Tuesday, August 30, 2011


The shift from summer vacation to the first day of school whispered our names.

Although we resisted the early morning rush to get dressed, rapidly eating sweet strawberries and waffles, and stuffing backpacks with lunches, we went with the flow.

It was tempting to stay in our pjs and slowly allow our bodies to accept the daylight streaming in through our windows like we did for the last few short months.

But with the morning grogginess came a whiff of excitement.

Newness beckoned.

New threads head to toe.




New paths to new classrooms where new friendships wait to be created.


New experiences of knowledge to discover.

As I gazed at my 3 boys, I felt mixed with emotions.

There is always conflict within my mother's heart.

I desire for them to spread their wings and soar.

And yet, I want to keep them safe within the walls of our nest.

And since this is where we are supposed to be for this year, I am trusting that they will soar high.

For the first time, my 3rd grader, Luke, did not want me to stay with him as he played on the playground while waiting for the school bell to ring. He was also keenly aware of my photo taking and I sense a bit embarrassed since he gave me the "enough already" hand.


Charlie waited pensively in the kindergarten line. There was a part of me that wanted to whisper in his ear, "we can go home if you'd like."


But, I didn't. He's ready.

And well, this guy. His swagger said it all.


He was the most confident of them all. He cruised into his preschool room as if he owned the place. He's that kind of guy.


I'm wishing each of you a rockin' school year whether is traditional or at home.

Much love,
KatieLinking up for Embrace the Camera.


april@gingerbread said...

awww they all look so adorable...isnt the first day crazy? I looked/felt the same way!

Susan said...

They are so cute!
And you darkened your hair?? It looks excellent - love it.
Best of luck to them all this year.
We don't start until next week. Sigh.

Alyss said...

Great start for the year!

Hershey's Moma {amy} said...

Your hair is dark again. Like it... :) Love how you captured each of their personalities in this post!

hannah singer said...

hooray! they'll be champions!
just like their amazing, beautiful mama.
even if she is a little unshowered and crazy:)

Karen said...

Your hair looks great! You did it! You got past the first day, congratulations. {I'll be whispering the same thing to Wyatt on his first day of preschool}

Laurie J said...

classic back-to-school pics, katie.....awesome! is the hair color new?! you rock it!
we start tomorrow :)

Ashley @ LaLuce said...

you can see his little swagger! that picture with the caption of you and the boys is hilarious! you look great!


Heather said...

Love these pics! You sound like an amazing mom. I hope your boys have a great first week!

Kelly said...

your little skater (CA) dudes are SO CUTE. my son has the same hurley shirt as your littlest. i am glad school is back in. i was so ready for routine again!

theolivetree said...

awww I teared up at the part where you wanted to whisper in his ear we an go home!! Great post...your a good mama to let them spread their wings.

Jazmin @ The Miller's said...

Awwww Katie!! This post is precious. I seriously had to hold back from crying. Your boys are beautiful. You are so blessed.


Lindsay said...

I just came across your blog and I am LOVING it. NEW follower :)

Kara said...

They all looked rad, even when pensive or embarrassed. Wish my pre-schooler had some swagger. She's lost her mojo this week at a new school. Hoping it returns quickly.

xo katrina said...

eeeeeek!!!! they all look so ready for the world! i can't wait for the day when all of mine are in school. i'd probably have trouble figuring out what to do with myself, but i'm sure i'll think of something! :)

Jessica said...

So sweet! One of the hardest things to learn as a mother is to let go little by little!

Mrs. T said...

The first day of school is going to KILL me!
Although, we have decided to homeschool, but still... it's a sign they are growing up!!! EEE!!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Your boys are so sweet! Looks like a wonderful first day full of excitement. I love all the first day photos... so cute! :)

Kristy said...

awww.....I hope they had a GREAT 1st day!!

This is the day! said...

Such handsome boys! Hope they all have a great year.

Karrie said...

::::Teared up::::: Beautiful post! Looks like it's going to be a great year!

Angel Haynes said...

Wonderful post. I love the commentary of your thought process. Real and honest. Side note: I also love how many of your comments I see on people's ETC posts. Very cool.

Maureen Polderman said...

So bittersweet!! I get a lump in my throat sometimes just thinking about sending my little guy off to school...and he's only 18 months old!! Lol! Really enjoy your writing Katie!

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

You have a way with words! Lovely written post! THANK YOU for your sweet comment on our fam's blog :) Much appreciated! Your guys are so handsome!! Rock on momma! :)

forever folding laundry said...

They could not be any cuter.
They rocked that first day, I can tell. :)


Jenny H said...

Aww....they are so cute!

Jessica Johnson said...

100% get you. felt the exact same emotions myself, unshowered and all.

Flor said...

I've got 2 in school and one at home right now.. I still still tear up every morning when I drop them off at school and see them walking together to class. .
You have a way with words.. :)