There's nothing like riding the excitement of little ones, their contagious animated enthusiasm, all the way to the finish line, celebrating the little things and throwing as many parties as we can along the way.
If it were a horse race, I'd totally be the brightly colored jockey and I'd name my steed Enthusiasm and we'd wave and blow kisses to a cheering crowd as we ride hard until the bell rings.
And this First Day of School thing? It's got some major wagers on it and I couldn't let the race pass be by without some bunting and flags and fresh baked goodies.
We started out with chocolate chip cookies and presents wrapped up for the new teachers, and then I found some adorable free printables that fit right in for a first day breakfast to match first day fever. The night before kindergarten, when the kids were in bed early with clothes picked out and bags packed, I printed and cut, glued and baked. It didn't take long and their little nook was transformed to a celebratory send off.
Little brother decided to take a bite out of the tops of all the muffins.
The muffins were baked and ready the night before so that everything was prepped for morning... I didn't want any early morning set-backs. I almost went with cinnamon apple muffins for even more of a "school" theme, but since that's one of the only flavors Brayden won't eat, I decided to make blueberry. To add some protein, you could also make ahead this easy breakfast casserole and feed the whole family.
I already miss her. It's hard. But I'm making it as exciting as I can, cheering her on, talking about her days, packing some great lunches... and hopefully things like a celebratory breakfast and notes in her lunch box show her I'm still there, and I will always be.
This one still misses his sister though.