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Well That Was Fast

July 25, 2023

Kid Activity Schedule OMG

In the past week, all the gymnastics/dance places released their schedules for registration AND C received his travel soccer schedule. I jumped on dance registration this morning right as it opened and I’m glad I did because multiple classes are full already. FOR THE YEAR.

I realized I already basically had the entire weekly activity schedule set for the school year. Things could change, but WOW! This is a record. But I’m also happy the kids got what they wanted.

Basic scaffold:

M –> everyone has one thing (2 in same place / same time – LOVE THAT)

T –> no one has anything (yet)!

W –> everyone has one thing

T –> big kids are busy (different places but times are different enough it will work)

F –> no one has anything (yet)

S –> everyone is busy (most weeks; for C depends on soccer game schedule).

I feel like this would actually work out really well – and I am grateful that there are no SUPER late activities — A has one class that ends at 8 on Thursday; C’s soccer goes to 7:15 two days/week. And having that full on break on Tuesday so that the kids can focus on homework and we just have a chill family night — would be great. I didn’t choose that or anything; it just happened!

Our nanny will definitely be helping with some of the driving. (A two-parent family could manage this if both parents were reliably home from work by ~5:30, but Josh will never have that kind of predictable schedule, that’s just part of the deal and one of several reasons we continue to have full time support).

All that said and done, I am sure the schedule is subject to change.

SIDE NOTE: one of C’s soccer tournaments is the same weekend as Big Sur Marathon which I really want to run next year — with Josh! BUT there are 10 tournaments and my neighbor (who had a kid on the same travel team last year) says it’s likely okay for him to miss some.

Weekend ETC

Big kids have just ONE more week of camp. I have to say having them gone all week does give the weekends a festive feel!

Weekend activities include piano, library, and TARGET FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES (YES ALREADY). The list came and we attacked them, in part because last year we went late and the shelves were looking quite sad.

still need: clipboard. index cards. water bottle for C. thermos for C/A.
uniform bottoms for G because her tiny XS size 4-5 are too small.
probably 90 things G’s class will ask for later on a class-specific list because for whatever reason her list was extremely minimal and I’m pretty sure I remember getting her stuff last year.

(We will have only a week between coming home from our trip and the start of school so I’m not being THAT crazy!)

Sunday we went to Bluey Live which was cute and made G happy. She sat on my lap for most of it. It was sweet and the other 2 kids were good sports. Josh came despite being on call and didn’t even get paged – yay!

wearing the appropriate shirt

We went out to lunch in Fort Lauderdale and walked like 3 blocks in 97 degree temps. UGHHHH. (Also UGHHHHH, it’s hot everywhere!).

Anyway, it was a nice weekend. My only problem is that I never get CLOSE to enough sleep on Sunday night. I’m instituting a 9 pm bedtime policy once school starts because kids were also exhausted this morning. For now though . . . just under a month of summer left, time to enjoy it while it lasts!


  • Reply Elisabeth July 25, 2023 at 5:25 am

    One of my favourite things about my kids elementary school is we pay a school fee that INCLUDES all their school supplies. I know, I know – the whole experience of going to Staples is exciting and such but also – NO. I hate shopping for back-to-school stuff. This way every child has the same gear, the teachers know that all the kids have what they need and I don’t have to lift a finger (other than to write a cheque to the school). Last year my daughter started middle school and we had to get all her school supplies and I hated it; this year, the school is starting to do the same thing for middle school where you pay a fee and they get the supplies – we’re talking low fees here, like $30-$40 total which would never cover what I would spend. She just needs to bring a zippered binder and headphones – and the rest will magically appear for her at the start of term. COLOUR ME THRILLED!

    • Reply Gillian July 25, 2023 at 6:50 am

      Our elementary school works with a local drugstore chain to offer grade specific boxes. You just order a 5th grade box or a 2nd grade box in June and pick it up in August. Everyone does it so no one is bummed out by plain folders and it is just so quick and easy. I don’t feels sad about not shopping for school supplies.

  • Reply Coree July 25, 2023 at 7:12 am

    We don’t have lists in the UK, everything is just provided, but I did get T some cool Japanese stationary and a pencil case. I got some long sleeved uniform tees when on holiday (random shop had navy polos which are sometimes hard to find) and that should be us sorted for uniforms. Grandma is buying school shoes, and got him a new backpack for his bday because his is wrecked (school, camp, holiday).

  • Reply Gwinne July 25, 2023 at 7:51 am

    I love school supply shopping! Thanks for reminding me it’s time!

    I’m amazed at your schedule of activities. I couldn’t handle it. My kids radically different ages (almost 8 years) meant only one was activity heavy at a time, mostly. But even now I wouldn’t want more than a couple nights a week tied up in kid stuff. Totally makes sense having nanny help out

  • Reply Chelsea July 25, 2023 at 8:12 am

    I decided we are going to take a step back from activities this fall. Mainly because I’m burned out on coaching track and cajoling kids to go when it’s hot. So W is going to do tennis Tuesday after school (at school), I is going to do golf Thursday after school (at school), S does occupational therapy on Wednesdays (MIL takes him) and game club Thursday after school (at school). The two younger boys take music lessons on Friday afternoon, and we have dinner with my parents once a week, and that feels like PLENTY. Especially writing it all out like that, lol.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns July 25, 2023 at 11:02 am

    I’m excited to go school shopping for the first time with P! He enters K but doesn’t start until 9/7 (K starts 2 days after everyone else). I have great memories of school shopping with my mom. We already got his backpack – from LL Bean – with his name embroidered. I probably should have bought a size up but oh well. I don’t think he will bring much home from K. We aren’t doing much for activities yet. The boys have gymnastics on Saturday. I think I will have P start piano in 1-2 years. He will do before and after school programs and there are some things he can do through that. So far we have him registered for Spanish. I think there is chess club, drama and some other things. So we will get by with those activities for now.

    I have never seen Bluey! We don’t have Disney+ but I imagine we will get it eventually. I just bought Paul and I tickets to Wild Kratts Live in November. I am going to wait until we are close to tell him. He is going to be SO EXCITED!! I also got tickets for the boys and me to go to the grinch in December. P and I went last year and it was amazing! It’s at the children’s theater so the length is just right – even for me as an adult. Ha. Sometimes plays and musicals get too long for me… 1.5 hours including intermission is just right.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 25, 2023 at 11:13 am

      we went to Wild Kratts Live and did the VIP where the kids got to meet them and it was AAMAAAAAAAZING! G was a tiny baby but the other two were sooooo happy (they were ~4 + 6 at the time!)

      • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns July 25, 2023 at 5:02 pm

        My retired colleague went to college with Chris Kratt! So I feel like I know him by proximity! I did not see a VIP option so we won’t get to meet him but even being in the audience will be amazing for P. He does a lot of pretend play where he pretends he’s Chris Kratt.

  • Reply Sophie July 25, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    It makes me so happy to see you all at Bluey Live and G enjoying so much- Bluey is made and set in Brisbane, which is our nearest city in South East Queensland, about an hour drive from home. Everything they do and say in the show feels very familiar so if you ever want a snapshot into Australian family life, Blueys a pretty good indication. 😊

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