I love shopping for school supplies. I love the list and checking things off. I love the colors. I love the creative plethora of goodness. I was excited to share my love for school supply shopping with Big & Biggest Brother this year….they were not so fond of my love. I made it up to them with a date at Braums on the way home.

This just makes me happy. I could have shelves upon shelves in my house with this goodness.

As much fun as I had shopping, now I am a bit sad over the reason for all those supplies….

(I did not write this poem, the author is unknown and I modified it to “he” instead of “she”)

He started school this morning,
And he seemed so very small.
As I walked there beside him
In the Kindergarten hall.

And as he took his place beside
the others in the class,
I realized how all too soon
Those first few years can pass.

Remembering, I saw him as
He first learned how to walk.
The words that we alone made out
When he began to talk.

This little boy so much absorbed
In learning how to write.
It seems as though he must have grown
To boyhood overnight.

My eyes were blurred but hastily
I brushed the tears away
Lest by some word or sign of mine
I mar his first big day.

Oh how I longed to stay with him
And keep him by the hand
To lead him through the places
That he couldn’t understand.

And something closely kin to fear
Was mingled with my pride.
I knew he would no longer be
A baby by my side.

But he must have his chance to live,
To work his problems out,
The privilege to grow and learn
What life is all about.

And I must share my little boy
With friends and work and play;
He’s not a baby anymore –
He’s in Kindergarten today.

Biggest Brother a few months old….

2 years old

5 years old

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  • amanda torres - Ohhhh…I am already sad for the day mine start Kindergarten. Exciting for them. All the new experiences. New friends. But a part of me gone for a large portion of the day brings some tears.

  • Jeannette Swan - You have me crying here!! I have sent 2 to kindergarten so far and it is hard for Mommy, but a great experience for the kids. My biggest baby starts 4th grade tomorrow, I’ve already been thinking…only 2 more years of elementary, how time flies. On a lighter note, I have to say that shopping for school supplies is one of my least favorite things to do, I love the stuff, but not the process of finding it all. The last few years I have just ordered a kit for my older children, no excitement there, but no stress either.

    Happy first day of Kindergarden, C.

  • lesley - Oh man, I knew I should have waited to check your blog today till after work – or at least not put on eye makeup this morning! That was so sad. Congrats to my oldest nephew on such a big day!!!

  • Carol - I know exactly how you feel. I felt the same way the day you started school. It is happy and sad emotions at the same time.

  • Stephanie May* - I was doing so good this morning until I read this! My oldest son Gavin started 1st grade today. It felt so strange to leave him in that classroom and know that I won’t see him again until 3:15.

    But, I have my two daughters here to keep me busy….

  • Lisa - Oh! I don’t know how I’m going to send my little girl off to school! This is such a beautiful post!

  • bopha - wow, it chokes me up just thinking about it, kindergarten, marraige…hope that you make it through. did you change your mind on the home school?

  • stephanie - that poem is beautiful…it truly captures all the emotions that we go through….I’m already dreading that day in a way, because i want to keep my baby a baby for a long time….She’s only 8 months old but i’m thinking WAAAY ahead!

  • Julia Leinen - Don’t forget to donate any extra school supplies to Safe Harbor! You can drop them off at the Pointe on Sunday. This past Tuesday, we served 155 people and gave out ALL of the school supplies that have been donated so far. You should have seen their sweet faces- they were so grateful and the kids were delighted! It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!! And 2 young Mom’s who just came in for school supplies ended up giving their lives to Christ. Cannot beat that! God is Good!

  • Ayesha Riaz - i still have to live this yet i mean she starts school next summer and im slightly scared ohhhhh shes getting big not fun at all

  • melanie - You really are the only person I know who would set out all the school supplies, make them look festive simply be how they’re displayed, and take a picture of it! Love you! AND I can’t believe he’s in kindergarten already!!

  • Denise - My first Kindergartener started HIGH SCHOOL today!!! Time goes by so fast I just hug and kiss as much as I can no matter how old they are—in 4 years my first will be off to college and I will just have to muwaaahh over the phone. Gotta go I’m crying!!

  • becky - I will have a 1st and 3rd grader this year but I still feel the same emotions when my oldest started kindergarten. So exciting but it goes by so fast!

  • Jessica McCart - So inspired right now.

I was driving home and saw this at the top of our street:

So I unloaded the car and grabbed Littlest Brother and Big Brother to head up the street…they drove their Artic Cat and I chased behind.

Biggest Brother got left at home because he was being a grump. Not much compares to getting to play in a splash park on steroids fire hydrant!

If you follow this blog then you know Littlest Brother loves to drink out of water hoses or anything connected to running water…

Oh the joys of summer. While we were playing the home owner of where the hydrant was located came out to see what we were up to. I smiled, told him we lived down the road and just wanted to play in the water. He laughed and walked back in.

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  • amanda torres - That is so funny! Love the one of R drinking from the fire hydrant. So cute.

  • Emily Beaty - LOL – you guys are hilarious and know how to have fun! :)

  • hildegunn - Hi Ashley, I came across your blog yesterday (found the link in elleinterior.no) and I got SOOO inspired by it :-) Thank you for sharing!

  • Lisa - these pictures are too cute!

  • christina larsen - FUN!!!!!!!!!

One month. One month! She is divine and the fact that she needs me to hold her to fall asleep does not mean she is spoiled (like her daddy says)…it just means her mommy is incapable of not having her nestled close.

I do want to mention that the majority of pictures I take of her and her brothers are ‘real life’ pictures…they just don’t get posted as much for privacy reasons. Portraits are beautiful and capture what the subject looks like, but if that is all you are taking of your kids I encourage you to make sure you are capturing images that tell the story of who they are at this point in time…not just what they look like.

My girl.

I am always curious how other photographers capture certain images, so I figured I’d post a picture of what it looked like when I was taking these. Maybe it will give some of you some ideas for your pictures…diaper box holding up a boppy:)

Yes, she does open her eyes…

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  • Jesse - Such a pretty girl! Can’t believe she is already a month old.

  • pamela - aw. she is SO precious. i saw your nursery on ohdeedoh and i’m so gald i found your blog. the only problem… i want more babies!! my little girl is about the same age as ‘littlest brother’ and i just look at your boys and they seem so fun! you are a great photographer and so creative! thanks for the inspiration and the great blog!

  • melanie - She makes me smile every time I see her…whether in person or by pictures!

  • Shanalea - That was a quick month. She is just beautiful.

  • Jeannette Swan - Simply beautiful!!

  • Shannon Phillips - Sooooooo beautiful!

  • Tracey - Beautiful! And I had to laugh at the “setup”… I did something similar with my youngest… boppy on top of couch pillows, on the floor in the foyer. :)

  • Allison - Such cute pictures!

  • melissa stover - absolutely precious! and that’s how i get the photos too. propping up, hiding all the mess. it’s amazing what you don’t see in the picture.

  • christina larsen - beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

  • carrie - She’s beautiful!

  • Lauren - She is so beautiful and peaceful!

  • Serena - Beautiful pictures…Good idea with the boppy on the box!

  • bopha - She is a precious. Thanks for showing how you “staged” your shoot, angle are difficult because their faces always looked squished.

  • Melissa McClure - She is gorgeous, Ashley! Question, so have you found any cute craft on how to store her hair bows and flowers? I thought for sure you probably know a cute DYI site that features an awesome bow holder . . . or maybe Martha?

  • Mandy Metcalf - She is just beautiful. Makes me want to snuggle her.

  • Lisa Keen - She is so beautiful! Time is flying by! Callie was 2 months old last week!!

  • Mara - I so love and admire your photos. I have a 15 month old and another on the way. I was wondering how you preserve your images for your children? Do you print albums every year for them? Or do you do have one family album? Thank you all of the great advice and tips you share with your readers.