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First Day of School {2017}

Now that summer is over we are in school mode around here.

A few weeks ago Sarah started her first day of 1st grade!

We took our traditional first day of school photos.

The night before school we had everything set up and ready to go.

Sarah got a new backpack and lunch box from here and Jacob is using his backpack set he received from Aunt Pam.It turns out her friend, Maya has the same backpack!

I took the kids one day after nap for a little back to school clothing trip at Target. Sarah picked out this shirt and these shorts.

Jacob got this shirt and these shorts.












A few weeks later, Jacob started his first day of Toddler Two’s! Big sis wanted to join the photo shoot.Following in big sister, Sarah’s footsteps I will be dropping Jacob off one day and attending school with him the other day.

Between the photo shoot and first day of school madness I forgot my bag, wallet and our waters on the counter, so we made a quick stop at Starbucks (thank you Starbucks app!) and picked up some water (and coffee of course) on our way in.2013 vs 2017

Hoping Sarah has a successful and educational year in school while I hope Jacob learns that mama comes back and it’s going to be ok.

See past First Day of School posts here:
First Day of School 2016
First Day of School 2015
First Day of School 2014
First Day of School 2013
First Day of School 2012

First Day of School {2016}

Last week Sarah started her first week of kindergarten!!!
IMG_2667 - favA few days before school started we were invited to a meet and greet at her school. Sarah was given a cubby, a school bag, met the teacher and drew a picture of herself. We also got to take a fun picture with the First Day of Kindergarten sign.IMG_0710 IMG_0707 IMG_0709IMG_0711
The night before school we had everything set up and ready to go.IMG_0891
Sarah’s school does not allow kindergartners to carry backpacks. Instead they are given blue reusable bags with the school logo (I turned it around for this post) and a place for them to write their name.
Sarah also got to pick out an outfit for the special day. She picked a tutu skirt with pom poms and a shirt with polka dots. Target for the win!IMG_0734We started our morning a little slow with pop tarts and milk. IMG_0738Sarah wanted to make her own sign so I told her the letters and she wrote this.  IMG_0739Like previous years, I bought her a sign on Etsy to capture the day. Sign can be purchased here. 1st day sign -no schoolIMG_2622 IMG_2657 IMG_2664 - fav
Hubby had an early job this day so he wasn’t there to keep us on track. Next thing I know school starts in 5 minutes and we haven’t even left! S%&T!!!
We rushed to school, but parking was a nightmare. Between finding a spot, unbuckling Jacob, grabbing Sarah’s bags and flicking Sarah’s pop tart (I didn’t need anyone judging us on the first day of school) out of her hand we made a mad dash into the school only to be stopped by the teacher who told us we needed to go to the office to check in and pick up a late pass.
It’s now 15 minutes after the bell has rung and we are finally reunited with her classroom who was sitting outside by the playground while the principal spoke into a microphone. IMG_2631Pheww I could breathe!
It turns out there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the kindergartens new playground (it’s all new to me so I just clapped along).
After the ceremony we hugged, kissed and I wished her an awesome first day.
The teacher grabbed her hand and off she went.IMG_2635   IMG_2636IMG_2638
I can’t believe I have a kindergartner!
See past First Day of School posts here:
First Day of School 2015
First Day of School 2014
First Day of School 2013
First Day of School 2012


First Day of School {2014}

Today was Sarah’s first day of Preschool!

To prepare for the big day, we got her a backpack (thanks aunty Oshrat!) and a new lunch box.


Even when Sarah and I attend Mommy and Me I had her hold a sign that listed her age and the first day of school. I have horrible writing so I’ve always made her sign on the computer. Since this was a big milestone for us, I went on Etsy and bought her a chalkboard sign that I placed in a frame.


The night before we laid out her new outfit, backpack and sign to make the morning as easy as possible.


I don’t normally tell Sarah what we are doing or where we are going until that morning due to her anxiety. However this event was discussed for a couple weeks before hand. We checked out books about school from the library, we shopped for it and we even play pretend school. 

The night before her big day Sarah really started to get excited!


At one point, she laid all her clothes on the floor and made a “Sarah” out them.

Daddy read her a story and off to bed she went.


In the mean time, I was busy prepping her lunch. Sarah is not a picky eater, but she does have her favorites. So I made sure to give her all of her favorite things.


I packed a cheese sandwich, strawberries, cantaloupe, ABC Cheez-It crackers, blueberry granola bar and seaweed.  The teacher mentioned that the kids were really excited from the novelty of it all and didn’t eat much lunch. Sarah ate most of her snacks, but didn’t really touch her cheese sandwich.

Sarah has been waking up earlier the past few weeks, so I didn’t need my alarm clock after all. Everything was prepared and it’s place so there wasn’t any running around.

For breakfast I made her one of her favorites, Minnie Mouse pancakes and strawberries.


We got dressed and started our traditional first day of school pictures. Lucky Sarah was in a really good mood so I only took a few pictures.

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And because I love comparisons pictures, here is Sarah on her first day of school this year and last year.


Sarah and I were one of the first ones to arrive. Imagine that! We met up with the teacher who showed us to the playground. We played for a few minutes until the assistant teacher came out to release the parents. I walked up to Sarah and let her know it was time for the mommies to leave. She asked me where I was going and I simply told her, “errands.” She said “Ok, bye mommy”. I gave her a tight squeeze and then walked away. I didn’t turn around to see her reaction. I simply kept walking.

From past experiences this technique works for us.

I know she will have a lot of fun so I didn’t want to make my exit a long process.

I got a lot done during school. I went back home and cleaned up a bit , went to a doctor’s appointment, went grocery shopping and was back at her school 15 minutes early ready for dismissal.

All the moms stood outside the door patiently waiting for our preschoolers to come out and tell us about their big day. One mom had the idea to take a picture of her son as he was called to come outside and meet his mom, so I got my camera ready as well for when it was Sarah’s turn to come outside.


I was so happy to see my little munchkin! I missed her! Not like I wish she was with me instead, but it was nice to see her. She looked so mature as she came out of her classroom.

She ran up to me and said, “Hi mommy!” I hugged her tightly and we walked to the car holding hands. I tried to enjoy this special moment, but I could tell she was bursting to tell me about her big day. I tried to write most of her responses down when we got home. It was just too cute to hear her talk about her day while she was at her big girl school.

I’m so happy she had a good experience. However, I was worried that I would get a call during the day telling me that she was hitting kids (a horrible phase we are going through).

Looking forward to her new journey and completing my long list of things to do.

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