Can my first favorite just be surviving this week? 😂 Seriously, it was a doozy filled with school, activities, and more. That being said, I’m very glad that we are back on some kind of schedule. So far, we’ve had one learning day at the tutor’s house and one learning day at home (with me!). The kids really do have a handle on the technology, and thankfully haven’t needed much help. Their teachers are doing such an amazing job, and I know they are putting in long hours to help their students feel welcome and to make their lessons engaging.
We have a pretty free weekend, and I think we all need it to recharge and relax.
For today’s post, I’m sharing some of our favorite back to school traditions as well as some other faves from the week.
First Day of School: 5th Grade Pics
I shared more about this in yesterday’s post, but we always take a back to school picture (or two) with the chalkboard!
We also take a picture in front of their school sign. We did that again this year as I couldn’t let Covid ruin my five year tradition!
Wednesday was a day at the tutor’s house, and she had a sign for them to hold up for a picture. It’s the 2020 version of my back to school chalkboard!
Back to School Breakfast:
Every year, I have a Back to School Breakfast for the kids. I’ve been reading Andrea’s blog for years, and loved her Back to School Brinner idea, but tweaked it for breakfast. I may move to the Brinner idea next year when the kids start middle school.
The kids seem to enjoy this tradition, and I do too! I feel like traditions like these get us all excited to start back to school.
For the breakfast, I typically give both the kids a new book. Amazon always comes through with books with their grade in the title!
My big 5th graders!
I started getting the kids these sweet little cookies a couple of years ago. I’ve purchased and taken cookie classes with Maddie of Maddie’s Cookie Co., and her cookies are amazing. I’m always so impressed with her designs, and the cookies are delish!
This year, I got Hayden and Hadley the mini cookies (hoping they will share with mom and dad ) 😉 as well as the backpack cookie with their name.
I even picked up a sweet treat for their tutor. An apple cookie with her name on it.
I don’t know why I do this to myself (😭), but it is fun to look back at the first day of school through the years.
I think this is my favorite back to school photo of them ❤️
Other favorites from the week:
Hadley’s dance studio used the month of August to make up for April and May classes. They brushed up on their recital routines in preparation for Wednesday night’s recital.
Their routines (Hadley had hip hop, jazz, ballet, and tap) were videoed, and we will receive a DVD. I hate that we didn’t get to see the performance in person, but I know the DVD will be fun to watch and a 2020 keepsake!
Hadley’s hip hop performance was first, so I snapped a few photos before we headed to the studio.
Then, she had ballet, and then tap and jazz.
It’s always difficult to choose which professional photos I want printed, but I settled on these two to share with family:
I love watching Hayden play baseball. To be honest, we are just lucky to have (finally) had a season. He grew so much as a player and a pitcher this season. He also loves playing short or first, and it’s been so fun to watch his team play. At times, he’s too hard on himself, but I hope that translates into just wanting to continue to be a better player.
His team finished second in the standings for the regular season and then unfortunately lost in the semi-final round of the tournament in a close 3-1 game. There’s nothing worse than little baseball boys bummed after a loss, but Hayden did his part, and I reminded him to celebrate the successes they had as a team this season!
For Sunday’s first round game, Hadley wore Hayden’s jersey from last year. He rolled his eyes when he saw her, but I hope he knows she’s his biggest fan (when she pays attention to the game) 😉
As with the dance pictures, it was hard for me to choose which of the two professional photos to get copies of, so I purchased both! 🤣
The red plate is another favorite tradition in our house. Since school started this week and dance and baseball wrapped up, the kids each had the plate for a meal on Thursday to celebrate their hard work and successes during this past dance and baseball season as well as getting the hang of the 5th grade!
Favorite Kid Quote:
I finished the third season of Selling Sunset on Sunday, and Hayden caught the tail end of the final episode of Christine’s wedding. The wedding was beautiful and over the top. Hayden said, “That’s a wedding? If I was getting married, I would just have it at a church with food.” Boo lives a simple life.
Favorite Sweet Treat:
I made a quick trip to the grocery store yesterday and saw “break and bake” Pillsbury Oreo cookies. So, I made those for Hayden and Hadley as they wrapped up their second day of virtual school. They were delish.
Favorite Mom Meme:
I saw this meme a few weeks ago, and ain’t it the truth?!
I occasionally play Words with Friends, and my dad wins most games we play. I was winning the latest game, and he said he was sending me to my room if I played on the triple letter! haha For the record, I did win that game!
If you made it to the end of this post, thanks so much for reading! Lots of favorites this week.
What are some of your favorites from the week?
I hope you have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday.