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First day of the new school year

Christopher started fourth grade today and Lindsey started tenth grade. This will be the first year that we've felt like Christopher is old enough to ride his bike to school. Kelly and I rode along with him today. Here's the smiling, eager student, with big hopes for another exciting school year with a new teacher.
Since my foot is still recuperating, Kelly walked Christopher upstairs to his classroom and bid him adieu, while I stayed near the crosswalk with our bicycles. By the way, my foot is still swollen, and I wore my ugly boot for ten days straight. I'm thrilled that biking doesn't hurt my foot, and I plan to bike home with Christopher after school today too.
The high school starts more than an hour later than the elementary school, so Lindsey left after her little brother. Here she is after getting all dolled up for day one of her sophomore year. She rides a bus to school and will start seminary next week, so she will get to sleep in late for one more week.
Last night, Kelly gave each of the kids a Father's Blessing before the big day, and both blessings were wonderful, blessing each one to be good examples to those around them, and to do well and work hard, and enjoy learning. Today when the kids get home from school, they'll be expecting some of my Coconutty Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, which is a first-day-of-school tradition, with a cold glass of milk. (I just added the recipe to Heidi's Internecipes blog today.) This is an exciting day for all of us!


Heidi said…
I love back to school! My dad always gave us blessings the night before too. Such a special memory. I will have to try those cookies, they look delish!
ninnies said…
that's cute. I actually really like those pictures of me. And Christopher's are cute too! I'm glad that biking doesn't hurt your foot! The weird thing is, my bike seat hurts my butt. :P
♥ Lindsey
Julie V. said…
Lindsey looks so cute! I love the shirt. Nice first day outfit.
Julie V. said…
Christopher you are awesome, keep on pedaling!
Julie said…
I cannot believe how grown up your kids are! It's crazy how quickly time flies b/c it seems like just yesterday they were little when I was coming to your house for our monthly Pampered Chef meetings. Now Lindsey's a sophomore in high school! What? That's just crazy. They are super cute kids though!
Lonna said…
what are you going to do with nobody around all day? I love the cookies and milk tradition it is so fun. Your kids look ready for anything. what a comfort it is to have a dad give blessings when you need them.

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