Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First Day of School 2011

We started school last Monday, so summer is over for us.... but we KILLED it this year.

Summer Bucket List
We still want to cross off a few more fun plans, but we actually did accomplish most of what we had wanted to when we made the list in May.  I highly suggest writing it down!  We are going to make a fall bucket list soon.

We have a few not-back-to-school traditions around here:

Mama starts getting up early again...(no picture at 5:30, but trust me, I looked like merry sunshine)

New school supplies (maybe my favorite thing ever)...

Dessert for breakfast...

Early morning cherry pie

And of course, pictures on the back step...

Poor girl has allergies like nobody's business right now.  She really is happy about school, I promise.

School Room Reality

Listen, I love looking at gorgeous school rooms as much as the next girl.  And they really are inspirational, aren't they?  (Have you seen Sara's?  How about Ann's?  Or OMSH's?  And yes, I have stolen ideas from all of these).

But over here in the reality of we-live-in-an-old-farmhouse, we don't have an extra room to reserve just for school, as much as I would LOVE that.  I think most homeschool moms have kids who do school at the kitchen table, right?.  My table was in the picture above with the new pencils.  And I do love it.  Here are some other little things in my school-house that we love:

Reading nook in playroom?  Idea stolen, natch.
Beginnings of a gallery wall in living room
Coffee table repurposed as a kid desk area
Reminders for the teacher.  Er, I meant students.
Back to school gift from Grandma's garden
Dining room photo wall

So that is the grand tour of little changes we've made to the house since last year.  Nothing major, but we are always tinkering around.

Have I told you lately how much I love these girls?!

I didn't know if you knew, so I'm taking this chance to say, that I had the best day with you, today.  
Taylor Swift

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