First Day of School 2013

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It happened. My kids went back to school. It felt so surreal. Like…I’ve done this a few times before, it never felt so odd. My kids are at an age where we really had a fun summer. I don’t have napping babies or diapers to change, we could do whatever we wanted all day long. AND, I now have a child old enough to be in charge (life changing) when I need to run an errand or exercise, which was amazing, but I stilly tried to drag them along to other places just to get them out of the house some days. We had a good thing going. We didn’t have “electronic time” til 3pm, so they woke up and read….and played games with each other….and mostly got along. We’d take adventures, pools, outings, and part way through the summer we had a family budget constraint that they totally understood and we spent next to nothing on activities. It was a dreamy summer. I have a tendency to block out the bad–it was there–the fighting and my youngest learning she can do the blood curtling screams. But overall–dreamy. I’ve mentioned before that I battle with sending them off, but I know in my heart it’s best for them, and I also know that I wouldn’t like being their school teacher. Scholastic discipline is not in my nature, and there is too much fun to be had at school. Really, my kids will never admit it, but they love school. They love the social, learning, and activities they get to do. But don’t you worry about me….I find things to do with my quiet-er time.  Here is a snippet of my brewd as they headed to school. Back to School first day of school
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I suggested they dance…and they did! Then a few cars drove by, toting kids to school, and they stopped. But I captured some slick moves!


Then the oldest stayed home while the rest of us walked to the elementary school. I’m pretty pleased with the french braids I’ve been producing on my daughters hair recently. I’d never actually attempted it until a few months ago (though my mom did this many many times on my hair growing up) and happy that I’d envisioned it long enough in my head that it worked out when I went to do it!


french braid
walking to school

These two are good buddies…walking

And BOTH of them get to go upstairs every day for class–big time!

stairs at school

And after we dropped them off, we felt a little hole in our hearts…


But I’m pretty sure we will find some fun things to fill our time;)

So tell me, are you like me and have a hard time “cutting the apron strings” as my husband says, or do you celebrate when school starts? I’m a good mix of both.


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  1. Jacqueline says:

    I’m on the teacher end of it, not the mom side, so I’m in the midst of getting everything ready for school and trying not to let myself get crazy:-)
    At least you have an adorable sidekick to keep you company while the rest of your brood’s at school!

  2. I have to admit…I start really looking forward to back to school in the middle of July. The first 6 weeks of vacation is always fun, but then they start to fight and annoy each other. There is no way I could be their teacher…I have patience issues. LOL! Love all these fun shots of your kiddos! I was lucky to get one group shot of my monsters on the first day of school!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Some summer days are definitely better than others. Last summer I was ready for school to start, but that didn’t happen this year. It’s strange… I know!

  3. Raelene Hill says:

    I cried on back to school days – now too – just thinking about it. Too fast – way too fast- they are grown and gone. Back to school meant no more sleeping in, lots more structure, homework and lots less time together. I knew I wasnt structured enough to home school and knew my kids had lots of fun without me. I’m missing you all – kids and grand kids-like crazy! Have so much fun back to school!!!

  4. Oh, I have a hard time, too!
    This is the first time I’ll have (every-other) days without any kids at home.
    There is a part of me that’s excited to find out what that will be like!

  5. This is my hardest year yet. We’ve just returned from dropping our youngest off at university – a 7 hour drive away from us. We have returned to an empty nest and so far I’m finding the house awfully quiet & lonely.

  6. Susan Robinson says:

    Oh I am so with you on this one.
    I don’t mean to rub salt in your wounds, but just wait until that first one goes off to college. I seriously wish I would have visited a shrink beforehand. I told myself I would be prepared, but NOTHING prepares you for it. I walked around the house crying like an infant for days and I made myself physically sick (throwing up, etc…) from grief.
    I miss them so much that I’ve evn considered homeschooling the just so we could be together all day too.
    That’s why it’s so important to spend as much time together now while they ar eyoung because college comes around so quickly and it hits you like a Mack truck.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      oh my, that sounds awful! I know I’ll be a mess, for sure!! Yes, I selfishly would home school but that state might revoke my right if I just let them play all day on our adventures!

  7. My oldest when to Kindergarten last week and I am a hot mess! I mean it… I sobbed the night before and as soon as I left her room. I walked all the way down the hall bawling and people just looked at me. I hope it gets easier after the first because it was SO HARD!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      oh my! that will be me next year with my youngest. I was definitely emotional with my oldest, but he was so excited, it made it easier for me.

  8. My one and only started kindergarten this year. I miss him like crazy. He is having a wonderful time.

  9. I love back to school time! I love the pictures, the enthusiasm, the freshness! I even love that it reminds all of us Moms how much we love having them around. Picking them up from the bus in the afternoon is my favorite.

  10. Lovely pictures, beautiful kids. This post made me think of my baby sleeping in the other room… 15 days old today… everyone says in a blink of an eye he’ll be off to school… Oh, my… I have to give him some kisses and ask him to take longer than a blink of an eye 🙂

  11. I cry every year…but I get way more excited for him as the years progress, because I know he loves it!!!

  12. Your kids are so cute! And I’m so glad I’m still a few years away from first day of school!

  13. Love the french braids. I wish I could do that for my daughter’s hair. I am usually a crier for the first day of school (and the last, interestingly enough), but I didn’t cry this year. I was too excited! Maybe next year the tears will return since my baby will go to Kindergarten.