I, too, have been spending lots of time this month at school getting
ready. Had a major cleaning session in June and it is paying off for me now.
I am filing that pile of stuff, organizing grade level lesson
plans....determined to be ready this year because once those students (K-8)
come in the door, there is no time or energy to do what I'm doing now.
My birthday comes next week and some years I ask my family to bring the
party to my art room to help me get ready. I have a list of things for
everyone to help with and we have pizza and birthday cake. It is a great
relief to me and a novelty to them.