Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to school...AGAIN!

It seems like my kids just got out for summer vacation! But, here we are. Heading back to the daily routine of school. We have had a wonderful summer. I can't complain. My kids are all venturing off to school this year. A bitter-sweet time for me. I sure enjoy having my kids home with me. But...off to school we go this week! 

I posted some tips for back to school pictures a few years ago. Head over HERE for those. 
This year, I decided that instead of worrying about taking pictures the morning of, I would do it early. Also...my kids each start school on different days! Last year we actually woke up late for the first day of school! It was such a mess of a morning that I decided to take pictures off of my morning "to do " list. I think feeding the kids breakfast should be top priority. :) Don't stress about the early morning pictures. It is okay to take them after school, or even a week later if that works out better for your schedule. As long as you document the moment at some point...the timing shouldn't matter. 

Baby girl is THRILLED to be starting kindergarten. The oldest is going to Jr. High! And my middle, brainy child is heading to the 4th grade. They are all excited for school to start this year. Especially my oldest! I guess growing up and gaining independence is pretty exciting. 

I love seeing all the pictures on pinterest that have information about the child right on the photo. The ones I have seen are usually done for a birthday. I thought it would be fun for back to school information. Listing little details like shoe size, clothing size and specific interests are things that I am sure I would forget to document anywhere else. Just find a location that has an empty background and not a lot of distracting colors. Brick walls work really well. Make sure you leave plenty of spacing around your child so you have lots of room for the writing. I plan to make one of these for each of my kids and then make a little book for each of them with pictures from class parties, pictures with class friends and all school activities throughout the year. At the end of the year it can be a little year book with blank pages at the end of the book for friends to sign. It will be a great little keepsake for each of them to remember that specific school year. It will be a bit harder with my oldest son...since he would rather DIE than have his mother at school taking pictures of anything. But...hopefully I will get some pictures of him with friends and fun things throughout the school year.

Happy Back to school!

5 comments:

~Jason and Heidi~ said...

LOVE it!!! They all look so cute!

Amy said...

Oh you are so full of creative ideas! I love it. What a wonderful group of kid you've got.

ALi said...

saw this picture on pinterest and did not realize it was your adorable kids. Such a cute idea!

And said...

haha, Great photo again! :)

jenn said...

I know I commented about this on FB, but I had to again. Could not love this whole concept any more. PERFECT! :)