But given that her week was okay (and I'm emotionally spent from thinking about it) I'd like to focus on an aspect of middle school that we've both enjoyed (and possibly the most random topic ever): covering her textbooks.
(Look, it involves cutting up brown paper bags. As a craft blogger (sorta, kinda), I'm obligated to get excited over this stuff.)
Anyway, when I found out that she would be needing to cover her books, I thought back fondly to those days of yore when my mother and I would sit down on a September evening, a stack of paper bags in front of us, and cover my textbooks.
But then I remembered something! These days you can buy book covers. (Spoiled 21st century children!) And those covers come in all kinds of cool colors and patterns. Surely my new sixth grader would want those over brown paper bags. (Wouldn't she?)
Well, it turns out that my kid is ten-kinds-of-awesome because, no, she didn't want those pre-fab covers. In fact, when I told her that she could have those or the ones that my mom and I used to make, she chose to go old school. (And I'm pretty sure she didn't do it just to humor her poor, nostalgic mother, either.)
Now if you've never covered a textbook with a brown paper bag, I'm going to direct you to Youtube where there are numerous how-to videos that you can watch at your leisure.
Because what my daughter and I really enjoyed was the decorating. (I might have begged to help.)
We used all kinds of fun items including Washi Tape, Sharpies, Stamps, jewel stickers--anything we had lying around, really.
Here are some books that she decorated:
And here is the back of one that I did. (I obviously have a thing for Washi Tape Buntings these days):
Thanks for indulging this mama at the end of a difficult week. I'll be back to share some more first-world problems real soon! ;)