Payton started school last week, Darren has his first day as a freshman this Wednesday. Some of the school clothes shopping is done, more to come. Backpacks, binders, t-shirts. You know the drill.
I love this time of year. As much as I love the break of summer with all of the great vacations and free time to socialize, I also love getting back into a routine. I have aspirations to start planning meals again. Payton has asked for my help in eating healthier as he starts on his quest to play varsity baseball at Serra. Tryouts aren't until after the first of the year, but fall ball is an opportunity for him to improve himself and get noticed.
As the first day of high school looms, Darren is dealing with it pretty well. He is not going to the local public school and really doesn't know anyone at the new school. That makes things a little tougher for him, but I'm confident that he'll have a whole host of new friends in no time. And that's part of the beauty of it. He gets to start with a clean slate and doesn't have to live up to what people think of his brother. It's all about Darren.
Gone are the days when our list of supplies included pencil boxes, lunch boxes, crayons and safety scissors. In their place are scientific calculators, Spanish/English dictionaries, parking permits and lunch money.
Where did the years go?
Here are the boys on their first days of kindergarten and their kindergarten school photos. These sweet smiles and soft cheeks take me back to the day...