I can’t believe that the school year is half over already! While I am certainly not wishing this last week of the school holidays to move any faster than it has to (in fact I’d be happy with an extra week please!) I am quietly preparing for the second semester to start because I desperately want to be organised.
On the whole the girls starting school did wonders for my organisation. For a start it got us all out of bed and going before 9am, almost unheard of before the whole school thing! But there are a few things about school life that I despise…
Making School Lunches.
I hate making school lunches. I hate that I have to come up with something that my girls will eat. I hate that I have to do it five times a week. I hate that I have to make sure that I buy enough food to last a week of lunches, and make sure that no one else eats it before the week is up. School lunches are not my favourite thing.
School lunches are a little more bearable if I am organised.
The fabulous Kate from Kate Says Stuff happened to mention that she makes ham rolls a week in advance and freezes them, so I tried it, and lo and behold they freeze great and at least Zoe will eat them every day! Izzy likes tuna in her rolls and while I’ve discovered that doesn’t freeze well, I can pre cut and freeze plain bread rolls and then all I have to do is fill them the night before and put them in the fridge till the morning.
My girls like tiny teddies and the like but they are expensive so I’m going to try and get back in the habit of making and freezing sausages of biscuit dough from my Hundred’s of Biscuits recipe. I’m going to experiment with making tiny little biscuits and see if they have the same ‘cute’ factor. I’m also going to buy a few more nude food movers tubes (does anyone know if I can just get lids alone?) and start backing other snacks a week in advance, to save me time and stop everyone eating everything.
And I’m going to cut myself some slack while the renovations are happening and allow for one lunch order for each of the girls once a month… $6 and two home made pizza’s won’t kill anyone.
Keeping Track of Stuff
My girls are not exactly on the ball when it comes to keeping track of their belongings. Izzy lost her school jacket no less than four times last semester. Luckily it managed to find it’s way back each time but she lost two last year which does not bode well for the next 11 or so years of school uniform wearing. And then there are the drink bottles… we just keep losing those too, as well as hats and hair ribbons.
This semester I am re-labelling everything. We’ve had name labels in the past but while they were pretty to look at they just didn’t stay stuck. This time my lovely new sponsor Bright Star Kids sent me some stick on and iron labels to try and so far I’m loving them. We put the stick on labels to the ultimate ‘frozen drink bottle test’ and they are still stuck fast. So I’m going crazy and sticking labels on everything and anything. It’s an ongoing battle to get the girls to keep track of their stuff but I’m hopeful that, if they do lose stuff (and they will) we have at least a fighting chance of it coming back.
Keeping Track of Events
Monday is violin day. Tuesday Izzy has show and tell. Wednesday it’s Zoe’s turn for Show and Tell. Thursday is library day and Friday they have sport. I can barely remember what day of the week it is, let alone what needs to go to school on any given day. And having to come up with a kick arse show and tell item five minutes before we need to leave for school does my head in! (oh how I loathe show and tell)
I need to get on top of this so I’ve played around with my weekly menu planner and come up with a very simple kid’s weekly schedule. Hopefully this will serve as a visual reminder to both me and the girls so there is no more mad dashes back to school to drop off violins or library bags. Click on the image above and you can download a pdf version of the schedule if you like.
Help me out here…
Have you got any fail-safe tips for managing school lunches, keeping track of stuff and remembering what day of the week it is?