Last week, we started back-to-school. As you might imagine, it was a rough week going from no routine to a full school workload seemingly overnight! So, to celebrate having our first week of school successfully “in the books,” I ran to Walmart and bought some TOMBSTONE® pizzas for a Back-to-School Pizza Night celebration Friday night.
Let’s Celebrate Conquering Math
It was a rough week. Math almost swallowed us alive a few times, but we came out the victors!
On Tuesday, Jenny completed a division drill sheet, getting 32 out of 100 problems WRONG… and it took her almost an hour to complete. I was pulling my hair out – I couldn’t believe that she’d forgotten SO MUCH in such a short amount of time.
On Wednesday, we had an unexpected adventure that delayed us starting school, so I opted to forgo math for the day. We were already “behind” in our schedule for the week where math was concerned, but I knew we needed a day off to recover from Tuesday.
Thursday we finally started seeing some progress with math. We were able to get through most of Wednesday’s lesson without too many tears (figurative and/or literal), and it only took us an hour more than I’d originally allotted.
Friday. Oh glorious Friday. I swear the angels themselves celebrated with us on Friday as Jenny not only completed math in a timely fashion, but she conquered it! Friday, she aced her timed division drill worksheet, AND she completed her Saxon 3 book (left over from last year)!!
If conquering math isn’t cause for celebration, I don’t know what is!
Let’s Celebrate a Love for School
David wasn’t sure he was going to like doing school this year. I wasn’t sure David was going to like school this year. This would be the first year he was “required” to sit and participate in our school time.
Five days later, and several pages ahead of where I’d scheduled for him to be, David declared, “I love school!”
I think that’s a reason to celebrate!
Let’s Celebrate Sticking to a Routine
If you know me, you know that I struggle to stick to a routine or a plan. I can plan with the best of them, but actually seeing my plan come to fruition is a real challenge for me.
Two weeks ago, I sat down and planned out our first three weeks of school. I wasn’t sure we’d make it through a full week without throwing the plan out the window, but I decided to go ahead and plan a few weeks past that “deadline.”
Wednesday’s unexpected adventure (and some additional unexpected circumstances through the remainder of the week) challenged my devotion to the plan – would I push through to see it come to fruition or would I throw in the towel?
I was so excited when we finished school on Friday to see that everything on my plan had been accomplished and my children were all still alive and talking to me and each other!
Sticking to a routine and following the plan is cause for a celebration!
Let’s Celebrate with TOMBSTONE® Pizza
When I saw that we’d not only survived our first week of school but we’d made great strides and grown as a result, I knew we needed to do something special to celebrate.
While Jenny finished up her final worksheet Friday afternoon, I ran to Walmart (by myself!!) to pick up some TOMBSTONE® pizzas.
I’m not the world’s greatest special event planner (and no one would ever accuse me of being so), but with a little imagination, I was able to make things a bit more fun than normal and get the kids excited about our special pizza night celebration.
Let the Celebration Begin!
While we waited for the pizzas to bake (pepperoni for the boys and 5-cheese for the girls), I gave Jenny and David the cardboard from the pizza packaging and asked them to “make their own pizzas” using colored pencils.
Jenny quickly divided her pizza into “twelfths” and got to work adding twelve pepperoni – one on each slice.
David went crazy with the “sauce” and “cheese,” creating his own masterpiece.
I tried to create a bit of educational fun by asking Jenny to read the nutrition facts from the TOMBSTONE® pizza packaging to determine how much pizza each of us should get, but she just rolled her eyes and declared that she didn’t “know how to read that.” Since we’d actually managed to end math on a positive note for the week, I decided to just trash the nutrition facts and let her just enjoy her pizza.
Jenny decided since it was a “special occasion,” she wanted to take people’s orders “like a waitress at a restaurant,” so she designed her own makeshift order slip and brought it to me in the kitchen so I could dish up the pizza.
Time to Eat!
When the TOMBSTONE® pizzas came out of the oven, I sliced them up into eight pieces each. It didn’t take long for the five of us to devour them!
We had a great time celebrating the successful first week of school and enjoying one another’s company.
It wasn’t fancy, but it was special… just like our family!
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How do you celebrate the special things that happen in your family? Do you have any special “back-to-school” traditions or celebrations?
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