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Back To School

After 3 extra weeks of summer vacation, the kids headed back to school today.  New school, new teachers.  They were so very excited.  After the kids were awake, fed, and ready to go to school, we took the “back to school” pictures like every year.

Mazie…the big 7th grader…how does that happen?  Someone please enlighten me…



She was mostly excited about having her own locker that works when she opens it.  She was instructed by 2 different teachers that backpacks were not allowed in the classroom during class.  So she was happy that she could work her locker.  She was also pretty excited about Honors Math.  Overall, she had a “great” day and can’t wait until they are onto learning in the classes instead of the intro stuff!

Jamie…the 4th grader…



As you know, Jamie is our shy one.  She was really nervous about school today.  We had met her teacher on Friday which helped but since she didn’t know any of the kids in her class she was still pretty nervous.  After meeting her teacher and realizing that she was Jamie in 20 years (not even kidding on this one), I relaxed a bit knowing Jamie would be in good hands.  She even mentioned that she was just like Jamie, very timid, not speaking unless she knew she was correct, etc.  Jamie came home saying school was “great” today.  Again, knowing Jamie, you know that means it was better than she could have hoped for.  She is really looking forward to a great year!

And Jacob…the big 1st grader…



He was so excited to be in a “number” year (not K for kindergarten).  He was looking forward to meeting new friends.  When he came home today, he said school was “great” and told us that he met 2 new friends.  I asked their names and he said, “Emma and Keira”.  Of course, they were girls.  Why did I think differently?  He was also very excited that he ate lunch at the at the same time as Jamie.  That was pretty cool to find out!

So three “greats” on the first day.  I guess I can’t complain.  It was a great day for me too.  Jeremiah was able to take the day off and spend it with me which meant that I wasn’t sitting here at home blubbering like an idiot until I went to pick up the kids.  We also got in on the photo action (thanks to ideas on facebook and pinterest).  Dad sweeping the kids off to school…


Mom jumping for joy that school is back in session…(and yes, I am actually off the ground)…Jacob couldn’t figure out what I was doing behind him but was told to look at the camera no matter what…which explains his weird face…


This one was Jacob’s idea.  He said he saw it on Animaniac but he was all about taking the picture so I went with it…IMG_0026

With the middle school on top level of the school, all three kids start and stop at the same time.  So less driving to drop off/pick up for me!  I am also excited about the smaller class sizes and more attention to the kids.  I think this school is going to be a good fit for us!

Back To School: Part Two

Today was Mazie’s first day of middle school.  She couldn’t wait to see who was in her classes and meet all her teachers.  She was so excited.  I was excited for her…and nervous.  But she made it through the day (and so did I :-))!Mazie happens to love all her classes especially band.  Yep, that’s right.  She’s decided to try out Mom’s old (refurbished) flute.  *Insert pride here*I think middle school will be fun.   She apparently thinks it’s fun already since the minute we got home from school she had to call Pop Pop to tell him about her first big day!

It’s moments like those that I really miss her being her squeaky-voiced, curly-haired, two-year old self.  *sigh*

Back To School: Part One

Today we headed back to school.  Mazie went to a team building day with the other new sixth graders but wanted tomorrow to be documented as her first official day of school.  She didn’t have classes today so she couldn’t justify counting it as her first day.

Jamie entered third grade and was the big sister on campus since Mazie was no long at the school.  She took her big sister duties seriously and let me know that she was watching out for her little brother!  Jamie was so excited to start school.She picked out a purple dress complete with purple dangly earrings which coordinated nicely with her tan wedge sandals and sparkly grey backpack.  It’s all about the fashion for third graders, didn’t you know?  She was so happy when I picked her up after school.  Those who know Jamie know she isn’t much of a talker but she didn’t stop talking about her first day.  It’s nice to hear her so animated about school!

Jacob was the one I was worried most about.  I wasn’t really ready for him to be going all day every day.  I thought I had another year of him being home with me for half the day without the girls.  But the district decided to change their kindergarten program to free all day school.  Jacob couldn’t have been more excited.  In fact, when we got there this morning, other students were organizing their supplies and he was trying to be patient.  He put his head down on his desk and said, “When are we going to start learning!”When I picked him up at the end of the day, I asked how his day was.  He answered, “Interesting”.  He was so tired.  After he got his second wind though he told me all about it.  He said he learned so much that instead of going back to kindergarten tomorrow he was ready to go on to first grade.  Then he said he was joking that he liked kindergarten and would just stay there.

Last week when I asked the kids what they wanted for their back to school supper, Mazie said spaghetti and meatballs, Jamie said fettuccine alfredo, and Jacob said chicken, noodles, and broccoli.  Since I actually didn’t have time (or desire) to make all three of those meals, I decided to opt for the easier route of Noodles & Co to rescue me.  I decided to make a treat instead.  You can read about the treat on the business blog which is going to be updated more regularly now that my husband found all my pictures!

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