Kaia and I have been taking time this week to get her prepared for starting the second grade. We’ve labeled and decorated folders, picked up some books from the library, filled her art box and refreshed her nature kit. I think I’m more excited about school starting than she is 🙂 I’m also trying to prepare for the fact that we will have a crazy little toddler trying to get into everything that Kaia is doing. So, I’ve gotten some ABC craft and cookbooks (including this ebook which is full of fun ABC crafts) to work on with Leif, made smelly playdough, and dyed some rice. I’ve also moved a little table and chairs (just Leif’s size) into the living room where we usually do our work. I want to have some easy play things to pull out for Leif when Kaia needs to focus on school stuff. Next week she will be spending some time with her Nana, so we plan to officially start on Aug. 30th. I’m looking forward to getting into a routine. Summer does a good job of sending us in all directions with no routine at all. But that’s what Summer is for, isn’t it?