regardless of whether we were ready or not the first day of school has arrived. luckily for us we were ready. well as ready as could be expected. every year lee and i tag team and make the boys breakfast. although i HATE mornings i am glad we start their first day of the new year off with a good breakfast. and that means i have to wake up super early. early enough to make bacon, scrambled eggs with sausage, pancakes and fruit, and to get myself ready to leave the house, and take first day of school pictures, and get to school on time. which this year since baylee is in junior high means a second campus we have to drop kids off at. honestly, that right there is what scares me. again i HATE mornings, am i going to be able to get all the kids to school on time at 2 different drop offs? and i know the campuses are side by side, but still....
it makes me happy that lee sits down and eats with them too. even if i wasn't taking the picture i wouldn't sit down and eat. there is just something about eating right after i wake up. i've never really been able to do it. unless i was pregnant and then i would have to. i guess i should have taken that as a sign of how much my children would eat.
i love how may baylee has his arm around tayte. he did that all by himself. and since he did that tayte did that to payton. i am blessed because these boys REALLY love each other. it makes me happy! look how big these boys are!
notice in the pictures before kayson joined in that baylee wasn't smiling? yep. that did not make me happy. but, lee decided to take a bat thing we have and pretend he was about to hit me with it and then we get these pictures.
in the car on the way to school.
and there he goes into the junior high as a sixth grader all by himself. look how little he looks! i threaten to embarrass my kids for the way they behave, but truth be told i won't....or will i? i didn't want to start his junior high years off wrong. i HATED junior high. i would rather be water boarded than have to do that again. so, even though i don't cry at the first day of school, i was/am a bit nervous about this whole junior high thing. he's a smart kid, and the smart ones have it rough some times.
i LOVE shots like this. i LOVE that these boys are walking the same path as their daddy. he is a great man. a wonderful husband. and a superb father. he is showing them how to be a man. i think that's why we have so many boys.
tayte is in the third grade. he looks like a different kid with his glasses. this is a big year for him. lots of changes and by changes i mean standardized tests. thankfully, these boys are brilliant. i would say that about my kids anyway, but luckily for me i'm not lying when i say that. so the tests aren't what bother me. it's the stress of the test. and with tayte i don't want there to be any extra stress.
there's payton hard at work already. we held him back in kindergarten this year all because of where his birthday lands. last year on the first day of kindergarten he was FOUR, this year he is six. i feel better about sending a six year old to kindergarten. side note: every day since his birthday, all 2 of them, he has asked me if i am glad he is six. he's pretty excited about being six. so he sat down and started working, i bumped him, "uuugghhh, mom you messed me up." "sorry." i'm afraid he's going to get bored this year. but, that's not the part that makes me anxious, because quite frankly you do a lot of things in your life that could bore you, but you still do them. i'm afraid he's going to act up since he's bored. and his teacher, SHE IS FABULOUS!!! but, when we were trying to decide what to do with him she didn't want us to send him twice. so even though she is A WONDERFULLY, BRILLIANT, BEAUTIFUL teacher, i don't want the "i told you so." so payton may hate me by the end of the year, but that kid is going to be on his best behavior. always. oh and his teacher looks way to young to have a third grader herself. and payton was pretty happy that patrick, the kid in blue across from him, was in his class too. patrick and his family go to our church.
the good bye process: daddy hugs, kisses and says i love you. kayson kisses. momma kisses, hugs, says i love you and have a fabulous day. we did this in tayte's room too, i just didn't get proof.
and these two. this is ellie. neither of them know it yet but they have an arranged marriage. so it's really sweet that they are starting school together. and even sweeter that they are sitting right by each other. i don't think their teacher knows about the pending wedding so that makes it better. and, while payton is giving me "that look" i'm sure he will give it to ellie later in life. hehehe. oh, and when i rushed around to take this awesome picture i bumped payton again. "uuugggghhh, you messed me up AGAIN!!" i think he just wanted me to leave.
and this little stinker. i was afraid he would have a horrible day without someone being at his every beck and call. but, he LOVED being home with momma all day. he loved on me. danced around the couch. sat on these steps over and over. talked a ton. laughed and smiled all day. but, the thing i think he enjoyed the most: if he had a toy it never got taken away from him. EVER!
it was a great way to start a new school year.
and after school we all loaded up and headed to amarillo for our tradition of getting ice cream on the first day of school. we tried out frazzleberries, which i know is frozen yogurt. but, really isn't it all the same?
as for me this school year. i have a list of things i want to do. and on that list is to get back in the habit of blogging. i look back at some of the posts i've made and i'm so grateful i did. and then i think about some of the things i've missed and i'm sad. so here's to a great year!!!