Today is the first day of school. It snuck up on me this year. I was not ready mentally or physically prepared. I was at Walmart trying to find Josh a lunch box at 7 pm last night. I’m not ready for my oldest two to be gone all. day. long. or ready to have Max all to myself all. day. long. But it happened, and they are all thrilled about it. Last night Justin gave them each a Father’s blessing to guide them through the school year. I am always amazed at how individual each blessing is. It’s what each child needs. They all sat there so solemn and reverent. It was very different from the usual family prayer and scripture atmosphere. Even Max took his turn very seriously. I did wonder what it’s like in family’s with lots of kids though. If you have say 9 kids… do you break it up into two or three sessions so the little ones don’t get antsy?Here they are ready to head down to the neighborhood breakfast. In my unpreparedness Anna never got new shoes… whoops. She got to pick between flip flops, church shoes, and tennis shoes that are much too big. My sweet neighbor organized a muffin/fruit/juice breakfast for the kids before the first day of school.Max couldn’t decide what to pick. Pretty sure he ended up with one of the ones in the back, licked all the sugar off, and went back for one of the ones in the front.The attempt at a group picture. Anna gets points for looking at her Mom.Josh and his buddy were excited to realize that they were wearing the same shirt. Neither was excited when I wanted to take a picture with the sun directly in their eyes. Anna scarfed down a muffin and wanted to head to school right then. I told her it wasn’t time yet. Luckily she came prepared to keep herself entertained while she waited (she learns from the best.) Anna has two of her best friends in her class. One is pictured below. She told me her class would be perfect if only her cousin Emailee was in it. She’s not, but luckily we snagged her for a hug before the bell rang (above). The school had a red carpet rolled out and Wi-Fi there to greet everyone as they walked in. This was as far as Josh would let me go. Then he begged me to let him go play and go in by himself (tear.) Anna humored me though.
Max was feeling left out, so we had to get a picture of him at a desk as well. Apparently this is his school face.
Then Max and I snuck around and spied on them after the bell rang because we are cool like that.