School started this week.
Everybody was excited. They had their first day outfits all laid out - they'd been waiting for weeks. Our rule is this: you CANNOT wear anything new until school actually begins. I think somebody snuck out a pair of boxers and maybe a new pair of socks when I wasn't looking, but for the most part, they stuck to the family tradition. The new shoes, new jeans, cool new shirts from C28 (check THAT store out!) - everything was unveiled Tuesday morning.
We did breakfast together again; we'll see how long it lasts this year.
As a former teacher and mother of a lot of kids, there is a strange rhythm to back-to-school time for me. I always feel energized, ready for a fresh start, excited about new notebooks and the smell of pencil lead. I love the new beginning feel of fall. But lately - especially with the kids getting older - I'm welcoming the first week of September with a sigh of relief.
The house stays cleaner for at least 8 hours.
They are focused on schoolwork, projects, activities. Fortunately, my kids like school. They enjoy learning and they have had, for the most part, positively school experiences.
So September is good for everybody.
Daniel goes out the door first. Can you tell that he is excited?
My high school girls. Gulp. You just wait...they grow up SO fast...