This year

It’s that much loved time of year again…. or dreaded depending on who you are and what you really think of the back to school season. Me, well I’m glad that the kids went back to school because it’s been a long summer (3 full months to be exact) and I think that they were ready to go back too.

The part where I make you jealous….

And because it’s that time of year I’m going to share my girls first day pictures with you just like the rest of the world! But you see, things are a little different over here because instead of the cute little girls in pretty skirts and dresses or little boys all cleaned up and in the fresh new clothes that will be covered in dirt by the end of the day, I have teens/tween.

first day - group

Yes, I do not have a single child left in elementary school (I can only say that for a few more years and then Andrew will be off to school). So this means that in the first few weeks of school I will not see a single fund raiser brought home, no papers asking me to help out with school parties or to volunteer in the classroom, and I won’t see a HUGE list of all the things that my kids need in the classroom this year.

Are you jealous?

Well, don’t be.

Why you shouldn’t be jealous…

Because I have 3 teens/tweens… duh! All the money that I would have spent on those fundraisers and classroom supplies have just been diverted to other things like saxophone repairs, clarinet repairs, parking passes, AP class fees, art class fees, and the list goes on and on.

But you know what? It’s okay. They’re amazing kids and have always excelled and done well in school.

This year…

This year while your little one headed off to their first day of kindergarten or first grade I sent mine off to their first day of their senior year, and their first day of their freshman year, and lastly, their first day as a 6th grader in middle school. Lots of firsts this year, lots of memories to be made, and lots of tears to be shed (on my part really since the kids will be happy as all get out).

This year while you watch your little one with tears in your eyes walk down the aisle as they graduate kindergarten I’ll be doing the same thing. The only difference is that my little one will be 18 years old and moving on to a bright future at a school far away from home.


This year I will watch my middle daughter blossom in high school and meet new people, make new friends, and set out on a path towards her own goals in the art world.


This ¬†year I will watch my youngest daughter change as she finds her way around middle school and all too quickly changes from that little girl and into a tween that is different than before….she’ll be more cautious about the way she looks and dresses and become more of a social butterfly than she has in the past (as long as she doesn’t talk all through class again things will be just fine).


Regardless of the path that they choose they’re still my little girls that I dressed alike when they were little (they hated it… I loved it) and always will be. Time will never change that.

And you…

What about you? Did you send your child off to school this year? What grade are they in?

24 Responses to This year
  1. debi9kids
    September 4, 2013 | 10:20 am

    I have 9 (plus a loner, IE my son’s friend who lives with us).

    Two graduated in 2012 and one is in college and one working.
    One graduated last year and is working a nanny job in NYC! My heart!

    Two (my son and his buddy) started 11th grade
    Two of my boys started 9th grade
    Another son started 6th

    My youngest daughter started 1st grade and her twin brother attends a special needs school that doesn’t do grades.

    I hear ya on the cost! I unfortunately have a bit of all of it… fundraisers, sport costs, AP class costs, college costs, etc.
    I’m bankrupt ;)

    • Jackie
      September 4, 2013 | 2:34 pm

      WOW… you have a houseful and then some! I read through your blog & About page. You and your husband are an amazing couple to take in so many children and give them a home and the love that they deserve so much.

  2. Steph Calvert
    September 4, 2013 | 10:29 am

    I’ve still got a while with Phil before he’s in school – in the meantime, I’m fully enjoying the kid chaos in the office!

    • Jackie
      September 4, 2013 | 2:33 pm

      Enjoy it! It’ll go much faster than you expect it to.

  3. Christie Moeller
    September 4, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    Awe, such a sad yet exciting time of year!

    • Jackie
      September 4, 2013 | 2:38 pm

      You’re right… I’m sad and my oldest is excited!

  4. angie
    September 4, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    They are all so gorgeous. It’s momentous, isn’t it, when they are old enough to do everything to get ready for school??? :)

    • Jackie
      September 4, 2013 | 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much! It really is and I am waiting, not so patiently, for my 3 1/2 yr old to start doing things more for himself!

  5. Brett
    September 4, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    mine are grade 3, grade 1 and prek. and since i’m the youngest by far, we have cousins graduating even as my kids start kindergarten. it’s such a difference- and so much the same!! i hope your kids have a wonderful school year

    • Jackie
      September 4, 2013 | 2:36 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure that it’ll be a fun filled year for sure. Yours are at the perfect age to do all that volunteering stuff at school too… it gets harder when they’re older.

  6. Andie
    September 4, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    Wow! I have a second grader, two in Pre-k and a two yr old. But I’m already feeling nostalgic about these high school years…. :)

    • Jackie
      September 4, 2013 | 2:35 pm

      High school snuck up on me somehow… I swear these girls were just in pre-school and elementary the other day!

  7. Nicole
    September 4, 2013 | 7:11 pm

    My daughter is in 1st grade and I already miss Kindergarten so much!

    • Jackie
      September 4, 2013 | 7:21 pm

      Honestly, I’m looking forward to kindergarten with my little guy in a few years.

  8. Melissa
    September 4, 2013 | 7:45 pm

    Your girls are so gorgeous! We sent my little guy off to Kindergarten!

    • Jackie
      September 5, 2013 | 8:55 am

      Thank you! I bet that he loves kindergarten too! Hopefully his first year is amazing.

  9. Mindi
    September 4, 2013 | 10:36 pm

    I love this post. There aren’t many bloggers I follow that have tweens/teens so it’s refreshing to see what life is like on the other side of motherhood. I hope your daughters have a wonderful school year! I have been pondering this for awhile now. How do they feel about you blogging about them? how do you balance what you write/share about them? I know I haven’t seen many posts about them on your blog so enjoyed reading this one. Assuming I will still be blogging as my kids get older (man that would be a LOT of years of blogging) I’m curious to see how my blog will evolve as they grow.

    • Jackie
      September 5, 2013 | 8:53 am

      I don’t think that they mind all that much and I try to be careful about what I share. Honestly, teens are full of blogworthy stories!

  10. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    September 4, 2013 | 11:06 pm

    You may potentially have to buy three dresses per dance? omg, omg!!!! My baby is starting his final semester of college FINALLY!

    • Jackie
      September 5, 2013 | 8:51 am

      No!! Just two dresses. Still… that’s a lot of money and there’s no guarantee that someone will ask Natalie to prom.

      Congrats on the almost college graduate!!

  11. Emmy
    September 5, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    Okay this made me want to freeze my kids just as they are! What an exciting yet terrifying stage you are in; but your girls seem like really good girls, I am sure they will all have great years

  12. Kmama
    September 5, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    I love “back to school.” I always loved it as a kid and now I’m loving it as a parent. It’s just so exciting.

  13. Becca - My Crazy Good Life
    September 5, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    Ahhh! I’m there with one of mine. In July I sent an 8th grader and a 3rd grader back to school!

  14. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles
    September 6, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    So sweet. Hope your girls have a great year!

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