Ok ya’ll, are you ready for back to school? I am! I for real am. I crave the structure that the school year brings. I need things written in my calendar- soccer practices, religious ed, and school events. This free for all of kids wanting, needing, demanding, and craving electronics all the time is driving me bonkers. I know I can’t be the only one. We have a system where they are just given 1 hour. After that they have to work for it. They have to play outside, ride bikes, or read books. It is a minute for minute kind of deal. So sure, there is a lot of baseball, bike riding, playing at the nearby playground, but there always seems to be more begging for, asking for, fighting over electronic devices. I now hate all electronic devices. They are the devil. Sometimes I will tell them to just watch a movie but the arguing that goes on over is it too baby, is it something we have seen before, or is it too scary is enough to make me want to smack my head into the wall. So yes, I long for, desire, cannot wait for the first day of school. I will have 3 in elementary school. This is great, amazing, wonderful. All day 5 days a week. No I will not cry when I drop my child off. No I will not wonder where the time went. I will instead celebrate by having a glass of wine and watching tv all day or something. My daughter will be in preschool 2 days a week. This means that 2 days a week I will have only 1 child in my house. Just 1. For me, this is amazing. I can go out for coffee or brunch with friends. I can go grocery shopping or Costco shopping with ease. There will be a nap time when no one is here and it is just me. I could, if I wanted dance around naked. I won’t but I could. I get to exercise again. Over the summer this has been almost impossible. I can’t figure out which kids to take and which to leave home because my kids are at that in between age where it is hard to cover all 5. 10 is too old for the gym daycare, but can I leave him alone for an hour? Sure, I think so, but then the 7 yr. old gets mad. So in the end, I stay home and gain 5 lbs. We have neighbors. It took until the end of summer for my kids to realize we had neighbors. Now they run back and forth between the two houses. I love this. It feels so idyllic. It is one of the things that makes me love this small town feeling we have going on here. I am sad to give it up. However, I am not sad to send my kids to school. For the first few weeks of school I will be fine with school and then the back and forth between houses. What I am worried about is how in the world do I play with my 2-yr-old still at home? I believe I have forgotten how to interact one-on-one with tiny kids. They have each other to play with, to fight with, to tackle, tickle, and ignore. Now, 2 days a week, it will just be me and him. Hmm…. Is it bad if I just encourage alone, imaginative play during this time? It has been years and years since I have had just one kid in my house. It will feel so weird. It will be wonderful. It will be scary. It will be lonely and freeing. It will be so many things. I am ready though. It is time for the kids to go to school. We’ve had our fun and now it is done. Let’s go school!!!!