A New School Year and New Routines


So my kids started back to school this week but on different days! My fourth grader started on Tuesday. and in his excitement, he was counting down the days and hours! While other kids might be dreading the end of summer, this kid is all about what he can learn and well…friends. I loved seeing his excitement though because this kid has been through a lot of change in the last few years. 

Like I’ve said in past posts, this kid has been the new kid in school a lot, and he’s the new kid in school this year as well. The older you are, I think the harder it becomes. But so far there hasn’t been anything this kid hasn’t been able to handle. He’s sociable and easily liked. He loves his teachers, he loves learning new things and making new friends. 

At his new school, Jaydon has Spanish all the way through to the 8th grade.  His school has won awards for being one of the top ten schools in Colorado for performance on standardized tests and STEM. I love seeing what he’ll be able to accomplish here.  It’s awesome that he gets to pursue his interests in science at this school.  They get to learn about coding and robotics, he can join the junior honor society once he reaches 6th grade and he gets to work on the school newspaper in the older grades as well. It truly makes my heart happy knowing he’s going to a school that can challenge him to his full potential. 

Braidy’s First Day of School 

Braidy didn’t start first grade until Thursday. He’s been anxious to go to school because I keep dragging him places to go shopping! He actually said to me on Wednesday when we were strolling through Bed Bath and Beyond, “MOM!!! Why couldn’t you have done this like tomorrow when I’ll be in school!?” He had a good point. So I did the best thing I could think of at the time and rewarded him with M&Ms at the check out stand for being patient with me through the rest of that store and then Target. I know that’s not a great parenting tactic but in the kid’s defense I did drag him through like 5 stores trying to find items to complete my command center. Speaking of my command center, what do you think?  

So when Thursday morning rolled around, I knew he was more than ready to meet new friends and not hang out with mom all day. He put on his Batman t-shirt, then his “I’m an awesome first grader” attitude and he was ready to start the day! 

So we hopped in the car and headed to school, while Jaydon talked the whole way explaining school procedures to Braidy who started to look a little worried. The worry seemed to go away as soon as we enter the parking lot. Jaydon was excited to show Braidy where to stand for his teacher while I ran to the office to turn in vaccination records. When I got back out to the playground, the kids are laughing and running around. I watch JJ help lift Braidy up to grab a bar on the jungle gym. My mama’s heart was proud that JJ wasn’t too cool being in fourth-grade to hang out with his first-grade brother. 

I give the boys their space and watch from the fence line as Braidy pulls himself up on a bar, wraps his legs around that bar, then loses his grip and falls to his back! I rush to help him up. He’s full of tears and woodchips. I pick him up, we grab a bench to sit on as he holds me tightly around my neck. He was fine other than the shock of falling right on his back from a high height. He sits on my lap hugging me for about five minutes silently while I tell him he’ll be just fine and that the rest of his day will be awesome and that I can’t wait to hear how fun it was.

After about ten minutes teachers start filing out double doors with signs for their class lines and children start lining up. I let him line up but every few minutes Braidy turns to wave at me until his line starts moving and he rounds a corner out of sight.  I walk back to my car, eyes filled with tears but feeling silly for it. I mean its first grade not kinder. Why am I all teary eyed? 

But for the first time in 11 weeks, I’m kid free.  

At that point, I hopped back in the car and headed home to change into work out clothes. This is now when my new morning routine begins since school is back in session! 

Mom’s New Routine

I find that I have more of a grasp on how the day unfolds if I wake up before the kids do. That, unfortunately, means I’m waking up at 6 am! The kids get up at 6:30 to be to school by 7:30. At 6 am, I can get in a morning stretch, some bible reading time, or catch up on some blog things before I’m inundated with questions and needs. That half hour in the morning can really put me in a better more patient mood before the rest of the family wakes up. 


For my birthday I got a Fitbit that I am hoping will help me to stay motivated, eat a little better, and get more exercise. Thursday morning I nearly walked 3 miles around a lake nearby! It made me think, if I can walk three miles with ease, I can do another 5K. This walk will be my daily routine. I’ve done it off and on with the kids throughout the summer, but kids walk at a much different less intense pace than grown-ups, they aren’t really in it for the exercise. Making it a daily routine will really help keep me on target with my fitness goals. Thankfully I’m already at my target goal for weight, I just have to turn some fat into muscle and increase my protein intake a bit. So I’m hoping that along with some moderate cardio, some strength building workouts and some additional protein I can achieve this! 

So with getting my fitness act together, I’ve also gotten my organization act together. My next post will talk about that command center I’ve been making all week to combat all the school things that come home, chores, schedules, meal planning and more. Basically, I want all the crap off the counters!!  Can you relate?! I hate that countertops are the dumping grounds for things and it has to end!! So this command center is a must!

Do you have a command center in your home? Are you ready for the kids to go back to school? 

About Heather Jones

I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

Heartfully Heather


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13 thoughts on “A New School Year and New Routines

  1. They are so cute. I hope they had a great first day back to school. No little ones here but school starts back Monday where we live.

  2. Our routine always changes with a new school year. Changes even more once sports starts. Keeping ourselves healthy and fit is important

  3. We haven’t return back to school yet but, I am already preparing for some changes with the new school year. Both grandkids are headed to different schools so that will be different for us all. I’m also trying to figure out a daily regiment to help me get back into a healthy routine.

  4. My kid is currently in school since their classes start in June. Anyway, I have always wanted a fitbit but I’ll make use of the built-in app in my phone for now. Haha

  5. We don’t have a kid yet so I totally can’t relate! 🙂 But it’s normal for children to get excited when they have new stuff and when they’re part of shopping for new school supplies.

  6. The beginning of a new school year is a struggle, especially after the relaxed routine at the break time! I guess the first week is a little difficult. I go through the change of sleeping pattern of my kid, waking him up for school the first week is a chore!

  7. Your command center and organization area is fabulous! We definitely need something like that in our house too. First days of school are always exciting!

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