Thursday, June 10, 2010

Let the Summer Begin!

In about one hour, the bus will bring Bria and Chloe home from their last day of school.

This morning, we took pictures on the porch, reminiscent of the ones we did on the first day of school.  I think Bria was even wearing pretty much the same outfit.

So, if First Day of School Pictures are my favorite things ever, Last Day of School Pictures are not far behind.   Where First Day pictures are full of anticipation and trepidation, Last Day pictures are of total excitement and relief.

Bria, on her last day of being a fourth grader.


I can't believe she only has one more year of Elementary School.  I am so not ready for this.

Last Day in Fourth Grade

Chloe, on her last day of being a first grader.


She has grown so much this school year.

Last Day in First Grade

If you're wondering what the green bags are about, those are the gifts for their teachers.  I actually made them a month ago when Sophia finished up with preschool and they've been sitting and waiting to go for today.  (I just realized while uploading the pictures that I forgot to have the girls sign them, darn it!)  The bags are filled with a variety of mint/chocolate candies, and I got the poem and idea at this website.

Minty Gifts

I always take a picture of them with their teacher on the last day of school, too.  We were blessed to have really good teachers this year.  Especially Chloe.  Every time I told anyone who Chloe's teacher was, I was told she is the best teacher in the entire school.  And I really believe she probably is.

Bria and Mrs. J:

Bria and Mrs J

Chloe and Mrs: G:

Chloe and Mrs G

We have lots of fun planned for the next few days:  Tomorrow will be pure laziness and dinner with friends, Joel and his rock band (yeah, he's a rock star on the side) are playing in the city's Art & Music Festival downtown on Saturday, and then Bria and I are going to leave to go on a three-day trip down to Mackinac Island with the Girl Scouts.

Then we'll settle into our summer schedules.  I've got lots of things planned and I really can't wait.

Welcome to Summer!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Congratulations and thanks for the teacher gift idea! My kids finish tomorrow and it has snuck up on me (partially because school actually gets out next week, but we're leaving early.) I love that little poem and I've had my eye on a mint brownie recipe. This is the perfect opportunity.

    Hooray for summer!

  2. Super cute teacher gift! I'll have to mark that one for next year!! And I can't get over the fact that your girls are still wearing sweaters on the last day of school! Your a long way from Arizona! ;)

  3. Oh how fun! I love the little gift bags. And what a great idea to take pictures of the kids on the last day of school.

    Have a nice lazy day tomorrow! (And have a fantastic summer too.)

  4. This post almost (almost) makes me wish I were young enough to be back in school when I could look forward to wonderful summer vacations!! Love the cute packages you made for their teachers. What a great idea:)

  5. I still remember Bria sitting in the shopping cart at Macey's... it's hard to believe how grown-up your girls are. I can hardly wait until our last day of school on Wed. Can I make it?

  6. Beautiful Girls, and cute gift bags. Summer time is exciting.

  7. I can NOT believe that summer is already here!
    KILLING ME that K is over.
    B is looking so tall!

  8. Great photos, Lara! Cute girls plus a terrific mom equals quite the team!

  9. Let the summer boredom begin is the theme around here. (since i am nursing around the clock)

    So, is 5th grade the end of elementary there?? That is crazy!!

  10. Everything went out the window when I read that Joel is in a rock band and tried to picture him with long blonde hair ;-). The girls are getting big, they just grow up too fast. The bag idea is one I am going to steal since my two school aged will be going to a charter this August. It is very cute, I am sure the teachers loved them. Sounds like the beginning to the perfect summer, and I can't wait for the pictures from Mackinac Island. (giggle as I try to picture Joel with long blonde hair again)

  11. Did you hear my audible gasp??? PLease, Please, PLease (just for me) take some beautiful photos in Mackinac Island - I have always wanted to go there!!! Enjoy ...and enjoy your summer!

  12. Thank you for giving gifts to the teachers! That means so much! I love those pictures you took of the girls. Do they go to a K-6 school? So middle school is next? Enjoy the summer.

  13. Love your teacher gifts!

    And those girls? They're just so shiny and happy :)

    Bring on the summer, indeed!

  14. Love the bag idea, love it & may borrow it!!!

    We're in year round school, so until early July, it's still books & homework for our kids. BUt we do sneak in an occasional swim @ the grandparents when we can.

  15. Happy summer to you and your sweet girls. Lucky them, a mom to play with this summer and a rock star for a dad.