Wednesday, September 1, 2010

First Day of School 2010

Today was Colin's 1st day of school for the 2010-2011 school year! Looking back at this post from his 1st day of school last year, I can't believe how much my little boy has changed! He is doing so many wonderful things and I am so proud of him as he starts this new school year after just learning how to combat crawl, sip through a straw, and participate in many songs and activities (stacking blocks, putting shapes in their correct holes, etc.).
This year is bringing lots of new things for all of us...the pictures this year were taken on the front steps of our new home, Daddy is starting the new school year with a new title and promotion, and I am switching from Athletic Trainer to middle school science teacher. You know what that means? More time with my family because I will no longer be working evenings, weekends and holidays in addition to a normal school day. WOOO HOOO!!!
I enjoyed taking the pictures this year on our front steps because I can see our family growing and changing on the 1st day of school for many years to come on these very steps...

Colin had a brand new shirt for his big 1st day. He is using the same backpack again this year (mostly because it's just so cute and frankly, doesn't need a new one just yet), but can you believe the difference from last year? He sat in a bumbo seat slumped a bit! This year he is sitting independently with his legs hanging on the 1st step!

This year was emotional for me in a different way...we don't have a fear of the unknown because Colin has done so well at his school and was so happy there last year. I am still sad to leave my little boy, especially when he came off of a great summer with lots of time spent together as a family. I know it was a really hard 1st part of the day for him, but just as I am finding now with a new job...the 1st steps are always the hardest. Sometimes, you even feel like crying...But then you perservere...

you work really hard and you just may be able to sleep on a mat like a big boy...

(or accomplish whatever challenges you may face)

Because as long as you have a good attitude, and you get past those 1st few steps, everything will be ok...

Happy 2010-2011 school year everyone!!

20 comments:

Adrienne said...

Oh my gosh, I just love him!! He is seriously too cute!! I love him sleeping like a big boy on his mat! Can't wait to see you guys!! Congrats again on your new job!!

Jennie said...

Oh, Kelli, I look at that precious little boy and I completely understand how hard it must be to leave him after having a great fun summer together. But how wonderful that you love his school!!!

Kendra said...

Kelli--I absolutely love all the pictures you post of the little guy. Colin is so adorable--such a ham! I love the pics of his laughing, the kissy faces, the giggle videos. He brings a huge smile to my face, as I'm sure he does to everyone who follows your blog. Thanks for making me smile every day.

Rochelle said...

Congrats on the new job! SO excited for your family time!
He does look like such a big boy sitting on the front steps.
Good luck to both of you this school year!

Emily said...

Oh... pure sweetness! Especially the darling picture of him dreaming!

Jenny said...

The picture of him in his bumbo last year...SO cute!! And he does look so grown up this year!! This post was really neat.

Kelly said...

WOW! Look at you Colin, such a big "school" boy!! Kelli, he looks so big!! Those first days ARE always the hardest, before you know it, he won't want to leave when you pick him up, lol!! I hope he has a wonderful school year. I can't wait to share the boys' experiences. Landon starts full time next Tuesday (the same day Mason goes back to school). Lucky Elijah, doesn't start until Monday the 13th!! I am so looking forward to "THE ROUTINE" again.

Congratulations to you & Chris! Looks like things are just WONDERFUL for all of you! New jobs, new titles, new home, new school year......but most of all.....NEW MEMORIES=)

Kristin said...

Could he be any cuter?!?!? Seriously. Love those pictures on the front step!

Patti said...

I just want to pick him up and snuggle him, he is so cute! I feel like I say that on every post, but he just is SO CUTE!!

Looking Up said...

OMG he really is so adorable! Hope that he has a great year!

Colleen said...

you always seem to make me cry. I just love you guys

Wren said...

Such a big boy sitting on the steps with his backpack! My favorite is the one of him sleeping on the big boy mat...precious! Happy first day of school!

Erin said...

Such a sweet post and I LOVE front door photos and yours turned out great!

Suze said...

Congratulations to you on your new job and to Chris for his promotion! Awesome news! And a special welcome back to Colin from Tommy! He was a little lonely being the only guy in the class and told me how excited he was that Colin was back!

Penny said...

wow! what a great post! congrats on the new job; so glad you'll have more time together! colin is so precious!

Nana said...

Oh my goodness such GREAT pictures!! How precious is that picture of him sleeping, but I just love all of the pictures before school! This made my day!! Love, Nana

Natalia said...

What a great post and EXCELLENT pictures!! The ones of the front steps were perfect. And I got a little choked up thinking about what you said about taking such pictures every year on those same steps and watching your family change and grow with time. :)

And congratulations again on your new position and on the promotion for Chris! I'm so happy for both!!!

Derek, Kenzee and Gage said...

What a cute post! This year sure has brought many wonderful changes for your family! I'm so happy for you all, you deserve it!!

mlfont said...

absolutely precious!!!!! look how much he's grown!

Melissa M said...

He is so adorable!! I love all the new pictures and the post from last year.