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Getting ready for the start of term on next week!

We picked up the rest of Erik's uniform yesterday and did a summer uniform full dress rehearsal...


He actually likes the uniform a lot more than the expression on his face would tell you - he's a bit of a fan of blazers and ties (in fact, the kids don't really wear the ties from what we have seen but he insisted we get one, and he'll wear it on the first day, we'll see what happens after that)...


This is him rolling his eyes at me because I wanted a photo of him in his sports uniform, as well. It's not a good idea to roll your eyes are this mum, because if she happens to snap you mid-eye-roll, she will post it on her blog and bring everyone's attention to it! Teenagers, and all that jazz. He hates the sports jacket (which I thought he's like because it's less structured).

Today we went about organising all the other school stuff. The Grumpy Old Man and I cleared out three drawers in the kitchen cabinet and hutch for notices. I thought I'd done this last year and the year before, as well, but I must have gotten distracted or something because I found notices from 2010!


Full kitchen table equals...


Empty kitchen drawers!

I decided to have a drawer for each school level; kinder, primary and secondary... I've put their names on the drawers, mostly for Ari's benefit - as he will be using his own name a fair bit this year. He already can spell it and recognise it, but it doesn't hurt to reinforce this skill.


Nothing much to see in there yet - this will certainly change...


Next was bags and lunch boxes... This is mostly the Grumpy Old Man's area of expertise as he does the morning routine (though, of course, this year I'm going to have to help him because there are kids leaving at all different times, in different directions)...


Lukas and Bryn's lunch boxes ready for a scrub down - Erik and Ari are all shiny and new...


Bryn and Ari's bags getting the once over to make sure they're clean and ready for the first day - I have yet to put Ari's name in the little window of his bag.


Last year the bags were stored in this Expedit shelf, but this year the shelves are full of books - as they should be - so this year the bags will live on top of the shelves. The above photo is how we, the parents, might like the bags to be stored, the one beneath is how I suspect they will be stored...


Still on the 'to do' list is putting labels in Erik and Ari's uniforms (Ari's labels will probably arrive tomorrow), collecting and covering the boys books (kill me now!), and beginning the term time table which I want to start doing on Thursday, so we have four weekdays and a weekend to see how it works before it starts properly next Wednesday.

I have to say, emotionally I think we're all ready to just get this year started. It was great having holidays, but now we'd like the structure of some routine...


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