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Cottage Diaries: Back-To-School Cottaging

We've had an amazing time at the cottage this summer - having spent almost every weekend, and some full weeks, there. We couldn't have asked for better weather, so hot that the kids spent hours in the lake each day, playing, spinning, floating in their life jackets. The adults among us became kids again as we tried new things, like wakeboarding, kayaking, peddle boating, badminton, outdoor yoga, tubing and tee ball. We all enjoyed summer salads on the deck, chips and salsa on the dock and a daily happy hour by the lake. It's been amazing.

But the days are getting shorter now. The sun is setting earlier, and back-to-school is just on the horizon. We'll continue to go to the cottage even as my daughter steps into grade 1 and my son into Junior Kindergarten. But it won't be the same - we know that. And I'm trying not to get too sentimental about the end of summer.

So we're going to make the most of these last two weekends before school starts by using city weekdays to get all our school stuff organized:

  • Buy some fresh new clothes;
  • Buy school supplies;
  • Get the kids' hair cut;
  • Organize and buy materials for the kids' after-school programs;
  • Prepare for the new school routine by getting the kids up a little earlier during the week, dressed and at the table for breakfast;
  • Set up lots of playdates, so the kids can reconnect with their school friends during the week before school;
  • Take some trips to the school to refamiliarize

I'm sure I'll think of a bunch of other things that need to be done. But the idea is to prepare for the big transition back to school during the week, so we can really enjoy, relax and take in the remaining cottage days of summer.

And in those remaining days, we'll make every moment as big and full as possible, just being together and allowing the minutes to pass slowly.

As for me, I still have another summer novel to read, and I'm determined to cross that wake on the wakeboard. As much as I want to spend time with my family, I also need quality time on my own - early-morning yoga on the dock (with the loons), a solo kayak midday, a solo sea-doo late afternoon. Back-to-school's a busy and stressful time for parents, too. So I'm going to fill my soul as best I can before diving in to the new school year.

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October 20, 2013


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