Guess What Day It Is? Guess What DAAAAYYY It Is?

No, you aren’t confused. We haven’t found a time machine.  It’s not Hump Daaaayyyyeeee yeaaahhh, but Geico hasn’t done a commerical about today.

Today is a great day.  (audible sigh)  My favorite day of the year.

The end of the long, hot summer.  The day I stop hearing “What can we do now? I’m boooorrrreeeddd…” times 3.  All. Day. Long.

My kids are going back to school.  Their little brains will get stimulation, their bodies will get recess, and their momma (and Super Grandma) will get a break. And #OhLucy will have all the attention directed solely on her (again) as is her birthright.

And here’s where the blog might get a little touchy.  Let’s all agree to disagree if we need to, umkay?

I can hear some of y’all now.

But, um, Shenanigans.  What about this countdown you have been doing for the past week?  You know, going to Disneyland and all that? Oh- you mean this one?

Yeah, I’m “That Parent.”  I love our school, respect our teachers and all they do (like, on the highest of high levels), and truly want my children to have a successful year.  But I also firmly believe that sometimes it’s ok to miss a few days.  I believe in my case, I can have both happen. 

Small brag here- I’m blessed to have really great kids.  I know, all parents say that.  But really.  Mine are better than yours. They listen all the time, do things the first time you ask them to, and never, ever talk back. #TrueStory.

And if you believe all that, you might be wondering WHY on earth I am excited about this being the first day of school, right?!  Ha- busted.  They are good kids, but they certainly aren’t perfect by any means.  I know that they will not cause their teachers problems though.  They are wonderful students and friends at school to others even if they don’t always act that way for me at home.  I’ll take it.

Disclosure:  I also believe that taking kids out of school depends greatly on your child and their personalities and learning styles.  For some children, this could be a nightmare to try to right the ship. I completely get that. Teachers, I promise you, I’d never make things harder on you than necessary.  Girl Scout honor!

I don’t usually pull my kids from school for vacation.  In fact, the last time I pulled them to go to Disney was when my oldest was in 1st grade, and this year he enters 5th grade.

Then and Now.

I think my track record is pretty ok here.

Just last week I found an article on MiceChat where they address this very thing.  Once again, the internet helped validate my plans!  I love it when that happens, don’t you?

We chose this particular time of year for a couple of reasons.

Labor Day:  A free day off from work and from school.  Didn’t want that one to go to waste!

Vacation Time:  It was easier for the parents involved at this time of year to get vacation time (partially due to Labor Day).

Special Events:  We are celebrating a lot of wonderful accomplishments: 2 graduations from college, my Dad’s 65th birthday in which he gets Medicare as a present (!), my sister beating cancer (again).  Plus, it’s a runDisney weekend!  And one we got excited about back in January.   The Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, Disneyland 10K, and kids races will all be run by our family members.

Not that it matters, I’m taking my kids to Disneyland and I think that’s ok.  You may not.  That’s ok too!

Dear teacher friends, I appreciate all you do and am happy to have you in my life! I couldn’t do what you do.  No way.  I hope this school year is magical and bright, and that you don’t hate me (too much) for screwing up your classes for a few days.  And if you do, it’s cool, cause I’ll be moving soon and you won’t have to deal with “That Parent” for too long. 

Happy First Day of School for teachers and parents celebrating today!

About Patty

Patty Holliday is a wife and mother of four. She's a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)


  1. Good luck to you, your family, and your kids!
    Loving that letter to the teachers. You are too funny! Happy Vacationing!

  2. Not to mention it’s the first week of school. If I remember elementary school correctly, we weren’t exactly discussing the philosophy of life :-p

    • That was my thinking as well Lesley. Th youngest even said- we don’t do ANYTHING this week. And all 3 teachers were great “Have fun!” they said. (phew)

  3. Huge congrats to all the celebrations! My mom pulled us from school for vacation a few times and it was never a huge deal. πŸ™‚ Love the picture with the parents high-fiving on the driveway!

  4. You know your kids and when its OK to miss a little school. Family is SUPER important too. Have a GREAT race this weekend, so fun you are including everyone!

  5. Yes! We pull our kids out once in a while too! The kids naturally love it!: )

  6. As a teacher, I have to shake my finger at you. No matter how great your kids are doing in school, they still miss things when they’re out. That said, you’re the mom and you know your kids better than anyone else. Travel is always a learning experience on its own, and with a move coming up, they’re going to have a lot to deal with.And what’s up with school starting now anyway? School really shouldn’t start until after Labor Day!

    • HA! I knew there would be at least one teacher telling me “You’re doing it wrong” And I know, I really DON’T do this- ever! I promise Ms. Jennifer! Texas always starts right before Labor Day. Makes no sense, but that’s how it’s done here. FYI if you are still eying Houston!

  7. Sounds fun!! Both of my parents were teachers so we NEVER had treats like that!! lol

  8. I could already tell what day it was before I started reading your post πŸ™‚ Great post!

  9. I love the back to school picture. It is great and made my day!

  10. Daamn! Celebrate away woman! And as one of “Those Kids” who got taken out of school for vacations, we turn out JUST FINE πŸ™‚

    I might have a slight problem with math and telling the time but I am completely good to go! I have a job at 26 with benefits. #Winning