September 3 13

Last year, the first day of school started with lots of nerves, both on my part and on theirs. It was a new school. We didn’t know anyone, we didn’t know where to go.

This year, we walked to the back of the school and three children—a seventh grader, a sixth grader, and a third grader—gave me a quick hug and a “See ya Mama!” and then raced over to their friends.

I think I’m gonna like this year.

I think they are too.

Even if I make them hold up goofy signs.




  1. I hope they have a great day.

    And I hope you do, too!


    Comment by Meghan on September 3, 2013
  2. I want that shirt Emily is wearing. Do they make it in giant size?


    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on September 3, 2013
  3. Happy first day, to them and to you!

    Also, A+++ on your kids’ style.


    Comment by aly on September 3, 2013
  4. Adorable!


    Comment by Nanette on September 3, 2013
  5. So cute! Good luck this year, Martells!


    Comment by Kristabella on September 3, 2013
  6. But…but…why do they all look so big? What is happening, time?


    ali replied on

    Where are my babies waaaaaaaaah


    Comment by Jen on September 3, 2013
  7. I made my daughter hold up a sign I made too…good to see I can make her do it for a lot longer than I thought!


    Comment by Tania on September 3, 2013
  8. Hee hee…I made a chalkboard sign.
    CAn’t wait until he’s 13 and I will still do it.


    Comment by Kimberly on September 4, 2013
  9. When did they all become teenagers?!?


    Comment by Angella on September 4, 2013
  10. Oh Ali – they’re so grown up:))) I can’t believe it was just the other day and Bella had just turned 1 when I found your blog!!!! Mine are in 6, 5 and 3 (our school year has different cut offs). Love Emily’s and Bella’s outfits too!!! And Hapoy Znew Year to the Martells – say hi to Charna and Joe for us! Xo


    Comment by Heidi on September 4, 2013

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