The boys started school today. All of us were ready for school to start - me most of all. Kaitlyn is asleep, and I've got a sink full of dishes to attend to. But I have the freedom to sit here and type a blog post without having to worry about any children for the moment. It's wonderful.
School registration here is much different than it was in southern Utah. The cost to register my boys for school in Utah? Zero dollars. Nothing. In our school district here in Iowa, there is an $80.00 book fee per child. Non-refundable. School supplies required in Utah? Nothing. They suggest kleenex and a box of crackers, but no pencils, no paper, no crayons, nothing like that. Here in Iowa? Second grade had a list of 24 items they were required to bring, including things like Crayola Twistables, shoes specifically for PE, and Clorox wipes. Fourth grade's list only had 19 items. I spent over $70.00 just on school supplies. And that doesn't count school clothes or shoes, or backpacks or lunchboxes. My budget is crying right now.
But, the schools here are very highly rated. And we only live a four minute walk away from the elementary school. But, they miss their Utah friends. And so do I.