Traditions: First Day of School

OwlDecor This is the first day of school in our county of Gwinnett, Georgia, despite temperatures that continue to hover from the mid-90s to three digits.

On this most eagerly-anticipated day (yes, I'm ready, even if the 10-year-old is not) I'd like to share with you one of our favorite family traditions.

Every year — from Kindergarten through High School — my freshly scrubbed and excited girls posed in their oh-so-new clothes on our doorstep, bookbags in hand, optimism shining in their eyes.

Note that I said girls…my experience with boy children for the first 30 years of marriage was limited to brief visits with nephews and cousins. Now that we are the surrogate parents of a 10-year-old boy, many tried-and-seemingly-sure traditions have been thoroughly XY-tested. Several have not survived.

But this first-day photo tradition has met with approval by those who will be women AND by those who will be men. The man child only needs to be coaxed a little bit.

I look forward to the day when I can present a mini album of First Day Photos to him; maybe at his high school graduation celebration. By that time, he'll be able to laugh at the cow-lick that threatened to defeat him this morning, the bookbag he loved last week but detests at this moment, and his plaintive complaint about being in a new class with "absolutely no one I know!" (Imagine the last said with a dramatic throwing up of 10-year-old's already-grubby-at-7-a.m. boy hands.)

As we start the new school year, I'm looking for ways to organize him, me, and our world. Here are some great ideas for using Décor Elements to sort out your entry, your schedule and (maybe) your sanity.


What a fun way to check off chores.

Love the things to do list!

These chalkboard elements are just great. Kids love to use them, too.

You can download the Definitely Decorative offerings here, or if you'd like a brochure sent to you just send an email to with your full name, mailing address and phone number. I'll be happy to mail it out for you.

If you're a Halloween fan, you've got to see the spooky Décor Elements in this brochure.


Spooky, indeed! This one is sure to meet with boy approval. What boy doesn't love bats???


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