First day of school…part 2…

A few more pictures from our first day of school – with our annual visitors. Having cousins over might be the highlight of the day for the kids!
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos
First day of school photos

First day of school…

Today was the first day of school and it was successful on all accounts. The forecast called for rain and the kids were nervous that recess would be cancelled. How bummed would a kindergartener be to show up to his first day of school and feel as though he was tricked with everyone talking of recess with no recess in sight!? Luckily, the rain held out.

When they returned home, there was talk of nice teachers, new friends, fun bus rides and good lunches. They unanimously agreed they would all go back tomorrow. Just what I was hoping to hear. I think the only one who struggled today was Cannon. I can’t even count how many times he asked for “HallieHunterBennett” said very quickly so all the names blended together. He kept asking about them over and over again today in swim lessons and the teacher finally asked me what he was saying. To say he missed his buddies today would be an understatement!

First day of school
First day of school
First day of school
First day of school
First day of school
First day of school
First day of school
First day of school
Here’s each kid with their neighborhood/bus riding friends. The friends they end up having a picture with year after year.
First day of school
First day of school
First day of school

Back to School Dinner…

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that my kids start school tomorrow. I haven’t even gone through all our summer photos yet, and now I’m taking back-to-school photos. And even though it seems way too early – they’re ready and I’m ready. Bennett is the most outwardly excited about starting kindergarten and yet he’s also the one showing the most concern and reluctance for what’s just around the corner. We’ve talked and talked and talked some more about what he should expect. The older kids have told him what to expect and yet you can see it in his eyes, he’s still a little skeptical. The thought of eating lunch at school is more excitement than he can handle, it’s worrying about where the bathroom is at and whether or not his teacher is going to be nice that are making him a tad nervous.

Tonight we had our annual back-to-school dinner. This year’s theme is “Bee” Smart, which as we discussed tonight covers a lot of ground. It’s more than just doing well in school. It’s making smart decisions when with friends. It’s being smart with their money as they find independence in spending their cash. It’s being smart in how they spend their time. We had a great discussion over dinner (as much as you can when you have a baby and a two-year-old in the room) and the rest of the night kept building the anticipation for tomorrow.

Props to Hallie today – she was my wing girl in the whole operation. I’m pretty sure next sure she’s going to do the whole dinner and do it better than me!

Back to school dinner; bee themed
Back to school dinner; bee themed
Back to school dinner; bee themed
Back to school dinner; bee themed
Back to school dinner; bee themed
Back to school dinner; bee themed
Back to school dinner; bee themed

See our previous back to school dinners here, here and here.

Last day of school…

It’s a bittersweet day and it is every year – the last day of school. The kids are excited to have endless days in the pool but are sad that they won’t see their friends for 7 hours every day.

I know there’s mothers out there that look forward to this day. They dream about this day and all the adventures that they can have with their kids. I am not that mom. Perhaps its the stage of my children – when they’re older it might be a different story.

Either way, I’m hear to say that you can love your kids dearly and still dread all of them being home at the same time for any stretch of time. I enjoy the schedule that school provides for our family. I like that they don’t expect screen time. I like that they fight less with each other. I like that they come home from school and know that they have chores that have to be completed. I like the school year. And even though being in the “trenches” of motherhood during the summer isn’t grand – it does have some perks.

My favorite perk – absolutely no obligations. Without any obligations, I’m able to take our crew to Idaho for extended amounts of time which is my very favorite part of summer. In fact if you ask my kids, it’s their favorite part of summer as well. We measure summer based on when we’re going to Idaho. My other favorite part – no laundry! The kids live in swimsuits which makes laundry day a breeze!

Ready or not – summer is here!

Our annual first and last day of school pictures.
First and last day of school photos
First and last day of school photos
First and last day of school photos

Fire Station…

Bennett attends the same preschool that Hunter attended. Which means Bennett has an idea of what to expect because the teacher keeps a similar curriculum year to year. He knows that there is a reward at the end of the year if you do all your fun sheets. He knows the special treatment you get on your birthday. He knows that when you read books you get stickers. And he knows there is a field trip to the fire station. A field trip where you get to bring your very own sack lunch and the teacher makes cinnamon rolls for you. He knows this because he attended when Hunter went and he was pretty excited to have his own turn. (in which Cannon attended – you see the pattern!)

First – a throw back to when Bennett first went to the fire station. He was 2 1/2 years old and clearly was enamored with the fire alarm they sounded for the kids.

Then he went and grew up on us.
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip

Bennett made sure to look after Cannon. Cannon wasn’t a fan of all the commotion and sounds, so Bennett made sure to comfort him and lead him along with his buddies.
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip
Fire Station Field Trip

Give Cannon a couple more years and he’ll be attending his own fire station field trip with Briggs in tow!

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