we have officially started

school collage

We made it through the first days of school for each of the boys. And we even did it without tears {at least not from those sweet faces : this mama is a different story}.

I was most worried about #2 starting kindergarten.  He never attended preschool and I think he was a little nervous because he didn’t know quite what to expect.


But he did it like the brave boy he is and has loved every second of school so far.

No. 3 had his first day of preschool and was so excited to be like his big brothers. Plus his best friend is in his class, so that always makes things extra fun.

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What will baby girl do while her brothers are gone?! 

I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I was ready for school to start.  I have some pretty great kids that I truly do enjoy, but having a quiet{er} house and less little ones to entertain sure is a nice change. That sounds so selfish and I’m sure it is but I bet you other moms know the feeling.

To all of the teachers reading :


for doing what you do. 

For caring about education. For caring about our kids.

We really appreciate you.

Wishing you all an excellent school year!

37 Responses to we have officially started

  1. Deb Gritter September 16, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Great photos!! I love how you style and cut #3s hair!! Please share details! Thanks!

  2. Barbara September 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    I’m not sure how you find the time to do all the great things you do! You surely have a “double”! Best success to you!

  3. kimber September 15, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    flipping eye candy, that’s what those kids are!!
    School starts so late where you are {must be up north}. Our kids have been back since mid-August. I like that they follow the college calendar. There’s something so awesome about a semester that ends before Christmas.
    Hope you all have a wonderfully productive school year. The world totally opens to them at this age. May yhe quest for new knowledge never get old!

  4. Julie D. September 15, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I’ll join you in being thankful for the start of school and a little less chaos! they are adorable.

  5. Mandy September 15, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    I had to giggle at your photos at the top labeled 1, 2 and 3. My girls very favorite uncle never calls them by their names, just 1, 2 and 3. It’s hilarious to sit on the porch and hear him call…”hey number 2″ and she will answer..”yes sir” without skipping a beat. They love it, so I love it and it will always be a fond memory of their Uncle Craig. And um, your kids are so stinking cute!

  6. Abbie(Five days...5 ways) September 15, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    All three of your boys have this Tom Sawyer puckishness about them! They look mischievous but sweet all at once. Too cute!

  7. Danielle September 15, 2011 at 5:09 am #

    Oh Congrads! my youngest started Kindergarten too. I shared in your worry. My youngest didnt go to preschool the year before Kindergarten, although We did lessons at home. I was so worried my son would not be up to par with the other children. I think I felt as if I neglected my son and did him an injustice b/c I didnt send him. In fact, I believe now, I helped him. My son is quiet but does socialize. I think it was the perfect blend for him. And he is not behind. Congrads and just wait till your baby girl goes. It is SO weird having so much me time. I volunteer more but its so different.

  8. Jessica September 15, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    Thank you for the thank you! Parent support is crucial! I have had a great start to the school year and have been blessed with AMAZING students!!!

  9. karen September 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    As an elementary teacher, thanks for the shout out! We hardly ever get thanks from parents, but we do what we do for the kids, not the parents. They may not say thank you either, but seeing them learn lights up our lives. So it is very refreshing to hear from an appreciative parent! Your children look like they would be a joy to teach. Please know how MUCH difference good parenting can make in your child’s education! I always enjoy your blog and creative ideas. Thanks again.

  10. Marina F. September 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Happy First Day of School little ones! I agree with you completely and don’t think is selfish. We, as moms, go through a lot (home-schooling, creating activities to do either out and about or at home, helping them be active, lots of time and energy) to make our kids happy and safe. A little time to either take a nap or do the things you want to do as an individual are also precious and important. I love that big THANK YOU you mentioned to our teachers, because is true they do so much too for our children. =).

  11. Krista September 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Happy First Day of School! I hope you and your boys have a tremendous school year, and you and the little miss get to build some wonderful memories!

    I just had to tell you how exciting it was yesterday, on our first day of MOPS, when my table leader was passing out some goodies for us and I saw your name printed along the bottom! It is so fun to see your name out there in my day to day life!

  12. Sarah September 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Your kids are so cute! I can’t wait until I start having kids of my own. For now though my husband and two dogs make enough messes to keep me entertained…and busy. ;)

  13. Amanda September 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I know everyone is saying this but it’s so true….your kids are TOO CUTE! Nothing wrong with enjoying the quiet. Mine are only in school 2 days a week (the other three are homeschool days) and I relish every second of my 2 days of quiet!!

  14. Stephanie September 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Your children are adorable. I always enjoy your post that includes pictures of those sweet faces. Ok – I have some bad news for you, that bittersweet feeling of sending your child off to school does not lessen with time. My beautiful 20 year old is a junior in college. Just today – I posted “I miss you” on her facebook page. As for my baby, she started high school this year. I cried during orientation! I just keep telling myself, raising smart, independent, successful adults with a heart for God is my J-O-B.

  15. pve September 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    You should be so proud of yourself and your back-to-schoolers and stay-at-homer too! Being a Mom is the most challenging job and also the most rewarding. Teachers must be thrilled to have your children knowing what an incredible Mother you are.

  16. bonnie k September 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Adorable kids!!! I was curious why your older son didn’t go to pre-school and your 2nd one is? We also have a little boy (18mos) and I’d love to hear some pros/cons for either. Anyone??

    • emily September 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

      We didn’t do much preschool with either of the older boys. I tried to get No.2 into preschool last year, but was late enrolling and the classes I wanted were already full. He did homeschool pre-k curriculum and that was perfect for him. No. 3 is just ready! And I was on top of it and enrolled him while there was still room.

      I think preschool is a non-essential, but a fun and good experience.

      Any other thoughts?

  17. Brenda Baldwin September 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Your boys are so adorable. I am hoping they have a wonderful year. Take lots of pics. My son is grown and so is my only grandson. I missed so many chances to take pics. They really do grow up fast. Your photos are wonderful now but will be invaluable in the days of their adulthood. Enjoy!!

  18. Victoria September 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Awww… cute, Brady looks so much like his mama :)

  19. Jaime Leigh September 14, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    What sweet pictures and memories!

  20. Milk and Honey Home September 14, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Are those the cutest kids in the world (and mama :) I used to teach, but only lasted three years. What a gift they have and I thank them so much, too!!

  21. Amanda Marchese September 14, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Awww… your thank you just made me cry! I am a preschool teacher and love it when people say thank you to us teachers… so thank you for your thank you :-) Hope your kiddos have a great school year!

  22. hillary September 14, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    that picture of mason and audrey is the cutest thing ever. her hand holding his on her shoulder…its just so perfect. i love it.

  23. emily September 14, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I’m not a teacher but my mother is and I know she would appreciate your thank you!!! Teachers need all the love and support they can get!!! Hope this is a wonderful school year for your boys!!!

  24. Amanda M. September 14, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    They all look so adorable and I am SOOOOO glad to hear that No. 2 did so well! Yay, big boy!

  25. KC September 14, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Fun post. Can I get that picture of the boys? It is really cute.

  26. Emily Peck September 14, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    You have THE cutest kids…and their “outfits” are adorable!!!! Good job mama!

  27. Marla September 14, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Your kids are adorable! And I think teachers are some of the best people on the planet! Thank you for mentioning them! Also quick question for you, where did you get that cute blue & white skirt for your baby girl?

    • emily September 14, 2011 at 8:46 am #

      The skirt has been waiting in her drawer to be worn for months! It is from Old Navy. I’m thinking I’ll copy the pattern and make a few on my own so I’ll be sure to share when I do.

      • Marla September 16, 2011 at 8:13 am #

        You are amazing! Can’t wait to see the new skirts!

  28. Aimee R. September 14, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    I am not a mom…yet. But even after babysitting for an evening I am wore out from trying to entertain toddlers! I suppose when I become a mom that super mom power will kick in and I will be able to hold up 24/7. What I am trying to say…it is okay to enjoy a little “me” & “quiet” time! Enjoy!

  29. Monica September 14, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    You have adorable children! Awesome that they are enjoying school. My daughter is in pre-K this year and absolutely loves it. She’s already been in school for just over a month! I totally get (and ENJOY) the quiet time while my child is at school.

  30. Kathleen leonard September 14, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Great pics of your kids. Back to school is always bittersweet for me. Glad to see the kids off to school but sad to have the lazy non scheduled days of summer. The routine of school is good for all of us. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the individual time with your precious girl!

  31. Janell Beals September 14, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    Not selfish at all, and you put it so much nicer than I did in my post today! Being a mom is the best thing, but some time for oneself is also KEY!! Great pictures, Janell

  32. Jamie September 14, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    I took pictures of my kids each school year with the date, school and grade just as you did. Even into college, student teaching, etc.! Each year my children would give me a bad time about the picture, and sometimes the shots were a little strange. However, on their college graduation day we all laughed and had a good time looking at the pictures. Treasure this time . . . it will pass so quickly.

  33. nicole September 14, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    That photo of the boys together is so unbelieveably cute!

  34. Kelly in georgia September 14, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    Thank you for the thank you! This teacher here appreciates any appreciative parent. Your children look precious, and I hope they all have a wonderful year. We have been in school with students since August 1. I am jealous you all are starting so late!
    Enjoy the quiet.

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