Back to School – Kindergarten

Well… we did it! We made it through our first week of school! And to celebrate, I am sharing the Back to School photo shoot we did with Dreamrs Photography.

FYI- If you are local to the Prescott Tri-City area, she is still scheduling mini sessions for this shoot, DM her to schedule your appointment. If your down here in the Valley and  missed out on the Back to School shoot, she’ll be back down around Halloween to do mini session with your kid’s in costume, I can’t wait!!

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I’m going to be honest, I was dreading the first day of school, all Summer long it has been looming over us and while Brynlee was so excited about going to Kindergarten, I simply couldn’t imagine spending my days without her.

But you know what? It really hasn’t been all that bad, dare I say, it’s even been a good thing.

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Sure, I cried after dropping her off. Somehow I managed to not let her see me, all I can say is I am very grateful for big sunglasses! I fought back the tears the whole time taking first day of school pictures and wishing her the best first day of school ever, but sure enough, as I turned to leave, those drops began to fall. Even now, a week into it, there are still moments throughout the day when I tear up thinking about how much I miss her. Even writing this out is making me tear up…

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And that’s okay, because now we really make the time we have with her count. And Brynlee had me all to herself for the first 3 1/2 years of her life, now its Lincoln’s turn to be an only child, if only for a brief time throughout the day. And then there is that glorious period of time, about an hour or so after I drop Brynlee off, when Lincoln goes down for a nap and I have some time ALL. TO. MYSELF!!!

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As a stay at home mom (and please don’t take this as complaining, I am so grateful for this opportunity and feel extremely blessed to spend as much time as I do with my kids), being alone is very rare occasion. And it has been so nice to have a bit of time each day to myself. I usually spend the first 15-20 minutes busting through any looming chores, unloading the dishwasher, folding/putting away laundry, picking up the toys, so that the remaining time is all mine, guilt free! It is so peaceful and has really helped my sanity when the bewitching hour starts, which is happening earlier now, basically as soon as Brynlee gets home from school.

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It’s been hard on her, adjusting to all day Kindergarten and she is exhausted by the time she gets home. But of course, refuses to take a nap… So, she is cranky and constantly bickering with her little brother (who can do nothing right at this point) and I’m left with the vague memory of that blissful time only a few hours early where my mind could be at peace and I can look forward to it again tomorrow. And eventually she’ll get used to it and things will get easier.

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So, while this has been a huge adjustment for all of us and we are still trying to figure out our routine, it has been so great too! Brynlee is excelling at school, her teacher gives me glowing reports about her every day! She’s also learning to toughen up a bit, she’s already had a trip to the nurses office for a pretty bad fall, resulting in multiple scrapes and some bleeding. But instead of crying about it when she saw us, she told us the story and about how awesome the nurses office was.

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Which brings me to my favorite thing, I love, love, love our conversations at the end of the day, her telling me stories of what happened, what she did on the playground, the new friend she made, a game they played or a project she did in classes. This girl right here is flourishing in Kindergarten and while I know I will continue to miss her sweet smile each day, I am comforted in that knowledge. She is happy, she is learning and she is excelling!

And for all of you mama’s out there sending your babies off to school this year, my heart is with you!

xo, Cassidi

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