It's September. It's Labor Day Weekend. It's Back to School. I am trying to embrace the excitement of a new year but my heart breaks a little too. Time just seems to be moving at warp speed. My boys are growing up, entering higher grades and just becoming independent lil men. I just want to freeze the time and keep them close to me. But with school starting in only 2 days, it is time to let them go and thrive.
One great way to preserve the moment is to take a photo on the first day of school. This has become a tradition for us. There are a many ways to capture this special day and you can find some here and here. The way I like to do it is to keep it simple and easy. I get out my dry erase board and write the grade (you can use pen/paper too). My boys each take a turn posing in front of my house and in minutes, we're done. Also if I can, I like to take a quick couple of snaps of them at their school.
I also do this for the last day of school so I can see how much they've grown over the year. And, they do change so very much! First (and last) day of school photos are a great tradition and perfect way to start the year.
My boys are entering 6th grade (middle school), 3rd grade and preschool. I will be sure to share our pics this week. Enjoy and happy first day!