it’s the most wonderful time of the year

New shoes

new backpack

new school supplies

new super short Halle Berry haircuts

first day of school

no looking back


51 thoughts on “it’s the most wonderful time of the year

  1. They look so excited. Our kids started back on August 21st. We start early because of our winters and lost school days due to snow.

    • They were pretty excited this morning. They were nearly beside themselves with excess energy. I wish they would make summer breaks a little shorter and winter breaks a little longer up here. Or down here, depending on where you are from. Northern States? I’m in Southern Ontario, which has slightly milder winters than some of the northern states.

  2. New beginnings… thats what I loved about teaching…. you get to start over EVERY year! Your kids looks so happy about starting school…. great photos

  3. Sarah says:

    I love these photos, the kids are beautiful and they look so happy! I LOVE to see that…

  4. Claire says:

    Ah, I do miss the anticipation of a new school year. September still has a bit of that ‘new chapter’ feeling about it for me. Were they still as excited for day #2 though?

  5. Shira says:

    Agreed! Just sent the girls off 🙂 A wonderful time of year, and looking forward to fall!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Agreed! Starting back to school was always my favorite time of year. New books, new teacher, new classes, reuniting with old friends, getting up early and the excitement of fall in the air.

  7. they look so cute in their new haircuts — my kids used to get mad at me for doing what I called the “back to school” dance

  8. Janet S says:

    Your girls are so cute! I love their style.

  9. A Ponytail Kind of Day says:

    so cute 🙂

  10. They are adorable!! 🙂

  11. oceannah says:

    TOO BLOODY CUTE! Time for Heidi to take a deep breath…ahhh…

  12. Lauren says:

    I laughed out loud when I saw your tile and the shot right below of the kids headed to the school bus. I know this is a happy time of year for many parents. 😉

  13. Gorgeous girls…inside and out! Can you post a video of you and the Dad doing the Snoopy dance?

  14. Your girls look so excited.

    I am the opposite of most people, I hated back to school time. The school year, homework and assignments seemed to take so much from our family time. Having to tell my grandfather we could only stay for a short while on his birthday because the kids had so much homework hurt me terribly. After a few years, the boys asked to homeschool. I loved it

    • I do hate the amount of work they put on public school-aged kids. I have sent letters to teachers before trying to explain that our kids have barn chores, music practising and hockey. And they are young and need their sleep, so we have early-ish bedtimes (8:30 pm). It’s a huge irritating rush for everybody to try to get home from work by 5:30, cook dinner, do practicing and chores, sports and homework. I think the school day is plenty of time for the kids to get their work done and one assignment a week is enough. Hopefully this year the teachers that they have also think that way.

      • Our school never cared. We were told we were bad parents if we didn’t push our kids to do more than required and we should want them studying all night. I have the view that they still need to be kids, and need family time. I also feel that it’s similar to work, I wouldn’t want to bring home work to do for the next day without getting paid for it.

  15. What beautiful children and it’s so delightful to see their excitement. I loved the buying of new stationery every September, even all the years as a teacher too!
    I hope they have a wonderful year. 🙂

  16. Love the pictures – happy days – though I always had that lump in my throat as I watched my two girls disappear off into the playground on the first day back – I missed them dreadfully after the holidays and then worried all day – would they be with old friends, make new friends , have nice teachers, enjoy the lessons?…Things settled down by the second week and then before I knew it they were on holiday again. Now they are working and we don’t have the same Septembers but it still feels like a fresh start like the New Year. You must be so proud of your lovely children they are very cute.

  17. Heidi, beautiful pictures! Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of year! One of mine starts school tomorrow and the other begins the next day. Soccer, piano and school – busy time of year!

  18. Liesl says:

    Plaid! I always loved wearing plaid in September. 🙂
    Hope the year goes well. And the transition from summer to school goes smoothly.

  19. PJ Girl says:

    I love the yellow school bus – you probably take this for granted but it features in so many of the films I enjoy and it’s just lovely to see it! Such a great post Heidi, stuff memories are made of 🙂

  20. Ange says:

    I think my youngest (who started grade nine today) has the same backpack as your “tall” daughter!
    They still play that commercial? I still laugh thinking about it.
    The girls look lovely and I am happy to hear they had good days. I got stuck in classes without my friends. It sucks, but only for a short time.
    Enjoy the quiet!

  21. I used to gauge the coming year by when the kids went back to school more than Jan.1st…It ‘was’ the most wonderful day of the year lol Diane

  22. Aww. They look so happy heading off. Hope it all went well.

  23. Lynne Ayers says:

    And a big sigh of relief perhaps and gratitude for the return of some sort of structure, despite the hated school lunches to be prepared …

  24. Somer says:

    Breaking my heart! As much as it’s wonderful, I’m truly lamenting the end of summer and all the time I had with my kids!

  25. Rose says:

    Great haircuts. They look so put together. Have a great school year!

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