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Back to school and a mantle

The last few weeks have been so crazy (and emotional!) that I haven't taken the time to post about the start of school.  We are all settling in to a pretty good routine, and I don't seem to be quite so teary all the time!, so I thought I would do a quick post about the first day of school.

Here's Quinn.

Oh, he is my son!  He was excited for school to start, but when I asked him what he wanted to be when he grows up, he got all nervous, like, if he said he wanted to be a Lego Master he would never be able to change his mind.  I was thinking, "Dude, I'm just writing this in chalk, not stone.  I want to take a cute picture like I saw on Pinterest!" (Seriously, you saw this chalkboard idea all over Pinterest, right? I think everyone of my FB friends did! ;) Anyhow, he was getting very anxious and couldn't come up with anything and just said, "Mom, I don't know what I want to be yet.  Do I have to decide right now?" No you don't, Buddy!  

I just love this little guy to pieces!  But he's not so little anymore...

His first day, and every day since, was fantastic.  

As for Morgan, well, she actually missed her first week of school, because the poor baby had pneumonia! It took six days for her fever to break, but after a week of antibiotics and breathing treatments she was feeling much better (and was not contagious!), and she was able to start school after Labor Day.

She, of course, had no trouble coming up with "butterfly" for what she wants to be when she grows up.  My word!  These two are so different and both such wonderful blessings!

As you know, I like to change my mantle up, and it seemed fitting to have a "back to school" theme for August and September. 

For this vignette, I went through my stash of lovlies and pulled out a bunch of vintage toys, antique books, a variety of letters, etc.

Raggedy Ann looks so cute here!

And I still love this vintage clock that hung in Q's nursery.  Can you see it?  It's kind of crowded on the mantle...;)

Of course I had to include some of my block letters.  And I love these old books!  'The Legend of Billy Bluesage' actually belonged to my mother.  I love that it has her name written on the inside cover--in her own handwriting. It's like a little gift from the past...

This old Chinese checkers board belonged to my grandfather.  When I was visiting him last month he was cleaning out some things from his garage, and I laid claim to this piece!  

I don't know what I was focusing on with this pic, but it is the only one I have of the full fireplace.  Still learning how to use the camera with the manual settings...Oops!

The basket of books was also salvaged from my grandpa's garage!

Did you ever use these scissors?!  I scored this lot, free of charge, and I think they are sooooo fantastic!!! The left-handed ones are all marked "LEFTY", and several pairs have the little diamond-cut etching on them. So cute!

I was so emotional the first week of school because this is the first year that Q is gone all day.  It's hard to let go of complete control of the things he is exposed to.  It's not that I want to protect him from everything, I just like to filter some of it! ;) I also realized with the start of school, that from here on out, he is just going to continue to grow (way too fast!) and becaome more independent, and that control that I so desperately struggle with will have to loosen more and more each day. Ugh.  The moments can be long, but the years are so very, very short!

How was the start of school for you? Does it get any easier, Mommas?

Praying you are all well!  Enjoy the Son!

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I'm happy to say that Quinn has been a blessing to have in class and although you miss him during the day, I'm enjoying every minute being his teacher. I love his enthusiasm and his positive outlook on everything. Thank you for sharing him and being not only a positive influence on him but the rest of our class when you come in. :o) Have a wonderful day!

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim Christensen

I love the pictures of your children with the chalkboard. This is going to be so much fun for you to do every year. As an educator myself, I think the school mantle is a great way to get kids hyped up about school. I also think your son had an awesome teacher this last year. May your children keep their enthusiasm for all the years to come. ( I got to your blog from that awesome patriotic bustle dress, it's so cute!)

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