For the last couple of weeks I’ve felt “left out” of the latest obsessions on my party planning/crafting/cooking blogs. Their focus has been on Back-To-School and Halloween, as it should be.
I’m in absolutely no rush for Kyla to start school., even PREschool for that matter. But since I always loved school right through college, I feel there is something nostalgic about new notebooks and pencils and things. Sure, elementary school-age kids are now shopping for laptops when I was happy to get a new “Trapper Keeper” in the same grade. But the anticipation, excitement and nervous feelings surely pass from generation to generation.
My favorite blogs presented all sorts of back to school treats, recipes for nutritious lunches and after-school snacks, and ways to say thanks to the teachers. I looked at them, albeit briefly, wistfully thinking of what I will do when Kyla starts school. I am insanely happy that her birthday is in March so that I can take baked goods to her class on her special day!
I realize that Kyla is still a bit too young to fully appreciate Halloween and all the fun and excitement that comes with the holiday. This year she is learning all about the Disney princesses, and has decided that Belle is her favorite. That will mean a trip to the Disney store for a Princess Belle costume. (It will serve double duty when we go to Disney World for the first time with her this December.)
My best friend’s daughter Emma will turn seven in November. Naturally she feels like a big girl around Kyla, but they have a wonderful time together whenever they play. Now that Kyla “is older” according to Emma, she wants to go Trick or Treating with her this year. Emma could run circles around Kyla when it comes to scoring candy. But something tells me that true to her sweet and caring nature, she will make sure she stays in step with Kyla and doesn’t get (too much) more candy.
I read the adorable ideas for Halloween parties and treats and look forward to the days that I can plan an actual party for Kyla and her friends. I’m sure parents who have “been there done that” will think I am crazy for wanting these things. I am not wishing her toddler and preschool years away by any means. It’s just that there are so many inspiring and amazing ideas out there!
I suppose that this year I will quell my penchant for parties by focusing on other “nesting” activities. I’ll stock our pantry with all sorts of fall favorites. I’ll do extra baking. I’ll find cozy afghans to put around the house for snuggling, and I’ll make sure we have plenty of wood for our fireplace. Oh, and I just might store those ideas on my computer… before I know it, I’ll be needing them!