Back-to-School: Mixed Emotions

9 Aug

The countdown to back-to-school begins.  I can’t believe how fast the summer, the year, and five years has flown by.  The little girl who needed me for everything and now shoos me away turns five in a few weeks and is starting kindergarten in ONE MONTH.  While she is overly excited about school, insistent on getting all her school supplies organized in her backpack immediately, I’ve got mixed emotions. I stay home with my girls full-time without a babysitter or help, not uncommon, but I’m not sure what I am going to do when my oldest is in school five FULL days and my youngest is in school for three hours, three days a week.  I’m definitely excited about the time I will have to run errands, work-out, and work on my blog but at the same time I’m a little sad because my two babies are growing up so quickly.   I’m also a little nervous that another year and then in the blink of an eye another five years is gone.

The other day my husband, girls, and I were preparing for the school year by talking about the previous year, going through art projects to keep or get rid of, and talking about what excites them for the upcoming year.  As we were going through their projects, I realized I needed to be better about documenting their school years and taking more photos of my girls.  I also have so many school and class pictures from previous years lying around.  I recently learned about Hallmark’s School Days Kit, perfect for photos on the first day of school from preschool to graduation and writing down memories from their school-year. The kit includes a photo album, journal cards, faux chalk inserts (preschool-graduation), chalk board and chalk.  Let your child write his or her grade to see how their handwriting develops over the years or use one of the beautifully written inserts.  Even though the school year will pass quickly, we can always keep the memories together to remind us of the first days of school when they were little.  Don’t forget to snap a shot on the first day of school!

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Check back next week for more back-to-school must-haves and more from  Hallmark!

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  The top left photo and center photo came from Hallmark.

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