That's right folks- we're back in school! It's hard to believe it, but we've already been back in school for several days!
I was so inspired when I saw this Back to School Dinner. I knew it would be a great new tradition for our family. I went on Google and Pinterest to find some ideas that were perfect for our family. Thanks to Our Family Blog and eighteen25 for the additional inspiration! Here's what we ended up doing.
I made these place settings. Usually we have a very mismatched table with kids mats and plates, so it was a special treat to have matching place settings!
I have seen this with black cardstock for the "place mat", but I figured that wouldn't work on our black table. Chalkboards are sometimes green, right? ;)
Here's my little centerpiece.
We had a family favorite-- spaghetti with meat sauce. As we ate, I had each of the kids choose a pencil with a phrase.
Each of these phrases were things we think are important for our kids to remember to have a great school year. We took time to discuss each phrase and how they could implement it at school.
The phrases I chose were "Work Hard", "Be Kind", "Choose Good Friends", "Help Others", "Stand Up For The Right", "Follow the Rules", "Be Tough", "Be a Good Example", and "Be Happy".
After dinner, my husband gave them a father's blessing-- a special prayer to help them through their school year. That is a wonderful experience and something I'm grateful my children have to help guide them each year.
We finished up with a big slice of "Back to School Cake". I didn't take pictures because it was UGLY. But it tasted good :)
Summer sure went quickly this year. I love having my kids home, even when they fight (and they do FIGHT!) I could've used a few more weeks. But, time marches on...
Are your kids back in school yet? What traditions does your family have for back to school?