Let's not forget the cost of school clothes, shoes, backpack, and the ten mile long list of supplies they expect you to buy. Which, might I add, there is no way one child needs 12 boxes of tissue and 5 rulers. So, you purchase everything on the list against your better judgement, only to find out that the almost $100 of stuff you sent gets distributed to all the kids and yours is the one who ends up with the shitty box of 10 count crayons that another parent sent instead of the regular count that was on the list. They don't color. It's more like drippings from someone's cheap candles. Before the second day of school, you are back at the store wading through the school supplies in search of another box of colored wax only to find they are out. So, angrily, you go to another store. Eventually, you get the damn crayons and send them. Two weeks later, your tearful child comes to you and says that he/she had to share with other kids and has no crayons. Again. WTF! This time, you play it smart and stop by the liquor store and grab a bottle of wine on your coloring mission. The day starts to look better. ;)
While your little ones are struggling to find their grove this year, take time to sit back and remember this won't last forever. Some day, they will be off to college and moving out, so stick to one bottle at a time. You want to numb the pain, not stagger through their raising!
With my oldest venturing off on his own this year, I've tried to keep in mind that my other two will do the same one day and all of this sibling arguing and Nerf wars that are loud enough they could wake the dead will be no more. Some days are easier to remember, others not so much. ;) Love the youngin's no matter how mad they've drove you all summer long because the days are counting down until you won't have them tracking mud through the house or leaving hot wheels in the floor for you to step on at 3 a.m. (Okay, believe it or not, that day will come... maybe not for the hot wheels. Definitely for everything else.)
On a closing note, another season almost done, half a year gone. Live, laugh, love, and read! Who knows when the zombies will take over! lol