Every year on the first day of school the kids stand at the red front door to get their picture taken. It’s my favorite photograph of the year. This year the clan is slightly smaller and that is oh so very painful for me. I actually hate when school starts, I hate to have them go back to school, but I do love this photo op. This year Alex is working his first real grown up job, Abby and Hannah are at JMU, Riley started high school ( he is my man child) Elijah started 1st grade, Sam went to kindergarten, and baby Grace will go to preschool. I can barely believe this is happening to us. I DONT WANT THEM TO LEAVE!!!
Here is Sam just before he popped on the bus for the very first time.
This shot of Elijah jumping off of the bus is classic, and speaks volumes about this little man.
Incredibly enough my oldest kids reported in with first day of school or work pictures for me as well. I can’t tell you how cool it is that they sent me these photos.
I want to be super clear about something, I am no super mom. Part of why I hate them going back to school is because I am always so remorseful that another summer has passed and that I worked harder than I intended to and played way less than I hoped to. I am going to change that someday and I better hurry. I am loosing precious time!!!!