On Wednesday, it was First Day of School success over here at the Shull’s house!
This year, we didn’t have any kiddos transitioning to a new school (the first time in a few years) which just made things so much easier for this mama. Everyone knew their school, their teachers and their classmates. We had our bags packed, our lunches made and were out the door. I’m still in denial that summer is over, BUT I will say, after school when everyone piled into my car, it really felt like the best first day of school in a long time. Kensington was super excited to be the “top dog”, Smith was pumped about *finally* being able to play sports through the school (you have to wait until 7th grade here), Ashby has one of her besties in class and loves both of her teachers and Miss Mades was so excited to *finally* be old enough to buy an ‘extra’ in the lunchroom (2nd grade and up can buy individual extra drinks/snacks/desserts during lunch).
Here are a few pics of our first day back…
Well this just feels all wrong. Where did…
…this girl go?! Agh! She’s in 8th grade now! She cheers, she plays basketball and volleyball, she loves her classes and friends…I feel like a teenager moved into my house without my permission. I’m so happy she’s excited about this school year!
This kid has such a challenging schedule and couldn’t be happier about it. Ha! He is also suuuuuper pumped about playing middle school football this fall.
Little Miss Fourth Grade is my social butterfly who loves school! Third grade was a huge year of growth for Ashby, so I’m excited to see how she continues to mature this year too. She’s going to do amazing things this one.
And Mades was pumped to head off to 2nd grade! I shared this story on Instagram, but way back when Kensington started 2nd grade in 2016, the first time I met her teacher, I asked her if it would be okay if she went with us to China to bring home her baby sister (just three weeks later!). Her teacher immediately beamed, told me a story about how adoption had blessed her family and could not have been more encouraging about that trip. Fast forward six years…
…and Madeley is now in her class too! How fun is that?! My other two kiddos had different teachers in 2nd grade, so it was super fun and special to see that these girls would share the same teacher. A very full circle moment for our family.
After our traditional breakfast…
…we grabbed the little girls’ backpacks…
…and all six of us headed to the elementary school for drop off.
When the four of us got back it was time to get these middle schoolers out the door…
…they were excited to go 🙂 .
I went to breakfast with my girlfriends after drop off and then found my summer blues happy place…
After a trip to Old Navy and Trader Joe’s, I went home…
…made our traditional after school on the first day snack along with lasagna and then anxiously awaited 3:00!
I reallllllly love having my babies home with me, so this time of year is always super bittersweet. I’m excited they’re excited, but I sure do miss them!
If you’re sending your kids back to school this week, I’m sending you all the love! xx