We have done a back to school special dinner for a couple of years now (of course inspired by Nie Nie- hers is always beautiful).
But this years was just the best for some reason. I think it's because it was very simple. I bought flowers and special drinks. We had Cheese Tortellini which we never have, and breadsticks which the kids love. We moved our patio table onto the grass and threw a table cloth on it.
It was so easy and so nice. We ended up sitting out there until it got dark just enjoying being together. Of course Dave gave the kids fathers blessings to start the school year off right. I highly recommend this tradition.
And if you haven't seen Nie Nie's this year, go and look- she really is amazing.
The chocolate cake was my favorite... that's why it's the only thing I really got pictures of!
I could have eaten the whole thing myself.
Mack ate his dinner so fast and then when I got him out of his chair he proceeded to climb onto everyone else's chair and beg for sips of their drink, or bites of their food. The kid is persistent. And everyone pretty much gives him what he wants. When he wants a taste of something he opens wide and says "aaaahhhh." It really is hard to resist.
But we make him give us kisses for it at least.
The next day was school!
We had such a long summer and we were all ready for a schedule!
This year we have 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade. Two new schools to learn about including bell schedules, pick up spots, rules and much more. It's a little overwhelming but we'll get it all figured out soon.
The kids had a good first day. They have all, thankfully, made some good friends from church so they had a few familiar faces to look for! And both Logan and Macey got great teachers (from what I've heard!). Lexi has like 5 different ones and I hear they're all ok. She loves having a locker and changing from class to class. There's also a snack shack with yummy stuff to buy AND they can sit wherever they want to eat- she was excited.
And now the busy-ness of life starts. Soccer, dance, piano, scouts, school play, volleyball and homework! I am ready for it though and thankful that my kids get to participate in lots of fun things.
Now me and my best buddy Mack are getting stuff done around the house during the day! And running errands! And feeling organized! And enjoying some quiet time!
It's going to be a good year.