First Week of Craziness Almost Over!

First, I'd like to thank all of you for sticking with us over the Summer while we visited with my family and had our adventures.  I still haven't told you guys everything we did!  Also, thank you for being patient while we all settle into our new roles, new lives, new jobs, new schools, new instruments, new soccer coaches, new schedules, new finances. . . . . . 

I still have to figure out how to balance it all and how we're going to fit everything in financially.  It's a challenge because we still haven't received our first paycheck from hubby's new job.  I'm one of those people who likes to know every detail so that I can take care of business, so this past month for me has been kind of nerve-wracking.  I need to know exactly how much we're getting on exactly which days so that I know which bills to pay when. 

Good News!  I will be having another GIVEAWAY starting soon. . . . hopefully today sometime!  If you've been wanting to try out Trusted Health's 
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Now, back to our "normal" programming. . . . 

The first week of school and soccer are almost finally over.  We managed to get on the buses on time two days so far!  Woo Hoo!  I know it doesn't sound like much, but since our first bus comes an hour and fifteen minutes earlier than our bus last year, I'm gonna call that a major success.

There was a pretty sunrise on our first day of school.  This was the best pic I could get though.  It's in there somewhere!

So far this week, I've been up at 6:00 with my Builder to make school lunches for the kids.  The Builder is still getting up early to watch Netflix in the morning.  This year he can only watch one episode of whatever it is instead of three episodes though.

I've somehow made the mistake of making hot lunches for the kids so far this year!  Ha!  I get up at 6:00 to make them.  I don't necessarily trust the microwave, so I feel better making the stuff in the morning.  Don't get me wrong.  We use the microwave in a pinch or if we're in a hurry or if I just don't feel like cooking on the stove, but I don't want to make a habit of it.

If you saw our Monday Meal plan, then you've already seen what I made the kids for lunch.   
If you haven't seen it, then here's what I've been doing at 6:00 in the morning so far this week:

Wednesday, I made pizza pockets by making crescent rolls into rectangles, filling them with sauce, turkey pepperoni and shredded mozzarella, then topping with another rectangle of crescent roll.  If you use a can of 8 crescent rolls it makes 2 pizza pockets.  It is not at all good for the kids, but they love them, so we indulge every now and then.  I thought it would be a fun first day of school lunch for them.

Yesterday, I warmed up taco meat, rice and beans for them to put in their thermos.  They also had grape tomatoes, black olives and a colby jack stick cheese.

This morning I got up and made homemade chicken noodle soup.  It smells so good!   

The Builder moved up to the Middle School this year.  He's only in the 5th grade, which traditionally has been at elementary schools.  .  .  . especially when I was a kid!  The fifth graders are still so small!  But, the school does a really good job of making the 5th graders feel welcome and not overwhelmed.  I feel like it's a lot for a 5th grader to take on, but The Builder seems to be taking it perfectly in stride.  Band or choir is required in our school system and The Builder chose to be in band.  The music teachers decided that he'd be best suited for the trombone, so he had to take his big 'ol trombone on the bus with him the first time today.

The 5th graders are also being introduced to "dressing out" for PE much earlier than we ever had to.  They are required to change into gym clothes before the class, then change back into their school clothes after class.  

My hubby and I got a chance to see the teachers last night (he'll have 5 in all, not including any intervention specialists, that he'll see on a daily basis.)   He has different teachers for ELA, Science & Social Studies, Math, Band, PE and Art.  I remember being in the 5th grade, and we only had one main teacher who taught us everything.  Of course we had separate PE and music teachers, but that's definitely normal.  I think the way they're teaching is great here, because each teacher has their own specialty.

All of his teachers seem really cool and excited to be teaching.  The Builder told me this morning that his ELA and Math teachers look like they should be celebrities.  I'd have to agree with him.  I'm so excited for The Builder. I think it's going to be an incredible year for him!

I think Future Fashionista will have a good year as well, but we've already been through everything she's going to do this year!  It's old new for us.  Ha!  It will be the first year for her to have a "planner" though.  Third grade is the year when all of the kids get their own planner and have to start taking an active role in being responsible for their own homework, etc.  

Soccer is going well.  The Builder has practice two times a week and his coach seems pretty intense.  I'm just happy he'll be getting out and running hard for an hour and a half three times a week.  

Future Fashionista's soccer coach seems really nice.  I had to warn FF's soccer coach about how she runs so hard that she has a hard time breathing sometimes and gets freaked out.  She told me she'd watch her.  After practice she asked if it was asthma and I told her that the doctor seemed to think that it wasn't asthma.  The coach had allergy and exercise-induced asthma when she was younger.  So, I feel thankful that she's FF's coach this year.  Since the coach has been through the whole breathing thing before herself, maybe she can help shed some light on why it's happening to FF.  She'll be right there and can help us "listen" to see if it is in fact asthma related.  My hubby and I tried to listen last year, but didn't really hear anything.  BUT, we don't really know what we're listening for either.  

I think I'll finish with the updates now!  I feel like I've already been long-winded.  There's just SO. MUCH. NEW though!  New, new, new.  

Don't forget to keep an eye out for the OraMD giveaway!
Have a great weekend, y'all!

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