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The end of swim season means chores await tor ready kids for the new school year

Phew! I am breathing a sigh of relief as another swim season has ended.

I love swim season, but it requires a lot of time and energy. We tote our children to pools from Naches to Prosser, spend our evenings poolside only to get home after what is typically my children's bedtime.

It is worth it, though. The youngsters enjoy the friendships and the hard work. They enjoy watching their individual times improve with each meet.

Alas, the end of the season brings with it a whole new set of worries and harried schedules.

The end of the swim season seems to have come much faster this year as I find my family trying to figure into the budget sports physicals, updating shots and purchasing school clothing and supplies.

Yes, that's right! The first day of school has snuck up on us and it is just around the corner.

My three children will grace the halls of Grandview's schools on Aug. 25 and I haven't even begun school shopping. I did, however, purchase the instrument my oldest will need for mariachi band.

That is one check mark on a laundry list of items to purchase and errands to complete.

I find myself rushing to get everything done in the next two-and-a-half weeks.

I don't know how I will get it all done, but somehow I always manage to do so. It just requires some creative thinking and task management skills.

I will start by completing an inventory of what the children need and what they already have on hand.

Breathe deep!

To calm my nerves and avoid the frenzy of shopping crowds, I will search my favorite online website for great bargains and hope to save myself some time. Pencils, check; paper, check; jeans, check...slowly the list will grow smaller and I'll have just a few tasks left that require actual travel and scheduling.

Mark the calendar for sports physicals and make sure I have plenty of caffeine to survive the beginning of football season and school.

Life is like that...you have to be quick and efficient, malleable to change and surprises.

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