Thursday, August 10, 2006

Signs the Kids Need to Go Back to School

Dear WTMs, August is a month of conflict inside my WT heart. On one hand, I am sad because it is almost time for the kids to go back to school. On the other hand, if my kids don't get back in school soon, I will need a room at Shady Brook Farm where I will be making potholders all day. It's a tough one. With the girls back in school that means that I am back in school too. The routine starts over and the nightly battles of showers, homework and activities begin. I like the fact that summer is a break from all of that. On the flip side, my kids are starting to show the signs that they are bored and have WAY TOO MUCH free time on their hands: Symptom Number One They look at me with their eyes practically rolling back into their heads and sigh "O-KAY" when I ask them to do something mundane, like take out the trash or fold laundry. Symptom Number Two They are slipping back into the false impression that they need to have 24/7 entertainment provided for them. And they keep asking when we are going on another VACATION! Add to this symptom the fact that "Miss Minnesota/Margarita" child has taken to using the crystal wine glasses for her drinks. AS IF! Symptom Number Three The girls fight about the color of the sky and just about everything else. "The sky is blue" "No it's's sky blue" "I SAID it was blue and that covers all the blue colors including SKY blue" "Does not" "Mom, she is being MEAN...." It usually at this point in their "exchange" that I usually scream something like: "fortheloveofGODwouldyougirlsquitbickering!Doyouknowhowluckyyou areandifyouwanttobeunhappyaboutsomethingIwillgiveyousomething tobeunhappyabout!" Or, something along those lines. After reviewing this post, I realize I am no longer conflicted about the kids going back to school. Thank you for allowing me this therapy. Countdown is ten days until school starts, probably roughly the same for most of you WTMs. Let the games begin! What about you guys? Are you READY?


Blogger tacky princess said...

Queen, I find that when you look longingly at the clock at say, 3:15, thinking, "Well, it's 5:15 somewhere in the Atlantic...maybe a little glass of vino wouldn't be so bad...", it's time for them to go back to school. Plus, that need for constant entertainment. What is that about? Ugh!

The other sign? The house. A shambles 24/7. Unbelievable.

8/10/2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger tacky princess said...

BTW, LOVE the pic! Hilarious!


8/10/2006 10:20 AM  
Blogger dariasmama said...

Shoot, I started already. My kid has been whining that she was BOOOORRREEDDD for the last 2 weeks, so we started our schedule on Monday. My life is so much easier.

8/10/2006 10:28 AM  
Anonymous saintseester said...

Mine went back on Monday - but my house is still trashed from ignoring it for the past 3 weeks or so!

But, in compliance with the WTM code of ethics, I sent her to school not knowing she had a big ole bloated tick on the back of her neck. Ha ha ha. That was a fun call from the teacher - only two days in, and I get called already.

8/10/2006 11:51 AM  
Blogger Sharpie said...

I have SO been on countdown! And I have also yelled your yell with a few more "colorful" words tucked in....

You know its time for the kids to go back to school when your eyes bulge when you "talk" to them.

8/10/2006 12:20 PM  
Blogger LLA said...

love the picture!

8/10/2006 1:11 PM  
Blogger Wasn'tMe said...

Oh god, it's *not* just me or my kids that bicker about freakin *every* little *thing* from sunup to sundown.

Definitely time for them to go back to school. One more week...just one more week. I can live one more week can't I?

8/10/2006 2:03 PM  
Blogger Craze said...

I am so NOT excited about homework, showers and bedtimes again!

8/10/2006 3:10 PM  
Anonymous baseballmom said...

Oh my God...the thing Sharpie said, about the eyes bulging? That is so me. I feel like I am overreacting to everything, because THEY ARE TOO! They pick at each other constantly. My mom doesn't understand it when I tell her they need some time away from each other...hello? They're brothers and they're 6 years apart! Unfortunately I have until Sept. 6, then the 10 yr. old goes back, and I go back to his school. The 4 yr. old doesn't go back to preschool until almost October. Hell. Oh, and they also keep asking when we're going on vacation we didn't just get back from camping 4 days ago, and more importantly, like it's FREE to go on vacation. Ummm, yeah.

8/11/2006 12:18 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Oh the joys of the year round school schedule, how can I extoll thee....

Just when we (the teachers) are ready to strangle someone, they go on break for 2 or 3 weeks. Then, I assume, once the joy of having them at home wears off - it's back to school for another quarter.

8/11/2006 3:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


ALso, love the traffic true!

8/11/2006 5:57 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

OK, are you here in my house listening to MY kids?! Exact same thing going on here, but I have a 14-year old soon-to-be freshman who is certain she knows EVERYTHING...and I, of course, know NOTHING. Yeah, I'm pretty much ready for school to start - soon!

8/11/2006 7:03 AM  
Blogger Pickalish said...


8/11/2006 7:48 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

LOL! Those are awesome signs. Just two more weeks for us!!!

8/11/2006 9:31 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Just wanted you to know that this is Jen from Tight Knit Mom. I've moved and abandoned the old blog(except for archiving) I'm here now..

8/11/2006 12:25 PM  
Blogger NeverEnough said...

I'm soooo ready!!! It's Monday for us, so I only have the weekend left to get back into routine.

8/11/2006 4:25 PM  
Blogger Crankmama said...

I second that! Wine at 3:30 is sometimes what gets me through...

8/11/2006 6:31 PM  
Blogger tresjeni said... also forgot the classic signs of yesteryear, the lil' pill kindly known as "mother's little helper" that we know as valium, and my dear friend on sat. jaunts with my three charming , yet patient children ...that I call by a nik name, because I'm am soooooo stressed out between work, school( I am 2 WEEKS away from my final for my RN!!!!!!), my 3 treats of migraine inducing/anxiety provoking chidren:) Plus, the stress of living up to EVERYONE elses my borther and his crotch biting wife....bleh, I cannot wait til' they start breeding, then they'll understand what the hell stress is....I was a little bit naughty, and venten my passive aggressive rage on them after their post/fake wedding dinner reception 8 months after the fact of their fake wedding in Mexico, they didn't have the decency to say thanks for us to drive 6 hrs for THEIR BIG PARTY >:o Anyhooo, I got my Passive aggressive revenge on her when she was showing off her 2 carats...and I causally snuck in, and people were distracted away from her to freak over how freakin fit I got, and how great my dress was...I'm a skinny bitch again... size 2 and minus some .....teehee...that's payback for having 4 kids, 3 here, one in heaven laughing with her snarking mama:) Anywhoo...check it out...
compliments of her sista' INLAW!!!!
As for school starting...bring it on.......puhlease!!!!! Lotsa luv to my mama's out there:)

8/12/2006 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

But I like potholders--and that photo.
My girl is 8 months, so thank you for sharing what I get to look forward to!

And the countdown begins ...

8/13/2006 3:56 AM  
Blogger Gandksmom said...

10 days? Lucky you! Our kids don't go back until the Wednesday after Labor Day!

8/13/2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger Sunnie (Kaytee) said...

If that doesn't sound like my house, I don't know what does. LOL
This year I have 2 outta 4 going to school. One in 5th, the other in kindergarten. I'm so ready for Jay to start 5th. Not so sure about Justin starting K though. He's ready. Lately, they argue over every little thing. It could be like you said, the sky is blue, or over a single word in a song! Jay will start an argument that Justin got a word wrong. Well dammit at least Justin can carry a tune. Jay couldn't carry a tune to save his life. LOL
I spent all kinds of money today getting school supplies for both, though I still have to hunt down composition books, in both black and blue. I spent even more getting uniform shorts for both. Will be putting the pants on layaway BEFORE it gets cold. Then I have to order uniform shirts from the school for Justin, plus pay all kinds of stupid fees. I thought public schools were free! Boy was I wrong!

8/13/2006 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

The new Staples commercial came on the other day and I started humming along to "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Apparently I was smiling, too, because Baby Girl wanted to know what I was smiling about. I just gave her my evilest smile and burst in full song. She was not amused.

8/14/2006 12:54 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Mine don't go back until after Labor Day, and I swear that's about 6 months from now, and I think they're having a contest to see who can make me cry first. And if I find one more wet towel on the floor, I'm duct taping all the kids to trees and pouring honey on them.

8/15/2006 11:49 AM  
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