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School Traditions

Back to school dinner.

Back to school dinner.

As evidenced by the fact that this post is now several weeks overdue, school has started and life is busy (seems like it is always busy, but now my house just looks a bit more like school on top of the usual chaotic mess).

Just wanted to take a moment to document some of the fun traditions that we do every year to kick off our first day of school.  Hopefully the children cherish them, but if not…they sure do help mama get into the right state of mind to realize the magnitude and blessing of getting to educate my children at home.

This year we did our annual back to school dinner.  This is kinda fun, because our dinning room table is generally a place of organized chaos for several weeks/months before hand with curriculum.  So this is a good first step for mama. =)  Preparing our environment.  We also use this night as a time to reflect on the challenges before us and the lessons that God may want to instill in our hearts during the process and course of the new school year.

We rarely eat in the dinning room so that is a treat in and of itself, then we also use “fancy” plates and cups.  The kids get a kick out of that.  We take some time to write out our goals for the year and spend some time praying together as a family.

We follow dinner with a family night fun activity.  This year it was sticker tag.  It was a blast!  The game consists of each of us having about 10 to 12 stickers (they all had encouraging words on them, “teacher type” way to go, good work, you are awesome ect.).  We had to stick them on each other and say what was on the sticker.  “You rock!”  Then run away without getting any additional stickers stuck to us.  We were all laughing and breathlessly trying to run away from one another.  It was so much fun.  The Bible time that followed was about the way we use words.  We have a choice to either use our words for a tool to build up our family, or as a weapon to tear one another down.  (Unfortunately, mama needs constant reminding to speak truth in kindness.  But SO GLAD GOD ISN’T FINISHED with me yet!!)

All in all, it was a delightful school kickoff.

Kiddos ready for school.

Kiddos ready for school.

After the kids went to bed, I continued the traditions.  Each year I get them a new folder, notebook and some other “treats” to make the first day special.  I also write them a note expressing my love for them and delight in not only being their mom, but the joy of being able to learn alongside them.  The last thing I do each year before I go to bed is bake a “back-to-school” cake.  Each year, we eat cake for breakfast, take a morning walk after Bible and do back to school pictures.

Messy, happy faces.  Love it.

Messy, happy faces. Love it.

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Fun memories…even if just for the mama.  Here’s to God making something beautiful out of the offerings of my heart.  I know full well that it is only in and through Him that anything good can happen.  Thankful that He is more than able!

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Out for a morning walk. Out for a morning walk/ride.

Hanging out watching the boys play tennis.

Hanging out watching the boys play tennis. Hot first day of school.

First field trip of the year! =0
First field trip of the year! =0 Blessed by these sweet kiddos!

 

 

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