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 not...no 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?