My how the summer flew this year. But I seem to find myself saying that every year. I guess when you are having fun, time does pass faster.
This year I have four boys in four different schools. Skyler, my oldest is attending the University (darn, no back to school photos of him!), Bryce is a senior at the high school, Taylor is a freshman at the middle school, and McKay is a big 6th grader at the intermediate school.
Here are some shots of the first day of school last week:
McKay ready to tackle a new school.
Taylor just ready to tackle. He is anxious to get the day over with so he can go to football practice.
Bryce the big senior this year.
I shot this as he was leaving...his last first day of school.
McKay and Taylor ready to cruise.
In keeping with tradition, we had our annual Back to School dinner last week. I have been doing this for at least 10 years or more. The night of the first day of school I prepare a cafeteria style meal complete with a typical cafeteria style menu.
First I make a tablecloth out of the large paper that comes on rolls. I find it at our UPS store. I buy about three yards of black. Then I place it on the table and use chalk to write on it, so it resembles a chalk board. I write all kinds of math problems, science formulas, anything that will impress my boys. Hee-hee. They are always blown away that I know things like e=mc2 (squared). I always put some heavy duty (at least to me) algebra and geometry problems on it now. When they were little, I just put the basic 2+2=4 and the abc's etc.
I found some real cafeteria trays years ago and so we get them out each year. I pull up my hair (I've always said I was going to get a hair net to wear, but still haven't done that!) Then I always put on an apron (something I rarely ever wear) and occasionaly I will wear rubber gloves.
I make lunch tickets for the boys and they have to give them to me before they get their food or it's no dinner.
I try and make the meal as cafeteria-ish as possible. Our typical menu consists of:
- Meatloaf (which is the best part of the meal because I do make a mean meatloaf)
- Lumpy mashed potatoes and gravy
- Canned peas (yes canned! - ooooh such yummy little morsels that we all love! Bleh!)
- Fruit Cocktail (also canned...mmm!)
- Rolls (my school's rolls were pretty good and so these are allowed to be yummy too)
- Chocolate cake made with zucchini (at least I use zucchini - MY school added sauerkraut to our cake....TRUE STORY!)
- Cartons of milk (choice of regular or chocolate)
Basically I try and make it as unappetizing as possible. Ya know, like the real school lunch. I have some great shots over the years of my boys pulling all kinds of faces at the non-palatable peas and mysterious tidbits in the cake.
Oh, I just LOVE doing this each year! I have such a great time watching them turn up their noses and be all picky. If nothing else, it makes them appreciate my real cooking much more that's for sure!
Bryce already looking sick (actually he really was this year - but not from this food ---not yet anyway!)
I downloaded some photos from a few of our past Back to School dinners.
Here's Taylor....looking very hungry!
"Can I bring "home lunch" next year???"
Tyson. I love this picture!!! It pretty much says it all!