AJ is somewhat obsessed with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. She has read all the books multiple times (I must admit, they are funny) and seen the movies. So for our annual back-to-school feast, I did a spin-off and tied in our new theme for the school year: "Love one another; as I have loved you." We talked about how Jesus gives us unconditional love and that he has asked us to love other people the same way he loves us. We are also doing the "What did you do for someone today?" activity at dinner each night this year, as described in this awesome talk from a few years ago.
For the decor, I drew pictures of the family - Wimpy Kid style. I thought they turned out hilarious. Especially the drawing of Ava. I also included Uncle Paul and Aunt Jess since they come celebrate with us, and Dixie Dog. Of course my family didn't think they were as great as I did. I guess no one appreciates your hard work like yourself. ;)
I photocopied the drawings and hung them from the chandelier and used the originals as placemats.
Her little gift this year was a silly Wimpy Kid bookmark and the One Direction CD. She was giddy, and a little embarrassed. Funny how she gets all bashful when it comes to boy crushes. Isn't she supposed to be too young for that?!
The first day of school brought another test for me, as she wanted to wear the one outfit that I hated. Out of all the clothes we bought her for school, this was the only thing she really insisted on buying. Even though it killed me, I reminded myself it didn't matter and that she should be able to feel great on her first day. That was a hard one. I take a lot of pride in trying to make my kids look great, especially on special occasions. But I've moved on. (Can't you tell?) Ugggghhhh...
I am also the room-mom again for AJ's school class, and I usually try to do a little treat for the first day. But it was a bit crazy that day, so it turned into a first "week" treat on Friday. I used my Silhouette Machine and made the kids "smarty pants".
Phew! Now that the first week is under our belt, I'm hoping things will settle into a routine and maybe, just maybe, time won't keep flying away from me.