First Day of School. First Day of School.


I can’t possibly NOT picture Nemo in my head. First day of school. First day of school. First day of anything is a big deal around these parts, but first day of school is right up there with Christmas. O.k. maybe not, but it is still a big deal. New beginnings, clean slates {quite literally}, and lots of surprises.

I also get this weird nesting thing like when you are pregnant, yet not. I feel like everything should be “done”. Clothes, haircuts, stocked refrigerator, full face of make up, and organized closets. Reality is no one had clean clothes this morning, my boys need haircuts desperately, empty fridge, woke up late, and who are you kidding?


*We had ice cream just after breakfast! It’s a tradition

I am a little scared because I just realized this morning that I have one of each.

I have a preschool student

I have an elementary student

I have a middle school student

I have a high school student

I have a headache…


No really, I think things sound worse on paper sometimes. Although admittedly switching from playing peek a boo to answering “what did Miley Cyrus do on TV that was so bad” is a lot for my brain. I am spread thin from teething to hormones…but I love it.

Today was a strange first day. Peaceful and without incident and I felt like I kinda knew what I was doing. It is SUCH a big deal to me in my heart, the first day of school. It seems like there should be a marching band or something, but it came and it went. Quietly. VERY QUIETLY.

We did pictures in front of the front door. #becausethatswhatyoudo


We labeled binder dividers.


*Greyson leads us in prayer OFTEN. It goes a little something like this. “Hand? Hand?” hold hands. “Jesus…A Men”. drop hands. repeat. #amilliontimes

We had snacks and lunch out of lunch boxes {my number one tip for homeschoolers! Seriously! MAKE THE LUNCH THE NIGHT BEFORE WHEN THE HOUSE IS QUIET!}.


We learned. Today I taught my 8 year old about the dictionary and how to look up words. We practiced with some vocabulary words for her Charlottes web unit {love me some Wilbur} and she says, “Wow, I can see why people really like this book. It’s useful.” She keeps me laughing.

We discussed. Math U See is way better than last year’s math and we are grateful and excited for Total Language Plus. School should be about LEARNING. NOT checking off a completed worksheet and moving on. Side note: the older I am getting the more I am developing a sincere hatred for the check box. Stop checking things off. Start living. Check boxes are dangerous. #proceedwithcaution


*MFW book basket for the win

We had fun. Making birth announcements for Wilbur and beginning our new morning celebrations and praise and oh my word, that will be my favorite part of school this year for sure. {details coming!}.

and you know what? I LOVE our new space for school. I will show you later this week!

and you know what else? I love my kids. I love our school days.

These really are the moments and I am ready to do it all over again tomorrow…and I seriously wasn’t kidding about the haircut.




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6 Responses to First Day of School. First Day of School.
  1. Rikki
    September 10, 2013 | 5:43 am

    So glad to see this post! I prayed for you yesterday and then thought later I should have sent you a message. I am glad it was such a good day. I love to read about it!!

  2. Amy G
    September 10, 2013 | 5:44 am

    Happy first week of school!
    I so hear ya on feeling like everything has to be ready before the first day. I even painted a piece of furniture for my living room, feeling like it needed to be done before the first day. 🙂
    You are such a good momma! Have a marvelous rest of your week!

  3. mandy
    September 10, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    I totally do the ‘nesting’ thing too! the whole house was clean, things moved around that have nothing to do with school, menus made, yada, yada. I’m sure it won’t last 😉

  4. Cara Yeh
    September 10, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Hooray — so fun! I can’t wait to see the classroom. And, your ice cream deal is the best; what a great tradition! I can totally see your kids passing that one on. 🙂

  5. Heidi (Dearly Loved Mist)
    September 15, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    Love the lunch idea!! Prayed again today for you guys! Hope all is well…

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