Posts Tagged ‘Back-to-School’

Well it is definitely September and the pace of life is speeding up. Although the girls do not go back to school until Monday, my mind is full of school related anxiety and “stuff”. Classes are set, I am figuring out pick up and drop off (I have a middle schooler now!!), after-school activities/schedules, new shoes, new clothes and of course what to pack for the dreaded daily lunch 😉 And then of course all the goals that we have set for the coming year… It really does seem like September is the real New Year’s!!
So… When my youngest insisted on going to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) today I was hesitant. We have not been there for over a year or so. It really is the perfect spot for little kids, my oldest has definitely outgrown it. But ‘R’ wanted to go and see the Healthy Eating and Body Exhibit and well, I couldn’t really argue with that.
We had a blast while ‘A’ stayed home and put the finishing touches on her summer assignments. I was reminded to slow down and enjoy… there are a few precious days of summer left. And most importantly, that play is indeed learning.
Happy Wednesday my friends!



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You would never know it by the crushing heat and humidity in Manhattan today, but yes it is September and there are signs of Fall approaching all around the city. First of all, the people are back. The streets are crowded with residents not tourists and everyone is on a mission- shopping, school supplies, mani/pedi’s, back to work, back to the gym, back to school. There is a buzz and the streets are hopping! Look out if you are still in summer mode, you might just get run over- literally 😉 Time to get your head out of the clouds, your brain back from the beach and get organized (at least that is the pep talk I am giving myself!). So here are a few pics I took when I was out and about today that definitely signal to me that the seasons are changing. Now, if Mother Nature would catch up and chase away the heat, I would happily pull out the jeans and sweaters!!! Happy Wednesday and I wish everyone a fun and fabulous transition into all the changes that Fall brings with it.

All of the yummy Fall classics are back at Starbucks… can you say Pumpkin Scone??

Ugh, taking the kids for flu shots, think I will leave that to hubby 😉

These signs seem to disappear in the summer, or maybe I just don’t notice them.

The leaves are falling already!

The ads for new shows are everywhere!

Bye summer, we will miss you so!

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Today has been a very strange day for me.  All day I have been going through the motions but I have been feeling like I am missing something.  It is the day after Labor Day or Labour Day if you are Canadian, and that is the day that I usually start back to work. But today I didn’t.  For the first time since well, I guess since I was four, I did not start school today.  I have always gone back to school in September, as a student and then as a teacher.  Last night I actually had a good night sleep. Normally I can’t sleep the night before  school because I am excited to meet my students and I have the first day jitters. Not last night, I slept like a log.  It was weird.

My girls don’t start school until tomorrow- It’s a NYC thing.  So, we spent the day in Central Park meeting kids from A’s third grade class.  I felt like I should be somewhere else, doing something else.  It was a weird feeling.

For the first time in my life, since I was old enough to work, I don’t have a job.  I will get to go with the girls to school tomorrow and walk with them to their classes.  I will get to pick them up. This year I will be able to volunteer and be part of the parent’s association.  I won’t miss all of the little things because I am in class at the same time that they are.  I won’t have to take a personal day to see a Christmas Concert or attend a Kindergarten Breakfast. It is a weird feeling.

Perhaps this will be the hardest challenge for me in this big move to New York City.  So often a job defines who we are.  I am not sure how I really feel about it, I am sure it won’t even seem real until sometime in October.  Right now it just feels weird.

A & R Walking to the Bus Stop on the First Day of School Last Year

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For those of you who know me, you know that I am a huge procrastinator and can be easily distracted by even the smallest of things. We moved to NYC, see the problem? As soon as I walk out of my apartment in the morning, I quickly forget what I am doing as there is soo much to look at, see and do.  But, I digress.  My mission today was to do some back to school shopping for the girls while they were at camp and would not drive me crazy with the constant “can I have…?”.  So, I set out, determined to get things done.

Back in Ottawa, there are malls where one goes to get back to school clothes.  You wander through the mall, popping in and out of various stores, back and forth, buying different items.  NYC, not so much.  There are stores EVERYWHERE but there is no such thing as a mega mall. I decided that I would head on down to Macy’s (at Herald Square) because I reasoned that they would have a large selection of clothes.  As I got off the subway, I took a wrong turn and ended up in front of JCPenney.  In I went… huge selection of children’s clothes but I soon realized my big mistake of shopping without the kids. While it was nice and relaxing and whine free, I had no idea what would actually fit them. As a kindly woman said to me “It is like going shoe shopping without bringing your feet”.  Right.  Epic Fail.

I decided that I would view my adventure as a recon mission for future weekend with the hubby and the girls to make things go more efficiently and headed on over to Macy’s.  In I walked and was blinded by the purses. It is a woman’s dream come true- rows and rows of beautifully layed out handbags.  I tried to keep my eye on my goal but I just couldn’t resist the wonderful colours and the smell of leather.

A girl can look, can't she?

And is it really my fault that the children’s clothes are on the same floor as the women’s shoes?  I tried to resist, I really did but the escalator was right there!

Dr. Seuss Converse- Educational, no?

In the end, I did manage to remember that I was supposed to be ‘looking’ for the kids and that I had numerous other errands to attend to like ordering dog food, writing my first blog post, getting thank you cards etc.  So, I took the incredibly cool wooden escalator down to the main floor and managed to escape into the searing heat without buying a single thing. (The MAC lip gloss does not count)


Macy's Lobby from the escalator

My plan for tomorrow is to go out and buy school supplies, a job that does not require the children to actually be present.  Hopefully I will not be distracted by something more interesting.  I mean what else more exciting could possibly be happening on this little Island of Manhattan? Excuse me, I just remembered there is a shiny pair of rain boots I want to order online.  What?  There is a hurricane coming, right?

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