Monday, August 22, 2016

Back-to-School Traditions

I'm both sad and excited about this year of school. This little guy

is now a great big 5th grader.
Where has the time gone? On the first day of every school year, Boogs has stood in front of our door. Look at how close he is to reaching the little window on the door. There are days when I wish I could put a brick on his head to keep him from growing up. I am proud of the funny, kind, intelligent, sweet, goofy kid that he is. He is at that in-between stage of being a little kid and a big kid all at the same time. Boogs did let me make him our traditional first-day-of-school lunch based on the book The Kissing Hand. We have done this every year since Kindergarten.
I traced Boogs' hand onto the bread to make his ham & cheese sandwich. You can see his other first day Kissing Hand lunches in last year's post HERE.
When we leave campus after the first day of school, I take Boogs to a bookstore and let him pick out a book. I never can guess what he will choose. Here are pictures of his kindergarten book choice and today's book choice. (Maybe I am feeling this nostalgic because this is his last year of elementary school.)

I like to have loads of family time the last weekend before school starts. This past weekend was no different. Boogs and I went for an early morning walk on a trail near our house. We stopped and looked at all of the signs telling about the caves in the area. The city has put grates over the entrances to keep people from crawling down into them and getting lost or stuck.





We left the trail and headed to a little park to play for a bit before heading back home. We made it home just in time to beat the rain. We went to the movies and saw Pete's Dragon.
The J-boys and their dad (R) invited Boogs over Saturday afternoon to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons. The boys are so excited. R told me it was a sneaky way to get the boys to do research, reading, math, and maybe a little chemistry. They are planning on meeting once a week to continue the game. When we got back home, we found that my sister had left this on our porch:
Boogs thought it was so neat that she crocheted a dragon for him on the same day he started learning how to play Dungeons and Dragons.  Thanks Aunt M!
Daddy took us to Main Event on Sunday morning. We bowled, went rock climbing, played laser tag, and played video games. We love it when Main Event has their summer fun pass.



After lunch, Boogs asked if he could go home and find a spot to read. He wanted to have a peaceful afternoon/evening to get rested for his first day of school. It is time for our adventures to slow down and settle into the new school year. I already miss our lazy summer days. There are 179 school days left until summer vacation 2017.

This post is linked to:
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20 comments:

  1. Aww! That packed lunch is just adorable. What a lovely tradition.
    It looks like you have had so much fun...That rock climbing looks awesome. My girls would love it. Me not so much. I don't like heights. hehehe

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    1. Thanks. I love making my son's lunches.

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  2. You and Boogs look like you have had the best summer yet. I'v loved reading about all your adventures this year which have grown as Boogs has grown. What a lovely tradition to measure him against the front door each year returning to school, your 5th grader is certainly looking very grown up now. Looks like a lovely last week for you with plenty of fun. I love the look of that trail and the climbing wall sounds great.

    Best of luck to Boogs in the new school term. Thank you for linking up to #CountryKids

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  3. Its amazing to see how much he has grown! My son will start school this September and I cant believe how he is now in year 2! #countrykids

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    1. Hope your son has a wonderful school year.

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  4. It's crazy how they grow. It's my little girls first year at school starting next month and I just can't believe it! It looks like you had a great, fun filled weekend. #countrykids

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    1. Kids grow so fast. Good luck to your little in her first year of school.

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  5. Oh how lovely to see you getting so much out of your boy whilst he is still little (believe me he is little my oldest is 20 this year). The packed lunch is absolutely adorable, as is the dragon. My husband plays D&D too - and has even written an app.

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    1. My son is becoming engrossed in D&D.

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  6. Oh wow, such a lovely weekend before school starts, looks like a fun packed weekend! The dragon your sister left is amazing, how thoughtful :) Love the back to school photos, we do the same here and it is crazy to see how much they grow every year! Best of luck for the new school year :) #countrykids

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    1. Thank you! My sister's crochet skills are amazing.

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  7. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend before school started again. I like to get everything ready 2 days before the new term starts and then spend the last day of the holidays having a lovely day out together and trying to forget about the summer holiday being over! I love the crochet dragon-it's awesome! #countrykids

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    1. It really is nice to be prepared a bit early so you can enjoy those last moments of summer.

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    2. Still giggling about using a brick to stop him growing more. We try to fit as much into the last week. My eldest would love the amazing climbing wall. Here's to next summer. #CountryKids

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    3. Sadly, I don't think putting a brick on his head will do the trick. Those climbing walls are really neat. There are at least a dozen different sections to try and climb to ring a bell at the top.

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  8. Looks like a fun time, those climbing wall looks so cool :)

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    1. We try to keep active. I love that my son is so adventurous.

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  9. Hope the start of school went well - that packed lunch looks fab. Crazy how fast children grow up! Love the tradition of picking out a book each year and looks like you had a fun time exploring the trail :-) #countrykids

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    1. Thanks. We have had a great start for school this year. I am wondering if my son will want to continue our first day traditions when he heads to middle school next year.

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