Weekly Roundup: Back to School (and Work)

It’s been a crazy week and try as I may, life just got in the way this week. So the poignant back-to-school post that is half-written, and big news and book reviews…well, we’ll just have to hit the highlights today, and back to our semi-regularly, kinda-scheduled program on Monday – when life can hopefully return to a semblance of normal.

Which, to be honest, is just a setting on the dryer in this house.

Where was I? The week in review – so here is what I’m calling the “Back to school and Work” Edition:


I don’t know about you, but there were NO tears with regards to the first day of school by any member of this mama’s household. (Well, it is possible that the Hubs teared up a bit when we saw them off on the school bus and I didn’t see it.) It’s a big year all around. For the first time ever, my kids get to ride a bus to school and I couldn’t be more thrilled! As much as I will miss the social aspect of the school pickup, I don’t miss the mad rush to get everyone out of the house and there won’t be the “crap I forgot it is Wednesday and there is early dismissal”  if I get caught up in writing and don’t have an eye on the clock.

Not that I’ve ever done that before. I’ve just heard that it happens.



Miss M starts third grade – this moves her to the side of the school with the big kids, on the big kids playground. She has some good friends in her classroom again, she LOVES her teacher and honestly, you’ve never seen a child so excited to get back to school.


Boo is a big-time fifth grader this year, and I’m a little wistful in that this will be his last year. Also, he pretty much said at the end of the last school year that it was a little embarrassing to have me in the classroom (his teacher made the room moms play some pretty horrendously awkward games at times) so I guess I’ll have to be a room mom for Miss M’s class. Good thing she still LOVES to have me around. He was also very pleased with his teacher assignment and it looks like the class will be working at developing their writing skills, so he’s happy.

Me? I was relieved to see the bus arrive to pick them up, relatively on time, and happy in the knowledge that very soon we will have sorted out some sort rhythm and routine to our days, something that is sorely lacking in the summer months (and something which all the type-A’s in our house really need to keep steady.)

The other thing that made me happy was mimosas.

What, you didn’t get a bunch of your friends together for a mimosa and a sweet pastry or two to celebrate your newfound freedom?


You should have. I have no other photos other than the aftermath, to preserve “mom of the year” status for all involved, of course. Needless to say, we had a fun two-hours chatting, catching up and catching our breath. Oh, and we also had amazing vanilla chai infused cinnamon rolls made by the lovely Michelle at Honest and Truly.

(Oops. I think I just outed her. But if you’re a baker, you’ll thank me. The cinnamon rolls were yummy. I can’t wait to try them myself.)

The only one really sad about the kidlings being gone all day is Macy. There are once again less humans around to rub her belly and throw her a ball. It’s a hard life, being a dog.



Thankfully, just in time for back-to-school – because it means that I can finally get back into a regular writing routine – I was gifted with one of the soon-to-be-released Keurig 2.0 systems. This little beauty can brew both cups of coffee AND 4-cup pots, using their new K-carafe pods. I’ve only been using it for a few days, so the review is still in the works, but it’s a slick machine. The Keurig 2.0 came to me courtesy of Klout perks, because if you follow me on Twitter you know I’m obsessed with coffee in all shapes and forms.



The arrival of the Keurig was also timely, because I’ve been wondering who would ultimately get custody of the then only Keurig brewer. After all, my husband and I have both become dependent on that darn coffee maker, and he just accepted a new job!  In Texas.

While I’m thrilled for him – it is a fantastic opportunity and he doesn’t need to spend any more time playing ball with the dog or in coffee shops networking – it does mean a move for the family. There may or may not be tear marks on the Thermidor range, because that kitchen renovation was supposed to be for the long haul, but I’ll get over it. The kids are handling the news with remarkable maturity, too.

Because the offer came so close to the start of the school year, we’ve opted to let the kids stay here for the fall semester. We’ll get the house on the market while the Hubs works/looks for a house in the Dallas suburbs, my son will get to play the fall season with his current team and my daughter can continue with her scheduled dance classes. It will give us time to figure out where we want to live, find a new dance school for the girlie and research soccer clubs for my son. Then, pretty much in the same manner we moved back from Wales, we’ll pack things up and move down around Christmas.

It will be a tough go for all, with the Hubs away from us in the fall, but I have a good friend who spent several years with her husband working in Iowa during the week and coming home on weekends, and she works full-time and has THREE kids, so I’m not going to be complaining. Maybe not the perfect arrangement, but it is workable.

And we all get to start the new year in Texas!  I think I won’t be sad to miss most of another Chiberian winter.

And finally, there were two winners for my book giveaway! I’m really excited to give away copies of “A is for the Alchemist” because it was such a fun start to what should be a great series.

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Ladies, if you haven’t sent me your shipping address please do so ASAP so I can get those books out to you!

That’s it for me for the last week. It was crazy and overwhelming, and I’m hoping  that the coming week brings the start of some routine.

Or I’m in big trouble. And you’ll be seeing a monthly roundup. Yee-haw….


  1. We are so sad to see you go, but I know how exciting a change can be. And don’t worry, I’ll send you pictures of the endless winter so you won’t miss it.

  2. Now I might be prejudiced, but Jenn Belden is one of the best organizer, Type A personalities I know. How she staged the move to and from Wales, shipping containers, temporary housing, storage units, all the while keeping the children in a stable environment
    was pure magic. Only a Type A can do this so well, not missing a single detail. And I can recognize her talent, because her husband, my son, is known as “Mr. Perfect” and “Uncle Fussy.”
    So You Go Girl, Jenn!! I know you will see that your children have a wonderful fall, at school and in activities, and will be ready for the new world of Dallas in 2015!! I commend you!

  3. I love it! Especially that you had a going back to school party and served mimosa! Enjoy your free time well kid free time. I’m sure you are going to be slammed with moving prep! Enjoy your new Keurig! xo

  4. I liked living in Texas and am trying to arrange to move back to the Metroplex. Drivers are bad but housing is cheap and overall I found it a nice place to live.

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