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Back-to-school update and checking in on ’71 Toes’

August 8, 2013 – 2:31 pm

How did it happen already? School’s just started and already we are up to our eyeballs in spelling lists and tracking “reading minutes” at our house. I’ve been up past 11 several nights in a row making sure snacks and lunches were packed (not necessarily for the kids, but for my husband and I so that I can help the kids with any last-minute issues in the morning).

I’ve even had a call from the school nurse and a kid home sick – all in the first week.

I spent last night attending curriculum night for one child and plan to attend another tonight.

first day of schoolAnd we have YET to get out the door by 8 a.m. Don’t ask about the first day of school. As you can see by the photo, I had a bit of a rough time waking the big kids up! Our bed times have shifted a bit, but not really as much as I would like. The kids – including the 3-year-old – are still too used to being up until after 9.

I just hope we get this routine down before my daughter’s six-week diving lesson session begins after Labor Day.

It’s been a while since I did a check on some of the other East Valley mom bloggers out there. But I took a look at “71 Toes” and I’m just in love with her back-to-school post. Take a minute to read it. I would adopt the “cookie chats” idea if only ALL three of my kids liked cookies (I have a silly boy who doesn’t). So I may have to alter it to “cupcake” or “chip” chats! What a fun idea.
I also liked her idea to tell two “facts” about each day – one real and one fake – as a way to get conversations rolling at dinner. We’re trying that tonight!


Back to school shopping done, and only 28 miles put on the car

July 30, 2013 – 5:24 am

It’s that time of year! Armed with two teacher lists from my kids’ school and two daughters (my son was at a birthday party), I hit the stores last week for some supply shopping.
I’ll be …

Sound the alarm! School is almost here

July 24, 2013 – 8:14 am
wake up call

It’s 7:45 a.m. and through no preplanned design, my two schoolage children make their way down the stairs, one right after the other.
One lands on the couch with her stuffy and falls back asleep. The …

What will you celebrate with your child today?

July 15, 2013 – 7:14 am

I woke up in my own bed this morning.
Read that again: I woke up in my own bed!
I did the happy dance in my head, “My children slept all night! My children slept all night.”
Then …

Survey: Moms complete 26 tasks each morning (that’s all?)

July 11, 2013 – 12:41 pm

This morning, I awoke and it just felt “late.”
After scrambling to find my glasses and cell phone, I realized my feeling was correct.
The clock said 7:47.
My daughter’s dive team practices at 7:50 each morning.
Pretty much …

How do you get to ‘Sesame Street?’ Check out Arizona Science Center’s ‘The Body’ display

July 2, 2013 – 11:42 am
My nearly 3-year-old learns how Elmo should dress for a rainy day at "Sesame Street Presents The Body" at the Arizona Science Center.

Grover and I go way back.
Being a child of the ‘70s, Sesame Street was a part of life. The characters and songs from the show still flow easily through my head: “Around. Around. Around. Around. …

Guest column: Research shows benefit of early swimming lessons

June 21, 2013 – 4:10 pm

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88 percent among young children age 1-4, who …

Summer starts its sweet soundtrack

June 6, 2013 – 11:46 am

Summer burst wide open all over the Reese house in the last few days.
I mean “summer,” the holiday, not necessarily “summer,” the season.
Its dripping swim suits, loose goggles, 36 library books and bottles of sunscreen …

Guest column: Bullying: What’s A Mom To Do?

May 29, 2013 – 1:45 pm
1 Bullying

This is the second of two columns sent to us about bullying that we felt were worth sharing  – Michelle
As moms, we know when something is not “right” with our kids. Even if they tell …

Guest column: Is your child being bullied?

May 24, 2013 – 3:03 pm
2 Bullying What's a Mom To Do

This story came across my e-mail and I believe it is worth sharing. It was originally written for a nonprofit website, K12@moms.com, which is underwritten by Sylvan Learning franchisees.
Few days pass without news of another …

Bring out the swimsuits, check the calendar: Swim, dive teams start

May 16, 2013 – 9:26 pm
swim time

I gathered collected half a dozen towels from my car tonight, about twice as many empty water bottles and half as many cans of sunscreen.
At 8:30 p.m., all three of my children were sound asleep …