Happy Tuesday, Girls! Today we're showing and telling about our back to school traditions and I can't wait to glean some ideas from your posts :)
I wish I could say that I made an elaborate dinner the night before and/or a fun breakfast the morning of the first day of school, but let's be real... the night before I'm usually EXHAUSTED from meet the teacher and a weeks worth of meetings and the kids first day of school is a day where I meet my 100+ middle school students and it's super hectic and busy. So, no apple shaped donuts, themed meals or inspirational/motivational ideas from me today :) hahaha
I will say, that I treat "Back to School" almost as it's own season and I love decorating the house...
... and building anticipation and excitement with my kids by reading books like these.
In the past I've hosted a couple of back to school parties including a Kindergarten Kickoff Dinner that Shay and I hosted last year when LOTS of our friends had kids starting Kindergarten. This is one of my favorite parties EVER!
The year before that, I hosted our Small Group dinner at the club and made it a back-to-school party as well.
And can we pause for a minute as we take in Baby Griffin the night of our back to school dinner???
This was the first year I made these mini apple spice cupcakes and they're definitely a back to school favorite in my house now.
I blogged the recipe HERE and you won't be sorry you made them. They'd be cute in a first day lunch or as a little after school treat. They would be great to leave in a teacher workroom since they're bite size and teachers would LOVE you. :)
Last up, I guess this is kind of a tradition, but every year before school I whip up a big batch of Monster cookies. They're great for lunches and a cookie in my bag will get my through my 2:00 slump any day. They're flourless and I put in 1 cup of raisins instead of 1/4 cup... so that totally makes them healthy, right??? :)
The boys and I made a batch last night and I froze half of them to put back for next week. I pull them out frozen, pop them in the boys lunches, and they're ready by noon.
You can find the recipe for monster cookies HERE.
So, that's it! We're in countdown mode over here... our first official day is next Wednesday! EEEK!
I can't wait to read all of your fabulous ideas today and hopefully start a few new traditions this year.
See you tomorrow for another installment of our Colorado trip! It's 100+ degrees here now... I'm ready for a virtual vacation to the mountains, how about you?? :)
Have a fantastic day, friends!
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