Well here we are at the end of the first week back to school, and I don’t know about you but I feel like I deserve a treat. I loved spending the summer with my girls. We had another summer of awesome. We played, adventured, argued, napped and occasionally gorged on “sometimes things” like giant bowls of ice cream or endless hours of screen time. And I let things slide. Things like wearing outfits where the top matches the bottom, or say socks. We didn’t wear socks, for like two months straight. Or things like dinner time and bedtime, which crept further and further down the clock as the summer time weeks flew by.
And now we’re back to school, back to routine, back to absolutely needing to get dinner on the table at a reasonable hour so I can make sure I get the kids to bed on time, so they wake up in the morning and don’t stumble off to school in a zombie-like state. They are happy to be in school, heading into Kindergarten and Grade 3. I am excited for them, and secretly a bit excited for me at the thought of having six whole hours a day to myself to Get Stuff Done (once the little one starts Kindergarten this coming week).
However, I hate school mornings. I hate prying myself out of bed. I hate pulling my “I hate mornings” youngest out of her cocoon of bedsheets. I hate the busy rush to get everyone fed and out the door. I hate rushing to the bus stop so we can wait for the bus which is invariably late. I love when they get home. I love hearing about their day. I love the way they play nicely with each other and reconnect after having been apart. But that honeymoon moment, when the girls are both happy to see each other and share secrets from their day, it quickly wears off. And then we enter the witching hour. I’m trying to cook dinner. The kids are hungry, and it doesn’t matter whether or not I gave them a snack when we got in the door after school, they are hungry and they want to eat right this minute. They are underfoot in the kitchen. Whining. Arguing. Driving me completely stark raving crazy.
So it’s only been four days, and I’m torn between wishing it were still summer and looking forward to next week when both girls will, for the first time ever, be in school all day. I’m torn between excitement, and a bit of sadness at seeing my youngest head off to kindergarten. And while it’s only been four days I sort of feel like I deserve a medal for making it through week one. A treat. I deserve a treat. The kind where I don’t have to attempt to cook while simultaneously breaking up disputes over who’s Hot Wheels car really races the best. A.K.A. I want to eat out. In a restaurant. Preferably one that hands my kids crayons.
Hello, Boston Pizza.
And they’ve even got an awesome deal going on. Something to keep me from blowing the budget when eating out. From now until October 11th when you make a minimum $5 donation to the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects you get a Boston Pizza Kids Card good for five free Kids Meals (that’s a $35 value for $5). And if you register your Kids Card with MyBP online at Boston Pizza.com or via the Boston Pizza iPhone app they’ll give you a sixth free kids meals. Nice, eh?
But where does that $5 donation go?
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, which supports charities that help kids such as The Rick Hansen Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kids Help Phone, Live Different, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Since it first started in 1990 the Boston Pizza Foundation has donated more than $20 million dollars to help improve the health and well- being of children and their families. They are hoping to raise at least $730,000 for the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects with this year’s Kids Cards program.
Here’s how you can help:
- Make a donation to the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects. Your $5 minimum donation gets you a Boston Pizza Kids Card, good for five free kids meals at Boston Pizza.
- You get $35 worth of kids meals, and your $5 donation goes to help charities like Kids Help Phone and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Win/win.
- And if you register your Kids Card with MyBp online at Boston Pizza.com or via the Boston Pizza iPhone app they’ll give you a sixth free kids meals.
- You can pick up your Kids Card in person at any Boston Pizza location, or grab one online at BostonPizza.com.
So what do you say? Feel like heading out for a ‘we survived back to school’ victory celebration?
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Boston Pizza. As always my words and opinions are my own.