Thursday, September 25, 2008

Second Grader



Yes, we are still homeschooling. Yes, Gabby is still the only 'official' one being homeschooled. However, I do have some Pre-K (and K) curriculum I am working with Ian on at home...and I do still do back-to-school photos with Gab because she takes quite a few of her hours at the HomeChoice Academy. She was allowed to pick out her outfit herself, again, this year, although I insisted it be for warmer weather since we had been having 90 degree days. Even though they are not allowed to wear hats on campus, I had to say yes to it--so adorable :) Oh, yes, and the purse...ah, a girl and her accessories.


The backpack was a gift from Grammie and Poppy Gove (thank you!) and she was quite excited to have a new one. I am of the opinion that if a backpack is not worn out, a new one is not needed. So, she had been sporting the same one since Pre-K, and it was definitely feeling it's 3 years.


Seriously, though, is there anyone else that finds it just a bit ridiculous that the retailers put the new backpacks with the school supplies?...as if it were the same as replacing last year's crayons...which, by the way, I also don't automatically buy new ones of either--I mean REALLY! Re-sharpened crayons color just as good as brand new ones. It's like back-to-school means 'throw out all you have taught your children about conserving resources and instead buy them all new versions of products they probably have 10 sets of around the house!' Just my take on it. I did admit (above) that I buy my children a new outfit for the first day...which is certainly not necessary, so maybe it is this same mentality that make some take it all the way with ALL new stuff. And I am in no way denying the fact that I love a brand new box of crayons (that one's for you, Heather!)...just admitting that I am definitely not considered the coolest mom when it comes to back-to-school supply shopping :)

7 comments:

rebanerck said...

There is nothing better than a brand new box of crayons... and at 25 cents a piece during back to school, I STOCK UP!!!! I would rather toss them than sharpen them any day. call me an irresponsible consumer if you must!!! plus, I would hate for crayola to miss out on my quarters...

Daniel said...

Grandpa Dan thinks the outfit is adorable, and the pose is so ... Mommy! Funny you should be talking crayons: I read just yesterday that the Crayola people have determined that the average person uses up approximately 760 crayons in their lifetime. Of course they don't define "uses up". Is it: sharpen until you're dragging the last waxy ounce of color across the page (carefully staying inside the lines, of course) with the tips of your fingernails, as encouraged by Annaliese ... or toss after rounding off just the green, blue (grass, sky) and red (lots of hearts for mommy) as Becky suggests? And what do they mean by "average person"? Whatever the case, I've got some coloring to do...

annaliese said...

hahahahahaha!!!!

I love you guys :)

Sarah Thulin said...

I hear you on the backpack issue! We, too, finally replaced the Pre-K backpack this year, too. (Josiah decided he wanted to 'graduate' to the one-strap backpack style) It's all a marketing gimmick, I tell ya!!

Heather Lough said...

I don't buy my kids' new supplies for home, but unfortunately the school's require them--and a lot of them. As for my box of crayons, they still have not been used. I just like to look at them. Someday, I will break them in. As for new school clothes, you know I have issues there, although Hannah did need all new pants this year--still needs some. Gabby looks adorable--you know I love the hat.

Heather Lough said...

Oh, and I forgot, I too let the backpacks go at least 2 years, but Hannah's used hers for a good part of last year with the whole bottom torn out, so it was time for a new one. And I did let Justin get a new one for Big K even though his was perfectly fine.

Goofy said...

I so enjoy Gabby! She's so much fun!
I love the new crayon smell, but I also peel back the paper and use the nubs for projects that take up a LOT of crayon. One Christmas I decided I wanted a fireplace- so I made one of paper. Needed a ton of crayons for that! I also love using the nubs on a hot plate with wax paper to make "stained glass" projects.