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Super September – Basic Training Begins!

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Well the kids are back to school. I can’t say I am happy about it. I dread the morning rush. The … where are your shoes? WHAT, you left your backpack outside in the rain? For the 10th time brush your hair and put on your effing socks!

You get the idea, right?

Sam n Liz
Which is why, they looked so excited to start off the school year on Tuesday morning.

I tried to take a couple of individual pictures maybe alone they’d smile (they weren’t getting along that well).


Grumpy Sam

Nope … that didn’t work! Now, I am NOT happy, thanks guys – great pictures. This wasn’t going to cut it. Soooo in my mean ‘Major Mom’ voice I snarled … GET. BACK. OVER. BY. THAT. TREE. and SMILE!


Smile ...
I said SMILE and pretend you like each other.

Sam n Liz

I said smile!
That’s better … in fact it so good that the Flickr Group – POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE asked me to become a member and use this photo.


Liz n Sam
Off we go …

Liz n Sam

Liz n Sam
And we’re off.

We’ve got a little bit of re-training to work on, but the troops will be in ship shape before you know it.

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  • Jaime Stephens September 6, 2007, 10:00 am

    So cute! I love the pictures where they’re both humoring you and smiling pretty for the camera. Hope they had a great day at school!

  • Amanda September 6, 2007, 10:19 am

    *LOL* So funny – I love the “what?! we didn’t do anything” fake innocent look. Sure seems like kids learn that look so quickly! They both have such beautiful smiles when they are willing to show them off.

  • Teresa September 6, 2007, 10:21 am

    I remember the first day of school pictures myself. They look cute and ready for a good school year! Good luck :)

  • Andrea September 6, 2007, 10:33 am

    haha…that is too funny! The last pic really is a good one though. Oh, and your kids have the BLUEST most beautiful eyes ever!!! I think that every time I see pics of them! :)

  • glittersmama September 6, 2007, 10:38 am

    I second Andrea with the beautiful eyes. Wow!

  • Safire September 6, 2007, 11:44 am

    Ha! They look thrilled to be going. Hope they are liking it, despite the looks in the picture. :)

  • Karyne September 6, 2007, 11:51 am

    What great pictures. I can follow the story. You are funny Kim and your kids too.

  • Beth September 6, 2007, 12:07 pm

    I wish I could tell my 17 month old to smile in pictures and he would follow directions :)

  • Christina September 6, 2007, 12:10 pm

    Classic back to school pics! Love it!

  • Kelly September 6, 2007, 12:23 pm

    Awesome matching camo hat and backpack! I love the little girly accessory on the hat too. Is she choosing her own clothes already or do you still get to find the cute outfits? :-)

  • Kelly September 6, 2007, 12:25 pm

    Hey wait, what happened to the backpack in the last couple pics?

  • Neisha September 6, 2007, 12:32 pm

    Very Cute! What? No books!

  • Sarah W. September 6, 2007, 12:34 pm

    Cute story! The fake smiles actually look kinda real in those pics! :) Anything to humor Mom, right?

  • Marcy September 6, 2007, 12:38 pm

    HA HA HA, That is totally how it goes with pictures. They will appreciate it late in life….RIGHT?

  • MommyKnows September 6, 2007, 1:01 pm

    The back packs were so heavy with school supplies they ended up on the hood of the stroller!

  • Jamie September 6, 2007, 1:06 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAAA!! I love it!

  • Cherylyn September 6, 2007, 1:17 pm

    Man, those eyes, too cute! It always warms my heart to have to force my kids to smile! Cause you know, their lives are soooo tough! Happy back to school!

  • Brooke September 6, 2007, 1:33 pm

    Those are such sweet pictures. My daughter looks utterly miserable in her first day of school photo.

  • Deanne S. September 6, 2007, 1:39 pm

    Great pictures. Just think of all the “free” time you will have now…

  • Mrs. Pear September 6, 2007, 2:36 pm

    Great Pictures!

    I was at the Mom Group’s cry coffee this morning, just as support, our daughter is only 27 months old, but I gotta tell you, the moms did not look to broken up about it!

  • Jenny M September 6, 2007, 2:39 pm

    Great Pictures especailly where you forced them to smile=).
    Gotta love those strollers=). DId you read Lynn Johnston’s cartoon in the Sunday paper- I could totally realate to backpack heaviness

  • Nikki September 6, 2007, 3:06 pm

    great pics…love the commentary (as usual)

  • Michelle September 6, 2007, 3:16 pm

    I am definately crying about the first day of school. What a pain in the butt 1/2 day kindergarden is. I think this year is going to kill me!!

  • Naomi September 6, 2007, 3:21 pm

    I wish we lived close enough to walk to school. How great!

  • Kilikina September 6, 2007, 3:37 pm

    Those are great pictures. I can’t believe how BLUE thier eyes are and how BLONDE their hair is…

  • Michelle September 6, 2007, 5:05 pm

    You are hysterical. Your comments sound a lot like me, too!

  • Denette September 6, 2007, 5:28 pm

    I can’t say that I look forward to those days.

  • Mama K September 6, 2007, 6:16 pm

    haha. those pictures are too funny.

    not looking fwd to that though.

  • Heather September 6, 2007, 6:41 pm

    Hilarious! My brother and I were just like that!

  • Hannah September 6, 2007, 7:37 pm

    Great pics!! The smiles actually look genuine!

  • Lisa September 6, 2007, 8:06 pm

    Those pictures are great:)

  • Kami September 6, 2007, 8:08 pm

    Too funny! And the blue of their eyes is amazing:-)

  • Lucy September 6, 2007, 8:45 pm

    Those pictures are pretty hilarious. Could they be a little less excited about school?

  • Tasha September 6, 2007, 10:45 pm

    You’ve got some pretty good models there!

  • alyson September 6, 2007, 11:47 pm

    Too funny. I didn’t bother taking first day pictures because it was too traumatic. My oldest (8) didn’t want me anywhere near him and the next one (6) didn’t want to go. In fact I got called down because he decided that he was done for the day at lunch. I thought about doing a week in review but the next day my 6 year old came home crying so no pics that day either. Today I forgot. Maybe I’ll forge his school pics like I did my oldests second birthday. SSShhh don’t tell.

  • Bree September 6, 2007, 11:52 pm

    those are great pictures! I love how you made them smile..hehe I get to do that for the first time next week!! eeee!!!

  • Diane September 7, 2007, 12:25 am

    Good luck with back to school… I still have a few years before I deal with that!

  • Mefeng September 7, 2007, 12:50 am

    How cute!! and funny!!! You have very beautiful kids.

  • Marla September 7, 2007, 5:24 am

    I’m a homeschooler, so I can’t relate! I’ve started with my 3yo this year (did I mention he can already read at about a grade 5 level)? School is fun for us ~ but of course I’m not trying to run a very busy business on the side AND my other kids are all grown so I don’t have more than one to worry about (at least as far as school is concerned)

  • Carey September 7, 2007, 5:45 am

    Cute pictures. Hope they are enjoying school.

  • Kait September 7, 2007, 6:35 am

    My sister and I have similar pics from our school days. My son starts school next year. Uugghhh!

  • Deb September 7, 2007, 8:12 am

    That’s quite the compliment from Flickr! Great job.

  • lace September 7, 2007, 8:19 am

    My mom only took first day of kindergarten pictures. The only other first day of school picture was when My younger brother started kindergarten and then I was in that picture too. How fun it would have been to have first day pictures from every year.

  • Laura September 7, 2007, 8:55 am

    Great pics! What a story they tell, lol.

  • jw4mkc September 7, 2007, 8:58 am

    Hey, I know that voice!! The mom drill instructor voice – I use it quite often!! & heard my mom use it and she even said “act like you love each other” – quite often now that I think of it! :)

  • Heather September 7, 2007, 9:34 am

    Your children are beautiful (even when they don’t smile). :)

  • Charlotte September 7, 2007, 9:55 am

    Love Sam’s missing front teeth…I wonder what he will ask for, for Christmas…

  • alison September 7, 2007, 10:56 am

    What a great series of photos. I’m sure most of those cute smiling family photos you see come after a series such as this . . . only nobody scrapbooks the first five.

  • serina September 7, 2007, 12:16 pm

    So funny. My kids never smile at the same time in photos. Wish I had Photoshop so I could do some cutting and pasting!

  • Tasha September 7, 2007, 12:31 pm

    Love Liz’s hat! Do you have them in 4 month old size?

  • Jaime Stephens September 7, 2007, 2:14 pm

    I didn’t even notice that you mentioned flickr asked to use your photo for their group. What an amazing compliment! Congrats!

  • Alexia September 7, 2007, 2:15 pm

    Great pictures!

    Just think – all the time you have to sit on the computer now and not feel guilty :)

  • Kathryn September 7, 2007, 2:34 pm

    ROFL! I LOVE it.

  • Amanda September 7, 2007, 5:13 pm

    I just can’t get over your kids’ eyes. Bluer than blue!

  • Joa September 7, 2007, 6:56 pm

    Hilarante cette rentrée!

  • Angella September 7, 2007, 8:13 pm

    Your kids have the most AMAZING BLUE EYES!

  • Bonnie September 7, 2007, 9:15 pm

    so cute. and blue eyes to boot.

  • Suzanne September 7, 2007, 9:27 pm

    At least you remembered to take pictures before they got to school… doh!

  • Yan September 7, 2007, 10:35 pm

    Awww, great pictures, I just love your kids’ eyes !

  • Pauline September 7, 2007, 10:48 pm

    Great Story kim,

    I think that your photos probably represent a significant proportion of mothers on the first day of school. I managed one photo before we left the house and gave up at school as I knew it was not worth the battle!

    Keep up the blog stories, I love hearing all about your news.

    I recently won some Blu clothing – do you have any new Blu coming in for this winter?

  • corey September 7, 2007, 11:54 pm

    LOL this totally killed me! I will soon be posting pictures of my girly on her first day of preschool…and I got some grumpy looks too! :)

  • Deborah September 8, 2007, 11:07 am

    I totally remember the first day of school, and the non-stop bickering with my little sister. Great pics!

  • Heather September 8, 2007, 12:07 pm

    My parents always used to make me hold up my fingers to indicate my grade number…I think it’s wise you didn’t do that…and it gets challenging after the 10th grade. :)

  • leslie September 8, 2007, 3:16 pm

    …love the HANDS OFF YOUR BROTHER pic…i have about 10 years of those, then they went to different high schools…whew!

  • Vicki September 8, 2007, 4:41 pm

    Great pics! My younger son has light blonde hair like your boy.

  • Deb September 8, 2007, 4:50 pm

    I agree with a pp – Lizzy’s hat is super cute!!

  • jen September 8, 2007, 5:36 pm

    Oh I love it! I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve hissed at them to force a happy moment. Your pics look so good too, all camera geek-wise ;)

  • Susy Domenicano September 8, 2007, 6:11 pm

    I thought back to school was supposed to be…”the most wonderful time of the year!”. Or so the commercial says. Your children have the MOST blue eyes I have ever seen.

  • Jess September 8, 2007, 6:51 pm

    Cute. We had a similiar photo shoot at our home – out eldest started Kindergarten and middle boy started preschool. It’s been very different around here! Thanks for sharing the great pics.

  • Colleen September 8, 2007, 7:14 pm

    Hi! I clicked over from Oh My Stinkin Heck.

    Your children are gorgeous. Both have just amazing eyes. Hysterical post too!

  • Kim September 8, 2007, 7:56 pm

    Too adorable! I am so going to cry when my youngest starts, that seems a world away still. He’ll be two in December.

  • kelli September 8, 2007, 8:50 pm

    Sweet! We had the preschool photoshoot this week.

  • Leta September 8, 2007, 8:50 pm

    At least they aren’t saying “CHEESE!”

  • maddiesmom September 8, 2007, 9:21 pm

    Great photos!

  • captain corky September 8, 2007, 10:58 pm

    Very cute Pictures!!!

  • melissa September 8, 2007, 11:21 pm

    Love the drill sargent comments… I could totally see myself doing the same!

  • melissa September 8, 2007, 11:26 pm

    p.s. I should win because my mom forgot my 30th birthday last week, and my DH got mono too. :-o

  • Kelly September 9, 2007, 12:40 am

    Love those shots with the commentary ;) Hope they had a great day!

  • Aileen September 9, 2007, 7:49 am

    These pictures made me laugh!! :-) Especially the “smile bigger” and then “march” comments.

    Mine are only 2 and 4 but I look forward to the same thing someday. :)

  • KYouell September 9, 2007, 9:51 am

    My family never had this tradition of photos on the first day of school when I was growing up, but I’ve seen it on a lot of blogs this fall. I’m going to start it with my kids, now 2 years and 4 months, when they start school. I love it.

  • kiki September 9, 2007, 6:06 pm

    Ohh, Their eyes are sooo blue.

  • Deb on the Rocks September 9, 2007, 6:15 pm

    Back to school just kills the joy of Sunday night, doesn’t it?

  • Tasha September 9, 2007, 9:25 pm

    And week number two starts……

  • Diane September 9, 2007, 10:24 pm

    I wish I had back to school photos like those…what a great memory!

  • Monica September 9, 2007, 11:35 pm

    My two year old started pre-preschool on Friday. It was very sad…I look forward to the days where it is a relief to send them away for a few hours during the day!!

  • Kim September 10, 2007, 3:03 am

    What beautiful eyes they both have! Wow.

  • Kendra September 10, 2007, 7:39 am

    I can so relate to this craziness! I sent my second grader and Kindergartener off. Thank goodness I still have jack at home!

  • Aimee September 10, 2007, 9:25 am

    Cute Story! I do the same thing!

  • ktjrdn September 10, 2007, 9:40 am

    even with all that, you got some great shots

  • Laura September 10, 2007, 11:35 am

    but they did smile…

  • lace September 10, 2007, 11:45 am

    My niece starts preschool this week. I can’t believe it. I think she is too young to start but that’s my opinion. I’m not going to be able to take her picture this week because I am out of town. I better tell her grandmother to take some pictures.

  • Jenny M September 10, 2007, 2:19 pm

    A friend of mine had a great idea with those back to school photos- have the kids hold up fingers for what grade that they are in- so you don’t forget when you’re looking at photos years from now=)

  • Ellen September 10, 2007, 7:13 pm

    I love them walking away, so cool, and still so small.

  • Aileen September 11, 2007, 12:39 pm

    How are the kids enjoying school so far?

    Are they sad summer ended as quickly as it did?

  • Rachel September 12, 2007, 8:11 am

    Your kids are soooo cute! I especially love your daughter’s outfit; where did you get it?

  • Aileen September 14, 2007, 7:24 am

    I love your daughter’s jacket. Do you think they make them in size 3t?

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