ten on tuesday.

1. The whirlwind Summer of 2014 has officially ended. Our neighbors sarcastically refer to our house in Huntsville as our “Winter Home” and this year I think it’s actually earned that distinction. In fact, I’m fairly certain that the nights we spent away from home outnumbered the nights we spent at home by at least 3:1. Insanity.

2. The good news is that school is back in session. I was called out via text by my annoying little brother-type Jake for not posting any back to school shots of my kids on Facebook. I told him I gave the kids away, which shut his texts down pretty fast. The truth is that I just didn’t take any iphone pics…so the back to school post had to wait for this evening’s blog. Oh, and also the fact that I’m in denial that my 1st grader looks like this…

and my third grader looks like this…

3. Each of the kids got to pick out a brand new outfit for their first day back at school. I think I might have worn Sarah’s exact outfit (down to the stonewashed denim) when *I* was in 3rd grade. Ephraim was pretty stoked to find a Minecraft t-shirt that coordinated with his new tennis shoes with laces. He spent all of yesterday determined to learn to tie those babies. And after lots of tears (mostly his), I’m proud to say he can.

4. I’ve been stockpiling ToT bullet points all Summer. Starting with a recipe for Tomato Pudding. OhEmGee. Where has this been all my life?? While on our Isle of Palms vacay in July Samantha, Amy and I headed to Hominy Grill for lunch. The fried chicken was pretty fab, the baseball T that says “Grits are Good” is a new fave, but the Tomato Pudding that happened to be on special the day we stopped in? It’s life changing. Must.make.immediately.

5. This New York Times article about Alabama’s “Pageant King” had me so intrigued.

6. And this Huffington Post piece about gay rights in Alabama made me sad.

7. But this Auburn hype video makes me happy. And super excited. 25 days people. 25 days.

8. Maybe the start of college football season will be the balm I’ll surely need to heal me after Brent and I watch the final two episodes of Friday Night Lights this week. (sob.)

9. There will be big Erin Cobb Photography news on my Facebook page tomorrow. Go ahead and “like” it now to be in the loop. 😉

10. Happy 2014 School Year, friends! And to my fellow mamas who are still in the world’s longest homestretch of Summer I’m here to tell you that I’ve seen the promised land and IT IS GOOD!

Whitney AlexanderAugust 5, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Hominy Grill is the best. I have a “Grits are good for you” tee and a coffee mug, too. Because GRITS ARE GOOD FOR YOU. 😉 Can’t wait to hear the ECP news. And glad y’all had a great summer!

ElizabethAugust 5, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Cute (and tall!) kiddos! Why oh why are we stuck in uniforms again this year… blergh. We start on Monday down here!

CrystalAugust 6, 2014 - 12:04 am

I popped over to the blog just a few days ago and thought to myself “it’s been a while, but surely we’re gonna get ‘back to school’ pics”. Glad you enjoyed your summer!

ArleenAugust 6, 2014 - 7:08 am

Hi Erin! Couldn’t help but notice (besides your gorgeous kids) the cute wooden sign with your last name as well as the large initial on your front door. Do you mind telling me where you purchased these items from? They are adorable! 🙂

Jessica WAugust 6, 2014 - 8:09 am

I love the pics – the kids look sooooo big! I can’t believe you are already back to school. We go back in 2 weeks and I am feeling a little sick about it. 2 full day kids blows my mind! That tomato pudding is on my list to make! We ate at Hominy Grill on vacation in June and I don’t remember seeing it on the menu. Grrrrrr

erin cobbAugust 6, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Hi Arleen! The last name sign was a gift from years ago so I have no idea where it came from. The monogrammed C came from here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SouthernGreeters?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Hope that helps!

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