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8.27.2012

The Twins' First day of 1st Grade!

I know I promised to post about a project that I'm working on for my office today, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a total Mom, and share way too many pictures of my sweet, new, first graders today!

Let's be honest, if I don't do it NOW, it won't happen, so the office project post will have to wait till tomorrow. (but I promise, it WILL go up) ha!

For some reason I got a bit emotional for this new year. I think the big reason, is because these girls have really grown up SO much in the past year. And this is the first time that they'll be going to school ALL day! Seriously, I can't even believe it! Truth be told, they are more than ready... and so am I. This Summer was long, and they are anxious to get busy learning and making new friends.

I wanted to do something extra special for them this year, because they were both a little nervous about being gone from me for so long. When we were out shopping the girls saw these pink rhinestone heart necklaces and wanted them. I "told them" that they were a bit too much money, and we were going to have to get them next time. Secretly I slipped them into our purchase and wrapped them up with a little note from Cason and I, for them to open this morning before they headed out.
They were beyond excited, and it was just a fun little thing for them to hopefully help them feel a bit more confident and happy, on this somewhat anxious day.


I'll let the rest of the pictures speak for themselves. But basically, I made sure I had lots of time to capture these sweet girls at this tender age, because it really just flies by way too fast.


The girls were thrilled to have a few of their best friends in their class again this year, and got right into the groove of things once they found their desks and got into the classroom.

All day school is a BIG adjustment for both kids AND the Mom, I think. On one hand I'm jumping up and down with excitement for a house that will stay cleaner longer, and kids who will now be entertained and kept busy for 7 hours of the day... but on the other hand, I'm just as anxious and nervous as they are, because you hope and pray that you've raised your kids the best you could, and that they are respectful, helpful and kind to everyone they associate with, when you're not around.

I know that these chicks will do fabulously, but it's still a little scary and sad to see my first little ones go.


So how did everyone else do on their kids' first day!?

41 comments:

  1. My baby started her senior year of high school AND is taking two concurrent enrollment classes at BYU starting today... nervous for her and excited! They grow up SOOOO fast.

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  2. Great first day here for my 2 3rd graders, 4th grader and 5th grader. Well, I should say it was a great morning. THey aren't home yet to tell me how things went!!

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  3. Seriously too cute, thanks for sharing. I hope they have a great first day.

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  4. Well my son started middle school today and I have to say that a little piece of my heart stopped when he got out of the car! I cant wait till its time to pick him up so he can tell me all about it. My baby girl on the other hand was all smiles when I left her in second grade. She said "if it will make you feel better you can come in but you dont have too" LOL kids grow way too fast!

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  5. They are absolutely precious!!! They have grown up so much in the past year! Love all of their fun expressions too :)

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  6. I feel like the older they get the more they look alike! Too cute.

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  7. Oh my goodness! They are adorable! Happy first day of first grade momma!

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  8. It was my sons first day of first grade too! He had all day kindergarten last year but it was still hard to say goodbye. Although he was totally ready and it was getting hard to keep hm entertained, I miss him when he isn't around. It's hard to not have that control of how his day is. If someone hurts his feelings I won't be there to make it better. I get that he needs to figure it out all sorts of stuff himself but I think every first day is a reminder that you have to let go a little more and it hurts. Thank you for posting this! All of my friends treated me like I was crazy today and this made me feel like someone out there gets it:)

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  9. How awesome!!!! Oh my word they are adorable :) My son starts kindergarten this week. (yes lots of tears for this momma) :)

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  10. Oh my goodness, you have two gorgeous daughters. Good luck when they got older, the boys will be knocking at your door A LOT!! ;)

    I hope they have a wonderful school year! Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

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  11. These pictures are so precious! What beautiful girls!

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  12. It does go by too fast Shelley! My oldest is a senior in high school and I think I had a harder time with that then sending my kindergartener to school the first day. (We have quite the spread!)

    Your girls are adorable hold on tight..you will be my shoes before you know it! :)

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  13. Ahh your girls are so pretty!! I hope they have a great first day! My sons first day of middle school was a few weeks ago, yikes! I was so nervous for him changing classes meeting new friends, so far so good :)

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  14. I had three grandchildren start first grade this year. I was nervous....ha ha. It is so hard, I remember well. Your girls are just adorable.

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  15. So cute! I am a twin and this brings me back to when my sister and I took pictures like this!

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  16. That's sweet :) Sending my munchkin off to school is a terrifying thought, I can't even imagine how odd that must be. Luckily i have 3 more tyears before I have to worry about it, ha! Your girls are all so beautiful :) I can't get over how much their cute little personalities shine through in these pictures.

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  17. Those side by side comparisons are incredible! They have grown up so much! Oh my goodness! Weren't we just pregnant with our kiddos and now they are in first grade. I'm right with you, having them gone so long is totally bittersweet. Here's to a great year for your sweet girls and you!

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  18. Wow! The jump from 2010 to 2011 is remarkable! Your girls are beautiful, just like their mom.

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  19. Holy Smokes have the changed so much in the last three years! These pictures are adorable:) My little first grader was SO nervous on his first day (2weeks ago). He is having a TOUGH transition of going all day. Crossing my fingers things get better soon.

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  20. They are just so cute. :D The littlest is going to miss them I bet. Hope they've had a great day? Jude.x

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  21. Shelleyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! This post *almost* made me cry! What about brought on the waterfall was looking at the photos from 2010-2012. Holy Crap-ola!!!! Two years makes such a huge difference. I think of my baby boy (he's 2) and wonder how big of jump he'll make in two years like your sweet girls do. He'll grow up TOO fast. tear*

    But Shelley. It's looks like you got yourself a handful with the one on the right. Just look at that sass! She's posing for every pic! Hilarious! :) You better watch out when she's 16 . . . hehehe

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  22. Okay Shelley. You win. I cried while my husband watched. I really don't want to lose my sweet little boy.

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  23. Oh, Shelley, I know just how you feel! My oldest started 1st grade last Monday, and it was her first time going all day too. I was a nervous wreck for her, but she seems to have adjusted really well. It's exciting, but a bittersweet milestone, huh? Your girls are so cute. Love their first day of school outfits.

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  24. oh this is SO precious! they are beautiful, and they just look like they're such sweet and fun-loving girls! I love reading posts about your family :)

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  25. Beautiful girls! They look just like you, Shelley! And I have just 1 question... How did mrs. Taylor possibly make it through the day in those shoes? Whew! :) I used to teach 1st grade, and we all wore flats b/c we were on our feet all day. She's raising the bar for teachers everywhere! ;)

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  26. Those girls are just toooooo cute! Have you gotten the modeling offers yet? They are just precious. Happy First Grade!

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  27. Hi Shelley,

    The girls look great. I have two girls in middle school this year - 6th and 7th grade! can't believe it. My son just started 3rd so I still have one foot in lower school.

    Enjoy every minute!

    Sarah

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  28. I absolutely love this post. What a sweet way to start their first day of school.

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  29. Those pictures are adorable. You can really see how much your girls have grown up when you have those three pictures displayed together. I'm always glad for the new school year. It's like a new beginning.

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  30. Oh Shelley, your girls are absolutely beautiful. It's amazing to see how fast they have grown up! My darling Kate started Kindy this year and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing when we walked her to her class on the first day. Love you, Kim

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  31. My youngest also started first grade last week. Same feelings you were having--love the house being clean more than five minutes, but still a little anxious. She did GREAT! I LOVE the idea of the necklaces. I think I might still use it. Where did you find those darling polka dot tunics and black shoes? (I'm in Utah Valley.)

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  32. Wow...school starts really early in the US! We dont start school until after Sept 3. This is such a cute post, you and your husband are so thoughtful! Have a lovely day at school ladies ;)

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  33. Alright RockStar Mom, you are putting the rest of us to shame! You are always ahead of the game and think of everything. Look at those little gift bags & gift tags! You would think I would be ready with TS Isaac pushing our first day back one day. Yet I did manage to get up late, forgot her lunchbox note and only got 3 photos. Can I have a 'do over' please?

    And now you are going to have to add hair tutorials to your blog posts too?
    xo

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  34. I liked these yearly comparisons of yours and big changes are there which can be easily noticed

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  35. Your girls are absolutely priceless! Very sweet! And I love their outfits. I think you are very smart taking pictures while they're young.. the time really does fly and I don't know how a year can pass by so quickly. This year my son starts high school (grade 9) this Tuesday and I think we're both a bit anxious..

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  36. I love following your blog, and your girls are so sweet. I would love to know how to add the "1st grade" image to my photos. Is this soething you can share? Thanks

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  37. How cute they both are. Love their outfits too!! =)

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  38. Adorable. My fiance and I both have twins in our families (his is double!), so I totally get the crazy twin thing! Keep up the awesome work! Check out our home design blog at www.future-ancestor.com

    Cheers!

    Julia

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  39. wow! what a change in just a couple of years!
    i agree...time is so fleeting!
    enjoy!

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