Jack’s First Day of 4th Grade

And just like that, it’s back to school time. Last year, we started the year fully online and then finished in the spring with a hybrid schedule. This year, our county has decided to open 5 days a week for in-person school with no hybrid option.

I have plenty of thoughts about this, but let’s just say… I’m a little nervous about what this year will look like. We are still in the middle of a pandemic and elementary aged children are too young to be vaccinated. So, let’s throw them back together at school with no online option for if (when) they are sent back home to quarantine if (when) there is a positive COVID case.

{I’ll just ball that anxiety up and shove it back next to all the rest of anxiety that lives in my head.}

Luckily, Jack is much more positive about school starting. He has totally no issues with wearing a mask and was super excited to find out that his desk is next to one of his favorite friends that he’s known for years. We met his teacher at a quick open house meet-and-greet and she seemed super nice.

His Nintendo backpack is all packed up, he has a full pencil case of neon sharpened pencils and he’s got all his favorite tie-dye shirts (and sweatshirt, and masks) ready to go.

And on we go for 4th grade. Happy Back to School Everyone!

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Jack’s Last Day of 3rd Grade… and WHAT a Year it Was!

I was looking back at my post about Jack’s last day of 2nd grade from last year, and I thought THAT year was the weirdest year of school. I was quite wrong, because this year was the continuation of our experience with pandemic school. Jack was fully online from September to May, and then returned in person 4x a week for about 5 weeks.

I set up a desk and laptop in Jack’s room, which is right across the hall from my home office. I also got him an iPhone (not hooked up to any networks), so that we could set alarms for when he had to check in for each class. Each day, he had live classes followed by classwork/homework. I listened with one ear to each class and supervised to make sure all his classwork was completed and submitted.

While it was exhausting to juggle full-time working from home and full-time supervising classes, we got into a good rhythm. Then, once my husband and I were fully vaccinated I did some belated ‘back to school’ shopping to top off Jack’s backpack with new pencils and folders and sent him off to in-person school.

The transition was hard for me – after being involved in every single day of his learning, suddenly I was in a blackout. Rather than knowing exactly what the teacher discussed in class, I would get the typical kid response of “I don’t know.” It was a nice break though. It finally felt like I could put some of the balls down that I’d been juggling since March 2020!

I was a little worried about potential behavior issues with Jack’s return to school. I mean, it had been many, many months since he’s been able to play in-person with his friends and frankly, we’ve both gotten a little weird(er). Jack’s transition to in-person was super smooth though and he finished the year strong! He had absolutely no problem with wearing a mask to school each day and his grades were stronger than I had even hoped for.  

He also accomplished his self-imposed goal of wearing a tie dye shirt to school every single day that he attended in person.

And now we’ve made it… and he is on to 4th grade in the fall!

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Adorable Personalized M&M Favors!

Over the weekend, we had a beautiful baby shower for my sister and her husband. Each of us had a few tasks to complete, and one my jobs was favors. I just HAD to share with you all how cute they turned out!

We did an ‘Under the Sea” theme, so I decided to go with personalized M&M packs in blue, blue-green and white to celebrate their little boy. I had the candies personalized with Welcome {baby name} and also some had little baby footprints on them. They ended up costing about $2.50 per pack and I found a random promo code online that gave me about $11 off the total order.

I found a cute little basket and sign holder one day when I was out thrifting/antiquing and I printed off an easy little favor sign.

The best part was that they took me a minimal amount of time to place the order (rather than running around to a bunch of stores and making something) and they are M&M’s… so YUM.

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