I'm going to do this in shifts, because that's how they left yesterday.
In "shift one" we have an 8th Grader who will help "rule" the Jr. High this year:
And let me introduce our new high school-er:
Wait, did I just say that? A high school-er?? I honestly cannot believe it.
Here they are for their traditional school-pictures-in-front-of-the-front-door:
Awww, love these guys.
And I have to stick this one in 'cause I love Max's face:
On to "shift two:"
Here's our delighted 5th Grader:
...and our 2nd Grader:
(I love that they are holding hands.)
We obviously had a little too much time for pictures after waking up so early for scriptures and breakfast with "shift one."
...they didn't seem to mind though...
Love these girls so so much.
Then it was on to "shift 3" after the "shift 3" girl got her beauty rest and slept until 9:30. (!)
Meet our Pre-K girl:We luckily warded off a nervous breakdown when we found this tinkerbell folder right in the nick of time before school:
You just never know what this girl is going to be obsessed about.
Waiting for the bus:
After school we had our traditional first-day-of-school-cookie-chat:
(minus Grace who got "lost" at her friend's house on the way home.)
I made Max's friend come in and take a picture since we have pictures of them every single year since kindergarten.
How did it happen that those teeny boys turned into these ones so fast? They seemed pretty confident about their first day.
I loved watching Max and Elle ask Lu about her big first day:
They sure get a kick out of that girl.
And here's this unflattering picture Elle snapped I thought I'd add because this is what we did for like an hour.
This is so typical...I'm texting the Laurels trying to remind them of our activity I was in charge of that night and Gracie is waiting for me to sign something or other. I wish it showed the piles of papers I had to sign and lists of extra school supplies we need to go get and rule books and all the first-day-of-school paraphernalia for five kids spread out in front of us. And really, in order to get the whole picture I wish you could hear Lucy's whining since she was so darn tired after a day of regimented schedule. Oh, and one minute before Max and Elle were hoovering over me too telling three different stories from the day and needing me to fill out forms. That's what the first day looks like over here.
We ended up with a good little matching game:
Let's back up to the "back-t0-school" nights the two nights before.I love going back to our dear old elementary school every year.
It's so great to see so many familiar faces we have missed over the summer and there's so much excitement in the air.
The kids love to go visit all their old teachers. One of our favorites ever has taught all these three kids in third grade. We all adore her.
Here's Claire's new teacher:Elle had her in 2nd Grade too...she is awesome.
And here's Grace's teacher:
Max and Elle both had her. Another awesome one.
And Lu's beloved teacher she waited with baited breath for all summer long.
I tell you there wasn't hardly a day that went by when she didn't ask when she would get to go back to Mrs. Smith's class.
Moving on to the big kids:
(I only had my iPhone so please excuse the quality of these pictures.)
Again, so many familiar faces we love at that Jr. High.
And last but not least, on to the HIGH SCHOOL.
I wish you could tell from this picture, but this place is massive. SO much bigger than my high school. Eight cavernous halls leave this main area leading out to all kinds of classrooms. Check out the map:
Yeah, who wouldn't be confused about that thing?
Despite the fact that I beg Dave to take us to live in a foreign country on a daily basis, I love that we have lived here for so long that we feel so at home even in a huge unfamiliar high school with so many people we love crowded in.
It almost makes me want to go to high school again.
Max looks a little worried up there...
...but here he is after a girl he hadn't seen all summer came and gave him a hug.
Yeah, he's gonna be just fine.
(of course I couldn't get these guys to pose for a picture)
Isn't my iPhone awesome?
First day down, 179 to go.