Well, my baby started kindergarten yesterday, and my son just started first grade. Which means for the first time in seven years, I will be ALONE for the majority of the day. I think it's Pro and Con time.
PRO: I'm alone!!!! I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want. Wooohooo!
CON: So far my alone time has consisted of sitting at the kitchen table basking in the silence. Wonderful, sure, but not very productive.
CON: Alone Time seems to move a lot faster than Regular Time - I sense a hostile conspiracy
PRO: I can crank my iPod up full blast and dance around the house, singing at the top of my lungs while I clean. (my husband and most likely my neighbors think this is a CON...but this is my list, they can make their own) ;-P
CON: Having to put the phone in my pocket on vibrate so I know if it rings....and having it go off in the middle of killing the big spider behind the toilet, scaring me half to death *note to self - forget the phone, let voicemail get it*
CON: I sorta miss their little faces (my kids', not the spiders')
PRO: I actually MISS their little faces - a nice change from those adorable countenances making me want to tear my hair out
CON: I can no longer blame the destroyed house on the kids...at least from 8-3
PRO: I can, however, blame it on the big spider behind the toilet
PRO: Having time to both clean, run errands, and write - all before the sun goes down
CON: (See CON #1 - me and productivity...not so much. Though to be fair, we are only on day 2....things may improve in that department) (I said MAY, don't laugh)
PRO: I can watch all my DVR'd shows during the day instead of staying up all night
PRO: The house (theoretically) gets clean and stays that way....at least until 3:00 - but still a vast improvement
CON: The speed with which the house gets demolished after 3:00 - holy cow, my kids are talented
PRO: The sweet hugs and "Mommy I missed you!"s from my kids when I pick them up
CON: Worrying about them being scared, lonely, picked on, confused, homesick, hungry, or in any other way in need of a mommy while they battle the terrors of the elementary school yard
PRO: Hearing "Mommy we LOVE school, it's awesome!"
CON: Knowing THAT particular sentiment won't last long
CON: Realizing my babies are growing so quickly
PRO: Witnessing the awesome people they are growing into
PRO: Having the time, energy, and desire to contemplate all this because I'M ALONE! :D
What are your Back to School Pros and Cons?