August 26, 2010

In Session

Forever In Blue Jeans

 The Back to School Edition

I am joining Carin at Forever in Blue Jeans for her weekly challenge to get mom in the picture.  If you've not been in the picture this week, it's not too late!  Here's my four step plan to recovery.  1-Grab the camera 2- grab a kid 3- take a shot 4-post it!  You can't ask for easier than that.  I can't wait to see you in the picture.

We always take our family vacation in the fall after everyone else has returned to school for the semester.  No crowds and cooler temps are definitely a benefits to home school.  When September rolls around, here minds turn to sewing and baking and building and other fun stuff to get ready for various competitions at our county fair.  Yes, we still live in a small enough town that the fair is a BIG deal.  Businesses shut down and school even closes for the GREAT FREDERICK FAIR.  I am not making that up.  That's the official name. 

Anyway, with that big interruption and then leaving for vacation in the middle of September, it has never made sense to start school until we return home in October.  This year has been a year for doing things different, though.  We all needed a change of direction and with bad weather on the horizon for this week, it seemed the perfect prescription for what ails us all. 

Therefore, in an unprecedented move we announced Sunday that school would begin bright and early Monday morning.  We rose at 6 am and gathered the line up for the official kick off of the Wachter Wagon Academy 2010-2011 school year.
Okay... so they weren't really awake, just present and accounted for.  All those summer days of sleeping in must have caught up with them. 
Oh, now that is better.  Except, now that I think of it, they aren't all accounted for.  The princess does not rise before 8 and we all find it is better that way.
We always kick off the school year by marking the kids' heights on the school room door and taking pictures of our students.
Samuel is 5 and entering his first official year of Kindergarten.  Although, he has been schooling since he could sit up on his own. 
Aedan is 7 and entering second grade.  Although, he and Nathaniel do almost every thing together so he is doing mostly third grade and some fourth grade work.
Nathaniel is 8 and starting second grade officially but unofficially is in third grade.
At ten, soon to be 11, Emma Rose is in fifth grade.  Except that I keep thinking she is in the fourth.  Poor girl... worked so hard and still can't get ahead despite her 4.0 average.
Brianna, of course, just turned 15 and is a sophomore this year.  But don't call her a teenager... she considers that the insult of all time.  
Yes, Kaitlin has graduated and she has not grown in a number of years.  We still had to mark her on the door. 
I am really excited that Allen has hired Kaitlin on as my teaching assistant this year.  
He had to have a picture of his teaching staff before we could head off to the basement.  That's where the school room has been "temporarily" relocated.
Let that brain
power commence!
When Elisabeth woke up we had to head back upstairs to measure her.
She was a little confused as to what was happening and why no one was feeding her breakfast until the whole gang started clapping and cheering.  She was still confused but figured she wasn't in trouble anyway.
Yes, we had to have one more picture with the whole crew.
Everyone was happy to be hard at work again.  
No, it's not her assignment... she was making a printing chart for Samuel.  As I was saying.  Everyone is thrilled to be hard at work again.  And Elisabeth is delighted that the weekday all you can eat breakfast buffet has returned.
The Wachter youngins aren't the only ones to return to school this week.  Allen, Kaitlin and I started the new semester of our FBI classes.   
And we couldn't be more excited.  Three hours every week to hold hands under the table with the fellow who carries my books to class.  No, I didn't take time to fuss with my hair when I took my shower before class.  I decided to use the ten minutes to sit down with the kids while they ate their dinner instead.
Oh, and check this out.  My man really knows the way to my heart.  Not flowers.  Not candy.  No bling.  Although, I woudln't turn any of those down.  No, the thing that I get really excited about?  New school supplies.  Look what I found in my bag when we got to class.
My very own brand new back of Sharpie highlighters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What you didn't know I was a little demented? Come on, you must be kidding.  Well, anyway, look at the note that was taped to them.
How darling is that?  Oh, the Dilbert paper, you say?  He is an engineer, you know.  Who happens to work with sales guys day in and day out.  For a major corporation.  He can't help himself.  ☺

Until next week,


  1. Awesome pics! Your family is beautiful.

    Happy Thursday!

  2. Hi, Kat~

    WOW....what awesome school shots! Love the one of Elisabeth being measured. Her expression is PRICELESS!

    I am so loving the note from your Man and your highlighters. What a guy. He sure knows how to make you swoon! :> )

    Blessings to all for a FANTASTIC school year!

    Love ya~

  3. I really enjoy seeing pics of you and all the kids. It seems like it was only last week that I was holding a baby Kaitlin in my arms - and a few days past that, I was baby sitting Brianna. Time flies, It's good to see everyone looking well after its passage :)

  4. i wonder how you juggle everything -- church, school, family and blogging! you and your family are really awesome!

  5. Love this weeks shoot me post... very cute. Happy 1st day back to school :)

  6. Happy first day of school. Great pics of you and the kids.

  7. You do have a beautiful family! I love that you mark their heights on the edge of the door, we have ours on a wall in our kitchen. Have a great school year!

  8. dear homeschooling Mama of 7,oops 6 now counting your littlest,

    my favorite time of year!
    We started this last week too. We usually wait until Oct. but this year we are taking our big "school~field~trip/vacation" in October so decided to go ahead and begin now.

    a headstart feels good

  9. Awesome pictures!