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Just a few weeks ago it was the first day of a new school year for the kids. Things have settled down into the routine again. There is marching band practice two mornings a week for Austin. Dance and cheer three to four times a week for Anna. Ellie has ballet and will soon be starting Awana. Add to that my activities: bible study and dance. As hectic as some of the days get, I love the routine and I love watching my kids doing things they love to do. As much as my kids lament the end of their summer freedom, I know they do better balancing their lives once the routine is re-established.
And of course my routine includes photography and scrapping. A new layout to share: “Me and My Girls” using a photograph taken on the first day of school and featuring Roadside Designs new template collection available at Catscrap
Exploring is what my youngest, Ellie, spends much of her time doing. So I was excited to get Heather T’s latest kit, “Explorations” to play with recently. (Get it at Mscraps)
When: August 29, 2011
Where: Papa’s Cabin, northern Minnesota
Journaling reads: “As we were packing to leave the cabin, Ellie decided to try her hand at fishing off the dock while she waited. It wasn’t long before she caught this beauty of a small mouth bass. She easily beat out her Dad and brother since they hadn’t caught a thing all weekend. “
That’s my little fishing champ!
I didn’t wait too long this year to get a layout done of each of the kids for their first day of school.
One for Austin:
I loved using Roadside Designs new “Road to Success” kit available at Catscrap.
It was perfect for a more masculine look I wanted.
Elinor’s first day of second grade:
And Anna’s first day of eighth grade.
This one earned me $5 in Spraground bucks! Check it out HERE.
Sunday marked the end of the Steamboat Days celebration with a parade through downtown. Now our downtown is only 3 blocks long, but they put on a good parade with lots of units and lots of candy.
We picked out a spot near Funky Minds that was shady (good thing on a HOT day) and right away Ellie found her friend, Brenna, from school. Those two stuck together for the entire parade collecting candy together.
Our town’s annual celebration, Steamboat Days, was just last weekend. One of the highlights is always the fireworks display. This year did not disappoint us. Jeff and Ellie and I arrived about an hour before the show so Ellie had time to try out the inflatable toys:
I ran into one of Anna’s new teachers, Deb, while waiting for our kids at the jumper.
It’s marching band season, some people might call it football season, but in this household we go to the games to watch the band. Austin is once again in marching band. This year he switched to the baritone saxophone. The group started practicing just three weeks ago (2 weeks before school started) and they are sounding and looking great already. It was a wonderful night to be at the game.
Most weeks Ellie will be writing a letter in her composition book and bringing it home to us. She loves it if I write her back in her book. Here is what she wrote after the first week of school:
“Dear Mom and Dad,
We voted on our class
name. Guess what it (is)?
It was the first week of
My best memor(y) is
(note: TTFN stands for “ta ta for now”)
Last Tuesday was the first day of school for my three children still at home and for my one at college. Both my girls were going back to the same teacher they had the previous year. Actually for Anna it’s her 5th year with the same teacher (she moved from being an upper elementary teacher to the middle school class). I think the girls were mostly excited to see their friends. Ellie was the first one ready to go.
Next up was Anna. She seemed much less concerned about what she was going to wear this year (a sign of maturity), but still managed to look awesome.
Although Austin usually leaves earlier than the girls,this first day the upper classmen didn’t have to start until 11! He did leave a bit earlier than that to go out to breakfast with his friend, Teddy.