Today, Parker, Mallory and Alex headed back to school. This year, I have one in high school, one in junior high and one in elementary school. (Next year, when Nate is home from his mission, we'll have one in college, too!) Okay, so now I'm thinking that not only has the summer gone by way too fast, but my kids are growing up way too fast!
The first day of school is always a reminder that my kids are one year older... (of course I don't get any older...just them!!) Especially hard for me this year was watching Mallory walk into the junior high, her pink argyle backpack slung across her shoulder. She was so excited about going to junior high, which made me glad. For me, junior high was a difficult time, but as I watched Mallory walk away from the car, she seemed full of self-confidence and ready to take it on.
Last week, I took Mallory to the junior high to decorate her locker and to walk around and make sure she knew her way to all her classrooms. I took my camera along for the occasion. She was happy to let me document the occasion.
And this morning, we had to take our traditional first-day-of-school picture on the front porch.