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Today is the First Day of School!

Yesterday my neighbor brought over three humungous mangos from his late-blooming tree.  I thanked him and wished him a happy day off, and he wished me the same.  The thing is, when my family is on holiday, I am working my hardest.  Someone has to create the magic and do all those pesky behind-the-scenes tasks like meal preparation.  Today is my real day off, the first of many, which I will spend working.  Isn’t it funny how work can sometimes feel like time off, when family time can feel like being on duty?

Here are some shots of my kiddos from the annual Day Before the First Day Photo Shoot.  I find it easier to take pictures when we have time and emotions are calm.  On the real first day if a child was a reluctant participant, I’d have to let it go so he could have a happy start of school.  It was such a rush to pack lunches, summer projects, and school supplies this morning; I don’t think I could’ve managed a decent photo as well.

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My how they’ve grown!

My kids take holidays LITERALLY! #laborday #kidsatplay #constructionworker

My kids take holidays LITERALLY! #laborday #kidsatplay #constructionworker

It’s Labor Day! Time to put these kids to work! #laborday #kidsatplay #firefighter

It’s Labor Day! Time to put these kids to work! #laborday #kidsatplay #firefighter

Sauces bubbling away for end of #summer #bananasplits. It was on our To Do list. #keepingpromises #lovinglife

Sauces bubbling away for end of #summer #bananasplits. It was on our To Do list. #keepingpromises #lovinglife

My what big eyes I have! #silly #nofilter #nomakeup

My what big eyes I have! #silly #nofilter #nomakeup

School starts next week, so this week we’re splitting our time between getting ready and savoring the end. My girlfriend is a kindergarten teacher and she gave me 100 pencil cutouts for the kids to organize. Look out, Mrs. Peacock; Jack is one smart cookie! #backtoschool #summer #kindergarten #100 #math

School starts next week, so this week we’re splitting our time between getting ready and savoring the end. My girlfriend is a kindergarten teacher and she gave me 100 pencil cutouts for the kids to organize. Look out, Mrs. Peacock; Jack is one smart cookie! #backtoschool #summer #kindergarten #100 #math

View form under the floppy hat as the last lazy days of summer unfurl. It’s been wonderful, hasn’t it? #miami #summer #beach

View form under the floppy hat as the last lazy days of summer unfurl. It’s been wonderful, hasn’t it? #miami #summer #beach

Beach boys making tunnels. #miami #summer #boys #mamaguru

Beach boys making tunnels. #miami #summer #boys #mamaguru

Nana is in town so the kids are at #dylanscandybar #grandparents #candy

Nana is in town so the kids are at #dylanscandybar #grandparents #candy

Hey lifeguard! No texting on duty! I’ve seen this twice this summer. This was at Miami Springs’ Pool, the other was at Matheson Hammock’s atoll beach, full of the toddler set.  Lifeguards shouldn’t be allowed to have phones on their chairs. Too tempting. Too dangerous. Have you seen this too? #badlifeguard #miami #miamispringspool #mathesonhammock #dangerous #pool #beach

Hey lifeguard! No texting on duty! I’ve seen this twice this summer. This was at Miami Springs’ Pool, the other was at Matheson Hammock’s atoll beach, full of the toddler set. Lifeguards shouldn’t be allowed to have phones on their chairs. Too tempting. Too dangerous. Have you seen this too? #badlifeguard #miami #miamispringspool #mathesonhammock #dangerous #pool #beach