1st Day of Kindergarten | The Story

The day started early – 5:30am to be exact.  And despite only getting a few hours of sleep, I literally jumped out of bed to shower and attempted to get ready before the twinks woke up.  Wishful thinking though.  Bray came rushing into our bathroom about ten til six with a gusher…a gushing nose bleed that is.  After doctoring him up, he was up and at ’em – ready to dress himself, make his bed, brush his teeth, control paste his hair – all on his own!  He even flossed all by himself.

Shortly after, in came my sleepy princess with out stretched arms…ready for her morning hug.  After lots of love, she returned to make her bed, dress herself (yes, she insisted that she wear the jacket and brother’s tie), brush teeth, hair and head down for a healthy breakfast.

Our morning had begun.

Daddy whipped us up some yummy eggs and toast while I blew up a couple of balloons in preparation of a new tradition…”Our-1st-Day-of-School-Front-Porch-Picture!”

Two seconds later (because honestly that is all the twinks ever give me when taking pictures of them), we were off to school.

That is when the serious lump-in-the-throat started.

The principal and a handful counselors and teachers were all outside greeting everyone.  R.O.C.K in the USA was playing as we arrived, children were laughing, parents were hugging – the entire scene was like something straight out of a motion picture.  It was picture perfect.  It was Heaven.

We walked the hallway – fighting that lump the entire way.

Bray and Addy were SUPER CHAMPS!!  They were simply mesmerized by all of the energy and cheer.  They walked confidently into class, found their seats and only for one brief moment did Addy start melting a little – when she discovered that brother was not sitting at the same table as her (per our request to the teachers).   But after a little reassurance that he was near and coloring redirection she was great.

Still fighting that lump.

And then, Mrs. Cranford approached us.  She said, “My morning daily devotional was about Momma Birds.  Please know from this Momma Bird to you, we will take wonderful care of your babies.”

This is where I lost it.

My husband and I turned to leave as I sobbed all the way out.  Head down.  Tears streaming.  Tissues soaked.

I ugly cried the whole way home.

Tears of pure joy, happiness and gratitude.  Motherhood is the greatest blessing.  To watch your babies grow and flourish, well…it is priceless and indescribable.

And now – a few of my favorite shots with a side of slideshow!

~ Hugs and Love and Kisses! ~

Melissa Morales - OMG, this video made me cry! It’s so beautiful. I’m so happy that our children grow up, but it’s kinda sad too (in a sweet way). Your children are beautiful. Congratulations on being a kindergartner mama!!August 23, 2012 – 12:00 am

Keri - How beautiful!August 23, 2012 – 12:25 am

Jennifer Wheat - We have two years left. However, I got to sit and cry through your pictures in anticipation…oh the song is perfect. It was the picture of them walking down the hallway hand in hand that did it. Oh, we are strong, us mothers…being so proud, helping them fly….while wanting to hold them so tightly.

Josslyn & Selah’s mommy
The only title that means ANYTHING and EVERYTHING

JenniferAugust 23, 2012 – 6:45 am

joy davis - Kristin! Perfect in every way!!! LOVED loved loved it!!August 23, 2012 – 8:22 am

Lindsey Regan Thorne - Well…. this sure did open the floodgates for me this morning! So precious KV… and those twinks are two of the sweetest {and cutest!} little ones I know! I know yesterday was a big {but hard!} milestone, but try to soak up these moments before next year comes and they are off for first grade! :( You’re going to be the best volunteer mommy ever! Love you and love those 2 little peoples!August 23, 2012 – 9:51 am

Kristin Vining - THANK YOU so much sweet friends!!! And thank you for loving my family. Jennifer – yes, that is the ONLY title that matters! xoxoAugust 23, 2012 – 10:23 am

Susan Kelly - You are trying to make all of us ugly cry, aren’t you???August 23, 2012 – 10:48 am

anna schmid - It get’s easier from here, Momma. I promise. And, in case someone has not told you today how jawdropping talented your are… it’s my turn. I consider myself on the scale of 1-10 busy about a 9 1/2 and sometimes a 18 1/2, but I have stopped, and taken a moment each day to watch this journey you’re posting about the twinks. I’ve laughed, I’ve teared up and enjoyed every moment. Thanks for taking me out of my work reality for a few minutes each day, and making me remember the most important little moments. I wish I had one ounce of the talent to capture it like you do. Keep ’em coming.August 23, 2012 – 11:03 am

Jenny J Cook - Love hearing your story of the twinks’ first day of school! Adore the images + super cutie pie outfits! We’re going to start a first-day-of-school-photo tradition also…such a fun concept. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family stories with us. xxAugust 23, 2012 – 1:41 pm

Diane Jennings - My dear sister friend…. you possess such a gift for self expression through a single photograph. Professionally and personally. When the viewer feels a story as soon as they see a shot.. that is a god given talent that cannot be taught. Anyone can take a good picture, not everyone can make you feel emotion from it. Your clients are fortunate to be recipients of your gift, ethic, and devotion you place upon everything you touch.

Love you big and miss all 4 faces!
DiAugust 23, 2012 – 4:46 pm

LInda - Ditto to Diane… such a giftedness!!! Your photos leap right off the screen and right into real emotions!!! Loved all the photos! All of them! Their little personalities are precious! Enjoy the journey the year will bring! :-) Blessings, LindaAugust 25, 2012 – 7:03 pm

Lindsay Edgerton - LOVE this post Momma! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Xo.August 26, 2012 – 9:17 am

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