Wednesday, August 26, 2009


In the three weeks that school has been in session, there have been a few things that have really grated on my nerves about the carpoolers. So, consider this a public service announcement for anyone who may be picking up kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade at Abby's school.

1. There are spots lined off and numbered in front of the school for a reason. And no, it's not to help your kid (or you, for that matter) learn to count. That is where you are to stop your car to pick up your child. Let me spell it out for you... If you are the first car in line, you are to pull up and stop in the #1 spot. Not in between the #2 and #3 spots, even if that is directly in front of the walkway. And then the second car will pull up into the #2 spot, and the third car in the #3 spot. Do you see a pattern here?

2. If you are going to park your car, get out of your car and go into the school to get your child, do not pull into the carpool lane. There is a parking lot adjacent to the carpool lane with your name written all over it. Use it, so we do not have to wait for 15 minutes, wasting our golden gas, while you block the entire lane.

3. This is not the teachers' first rodeo, folks. They know what they are doing. So if the teacher at the end of the line calls for your child and then the 4 spots in front of you open up, you can go on and move up. Your child will find you. Trust me, those teachers want nothing more than to get your child in the right vehicle so that y'all can get on home. Because that means that they can get on home.

4. If you are sitting in the mile long traffic jam and someone is waiting to pull out, for the love of all that is good and holy, let them out in front of you! If you are going less than a mile an hour, one vehicle length is not going to put you any further behind.

In summary, please do not leave your common sense or your common courtesy at home when you go to pick up your child from school.

Thank you and good night.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

School is Hard

Yep, school is hard. You have to get up early. You have to go to bed early. And I'm sure it's not a piece of cake for Abby either.

Here's Abby on her first day of kindergarten, eating her peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich and drinking her Yoo-Hoo at lunch. Why, yes, I am up for Mother of the Year, how'd you guess?

Abby with her new BFF, only she couldn't remember her name. I guess their bond went deeper than that.

And the whole class...we'll see if they're all smiling by the end of the year.

On my end of things,I had no idea how out of the swing of things we had gotten in the Lane house. A little over a year ago, I was getting myself and 2 kids ready every morning and out the door by 7:00. Now, I'm having a hard time getting one child dressed, fed and ready to go by 7:30. I never really understood those moms who drop their kids off at school in their pajamas. I stand corrected because I totally get it now. I have not done it yet, but there is no stone throwing here. Mainly because I feel sure it will happen one day. Like when it's 10 degrees outside and still dark at 7:00 in the morning. Then I'll probably wear my pajamas to drop Abby off at school. And rest assured, on that day, I will have a flat tire. Or Abby will leave her backpack or lunchbox in the car, and I will have to take it in to her. You can count on it. That's how I roll.