first and pre-k.

Today was the first day of school and I have to admit that in some ways it felt anti-climactic. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve waited a long time to get here (thanks to the Alabama legislature) but it didn’t feel as monumental as it has in years past. Perhaps because Sarah is now a proud first grader who knows all the elementary school ropes. And while Ephraim is joining his sister at “big school” this year, he’s still only in pre-K which feels a bit more comfortable than the thought of him starting kindergarten.

I began the morning by grabbing E’s first day of school shots by the kitchen door – the official site of preschool first day of school pictures. I love that this particular one shows how insistent our B-Ro is at fighting his natural hair part. Despite the fact that his cowlick gives his hair a preferential bang side, he demands that it be pushed the other way, resulting in, in Southern terms, a hot mess.

But a hot mess that I absolutely adore. Just look at this four year old face!

And yes, we are proudly bringing the 80’s back with our denim shorts and muscle tanks. I think our boy has seen one too many of his Daddy’s glory days photo albums.

After I took Corey Haim back inside, I grabbed his big sister for her first day of school shots. Those happen at the front door – the dedicated spot for elementary-aged children who have outgrown the side stoop (sob!).

I love how that picture showcases Sarah’s own hint of 80’s fashion aesthetic – the multitude of colored hair bands, the homemade friendship bracelets, the pigtails, and the tee that was ripped straight off an episode of Fame. For the record, Sarah told me the night before how much she was “dying to wear that one.” Lovely.

The kiddos obliged me for one sweet sibling shot…

before they broke out the silly.

And then we were off.

(Did I mention we’re walkers this year?)

When we arrived at school we dropped B-Ro off first at his pre-K class and then caught up with a few friends in the halls.

But then I had to leave before the 80’s gave way to the 90’s and Beverly Hills 90210, Grade School Edition threatened to flash before my eyes.

Here’s to a great first grade year my sweet Pi’bears…

Keep an eye on your little brother, would ya? And try to steer him away from the muscle shirts?

Check out last year’s first days here and here.
Jessica WAugust 21, 2012 - 5:44 am

We are in a whole ‘nother state and have a modified calendar this year as well. Our first day is tomorrow and I am still doing deep breathing about this whole first grade thing…you seem in much better shape, lol! And my little guy is starting pre-k3, which is just too big, since he’s supposed to be my baby! Anyway, congrats on a great first day and I about died laughing at the Corey Haim reference. Those.were.the.days.

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaAugust 21, 2012 - 9:24 am

Oh my gosh they’re getting so big! I love how excited he looks to start. And hey – he is rocking the muscle tee! So cute. Here in NY, we never start before Labor Day, and head into the end of June, so it’s two more weeks for us. My oldest is no longer at all excited, my youngest is SO excited.

ElizabethAugust 24, 2012 - 9:25 pm

Out west those shirts are called squirrel shirts (as in flying squirrels) and all three girls are super-excited to wear them the first week of school : )

Janelle AndersonAugust 27, 2012 - 9:31 am

Axel is SOOOO EXCITED that he and Ephraim have the EXTACT same shoes. Yep, it made his day! Now he’s asking how they got the same shoes? This also brought up that he wants to go to Ephraims house after the hurricane and would love to Skype or in his words “Escape Ephraim on the computer!”

What a big boy, hope the first day was awesome!

As for your teenage girl, Sarah, we hope you too had a wonderful time at school . We can’t wait to build some cardboard crafts with you in the near future.

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