Thursday, September 6, 2012

First Day of School... sort of...

Yesterday was the first day of school for my Angsty Teen... sort of. The freshmen started. Today everyone else shows up and she actually has classes. (But the early morning marching band sessions started Tuesday!)

Usually I sit home and drink mimosas and bask in the solitude. I love being home alone and it rarely seems to happen.

Things were a little different this year because I spent the morning with my dad... but let me tell you about the earlier part of the day... and the traditions I began many years ago.

First Day of School Breakfast:
About 17 years ago I began the tradition of making mini-cinnamon rolls for my wonderful children for breakfast on this auspicious morn.

Then when Kati was in high school and had to be at school for marching band before 6:30 am I realized what a dumb tradition this was.

I did get up early and make the rolls... but that meant I was getting up at 5:30... again, dumb tradition. Be careful if you start a tradition that you are able to sustain it.

Last year with the Angsty Teen one year away from the early morning marching band practice time, I realized that I really didn't want to once again have to get up at 5:30 to get the mini-cinni rolls made.

Yet I didn't want to make the Angsty Teen feel like she wasn't important.

So last year when I asked what she wanted for her First Day of School Breakfast. I said, "I will do what you want. I could make you cinnamon rolls or we could stop and get a doughnut on the way to school at Casey's" (That little convenience store makes the best doughnuts in our town and we only get them a couple times a year.)

She was so enthralled with the idea of getting a doughnut... that I was off the hook! Yea!

Fast forward to this year. The evening before school started I sent her a text while she was riding the bus home from her out-of-town volleyball game.

I just went with what options were the easiest... especially as I was at the grocery store when I sent the message. I already had everything for the fruity spinach smoothies she had been having and I knew she wouldn't want cereal...
I picked up the calorie-laden, delicious chocolate chocolate chip muffins and... I was done.

Except for the Back-to-School Present.... why do I start these traditions?
Such a good job of wrapping it...
No peeking!
I really overspent on this one...  but she was happy.
And after my morning.... this was the lunch I had to celebrate school starting!

Did you ever have any traditions like these? If you ever start traditions... keep 'em simple... you may be doing them for a long, long, long, long time... just sayin'.

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  1. Your traditions are SO sweet and I'm sure she truly appreciates them - you're a WONDERFUL mother :)

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    I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week Sally (and have a mimosa!!)


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