Oh, Mamas. Summer's lease hath all too short a date. R is in pre-school, mornings have a chill in the air, and time marches on. This was likely my very last summer with a baby. Good things are ahead, certainly, but I can't help feeling a little lost. I'd like one more beer at the end of the dock, please.
If the back-to-school routine snuck up on you…here are a few good things I found:
An awesome list of back-to-school books. The title "Hooway For Wodney Wat" cracked me up.
We've been using Skip Hop's Bento lunchbox and it's awesome. It's technically a bento, but simpler and less intimidating. I can still throw a sandwich in there (cut up into fourths) on busy mornings. I actually bought this set a while ago, but somehow* lost all of the lids. When I called Skip Hop for replacements, they sent me out a new set – gratis!
Also, this thermos keeps soup warm for five hours. Perfect for grabbing something out of the crock pot in the morning.
I'm so happy with the pre-school we found for R. They go outside everyday, regardless of weather (except for insanely cold temps). We have to keep a pair of rainboots at the school, so I wanted to find something cheap-ish, yet durable and cool (no crazy animals or cartoon characters, please). These plain black Tingley Stormtrack rainboots were only $14, and are awesome.
What are you up to this weekend? I think we're going to try and catch Philly's Open Air exhibit, which lets you record a voice message, and then uses robotic lights in the night sky that will react to your voice's frequency and volume. No joke. They even have an iPhone app. R will be totally geeked out (and so will we).
*Pax went through a "throw things in the trash" phase.