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We Survived Back to School!

We are a few weeks into school now, and just finishing up Erv’s second week of preschool. I’m not going to lie…it has kicked my butt. My part-time job is definitely the busiest when school starts up (because I work with the area high schools), and I’ve started a new business (with Thirty-One Gifts), AND the general getting back into a school routine after the lazy days of summer is really, really hard the first few weeks.

But, we’ve survived. The kids are loving school (Ervin and Essie especially) and for the first time since Henry was in preschool, they’re getting on the bus in the morning and HAVE NOT MISSED IT ONCE. They’re ready a few minutes early even.

The afternoons, though, are a bit of a drag for them. The big three all have homework every day, and they all go to bed at 7:30. So by the time they get home from school, play for a while or watch a little TV, do homework, and eat supper, it’s time for bed.

That’s just school life, though. I try to give them time in between getting home and sitting down with their homework to relax, run around, have a snack, be kids. We don’t really do activities yet, so that’s still possible, thank goodness. Otherwise, they’re just so tired of doing work without a break.

The other night, to celebrate the fact that we have made it through the toughest weeks of the school year (can I get an “Amen”), we had a little picnic with “fancy” appetizers and a really easy (because it was still a school night), popular with the whole family supper.

Ivy helped me make a fruit and cheese appetizer tray that was completely wiped clean, basically before we even sat down. The cheese was sharp cheddar cut into fun shapes for the kids and marinated mozzarella balls for the adults, and the fruit consisted of green grapes and apple chunks (I actually might make a tray like this for our next birthday party, although it’ll have to have a lot more of everything on it!).


Supper (on a blanket on the floor in the living room) was our favorite Gluten Free Corn Dogs from Foster Farms and homemade French fries and sweet potato fries. (Essie and I both mix our ketchup and mustard together. Are we the only ones?)


It’s really nice once in a while to have a “fun” meal before everybody goes to bed and gets ready to get up and do the school thing all over again.

What kinds of “celebrations” do you have when you just want to break up the monotony of the school year?

Foster Farms sent me goodies for a Gluten Free get-together (my favorite kind) but no compensation otherwise. All opinions are my own.

Back At It.

I’m sitting in a quiet office while my big three get used to their new classes on the first day of school and Ervin sleeps or plays with his grandpa. He stayed at their house last night so he wouldn’t have to take the big kids to school and then come back home with me.Continue Reading

Through the Lens Thursday: 9 o’clock

It’s just after 9 am on the first day back after our last summer trip, which means it’s the first day of our back to school “retraining,” since school starts next Thursday and these kids are a good three hours off of their school schedule. Here we go. Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvementContinue Reading

Through the Lens Thursday: Sharp

The kids got their new glasses, shoes, and haircuts for school (starting in just less than two weeks). Don’t they look sharp? This was way overexposed, but I thought it looked kind of cool.   Through The Lens Thursday is a self-improvement photography project that Alison and I are doing this year (again!). Don’t forgetContinue Reading

Go Out and Play!

The kids have been back to school for about two and a half weeks. I’m exhausted, frankly, and so is the toddler that’s not yet in school. But the kids that ARE in school? They’ve got energy. I don’t know where it comes from. They work hard all day, they have two recesses in theContinue Reading

Through The Lens Thursday: Texture

Just like last week, this was a fun prompt. I with I could do more macro shots, but my 50 or 35mm lens don’t really allow me to get super close. But, I played around and this is what I ended up with. Ivy’s new backpack is covered with different textures….metallic shimmery fabric, velvet, aContinue Reading

Last Friday Night. (It was actually Tuesday night)

Last Tuesday night, on a school night (yes, yes it was), my mom and I took my two daughters to see Katy Perry at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. I had bought tickets months ago, thinking that it would be a really good birthday present for them (they both have birthdays in July). IContinue Reading

Project 365: Week 34

WHAT?! This post is on time? *pats myself on back* Aug. 17 The only pictures I took last Sunday were of the green stuff covered in dew. Ha. Aug. 18 Waiting for a turn on grandpa’s mower. This is what happens when you speak in a high-pitched voice to Louise. And this..I don’t know. SheContinue Reading

Through The Lens Thursday: Green

I really liked this prompt, and if I wanted to, I could share fifteen different photos for it. As it is, I’ll narrow it down to, like…seven. The weather this past couple of weeks has been really nice and mild, and we’ve had a few days of rain storms. So, the grass that had beenContinue Reading

Back To School

My kids went back to school last Wednesday, and it was the most uneventful first few days of school in my (albeit short) back to school history. There were no tears. Essie and I walked the big two into the gym and found their classes grouped together, lining up, and then we walked back overContinue Reading