Tuesday, August 16, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 24


Lamenting the last week of summer.

Yesterday was Griffin's first day back at school.
We are so excited about his new class
but I wanted to reflect on the happiness
that can be found in the very
last week before school starts.

It's so fun to savor the last

days of freedom.

Like playing on a slip-n-slide at a friend's house.


Playing huge video game marathons.
Who cares if the kid is playing
Mario Kart for 2 hours straight?
It's summer and soon enough
the controller
will be traded for pencils and books.

I just love the way Griffin believes
that his Mario sweat band
gives him super strength.


Of course, the last week of summer
is also a time to get geared up for school.

We played the "first day of school" with lovies quite a bit
to work out any first day jitters.

The innocence is just so sweet
and I anticipate that this will be the last summer
that Griffin needs to play out his anxiety
with stuffed animals.

So, I really treasured the time spent
pretending to drop teddy bear and fox off at school.


The excitement of going to the store
to buy school supplies
is always thrilling.

Griffin skipped proudly up and down the store
with his new backpack and lunchbox.
He felt so much anticipation
for the big day.

I will always treasure the last week of summer.


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patty said...

sweet! we are back in school a week! :P

Unknown said...

Mine went back last week.. sighs I remember when we were out till September AFTER Labor Day..

Leovi said...

Really a very sweet and fun photos.

Unknown said...

Very lovely! :D

Tracie Nall said...

I love the row of well-loved stuffed friends. So sweet.

School is back on at our house this week too, and I'm missing the summer.....but I'm excited for all the great learning that is going to happen this year. So I guess it all balances out.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Awww so sweet. We still have two weeks till the kids go back.

Unknown said...

I don't like to think about it too much : (. This summer with the kids has been so fantastic!

Vodka Logic said...

How cute. My daughter is a senior so back to school is no big deal any more... kinda sad kinda glad.

Susan Anderson said...

Thanks for reminding me. I remember it well...and fondly.


Kristy @Loveandblasphemy said...

I like that it still feels like summer, I just don't like how there is so much less time on weekends only to do fun stuff!

Rachel said...

What a great post!

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

I can not wait for school to start!! We start the 22nd yay!!! Great photos! Happy Tuesday!

Leesha said...

First time here!

Our summer is coming to a close and I feel its barely started. School reg today, then *poof* school starts. wah. :(

Carletta said...

School starts here next Tuesday.
Love that SpongeBob backpack!
Hope Griffin had an exciting first day.
Lovely photo essay!
Carletta's Captures

Ashley Sisk said...

That slip n slide really makes me happY!

Linda D. said...

Saying good bye to summer is so much sweeter when we shift gears an anticipate "back to school". The future is filled with opportunities for our little ones to stretch their minds and hearts! Thanks for the great post.

Unknown said...

LOVE your slip in slide shot!

Maude Lynn said...

He's so cute with his backpack!

Michelle said...

Stopping by from SITS. The end of summer is a bit sad and nice at the same time. My 6th grader starts Friday and my girls start next Monday. Only a couple days left.

Katherine said...

It's been quite a bit since I participated. We were also enjoying the last week of summer with a little water recreation!

Caroline said...

I love that he is armed with the Mario sweatband! AWESOME!

We start August 29th! I haven't the slightest clue but word has it my house will be quieter so I'll take it! :)

Anne-Marie said...

I can't wait until my little man is ready for his first day of school...and summer slip and slides! How fun =)

Alisha said...

love the photos.

a few more weeks for us before they go back.

i am looking forward to getting our routine back....eating brownies with them warm out of the oven at 11:30 pm at the kitchen counter is nice but getting back on track keeps a moms sanity lol