Back to school time transforms me.
During the summer I am a full time wife and mommy who organizes activities and keeps everyone busy,
a domestic goddess who gets everything done around the house,
and a conqueror of all the to do list tasks and errands.
Also add to the list slight exaggerator… but who is keeping up?!
Once school starts, I quickly become a non existent wife who does a kiss and run from the hubs to my next location,
a form filling out, homework helping mommy who has to remember when kids need sneakers or gymnastics attire,
a wrecked home gal who desperately wants clean clothes that don’t need to be ironed,
and a women who only adds to the to do list.
It is true.
The demands of a teacher during the first month of school are overwhelming.
Even if you do the work over the summer.
Even if you try to be the most efficient employee at school.
Even if you have taught this grade before.
Thank goodness for my back to school helper!
I hope and pray we all have someone in our lives who is a supporter of our passion,
who knows how hard we work and pick up the slack for us when they can.
Here is to them and how thankful we all are as teachers.
Thanks for taking care of the kids on their first day of school!
As a teacher I rarely get to walk my own kid to class on their first day since I welcoming in my new students.
This task is usually left to the spouse or family member who can take care of it.
My husband take both of our kids to school on the first day, which is the only day all year this usually occurs.
He comes by my classroom to get the “sign” I create for the first day of school
and so I can give my little S one last kiss and good luck wish.
He takes the pictures and sends them to me.
Thanks for letting us work late without a complaint.
I work every late after the first day of school.
It doesn’t matter how hard I work getting ready for the school year,
once the kids hit the classroom, every teacher quickly sees what will work
and what needs to be changed as soon as possible.
I always add a new student or three the first day of school as well.
And since we get no breaks or lunch away from the kids on the first day,
I have to fix up their spots with their names quickly.
Additionally, I have to sort and store all those supplies.
That alone is no easy tasks.
Hubs knows I am not coming home early.
He expects it.
I get a hug and a kiss and a sweet smile when I do get home.
Thanks for understanding.
It means the world to me.
In addition to our teacher work load, my county gave all the teachers
a list of 4 online safety modules to complete in the month of August.
(These take the place of faculty meetings so I didn’t mind, but I wanted them DONE.)
So… I came home after the first day LATE, took a shower,
and wanted to tackle my to do list and safely modules, and SLEEP.
In steps my back to school helper again!
My husband took the kids to dinner
and to Target to let me finish what I needed to do.
And he kept it very fun for them… like only a daddy can do.
And I got a picture so I could see them and not feel badly about doing what I needed to do.
The best news was…
I got to spend all of Saturday and Sunday with the whole family since I was done working.
After teaching for 12 years, my back to school helper knows the things I need all the time.
When he sees clearance scissors, he grabs them.
I often get a text from him asking if he needs to grab something he might think I need.
I hate shopping so this is a HUGE HUGE HUGE help.
I am so blessed to have someone who knows THIS is my love language.
And Thanks for looking for the things I desperately want for my classroom.
I found these ABC pastas from another blogger on Instagram.
(It was Primary Graffiti.)
I screen shot it and sent it to the hubs.
He kept his eyes out for it each and every time he went to the store…
and came home with some the next week.
Moreso… my back to school helper makes me look smarter than I am.
Behind the scenes… he is awesome.
I made this Alphabet using real pictures.
While I was prepping it, he told me my iguana was not an iguana but a lizard.
Therefore, it had to be changed.
Well I changed it, but didn’t throw away the wrong one.
When I went to set it up… I couldn’t remember which was right or wrong.
So, another quick text to the hubs… HELP.
Sure enough… I put up the wrong one and had to change it.
I am pretty sure not one else would have noticed.
But he did.
And he helped me make it better.
Lastly, he does those tasks that are physically just too hard for me.
I am a little gal and after carrying the girls, my back is shot.
(They seriously did some damage to it.)
I got a hand me down loft for my classroom, but I needed to make the sides taller and safer for my students.
So I needed some wood.
Lifting that wood could have been slightly painful for me to do by myself with the girls,
because they are usually with me.
Additionally, I didn’t want the wood in the car between their car seats if I could help it.
I gave my helper the measurements, he got the wood for me.
(Notice how easy he makes this look. It was way heavier than it looks!)
Home Depot’s saw was broken… so hubs had to cut the wood for me as well.
Outside. In the heat of a summer night. In Georgia.
THEN he went above and beyond and sanded it down as well.
Once it was cut I could put it in the back of my car and not across the children’s seats.
The smaller sizes made it much easier to for me to carry.
And I could make several trips into school with them.
Thanks all those back to school helpers who lend a hand for us teachers.
We are extremely grateful to you.
Who is your back to school helper and what do they do for you?