacher and guess what? He got one this year. He is super excited. I know I am. He was ecstatic to see some of the classmates he hadn’t seen since the school year ended. We were all laughing and playing catch-up and promising to schedule play dates. I can’t wait.

On another note, school lunch prices increased this year.  The county stated:

“To address the growing costs of providing school meals, the Department of Food and Nutrition Services will now charge $1.60 for full-price breakfast, $0.30 for reduced-price breakfast, $2.75 for full-price lunch, and $0.40 for reduced-price lunch for elementary students. Meals for middle and high school students is $1.60 for full-price breakfast, $0.30 for reduced-price breakfast, $3.00 for full-price lunch, and $0.40 for reduced-price lunch.”

That’s $21.75 a week for breakfast and lunch for munch. An increase of almost 11% because we don’t qualify for free or reduced lunch. I wasn’t too thrilled about the increase (although I understand it) and we will pack lunch at least 3 times a week. I need him to eat responsibly like he did with summer. I pack lunchables, veggies, fruits, etc. I need to think economically this year.

Finally, I’ve signed him back up for swim lessons that start next month and we’re going to enroll him in Tae Kwan Do at the studio instead of in school because the classes are smaller and we think that munch could benefit from a more focused class lesson. No other sports until the spring when we add soccer back.

Here is the required first day photo:

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