Thursday, May 30, 2019

The School Year In Pictures

It started on the first day of school. My Facebook feed was FILLED with back to school pictures. It meant many of these parents survived the summer with their kids at home, it meant the kids were growing up and hitting important milestones, and a day to be celebrated. But what about every other day during the school year? There are many important days that happen in between the first and the last. Kids do the most growing in between this time, so why do we only excessively document that very first day (and often times that last day, as well)? Why not excessively document those days in between? Leave that to me.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

 Day 4

 Day 5. Missing one because she felt the need for a "sick day." Read about that here.

 Day 6. Also Dad's birthday!

 Day 7

 Day 8. Elizabeth wasn't happy about waking up after a weekend getaway.

Day 9. Actively raining. In their faces.

 Day 10: "Max, mom's tryin' to take a picture!" "I don't care!" Clearly.

Day 11: Max wouldn't stop for the picture because they were 1 minute behind schedule. 

Day 12: Elizabeth declares me the meanest mom for reasons I can't recall.

Day 13: Dad was in charge of taking the picture and this is what he presented me [huge face palm]

 Day 14

 Day 15

 Day 16: Donuts for breakfast and present wrapping before school.

 Day 17. I can tell from the variety in their wardrobe how moody the fall weather is.

 Day 18

 Day 19. Nothing like an argument in the driveway before leaving.

 Day 20

 Day 21: Down one (thanks stomach flu), first day of violin practice for the oldest, and a cold lunch for the middle.

 Day 22: I had to bribe them with a picture by jumping in it too.

 Day 23: Isn't school just one big fashion show for girls? (eye roll here)

 Day 24: The oldest is over this whole picture business and the middle mini just can't wait to get to school, dragging the youngest out the door as she attempts to pose.

 Day 25

 Day 26

 Day 27: Rainy morning

 Day 28: The youngest had a doctor's appointment and went to school later than the boys.

 Day 29

 Day 30: A summer-like day the day before, to freezing this day.

Day 31

Day 32

Day 33

Day 34

Day 35

Day 36

Day 37. Someone was home "sick."

Day 38

Day 39

Day 40

Day 41. I scared the grocery delivery woman by taking a picture. She thought I was taking pictures of her. 

Day 42

Day 43

Day 44

Day 45

Day 46

Day 47

Day 48

Day 49

Day 50

Day 51

Day 52

Day 53

Day 54

Day 55

Day 56

Day 57

Day 58

Day 59

Day 60

Day 61

Day 62

Day 63. She insisted on a picture by herself too.
Day 64

Day 65 appears to be missing. I assume no picture was taken.

Day 66

Day 67

Day 68: We were running late on this morning, so they chose to take a picture with Aunt Jenny downtown before seeing Aladdin at the Civic Center.

Day 69: Stay home day on a Wednesday. They didn't get to bed until after 11:30 p.m. after their night at the theatre. They got to rest and watch Christmas movies all day long. Cool mom alert.

Day 70

Day 71

Day 72

Day 73

Day 74: No before school picture, not even a before dance practice picture, but we did manage a decorating 200 cookies picture.

No Day 75. Not sure what happened that day.

Day 76

Day 77

Days 78 & 79 (top and bottom pictures). Elizabeth had the stomach flu/ate too much for dinner the night before/slept weird/she's got a weak stomach so we have no clue what's wrong, so she missed school. 

Day 80

Day 81

Day 82

Day 83

Day 84

Day 85

Day 86

And from here we lose track of days. There were snow days, days off from school, some sick days, spring break. I gave up keeping track of the specific school days, but for the most part, I remembered to take a picture nearly every morning. That alone is impressive (for me at least).

Crying picture. I thought for sure I had more pictures of them crying as they left for school, but it looks like we fared pretty well this school year!

Please notice the youngest's bright flowery skirt and a maroon cardigan. She paired it with a royal blue shirt (that you can't see because of her coat). Also, this was spring picture day.

They're all in jammies. I can't say for certain, but I'm assuming this was pajama day at school. If not, they totally wore them jammies to school.

April Fools Day

Down a mini 

Down a mini a few days in a row due to a tummy bug.

Walking to school is more fun with friends

Dad makes an appearance

And finally.....THE LAST DAY!!!

We now have a 6th grader, 4th grader, and 2nd grader!

Despite all of the mornings that began in tears, the fights about brushing hair and teeth, the arguments over why they had to eat oatmeal for breakfast again, and the days they wanted to stay in bed "just a few more minutes," all three excelled this school year and came out on top! I'm so proud of them (and us!) for making it through. We're thankful for their AMAZING teachers and school. But mostly I'm thankful that I don't have to say "smile!" every morning as they walk out the door!