|1st day of school photo with their little brother|
Now I'm not going to kid myself I know that I probably won't be able to do all those things that I think the super moms do but maybe I could just do a few of them and create the illusion of being one of "those" moms. Kind of like how my husband straightens the living room to give it the illusion of clean but if you really stopped and looked you'd realize we've got about 17 crayons shoved in the couch, a inch of dust coating all surfaces, and what I believe to be a jelly hand print on the window. But squint your eyes and breath through your mouth and we've got ourselves one clean living room. And not only a clean living room but a living room cleaned by my husband. Woot! Woot! Yes ladies, I am one lucky bitch.
Anyways back to my plan. Tomorrow is the last day of the first full week of school and so far I think it's going well. I've gotten the kids up in time to have a decent breakfast (cereal or pop tarts), made sure they had on cute outfits, put their hair in cute bows, and even walked them to and from school. Yes I may only live a block from the school but some days that block can feel like 5 miles but so far so good. They haven't taken their lunches to school yet (thank goodness because that's just one extra headache) so no special note taped to their sandwiches BUT I did send them both to school with a special note on the 1st day. I have even gone through their backpacks and gotten them to do their homework as soon as they get home. But here's where my illusionist skills come into play. They both had sheets of paper sent home asking us to collect box tops from participating items and to tape them to the paper. When the paper is filled up, they bring it back to the school, and the school earns a dollar. Now normally in the past I've gotten these sheets and just thrown them away. Most of my shopping involves store brands which don't participate in the box tops program and when I did have a box top we usually sat it somewhere and forgot about it. This year is a new year and I had big plans for those sheets. I recently did really good couponing (which hardly ever happens) and I had a whole bunch of items in my pantry with those special box tops on them. I went through the boxes we had set aside to recycle (another semi-new thing I'm trying out to help discover my environmentally conscious self.) and cut out as many box tops as I could. I evenly divided them up on the two sheets but I was still short a couple of box tops. Knowing that if I had to wait for a box of cereal bars or frozen biscuits to be emptied I would most likely lose the sheets I did the only logical thing I could think of. I cut as many box tops as possible off of boxes that weren't opened. We were going to eat them eventually so why not just use them now and actually get the sheet turned in. So with the sheets full, I put them in each of the girl's backpacks, and let the satisfaction of knowing that for the first time in 3 years I finally filled up one of those box tops sheets and our school is two dollars richer because of me sink in. I AM one of "those" moms!!!
|unopened box missing box tops|