My stepson Josh has graduated from high school. I'll take this moment to brag that he was the Salutatorian for his class. I'm so proud of him. He'll be attending Binghamton University in the computer science program. This means no more Josh at home. He'll be living at college. The Bandits and their brother are super close so it's going to be hard. Josh is looking forward to it very much so it's hard not to be excited in a way.
As if that wasn't enough, Cupcake Bandit Madeline has graduated from special education preschool to special education kindergarten. No more riding on the bus with her sissy. Nope. She'll go on a different bus to an entirely different school district. Our school has teamed up with a neighboring one to consolidate the two school districts to make one classroom for special education kindergarten. She'll have a longer way to go. Instead of 25 minutes on the bus it'll take her an hour. I was happy to have The Bandits in the special education preschool summer session together. Since we are just at the halfway mark of summer school being over it's time to think about a whole new school year entirely. Neither of The Bandits have had a full year of preschool. So on top of kindergarten we'll have a brand new class for Natalie to got to. All good changes but all hard changes for me. Alan is okay with it. It's me who is all teary and sentimental.
With all these changes come a lot of shopping! Not that I mind that. I don't. I adore shopping. It's the spending a ton of money I hate. Luckily, I was introduced to this great #MomsGuide for Back To School. There is such a stark difference between prepping for kindergarten and preschool versus college. With college it's about setting up a person for life. With kindergarten and preschool it's about setting them up for learning. College needs are overwhelming. Luckily the Josh's university had a (huge) list sent out to parents. Along with that they sent a place were we could buy "everything" from. Nope. It was beyond expensive. Easy but expensive. Getting Josh ready has taken us all summer and we still aren't done. With kindergarten and preschool it's about supplies and clothes. What does one need for kindergarten? It's been awhile you know? My hope is to have a list from the school. HOPE. But the deals are going on now. I'm not one to HOPE for deals. I want the ones that are tangible. No last minute stuff here. I know the girls and I will have fun as they really enjoyed getting their back packs when they started preschool last year. It's all about perspective isn't it?
Whether it be for preschool, kindergarten, or college this #momsguide has something for to help me on my adventure back to school. I bet it does for you too!
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