Well, another school year has started. The kids have already had spelling tests, made new friends, and really love their teachers. Fortunately, I am able to be the Room Rep (Room Mom) for both of their classes so I look forward to helping as much as possible.
Their school bags from last year look almost brand new still but their lunchboxes didn't hold up as well. So, they get new ones for this year.
Craig and I gave the teachers gifts. We wanted to let them know we were praying for them for this new school year.
Kaitlyn and Preston were so excited for school.
No tears this year...well, at least not from the kids. As Kaitlyn was about to enter her class, her very sweet teacher said "When you enter this door, you will officially be a 3rd grader. Are you ready?" Geez, I almost lost it. I really had to fight back the tears. Preston was so eager for us to leave so he could get started with school. Quite the opposite from last year.
As I finally had a day ALL TO MYSELF, I went home to make their special First Day of School treat. My mom had recently given me a secret recipe of my grandma's famous Applesauce Cake with homemade Caramel Icing. My grandma would have this at her house, covered by a metal cake cover, every time there were visitors. I loved this cake! I'm so glad I have the recipe to make for my family now.
I set the cake on the table along with their First Day of School surprises. We've been getting rid of all of their old kiddie dishes and they love to get matching dish sets at Target. So I surprised them with another dish set. The kids loved their surprises!
I always let them pick whatever they want for dinner on the First Day of School. Their choice? Burger King! I listed all sorts of restaurants or homemade dishes and told them I could cook them anything. But no, they wanted Burger King. So, that's where we headed. And they really enjoyed it.
Here are their First Day of School photos from 2011 and then this year. How quickly they grow!