10.30.2017

On the Go with Welch’s Fruit Snacks

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I always find it amazing how October arrives and the air immediately turns crisp. The morning fog sets in and the land surrounding us is covered in dew. It is not a secret that fall is my favourite time of year. Our little village finally starts to slow down from a busy tourist season allowing the locals to enjoy all that our beautiful village has to offer, all while wearing hoodies and flip flops. For what seems like my entire life, September truly has felt like the beginning of a new year. The leaves are changing, the air feels fresh, and I feel free. Gone are the lazy, warm days of summer and back are new schedules and extra-curriculars. Apple picking, figure skating, and fall colours are on my mind.

This year, more than ever, I feel nostalgic as we welcome a new autumn. For the first time in eight years, I have found myself wandering the back to school aisles – rows and rows of brand new binders, freshly sharpened pencils, and colourful lunchboxes. It amazes me how just this little stroll brings back the excitement of a brand new school year. This is my first year as a school Momma, and I admit, I’m a little nervous. I have so many more concerns than I did when I was the student. Will she fit in? Will she be friendly? Will she listen and learn? Is she telling me everything that is happening at school? Is anyone picking on her? I never realized the thoughts that go through a parent’s mind until you are the parent waving goodbye at the end of the driveway. 

So. Many. Thoughts.

I feel like I have a lot to learn as a parent. We have made it through the first 4 years alive. We figured out the newborn world – feeding, changing diapers, sleeping. We have survived the toddler years – potty training, tantrum taming, ABCs. Now we are on to the school years. We are only a few months in to our first school year and already we had to make sure we had the perfect wardrobe (not less than 100 dresses according to Olive), had to decide about hot lunch orders, have read through the 20 page newsletter with a fine tooth comb, gave in to all the Paw Patrol books in the book order, fussed about our hair for school picture day and made decisions about skating, swimming and dancing lessons. Don’t get me wrong, I am thoroughly enjoying it – I even get excited every day to open Olive’s bag to see if her teacher has sent me any “mail” – I just want to make sure we are making all the right decisions for our smart, spunky little girl!

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I have come to the realization that the school years are full of important decisions to set our children on the right path. I honestly feel that our lives are being consumed by school and extra-curriculars, and although I wouldn’t change it for the world, I find it hard to keep my head on straight! There are days I am finishing Olive’s hair as the bus drives up, Penny in the carrier and Henry in the stroller. Before I know it we are back at the end of the driveway getting Olive off the bus and running to the rink, already late for lessons. It is times like these where I am thankful for Welch’s® Fruit Snacks. They take the decision out of what to grab to snack on as we run our hectic lives as a young family of five. When fruit is the first ingredient on the list, I never think twice as I hand over a little package of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks to help tide us over until dinner time.

Kindergarten is such a busy day for a young child. There is so much to see and do and play with. I have come to realize school and extra-curriculars are a package deal. We are quickly sliding into a life of set schedules and routines. Welch’s® Fruit Snacks are made for the busy family on the go. They take the decision out of quick snacks for school and all the times in between!

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This post is sponsored by Welch’s® Fruit Snacks. I am being compensated for this post. All comments and opinions are my own. 

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