I was strolling by Pottery Barn Kids in June (my girls were still finishing up last school year) and noticed that all of their summer backpacks were on sale. Score! I knew I didn't want to make the same mistake I made last year...
Identical backpacks were a joke. Even though I had their names on them we still got them mixed up a time or twenty. Ellie's homework would end up in Addison's backpack, Addison would end up with two water bottles, etc. I'm all about making my life easier this year! Now let's just hope they don't both want the same one.
2) Buy containers for water. Check!
3) Buy the girls each two pairs of shoes. Our school has a closed toe shoe policy so no sandals or flip flops. I need to find them each a good pair of running shoes and then something a little more feminine that will work with skirts. This is always my most dreaded back to school purchase. I hate shoe shopping with my kids! I'd elaborate on the pains of it, but I don't think there is any need. Those of you who have kids know exactly what I'm talking about. If you don't, consider yourself very lucky.
4) Sort through all of the clothes in the girls' closets and drawers. I'm going to sort through every article of clothing they have and clear closets of anything that doesn't fit them and they aren't wearing anymore. This will give me a good idea of what I need to buy for each of them.
5) Shop for clothes they need. Easier said than done with my little man in the picture. Definitely getting a babysitter and just taking the girls this year! I think we'll also get lunch and make a fun "girls date" out of it. :)
6) Get all medical forms signed by the doctor. Take forms and medication to the school nurse. We have a child with allergies so we always have a ton of forms that need to be signed by our pediatrician and our allergy doctor (almost as fun as the shoe shopping).
7) Print supply lists and shop for school supplies. YEA! My FAVORITE part of back to school!
8) Make appointments for all three kids to get hair trimmed.
9) Create ways to simplify our morning routine as much as possible. School mornings are crazy at our house. Mostly because my two year old senses that it is a busy, rushed time and naturally does everything in his power to make life difficult. It's what two year olds do best. :) I've been thinking a lot this summer about what I can do to make mornings run a little smoother and allow for more Kole hiccups. Aside from getting lunches and backpacks ready the night before, I also want to start picking out outfits for the girls a week at a time.
Making some sort of daily labels for a weeks' worth of outfits. (You can buy these here.) Every Sunday I'll pick out a few outfits and the girls can pick out a few outfits. Then everyone is happy! I'm planning to have them pick out every little thing right down to the headband they are going to wear in their hair that day. Then we are sticking to our outfit plan! No more clothes debates in the morning! No more "this is too itchy... this skirt doesn't fit right..." and then three outfit changes per girl later we are finally ready to walk out the door. I never thought I'd be an advocate of school uniforms because I love clothes so much, but by the end of last year I would have welcomed the thought of my girls having to wear the same thing every day. I'm over the outfit drama!
10) Be prepared with a variety of school lunch ideas. Man. This is a hard one for me. My school lunches are so boring. I've been pinning pictures of some fun, creative ways to serve my girls their lunch in hopes that they will start eating everything instead of coming home with their apple slices still sitting neatly in a zip lock bag untouched. Here are a couple of fun ideas I'm going to try -
Love the idea of putting cheese, fruits and veggies on a stick.
I'm also planning to use cookie cutters to cut some of the girls' food into fun little shapes.
And of course I'll continue to leave napkin notes in their lunch every day.
One of our favorite daily traditions. :)
I don't have time for anything too crazy creative, but these ideas are an easy start to making school lunches a little more fun.
So that's it! My back to school checklist. Baby steps all the way to a smoother transition. :)