Here it is the end of summer and the first day of school. The beginning of school is always a bittersweet time for me. I'll miss the unscheduled time that I have with my children over the last three months. During the summer we are still early risers, but there is no real rush to be anywhere. 9:15 swim practice is not an issue for us. We have had time together. Time to read, play, and create. Time to cook, garden, and dream. But the reality is it's time to return to a school routine. We've had a great summer, but we could use a bit of a break from each other. We've had a lot of togetherness and have made many fun memories. The time has come to return to a more strict schedule and routine. We all need it!
This year I have two heading out the door for a full day of school. Again this is bittersweet ~ Stephen will do great in kindergarten, and I love that they will be together. I have no doubt they will take care of each other and they will truly love being there together. On Friday when we went to meet Stephen's teacher, they walked hand in hand throughout the school. Watching my children hold hands is one of the greatest joys of my life. Silly, I know, but it warms my heart and makes me smile.
this ~ She was hoppin' mad that we made her wade through that grass to take the picture by the mailbox but I'm so glad we have it. Look how much has changed in a year.}
Folder out ~
Pretty amazing that I even get one year when all four of my children are at the same school.
Here's to many more pictures of the six of us prepared for the first day of school ~
In an effort of full disclosure this picture was staged. It was taken today but we did not have any documentation of the way I got Mary Frances to and from school for the better part of a year.