My kids start back the same day I start my first classes, Sept. 3rd.
So I have some time yet to start shopping (thank goodness).
Unfortunately, my kids have had quite a boring summer, as I have been working most of it (mail carrier). I hate it for them, but most of the time they are good about it. We have been boating a little (until the engine needed repair), we have a pool, so they do have that at least. My girls are all teens now, 13, 14, 16........so they are harderto please, as far as doing things as a family.
We did attend a family get-together this past weekend.......they had a blast, and had a chance to meet family for the first time
The boys that are still home seem to be much easier to please........give them their games, a fish pole, or their bikes, and they are set. They are 11 & 12.
As for being excited for me........that's yet to be seen. Most have held judgement back, one has openly said she doesn't like it that I am going to school. They have been too used to mom being home all the time. I haven't worked untik the last 1 1/2 years.............so, I think they are concerned about how things will go once I am in school.
LOL, that's ok, because I am too.