James started school today so we had our annual back to school festival last night! I make a big feast of specially-requested food, we introduce a scripture theme for the year, the boys get father’s blessings and of course they get a new fancy hat! Even though James is the only one starting school we make sure to include all the babies and make it a big family affair. James requested elbow mac and cheese and meatballs and after his first bite he exclaimed, “I thought it would taste better…”. Can’t win them all, I guess. Charlie snarfed it all, though.
Aaaaaaaaand then the bees came. James has some ptsd about bees (he’s been stung a lot before) so we moved the party inside. I was bummed to leave the cute set up I had worked on, but you can really see the fear in James’ face up there. And don’t worry, I asked him if I could put this picture online:).
Our theme for the year, picked by John! I don’t have my desktop with Photoshop on it right now so I had to free hand it. I’m no calligrapher, but it’ll do.
Unappetizing pictures of our spread.
James picked out these ready-to-bake Michelangelo sugar cookies, hahaha. They weren’t half bad, actually!
These three are such joys!!
This one turns one next week. WHAT.
James was blessed to develop bravery and be a true friend.
Charlie was blessed to know how important he is in our family.
Auggie was blessed to grow healthy and strong.
I love these boys and I love building unity through traditions like this. They may not appreciate it fully right now but I know the efforts aren’t wasted. At least they know we do stuff together, that’s just our thing. I know they’ll eventually live for stuff like this. And then they’ll become teenagers….