Monday, August 16, 2010

Here we go again...

Today is the kids' first day back to school.
Only this time it's a new school.

We have a tradition of going out for ice cream the day before school starts, just as an end of summer celebration.
The Boy's best friend in the world is a girl, so we brought her with us. (Bad Baby and The Man were off tool shopping or something.)

I don't like ice cream, but I can do some serious damage to a milkshake.
Especially when it's Strawberry Cheesecake flavored.
And from Braum's.

If you don't have a Braum's nearby, come to the midwest. It's worth the trip.

The kids had to get up bright and early today.
Like, in the 6:00 hour. Anything before 7:00 is torture for us.
But this year they're riding a bus for the first time.

I didn't like that before 7:00 thing until we stepped outside and saw the sunrise.
Hello beautiful light.

While we were waiting for the bus, a couple girls rode by on their horses.
Because things like that happen out here.

Finally the bus came. The kids ran and got on.
So did Lilo.
See her right by the side of the bus? She jumped on before the poor driver could close the door!
Crazy hound dog.

So they're off. A 3rd grader and a 5th grader.
That's just crazy.
Part of me is excited about this free time I'll have to get things done now.

And the other part of me just wants to go back to bed.
Wonder which part I'll listen to?


Leah Spring said...

Oh you will love it until December when you are standing out there in THE DARK waiting for the bus! Wait, I mean sending your kids to stand out there in the blowing snow to wait for the the dark. Maybe that is just a Minnesota "Up North" winter thing? It's the part I hate.

heather said...

Wait, you don't like ice cream???? That's just wrong!!!!

Love the photos!! gorgeous!!!! Happy first day of school!

Jody said...

I'm still stuck on the "I don't like ice cream" phrase. How is that possible??? It should be a food group.☺

I hope your kiddos have a great 1st day of school.

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

Kiddo starts Kindergarten on Mon. I'm sad and excited!

rentz said...

You confused me for a minute. What? First day of school? Oh, right. You aren't in the same school anymore! Boohoo!

And the whole ice cream thing threw me off too. How is that possible? Not even homemade? And you do no a milkshake is made with ice cream, right??

Hannah Nicole said...

Cute pictures! Lovely! And GORGEOUS light. <3

kraftykash said...

School starts here on Wed. Yours kids look great. :)Enjoy the time alone, whatever you decide to do with it.

Beadin By The Sea said...

Great pics Beki. Happy 1st day of school! School doesn't start here until Sept 8th.

Isn't it wonderful that you have a choice? Personally I would go back to bed. Those early mornings are going to be a shock for me and my 14 year old!

paige said...

too funny!!
i felt the exact same way on day one. actually who i am fooling, i have that thought often!
happy first day of a quiet house

Erica said...

i would have picked back to bed, for sure!

Anonymous said...

Ditto...back to bed for sure!

Laura V. said...

Oh man. Way to give me a craving for Braum's and the nearest one is several hundred miles away... We lived in Oklahoma (military) for a few years and got hooked on it and then we moved to Colorado nearly 4 years ago and there are NONE.

Happy first day of school!

Liz Leppanen said...

Fun pictures. I love your icecream idea. So cute! I have a 5th grader as of today. :o) Time flies I tell ya!

Amy said...

Loving the spikey hair! And no ice cream? Seriously?? Wow. I thought I knew you.

Chad and Jody said...

Oh man. I miss those kids already!

Adrienne said...

Aw, I'll bet Lilo felt left out!
That last picture is lovely.

Christina said...

Oooo, I would totally go back to bed. :)

Tara said...

ice cream sounds like a great tradition that I just might have to long does it take to drive to the midwest from Ontario??
great pictures.

Screwed Up Texan said...

My favorite dessert from Braums since I was a little girl is Peppermint candy. Not mint, but peppermint. The little candies inside are delish!

Cherie said...

I have a 3rd and 5th grader too! Both girls. Where are you in the midwest where they ride horses past your house? Beautiful photos, best sunlight.

Absolutely love the kitten photos.

Don't go back to bed. It is a hard habit to break! Trust me!!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Cherie, we're in Kansas. :)