I both look forward and loathe this time of year.
The monsters are back to school in two weeks. I needed to pick up three sets of different school supplies, plus restock clothes, tennis shoes, and underwear. I can’t shop at one clothing store any more, because Princess is in adult sizes (she’s taller than I am and wears my size or larger shoes).
First, we hit Sears and used That Man’s employee discount to save a fortune on tennis shoes and clothes for the two youngest monsters. Then we hit Kohls where I used $12 store credit + 15% coupon + existing sales to save MORE than I spent for Princess. She picked out some super cute shirts that I’m so envious of — I can’t wait until I can wear cute clothes again.
Then, the worst stop: Wal-Mart. I can’t believe how many supplies the kids need, everything from 4 sets of crayons to wet wipes to Expo markers to Ziplock bags. It’s crazy. I have at least 4 bags of supplies to sort through and bag for each kid.
I must admit that I always buy myself some supplies, like Sharpies and paper folders for story ideas. They never last long – because the monsters always raid my hidden stash. But I can’t resist the cheap folders and cool notebooks and brand-new pens.
Even better than the scent of fresh school supplies is knowing that very soon we won’t be running kids here and there to camps, Vacation Bible School, trips to grandma’s (tomorrow we’re taking Princess and her cousin over to the lake for the week)…but we’ll be getting them up early and taking them to the bus, forgetting which kid has spelling tests on which day, and freaking out because I forgot to help Middle study or Littlest can’t find her library books or…
P.S. I bought a dry-erase calendar to hopefully help keep track of all the library and PE days, events, clubs, etc.
Let the school days begin!