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Monday, September 5, 2011

Traditions: Back To School Style

Some people plan out their traditions.

And sometimes you just happen to stumble into a tradition.

We're more of a stumble into tradition sort of family.

For Back-to-School, one of those traditions is to be sure to get a pic of our boys walking away to school.

Can you just imagine the progression of pics from a preschooler with a backpack that is about half his size all the way up to the high school senior, heading off out into the world..... it makes me a little weepy, just thinking about it.

Here are this year's Off They Go shots:

The First Grader

The Kindergartener

The Preschooler

What are your back-to-school traditions? 



Blogger Mommy's Juggling Act said...

This is one of our traditions too. We always seem to fall into ours. lol It's just the way it works out.
I always get pictures of them in their new back to school outfit with their lunch box and back pack...front, back and side view. I know I'm a dork. lol

September 5, 2011 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thank you so much for linking to the Back to School Traditions link up. What a great tradition! The backpack on your youngest looks so big. How neat to get to see them grow into their backpacks overtime!

September 5, 2011 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Love this Shell! And yes, the progression shots make me weepy, too.

Also? All THREE at school! Oh my!

September 5, 2011 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

We just take a picture of them that first day, never thought to do it from behind. A little late now since I have one in 9th grade.

September 5, 2011 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

I like the idea of year to year progression pictures - though it does make one weepy, yes!

September 5, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Aww, these pictures are precious Shell!

September 5, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Love those pictures! It would be cool if they kept the same back packs each year and you could see how much they grow.
We do the same thing...a first day of school picture, usually infront of the tree in our yard. Drop off happens this Thursday and I am already starting to get weepy!

September 5, 2011 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger RoryBore said...

we snap a pic of them getting on and back off the bus that first day. This will be my daughter's first year...but her first day is not until Friday, whereas Grade 2 starts tomorrow for my son.
let's hope I remember to charge my cell so I can snap that pic!

dontcha just love the backpacks that weigh more than they do? LOL

September 5, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Teresa (Embracing the Spectrum) said...

I love this idea. :)

September 5, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Cindi said...

LoL Shell. Should have read my blog last week as I spoke of now officially having Three "High Schoolers". Miss those days of the backpacks and big yellow bus. LoL

September 5, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I love the backpack on the preschooler! That picture is just the cutest thing! We don't have any back to school traditions yet, but hopefully we'll get something started.

September 5, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

My first is just entering Kindergarten this year so we are still working on our traditions. But a picture will definitely top the list of ones we plan to try :)

September 5, 2011 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

enjoy your time alone.

Hope the boys have a great year of school

September 5, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

What a fun tradition! I love it when the backpacks are almost as big as the kids. :)

September 5, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous molly said...

Awwww, don't they look so cute and so grown up!

I can remember my mom making all four of us girls get perms before the new school year. It was awful. We would beg not to get them but my mom always insisted. She said it made it easier to do our hair! I seriously didn't do my own hair until I was a freshman in high school. Now that I look back on it I realize how freakin' weird that tradition was.

Funny, we all wore our hair straight when we went to college :)

September 5, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger John and Allie Fields said...

What a sweet tradition. We never had any growing up. That's kind of sad now that I think about it!

September 5, 2011 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I always have to purchase a new outfit for the first day. Its always been a tradition!

September 5, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

Love the giant backpacks. We are a stumble on tradition kind of family too. We don't have much of a school tradition although we do take photos that first morning.

September 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

We do the leaving and the coming home shots too.

September 5, 2011 at 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Xiomara said...

What great photos of your "babies" heading off to school. Thank you sharing such an inspiring tradition with me. I look forward to taking progression photos one day of my now one year old baby boy.

September 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

What a great tradition!

I'm a picture freak when it comes to Back To School!

September 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger I'm Jennifer. said...

Awww, your three little men in their ginormous backpacks! Really cute photos. You have to keep taking those same shots every year to see the progression.

September 5, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I always take a picture the first day of school. I like the from behind shot.

The picture and wearing a 1st day of school outfit their Grandma bought are really our only traditions for school. Most others we have we have stumbled upon, too.

September 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

I love that you take the picture with them walking into school...that is fabulous. They look so cute with their big backpacks.

September 5, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Awww that's a great idea! And yes I can't imagine how those backpacks are going to change over the years. Hope you are having a great holiday!

September 5, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

That is so sweet! Those backpacks look huge on little bodies. Makes me sad to think about my little guy going off to school in a couple years.

September 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I love your pictures. And I love your blog :)
What a great tradition. Kristen

September 5, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

I would need serious therapy looking back at how fast they grew in a year...sniff!!

September 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

We too kinda stumble into our traditions.

We'll see what this year brings.

September 5, 2011 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Mom of 12 said...

We just take our pics by the front door. That way we get a shot of their faces rather than their backpacks, but your boys are so cute! With them gone, I guess you will have a little more blogging time...so that's got to be good!

September 5, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Courtney K. said...

That's a fun idea! I may have to incorporate it into our traditions as the little guy gets older.

September 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Foursons said...

I take that shot too. I like to get them walking down the hall to their classroom.

September 5, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

What a fun tradition! My oldest starts school next year and I am definitely already thinking of traditions for us to begin. I am with you, a lot of the time we fall into traditions as a family.

September 5, 2011 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

So sweet! I get teary thinking about 10 years from now too!

September 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger KSK said...

Oh my! Those book bags look HUGE!!!
My mom always snapped our picture at the door and then getting on the bus.

September 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Vicky said...

We pose by the front door on the first and last day of school each year to see the changes.

September 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger The Riggs Family said...

Since our oldest doesn't officially start preschool for a couple more weeks, we don't have any traditions yet. I did read about tracing her hand every year on the first day of school and keeping them on a binder ring. And I love your "off they go" shots.

One of my 8th grade students a couple of years ago had a really cool tradition (that he didn't know about). His mom bought a copy of "Oh, the Places You'll Go" when he was in first grade. At the end of the year, she snuck it into school and had his teacher sign it (anywhere, with any message). She's done this every year. By 8th grade, the book was so full (because of having multiple teachers by middle school). She does it for each of her kids and her plan is to give it to him at graduation. It's on my "must do for my kids" list. :-)

September 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

That's a fun tradition! I always take pictures but don't really have a certain shot I always try and get- I need to do that

September 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Singedwingangel said...

Usually we do first day of school shots.. before they go to the bus.. they grow so fast.

September 5, 2011 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Adorbs! They will go crazy for these one day (or their wives and daughters will).

My son is going to a 2's program gradual separation so we're going to have to start some new traditions. Photos OF COURSE!

September 5, 2011 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

Awwww, they look so cute in their giant backpacks!! I hope they have a fun year.

September 5, 2011 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Mamas Monologues said...

They look adorable!

I always get a picture on the first day of my son standing by the front door with his backpack on, ready to leave the house. Tomorrow he starts middle school and tonight I may or may not have cried about that. Ahem. ;)

September 5, 2011 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Jayme said...

Our traditions are always the unplanned kind as well. As for school, I always take a pic on the first day, but I've never done them at the same spot or anything.

September 5, 2011 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

the kiddos get to pick whatever kind of pie they want for when they get home after the first day of school. yummy! Tomorrow is chocolate cream!

September 6, 2011 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

My tradition is to have warm cookies waiting when you get off the bus on your first day...though now I'm going to rip off your walking into school shot. Thanks, Shell!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

September 6, 2011 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Those big old backpacks make me laugh...we stumble into traditions too...I love it that way.

September 6, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I think stumbling into tradition is even more fun!

September 6, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I saw the cutest idea on pinterest that I am determined to try this year. You have them write their name on a piece of paper and hold it in front of them for a first day of school pic and do it every year to see the progression of how they grow and how their writing changes. Really want to try it with my soon-to-be preschoolers since I missed the boat with my oldest.

September 6, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Devan @ Accustomed Chaos said...

I LOVE the idea of back to school traditions. I have yet to really start one but i will be putting lots of thought into it now. my second starts in 2 weeks. ::sniff sniff::

September 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

Awww too cute! And the bags are so huge on them haha

September 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

What a sweet tradition. And I think all of their bookbags are bigger than they are!

September 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Cute tradition :)

September 8, 2011 at 9:27 PM  

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