Back to School (2017-2018)

I cannot believe our kiddos are back to school for the 2017-2018 school year.

Back to school ideas 2017

This year we have four kiddos in school (say what?). Benjamin is in 8th grade, Joseph in 7th, Elizabeth in 2nd and little Nathaniel started Kindergarten. That was though. I was a hot mess taking him into school. I went in with him and then mom didn’t exist once he got to class, sigh. He just went to his desk all grown up and kind of made this expression like mom, why are you still here? You know, the strings of your heart pull something serious and slightly painful cause the realization that he is officially starting school begins to sink in. However, it’s a new season of his life and I have to let him go, regardless how difficult it is. I am so excited to see where the Lord leads him.

Back to school ideas 2017

Here is last year’s back to school picture. Look at how they have grown in just one year!

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And here are some back to school pics of this year.

Back to school ideas 2017
Back to school ideas 2017
Back to school ideas 2017

When you are taking pictures of five kids, you will have plenty of pictures that are umm, well pictures you get when you take pictures of five kids, ha.

I mean we did get a few good, or semi-good. I love these kinds of pictures though. These kinds of pictures bring out the realness of a family. Realness filled with loads of laughter, mess-ups, ups, downs, trials, tears, hardships and fun. All combined to make memories.

Back to school ideas 2017
Back to school ideas 2017

As we were taking pictures, our little Miss Abigail was having a photoshoot of her own. She loves taking pictures. It’s so hard to choose just one so here they are. (She turned 3 in June.)

Back to school ideas 2017

I hope you enjoyed this post! Wishing all of your children a blessed upcoming school year. May God keep them safe! May they be an example to others and shine where God has planted them.

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  1. Valentina, they are all soo beautiful and precious. Thank you for sharing them with us. I’ll definitely take some tips on getting them out the door. It seems like we have Hurricane Harvey in our house every morning, lol. Love your personal posts.

    1. Hi Melania (love your name btw). Your comment made laugh out loud. Mr. Harvey haa? I love it, and I LOVE your honesty. I will add a few tips we have found useful over the years. Stop back and visit next week. Thanks for visiting our online home.

  2. YES!! I would love to see your schedule is set up. Also if you have any lunch ideas for school/work that would be awesome!

    1. Hello Annechka,
      I will definitely add our “routines” and maybe they will give you some ideas. Kkk. We shall work on the lunch ideas next week and I will add them to the post.

  3. Your youngest is just too stinking cute. Love watching them grow, I feel like we are a part of your family.
    Valentina, how do you guys balance your day after school? I’d love to hear it. We have a big family too and always looking for tips. God bless your family. Come visit the West Coast.

    1. Hello Maya,
      Thanks, she is something else. I am telling you what, the struggle to discipline her is real. Her innocent eyes and cute smile make it oh so hard and she uses that to her advantage.
      West Coast, huh? We are actually planning (and budgeting) for a trip around the US heading to the West Coast so you just never know, I may just take you up on that. (E-mail me with where you live and if there is anything to see. [email protected]) Blessings to you as well.

  4. They are all sooooooo beautiful! Have a blessed year kiddos. May God keep watch over you!! Valentina, what are you going to do when the youngest one goes to school?

    1. Hello Grace,
      Yes, may God watch over them, indeed. Well, my dream has always been to homeschool, so that is an option or volunteer at the kids’ school. We still have almost 3 years so a lot can change in the meantime. Hope you stick around and we will see.

  5. I would love to know ur daily schedules like from the time they wake up all the way to bedtime… and what’s ur bedtime routine? Also u are welcome to come to California! we have an extra bedroom and bathroom u can stay at:) would love to spend time with you and your family:)

    1. Hi Irochka,
      Thanks so much for the welcome, I wrote down your e-mail. We may just take you up on that.
      I’ll update this post next week with some more info, stop back and visit.

  6. Lovely photos!! Yes packed lunch ideas would be great. Do you pack your husband’s lunch too? I’d like to try your crescent roll recipes but we cant buy them around here and don’t know what they are like. Is crescent dough like a more buttery pirozhki dough or is it more like croissant dough? Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Sophie. They are more like croissant dough. Yes, I pack his lunch and the kiddos- 5 lunches a day. I’ll add some ideas in the post as well.

  7. I would love to see some lunch ideas. I have 2 kids in school and I only so far have one idea of a sandwich for them.