It's school time again for a certain 4th grader, 2nd grader, and kindergartner (!!) in our house. They are doing so well, love their teachers, are excited to see friends each day. It truly makes it a lot easier knowing that they are excited each and every day. (and pains me to think of my poor mom who had to deal with me...although I loved school eventually, I cried almost every day of kindergarten, didn't want to ride the bus and ran after her car while a patient secretary would walk me to my classroom.) Mornings are pretty wild around here. And although I did catch a few moments of peaceful, and beautiful first day action, its not always so smooth. Having a big and busy household means that I am constantly trying new things to help our routine. And from my experience, we really start off strong with high hopes every August. Signing every planner and reviewing the day, making delicious lunches, reading and recording minutes and book titles every night, homework packed, clothes set out, projects done, sports bags at the ready with everything they'll need plus a healthy snack, to just scratch the surface of responsibility. But I have not found a way to outsmart the 2nd law of thermodynamics, and by May it's often school lunches, wrinkled clothes, running (!!) not walking to the bus, and gosh darn it how much longer do we have to sign these planners! Ha!...so here's to our fresh start. Here's to trying something new. Here's to bigger and better, onward and upward. Precisely the reasons I will always love the beginning of a new school year.