Back To School

It's August 25th.  For most schools here in Texas, today is the first day of school.  This is an event my boys have been anticipating for the last month.  Once all of our summer travels were over, they would excitedly ask, "when do we go back to school??!?!?!?!?"  

For the last few weeks ,the excitement has been building.  The boys met their teachers last week {they are all so PRECIOUS!!!} and they haven't been able to stop talking about school since they walked out of their brand new classrooms on "Meet the Teacher" night.  Excitement would be an understatement.

I decided to do a little something special for their first day back.  This was completely unnecessary and over the top, but every now and then I like to do things that surprise even myself ;)  And it was an added bonus that I didn't have to buy ONE.DARN.THING for this little special back to school breakfast!  Being a teacher with lots of goodies on hand sure has it's perks ;)


Like I said, I had everything on hand.  I randomly collect globes, so yes...I had those, too.  The only thing I really had to do was print out those little subway prints and put them in a few extra frames I had in my closet.  

Grant woke up in a terrible, horrible, no good mood {I'm blaming it on the nerves} and Landon was FIRED.UP.  He was SO excited about his special back to school breakfast.  Grant pretty much told me it wasn't that cool and refused to eat the blueberry muffins and fruit I woke up early to make from scratch.  So honey buns it was.  No time for arguing on the first day.  At least he sat at the table to eat.  We'll call it a success :)


After breakfast, Grant was in much better spirits.  Wait.  Let's back the truck up real quick.  He saw our neighbor outside and wanted to go say hello, but when he came back in he slammed his fingers in the door.  OUCH.

It took a while to calm him down, bless his heart.  But once he was calm and realized his fingers weren't falling off...praise Jesus...he was in MUCH better spirits.  He was even willing to take our annual first day pics.  Landon has started to do this funky I'm-smiling-but-I'm-really-not-smiling kind of smile and that's always fun to look at after the fact.  Bless.  Gosh dang I love these boys.  Fake smiles and all ;)


I made their little first day prints in the frames.  If you have kids going back to school this week or next, you can make these, too!  I created a little power point file with grades Pre-K - 5th and all you have to do is insert your info.  Here's the fonts you'll need...

You can download the power point and insert all of your own info.  Just click the pic below.




I know I told you this before, but I absolutely LOVE the boys teachers.  They are so sweet and so precious.  I know it's going to be an AWESOME year!!!!  Because I love teachers so much, I REALLY love to treat the boys teachers to little unexpected goodies throughout the year. There are a MILLION of these floating around out there, but I went and recreated the wheel because these are the "favorites" I wanted to know from their teachers.  There are lots of other teacher questionnaires out there, but they didn't have all these exact "favorites" included.  If this is something you think you can use, just click the pic below to download your copy...

Speaking of little treats, I made these for the teachers for their first day of school!


I LOVED putting this together!!  I got plain terra cotta pots {Michaels} and painted them with black acrylic paint.  They dry in about 2 minutes so this was a SUPER quick project.  Then I just took a white paint pen and wrote the teachers last names on the surface.  I found that great little leopard print burlap ribbon and Michaels and used that to tie around the rim.  I only needed one roll of the ribbon.  Our school colors are blue & white.  I found that polka dotted tissue paper in the party section at Target.  Then I just started piling all the goodies inside.

Here's what I included....



I tied little tags around each item with a little "blurb" about what it was for.  I did this BEFORE I realized it would've been easier to just type up a little something to put in the basket.  



If you want to create a little survival kit for your child's teacher...or your teammates...just click on the pic below for your printable download.






If you started today...or if you're just coming back from a very relaxing weekend after already putting in time with the kidlets...I hope you had a GREAT (first) DAY!!!!!!



24 comments:

  1. You are the coolest mom! I want your boys in my room..lol. I have a Grant too, but mine just started high school. I agree boys are the best, since I have 3. Have a great school year.

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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  2. Oh, wow! Sounds and looks incredible! Thanks for the freebies & I hope your boys (& you) had a great first day :)
    Jen

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  3. Wow! Love your breakfast idea and the little goodies you gave the teachers. You are so creative! I'm sure the teachers are thankful for teacher mommas like you. Have a great school year!

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  4. I love every bit of this! Thank you for sharing with us! You are amazing!

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  5. This is so sweet, thanks for sharing. I want to start this tradition with my kids! I might have to do it the day before, though. I'm too nervous for muffin making on the first day of school :)

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  6. LOVE all of this! When I have children of my own (someday) I will so look forward to creating special moments like this for them! And I LOVE the handwritten touch to each of your little notes! Hope they both had a great first day!

    Erin
    Creating & Teaching

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  7. Absolutely precious! I really really hope I can be as cute at you are when we have kiddos!

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  8. Everything is just beautiful!! Happy first day to your boys.

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  9. I am amazed by everything you do! Goodness gracious, girl! :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing with us--you just made my life a whole lot easier!

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  10. Awesome Cara!! Thanks for sharing everything :) Happy hump day and day 3 of school from your fellow Texan teacher!!
    Ashley
    The Blessed OCDiva

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  11. You are the cutest mom ever! Can I be like you when I grow up? I mean when I have kids. Hehe! I don't know how you have the time with two little guys to do all you do! It is all amazing though! Those teachers are super lucky! I hope you have a fabulous school year!
    Rambling About Reading

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  12. You are the most creative and awesome mom! What a special day for your boys. I love the new blog design, too! Good luck on your new year!
    Melissa
    baumgartelblessings@gmail.com

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  13. These are so stinking cute!!!! I am totally going to steal this for my daughter's teachers one day! Thanks for some awesome freebies!

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  16. I was wondering if the welcome back banner is somewhere I can download it? I just got done teaching my first year, and would love to use it for back to school night next year!

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  17. Cara, I LOVE this 1st Day of School poster, but CAN'T seem to add any typing to it after I've downloaded it....
    Any tips for me?
    Thanks for all of your inspirational ideas!!

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  18. Thanks for the printables! Adorable!

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  19. You are the only one I could find that had the exact printables I was looking for. Thank you!! I love the teacher survival kit, too.

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  20. I love your printable, but I can't find the fonts in google docs. Any tips?

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  21. Hi Love the back to school first day printable, but can you tell me how to edit it? I clicked on the picture but not able to change the info. Thanks, Kally

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  22. Thank you so much for the first day printable! I am making one for each of my 36 kinders (I teach 2 sessions of half day) as the first page in their kindergarten scrapbook. I love it!!

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  23. Love your ideas. I just printed my granddaughters sign and now it is ready for her first day on Monday. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  24. Just love this post! Thank you for so generously sharing your ideas!
    Kaitlin
    K&C Love Grade 3

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