Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Back to school they go!

Summer vacation . . . finally, it's over!

I'm assuming that most of my parent readers are currently:
a.) getting a long-awaited pedicure
b.) finally taking an uninterrupted shower
c.) taking a nap
d.) all of the above, simultaneously (good on you, multitasker).

For my part, I have gone to coffee with a friend


gone to lunch with a friend.

This isn't boding well for my writing routine, but hey, everyone needs to eat and preferably with friends.

Let me tell you a little about the last days of summer vacation with my kids, just to put my sigh of relief into perspective (and remember, my son had a head injury just weeks ago -- it didn't get much better, but thankfully, not much worse).

As soon as my son was stitched up and recovering, I headed off to the BlogHer conference in Chicago.  On my last morning there, my husband called to tell me our daughter had lice.  Remember how we had a family lice crisis not that long ago?  Well, my daughter had it worse this time.  In fact, for two weeks straight - no exaggeration - I washed and combed and combed and combed my daughter's hair.  Every.  Freakin'.  Day.  RID three times.  Cetaphil once.  Coconut oil with a Saran Wrap mummy cap overnight (basically, I wrapped her head in layers of plastic and said, "Sweet dreams, Pumpkin.").  I combed with a nit comb.  I combed with a standard plastic comb.  I combed with the lights on and the lights off.  I combed with my readers and looked like Homer Simpson balancing his checkbook.  I combed without glasses.  After two weeks, my daughter (who is 9) and I were both in tears so I called our doctor and asked for help.  A weekend and $55 later, we shampooed my girl's head yet again, but this time with crazy poison prescription shampoo called Sklice.  It worked.  And just in time for school to begin.  Whew.

We didn't suffer any more bodily harm over the past couple of weeks, but I may be permanently damaged from the noxious shampoo, the hours of standing and crouching and staring at hair, and from a sore throat induced by yelling at my kids to stop wrestling and arguing whenever I didn't plan an activity (like combing hair).

Last week I asked my son to stop talking for 5 minutes.  He began asking me a question immediately after my request.  Last week we played the "quiet game" in the car.  Both of my kids "paused" the game to ask questions (my son) or deride my son (my daughter).  Last night, I bribed my kids not once, but twice to stop fighting.  The first time was at Target: they both earned a junky snack.  The second time was at home during dinner (they each earned a quarter -- thank goodness they don't know going rate for bribes).

So, yes, it was bittersweet sending them back to school this morning.  They are both growing up fast and they were both nervous and excited to have new teachers.  I was proud and nervous, too.  But I am hoping that with the kids back in school my brain will bounce back from its attention-deprived summer, that my shoulders will resettle in the down position, and my kids might actually be too tired at night to say, "I'm bored," and argue about who gets the couch and who gets the squishy chair.  If not, I may bribe their new teachers to make them run a few more laps at P.E.

I'll load them up with junk food and quarters.


  1. I'm amazed you still came home from Chicago after getting that call about the lice. You're a good woman, Amy. :)

    1. Well, I don't know if I'm a good woman, but I am a control freak and I had a hunch that my husband did not wash the girl's hair as thorough as I would, so I came home.

  2. Can we have coffee as well? We need to talk media kits and sealing wax and cabbages and king sized candy bars. Or something like that.

    Glad you survived the summer! If it's any consolation, Lola has been a living terror.

    1. Yes, ma'am. Answer my PM on Facebook!

      Poor Lola and the wonky tail.

  3. My high school daughter is getting college essays written and ready to start her senior year in high school. Post-college boy is home for a bit while he takes care of some health issues. So see, they grow up fast, but stick around for awhile. ;)

    1. Oh, I enjoy them . . . when they're not trying to kill one another. Hopefully, school will help acclimate to being away from one another long enough to be kind to each other.

      I hope your son is doing better. Good luck on the college essays! Lucky for your daughter she has a mom who can proofread and edit!

  4. Ha! I remember those days when the kids would. not. shut. up. and when they would not stop touching each other. By the time they are teenagers, they'll stay in their respective corners and not say a word! Then you'll have to bribe them (with way more money) to talk. Enjoy your quiet time!

    1. Thanks Debbie,

      I don't know. I think I could handle the "not talking." Thanks for your well wishes.

      Now that the kids are back, I may have some time to guest post if you're still interested. Shoot me an email if so and let me know what you're interested in.

      Take care,

  5. As an aside for the lice... I am a school nurse who can recommend a terrific line of products to prevent the lice. It is called Fairy Tales- all natural, organic, and good smelling. Sometimes available at hair salons, some CVS stores, and online. Trust me, check it out and you'll thank me!

    1. Hi Dana,
      Thanks for the recommendation. I've seen those line of products at the kids salon I used to go to. I remember that they were a bit pricey, but if they prevent lice, I'm willing to make the investment. I'll definitely look for them at CVS. In the mean time, I'm using Tea Tree Oil Conditioner. Fingers crossed!


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