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I was stupid for saving school supply shopping (at Target) until the day before.
Me along with about 600 other families.
It was kind of a nightmare,
but we chalked it up as part of the back to school experience.
The rest of the day was spent swimming, (twice), preparing and
stocking backpacks, talking about what the kids want in their lunches,
and we tried on school clothes.
The girls love when I help them match and create outfits.
I will post our results on a future blog because it is
Later that evening, Mr. Nielson took the boys to the elementary
school for the "meet the teachers night" while I
took the three girls to the middle school to meet teachers,
see old friends and pick up class schedules.
Let me stop there......................
I can't believe my girls are in middle school.
((Fun Fact: they have the same art teacher as I did in 7th grade!!))
Mr. Nielson picked up dinner while I drove the Little Nies home
so we could swim one last time.
My kids love when I get in the water with them, its such a novelty, I guess.
We had dinner in our towels dripping wet on the porch while the sun set.
We talked about school expectations for the new year,
and I think the overall feeling about school is actually positive,
which makes me very happy.
After dinner and showers I put Lottie in bed and Mr. Nielson and
I gathered the children around us as we shared our last minute advice
and direction for each child.
We warned the children; especially Claire and Jane about social media.
We want them to use good judgement as they use learn and discover it.
We wanted them to know that social media can be such a positive
and effective tool if used with good intent, but can be used to degrade,
disrespect and hurt others-- and themselves if used selfishly and unwisely.
We expressed our desire for each child to be kind.
We want them to love others- especially those who are different or need a friend.
I want them to be aware of those around them and
loose themselves in service and goodness, and concentrate on others well-being.
Mr. Nielson offered a Priesthood Blessing on each Little Nie
(except snoozing Lottie),
They are always beautiful and inspiring.
Here's to a new year. Cheers!!