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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

4 of the BEST back to school traditions to start this year

It's a beautiful morning here in North Georgia. The sun is up, the birds are singing and my kids are going back to school!  This summer we moved our family across the country from Utah to Georgia. It's been a wild adventure, to say the least. Now that we have been here for a couple months and are feeling a little settled in, we are kind of excited to get back into a routine; school will be a welcome change of pace. 

Usually, the first week back to school is such a bittersweet time. Because we spend so much time together during the summer, I miss them like crazy when they're gone.... even if they do tend to make me a little bonkers at the end of summer. To me, it also means another year has gone by. I think that is the hardest part about motherhood. I saw a quote that sums it up:

Time just keeps slipping away from me. That is why back to school traditions are so important to me. Especially this year. Because we are starting a brand new school year at a brand new school, my kids are all nervous and I really want to focus on making it a great first day. We shopped until we dropped, buying cute new school cloths and a ton of school supplies, we are set to go! Tomorrow is go time! Here are some of our favorite First Day of School Traditions.

1. First Day Pictures

I remember being a kid on the first day of a new school year having to stand outside with my siblings and smile while my mom fussed over our hair and clothes, then again in the classroom. As a kid, I don't know that I loved it. But as an adult, it is one of my most favorite traditions. I love looking back at my kids' first day pictures and remembering how small they used to be. I have big plans to turn their first day of school pictures into a photo book when they graduate. But that is still a ways off... let's not get too ahead of ourselves.  

2. School Fuel Muffins 

These muffins are a staple at our house, especially on day one of a new school year. I usually whip up a big batch and freeze them so that we always have some on hand. They are packed with goodness to keep their little minds and bodies going until lunchtime. 

School Fuel Muffins
1 cup old fashioned Oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
 2 large eggs
 1 banana, mashed
1 cup dark brown sugar
 3/4 cup milk
 1/4 cup oil
 2 tsp. vanilla
 2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins

Heat oven to 400*. Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk eggs and brown sugar together, when smooth add milk, oil, vanilla, and banana. Add dry ingredients, folding in just until moistened. Add raisins.  Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake 15-20 minutes
3.  Nap time

Maybe I'm crazy, but after a full summer of being on the go, I am usually ready for a nap. So, I indulge. Even if it's just 30 minutes. I love a good nap on the first day of school. Who's with me? I mean, we earned it, right? All that running around and doing things that are fun for kids but kinda stink for adults (Indoor trampoline parks are great... unless you have had four babies. In which case being the designated photographer is a much *ahem* drier option.)

4. Chocolate Chip Cookies and Storytime.

This is by far my most favorite back to school tradition. I make the dough while my kids are at school, then when they get home, I pop them in the oven. We sit at the kitchen table eating warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies while we talk about their day, what they thought of their teacher, who they sat by at lunch, if they made any new friends and more. This tradition is so much fun and meaningful! A few years ago we moved during the school year and my kids had to start school in a new area in January. They thought it would be a great idea to have first day cookies on their second first day. They were right! Everyone has their own favorite chocolate chip recipe, but in case you don't... here is one we really like.

I am looking forward to hearing how my kids' first day of school went. But in the meantime, what are some of your favorite back to school traditions? 

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