Wednesday, September 07, 2011

First Day of School Traditions

Today I sent my kiddos off to their first day of school.  Fourth grade for Goalieboy and Second grade for Little Bee.  Oh how hard it was.  For me that is, not them.  Somehow I made it through.  The ritualistic school morning sibling arguments helped some.  It drove me a little nuts but made it so I didn't get all teary eyed.  The bickering is part of the tradition here. *laughing*

Tradition #1....Backpacks packed up and placed by their bedroom doors.

Tradition #2...New outfits layed out ready to wear.

Tradition #3...Special bedtime story together. Normally we do a first day of school book but this year it was a chapter in Little Bee's Little House on the Praire book.

Tradition #4...Mommy wakes up early and prepares a special hot breakfast for the big day Today it was homemade chocolate chip waffles. I was too tired from lack of sleep to take pictures.

Tradition #5...First day of school pictures and LOTS of them!  I always include certain poses with the backpacks. Indoors and outdoors. The rain spoiled most of the outdoor pictures. *Wahhhh!!! And I forgot to take pictures of the lunchboxes with the backpacks!  Always a tradition.  I'll rectify that oversight later.

I held back tears as we walked to school.  there they are off.  This is always a bitter sweet day for me.  It's hard to let them go.  I wish summer could last forever (but without all the nasty heat and humidity!).

Tradition #6....Didn't happen this year.  The school wouldn't let parents into the building when I arrived.  I've ALWAYS taken a picture of them sitting at their new desk the first day of school.  I love saying "Hi" to their new teachers.  Not this year.  By no rhyme or reason I couldn't go in.  This happened to some of my mom friends last year and I was so upset for them.  This year it happened to me. I found out later that some parents made it in and others didn't.  I want to cry.  The only good that came of it was that I didn't get teary eyed while they were getting settled in, since I couldn't see it. But I'm still hurt and upset at the insensitivity of the school and their lack of communication.  Either parents are allowed or they're picking and chosing.  It's just not right.

And now I wait for the time where I head to school to pick them up.  I know they'll be excited chatterboxes.  What they thought of their teachers, who is in their class, what they did their first day and so much more.  I'm excited to hear it all.

What are your first day of school traditions?

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and then, she {snapped}


Barbara said...

I love all of these traditions that I keep reading. It is giving me so many ideas for next year. I can't believe they wouldn't let you go into their classroom, what did they think you were going to do?

Mommy's Juggling Act said...

Our traditions have slowly evolved from when my oldest started his first day of prek 6 years ago. I love having them.
I was so sad about not being able to go in. The rest of the year we can't walk our kids in. Fist day is usually an exception but I feel it was not handled right or the same in ever case. :(

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The waffles sound wonderful. I toured a preschool that won't let parents in the first day of school. I didn't pick it.

I love the backpack shot! They look ready to go.

Thank you so much for linking to Back to School Traditions.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

I love your traditions! Too cute! I might need to steal a few in the future if you don't mind!

Frugal in WV said...

I love your traditions! My oldest started kindergarten this year and we both did great :) New follower from the wild wednesday hop, have a great evening! You can find me at

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thank you so much for linking up!