September 2 08

this morning my coworker Laura came over to my desk. I was sipping my iced coffee, Nancy Botwin style

and she did a little happy dance.

why, you ask?

because it’s the day after labor day. my favorite day of the whole year. it’s everyone’s favorite day of the year!

the day the backpacks come out (Wall-e for the boy. Adidas pink and brown – because, duh, characters are so not cool for grade 2ers mom – for the girl)

the day i officially have a second grader. and a first grader.

hold me.

(in canada it’s called a grade two-er and a grade one-er. barf)

it was a big weekend leading up to the day after labor day.

we all tried a little yoga

we all breathed a sigh of relief as my son went from this:

to this:

we swam. twice. we bbq’ed. twice.

i donned a bikini. the same one that one of the survivors is wearing this season. (and it looks WAY better on me. heh)

i got my favorite heel STUCK in my vent in my hallway. i swear. i even had to take the vent OUT of the floor and use TOOLS to try to get it out. things that happen ONLY to Ali part #546.

i re-enacted the great Ali-meets-her back door caper of 2008.

i finished this:

and decided there’s an etsy store in my future.

and now..i sit back…and enjoy my iced coffee. and my favorite day of the year.

until 4:00 when i have to go and brave all the competimommies in the freakin’ carpool line.

  1. Rest up. That first carline is a bitch.

    The kids are seriously the cutest (next to mine, duh) ever.

    texasholly @ June Cleaver Nirvanas last blog post..Potluck postponed due to impending holiday


    Comment by texasholly @ June Cleaver Nirvana on September 2, 2008
  2. We’ve been in for 2 weeks, but back to school is always a good time.

    Kylas last blog post..GREAT DAY!


    Comment by Kyla on September 2, 2008
  3. We’ve been in school since early August and I can’t tell you how much the holiday annoyed me. I was so ready for school to start again this morning.

    Can I just say I am stoked because your etsy shop is LONG overdue!!


    Comment by AJ on September 2, 2008
  4. aww the yoga picture is so cute! I am surprised you were able to get them to focus long enough, when I was that age I would have gotten real bored real fast

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    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on September 2, 2008
  5. You guys don’t go back until NOW?

    That’s awesome. Our kids haven’t had 3 whole months off for summer vacation since.. well… ever.

    Miss Britts last blog post..My Head Is Just… Elsewhere


    Comment by Miss Britt on September 2, 2008
  6. That bikini is cute. Your kids are SOOOO cute! Hope they’re having a fantastic first day of school! Get this – today would be Day 9 of our school year, but oh no, no. Today there’s an inservice day, so my cute kids are running around the place like monkeys. GAH!

    I wish you luck in the parent pick-up endeavor. I haven’t done it for a year. The post-traumatic sress of it still gives me the shakes. Vive la bus!

    differentkindofgirls last blog post..the best laid plans…


    Comment by differentkindofgirl on September 2, 2008
  7. Congrats!! You really should consider moving down south, my kids have been back in school for 3 weeks now ;)

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    Comment by Suburban Oblivion on September 2, 2008
  8. Yay for back to school! Yay for pink and brown backpacks! Yay for Nancy Botwin!
    I love the yoga picture…we do yoga here, but it is made up…we do “the hamburger” “the dead dog” and the “farting mother” there are no pictures, thank god!


    Comment by jodi on September 2, 2008
  9. Mmmm…iced coffee! Maybe that will help my mood today (as I head back to school).

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    Comment by Kate on September 2, 2008
  10. Yup. I think I can get used to this being my most favorite day too. I have to admit, it is rather nice.

    ohmommys last blog post..The post I wasn’t going to post.


    Comment by ohmommy on September 2, 2008
  11. Matt doesn’t start jk till next week (graduated entry) and I am already dreading the competimommies.
    I met some of them at jk orientation. Who knew you had to arrive early to sign up for meeting the teacher at your preferred time???
    I have so much to learn. School scares me!

    LDs last blog post..Girls Night Out


    Comment by LD on September 2, 2008
  12. You have the cutest kids… next to mine, of course.

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    Comment by Undomestic Diva on September 2, 2008
  13. I hear ya on the competimommies…saw them all this morning at dropoff…ugh. Your kids are adorable!

    KathyMs last blog post..Tomorrow my son will be a grade schooler


    Comment by KathyM on September 2, 2008
  14. That’s a very good tree pose Miss Emily is rocking. I love her first day of school outfit!


    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on September 2, 2008
  15. Uh, what’s with the one-er and two-er? That’s just gross. And I am totally hating you that after 3 children you can wear a bikini! I have zero children and don’t even enjoy a one piece!

    Diannas last blog post..Visit!


    Comment by Dianna on September 2, 2008
  16. I sometimes wish I drank iced coffee just so I could be more like Nancy.

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    Comment by She Likes Purple on September 2, 2008
  17. First day for our kids,too…three cups of coffee (none of which had to be microwaved to reheat due to consumption interruptus) and now, a sugarfree Red Bull. You’d think with the stimulation I’d be accomplishing tasks galore, but nyet…blog screening and loving the pictures of your beautiful similarly school-bound brood.

    Love your blog…will be back!

    Cheryls last blog post..First Things First…


    Comment by Cheryl on September 2, 2008
  18. Ok. Do you slurp Nancy Botwin style? Because that little ‘signature’ they have on Weeds makes me want to rip my hair out, and I can’t imagine you ever doing anything that would make me feel that way. :)

    Love the group yoga shot – and your grader two-ers khaki dress!

    Marias last blog post..My Decision, Dammit.


    Comment by Maria on September 2, 2008
  19. I just wish your kids would show their personalities in photos. Maybe you can try waving a stuffed animal at them or something? ;)

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    Comment by Rhi on September 2, 2008
  20. your kids are so damn cute. Bottle up some of that canadian water and send it to me.

    Misss last blog post..A Choice


    Comment by Miss on September 2, 2008
  21. Well, at least Josh looks a little happier about his first day of school then he did last year!

    And grade one-er? I’ve never heard that before. That’s fuckin’ stupid.


    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on September 2, 2008
  22. Oh, and S4 of Weeds starts on MONDAY! Can’t wait! So excited!


    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on September 2, 2008
  23. Can I send the fruit flies back to school? I’d love to banish them to an endless trigonometry class.

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    Comment by Moose on September 2, 2008
  24. Happy first day of school to the kiddos!

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    Comment by Kristie on September 2, 2008
  25. Congrats on the etsy store (although, maybe it’s just me, but the thing you posted a picture of? looked like it read “a cum”)

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on September 2, 2008
  26. It’s the most wonderful time of the year …

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on September 2, 2008
  27. I NEED Emily’s dress. NEED!

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    Comment by slynnro on September 2, 2008
  28. That photo of the three of them is a framer!


    Comment by Angella on September 2, 2008
  29. So… when do they stay all day? This two or three hour a day thing, so not working for me.


    Comment by Captain Dumbass on September 2, 2008
  30. Love the competimommie line!

    can i use that?


    Comment by swirl girl on September 2, 2008
  31. Oh, darling, I feel your pain.
    I am a Mom of a grade nine’r this year. I wanted Baileys in my iced cap.
    (Also, your children are positively edible.)


    Comment by sherendipity on September 2, 2008
  32. Ooo, I love the way you’re wrapping those blankets these days. Lovely! Also loving Bella’s little outfit, and, of course, Emily’s dress is to DIE for! ;)

    Haley-Os last blog post..Sigh….Our Weekend


    Comment by Haley-O on September 2, 2008
  33. I thought you were going to tell me it was Emily’s favorite day because officially no one can wear white pants any more. And also, I forgot how much traffic sucks in Chicago when school starts. But I guess I’m just glad the kids are actually going to school. Which is a feat in Chicago.

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    Comment by Kristabella on September 2, 2008
  34. I totally agree. I have never been so happy for school to start.


    Comment by lisa b on September 2, 2008
  35. Ah my son starts Kindergarten tomorrow. Nice to have one extra day after the long weekend to get my sh*t together. Which its still not.
    MY BOY’s Going to School!!!! oh my god!
    Hubby and I are both taking the morning off, dropping off 2 yr old daughter at daycare, then taking Son out to breakfast to celebrate first day of school. I’m excited, but sad too.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on September 2, 2008
  36. Have you noticed lately that she isn’t drinking coffee anymore? Hmmmmn. Wonder what’s up with that? I think it’s cause she’s getting some sweet stuff from the mayor/drug kingpin. Sexy…no need for slurpie de coffee.

    merlotmoms last blog post..She’s Baaaack!


    Comment by merlotmom on September 3, 2008
  37. YAY! This is the FIRST ‘yay it is back to school’ post I have read. Everyone else was sad. Now I don’t feel like such a freak.

    Counting down the days till school lets out for the year here in Oz (in December) and NOT looking forward to it!

    Kelleys last blog post..Dinner and the Awesome Mummy


    Comment by Kelley on September 3, 2008
  38. Your kids are so freakin’ cute it makes me sick to my stomach.

    Happy back to school!

    Karlys last blog post..My Money Tree? It Died.


    Comment by Karly on September 3, 2008
  39. yay school! up until my daughter starting high school this year mine started school in beginning of august. ask me how long that month was


    Comment by LAVENDULA on September 3, 2008
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  41. I have never, ever heard any one say “Grade oner” in my whole life. Maybe it’s just a southern Ontario thing?
    My bebe headed off this morning in the world’s cutest outfit. My guy, however, got to spend the morning looking white on the couch. Great.

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    Comment by Beck on September 3, 2008
  42. Yay for back to school!

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    Comment by Queen of Shake Shake on September 3, 2008
  43. The yoga photo is absolutely the sweetest thing I’ve seen. Beautiful.


    Comment by Keri on September 4, 2008

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