Okay, I couldn't wait until the end of the day to post these pictures. They are way too cute to keep to myself any longer!
First we have Anna, starting Kindergarten!
What a cute girl! And I really don't think I'm biased just because she's mine. :) We started taking pictures and then she said, "wait, how about I go like this" and then pointed her toe forward. I never knew that ballet training would come in handy for back to school photos.
Then, Mr. P who is entering 3rd grade. I think he grew up quite a bit over the summer.
The bonus of starting school 30 minutes earlier this year was that the blaring morning sun hadn't hit our front porch yet. Every year we struggle with back to school pics because of the sun in the eyes. Although, Payton was the last of the crew to get his picture taken so the sun was teasing us as it crept up behind the tree branches. Hence the orange glow on his face. No, there were no spray tans before the start of school.
And finally, Conner is a big 5th grader this year. How and when did he grow up so fast!
Conner is in such a good place. 10 years old. Helpful. Great at initiating and carrying on conversations. Funny. Confident. Thoughtful. Just a good boy. I think he is going to have a great year.
And now for some jumping pictures . . . .
Payton is super excited for school.
And he's about to launch . . . . 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, we have lift-off!
It is pretty fun to have all my kids at the same school this year.
I look at these pictures and they make me especially happy. To see their relationship -- they laugh, joke, pick at, and love each other. (Well, most of the time). In the father's blessings that Scott gave the kids on Sunday he touched on this sibling relationship and encouraged them to strengthen it and to be each other's best friends. With the upcoming move and all the changes it will bring, if they will look out for and help one another, and be each others' friend then it will be okay. I really feel that more and more. Our little family unit and the relationships in it, are really all that matters.
Have a great first day, kids. I love you!