It happened again. Our little lady is back in preschool.
And the difference from last year’s first day photo nearly put our jaws on the floor. We knew she had grown, but wow.
Since her monthly photo project stopped at her 3rd birthday, it was fun to break out this other photo tradition and snap some pictures. Although I had forgotten about the weird results when you say things like “smile big!”
“No, like you’re really happy and excited.”
She’s going back to the same preschool she went to last year, though now for three mornings a week instead of two like last year. She’s excited to be back with her friends, to get to know her new teachers, and to uncover all that there is to explore in her new classroom. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say we’re excited to have a couple hours of quiet time/project time/typing time at home. Although our new house is about 15 minutes further away from school now, so we’re definitely noticing the extra hour that it takes to do two round-trips.
Totally worth it though. The girl loves her school and is so excited to be reunited with all of her friends.
Not sure where this catalog model came from all of the sudden. Someone’s giving us a little strut and pose action.
She eventually realized that all of these photos were the only thing that stood between herself and her friends at school, so this is her “can we go now?” face.
So off we went. Oh, and Sherry found her school bag at an Old Navy outlet for $2. She wrote Clara’s name on it with a red sharpie since the school asks for everything to be labeled. How did the whole first day of school thing go for the rest of you guys?
Our family tradition of capping off summer with a weekend spent at my parent’s beach house in Delaware continued this year (with some bedroom painting squeezed in there too for good measure). And, just like last year, we did our best to fight our compulsive urges to photograph and document everything we did at the beach instead of just enjoying it.
We didn’t even bring our good DSLR camera with us, deciding to just rely on our iPhones if a moment struck us as particularly photo-worthy, like Clara and her cousin Emanuel’s attempt at sand angels above. Or Burger trying to keep his cool next to his much larger cousin Tuck.
Being Labor Day weekend, the beaches were pretty packed. We have plenty of early risers in our family, though, so we managed to get there early enough to reserve a good spot before things got too crowded. This is what 10am looked like.
And here’s what 1pm looked like:
We didn’t really venture out to do much more than hitting the beach (i.e. no bike rides or kayak trips like usual) since most of the kids just napped in the afternoon, but one exciting evening addition was our brother-in-law’s new toy: a drone.
It’s actually a work tool for him. He’s a photographer and people in his industry are starting to use these more and more (the little braces underneath it can hold a camera) so he brought it to practice his flying skills. But the kids (okay, and us adults) mostly enjoyed chasing it around and making alien invasion jokes.
So there you have it. Pretty much the only six decent pictures we took all weekend. I guess for people whose job description includes taking lots of photos, we achieved a pretty labor-less Labor Day after all, except for that bedroom painting mission that we tacked on (but that felt really good to knock out). How’d you guys say goodbye to the summer season? Do anything fun? Take any good pictures?