The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Back to School in Colorado...


Summer has officially ended for the kids, and today was back to school for the elementary school! Is this child excited to start 3rd grade? I think the pose says it all! She couldn't wait to start the day! A new backpack and fresh school supplies are just the way to start the new school year!


Ashlyn asked me a few day ago, "Mom, is it OK if I want to reinvent myself?" She said she wanted to be more "tom-boyish" and maybe it was time for all the fancy hair bows to go. Oh no, not the hair bows! I was hoping we could get one more year out of wearing all those darling hair bows I love so much! So, today she wore a headband and no bows, (bummer) and high top sneakers...definitely a new look for this new 3rd grader!



Paint-splattered pants...the "new" look! Gee, maybe we could make a fortune marketing our own version...wouldn't that be fun to make! :-)


Ashlyn waiting for the bus to arrive on our little bridge. Today was also a first as Tom was able to come to school on the first day, and take pictures! It sure is nice having Daddy home for all these special milestones!

Now that school is back in session, (Kyle starts tomorrow) I will hopefully have time to get back to visiting all my blogger friends, and real life friends too! I have missed you! We have sure been busy the last few weeks. Ashlyn and I went camping with Girl Scouts where we got to try archery, hike, put on skits, eat smores and sleep under the stars! There was "Groovy Goat Camp" this week where Ashlyn learned how to show goats, milk the goats, and make lots of groovy goat crafts! Kyle had a visit to the oral surgeon where he had 5 teeth removed and braces go on next week! Tom got his resume completed, played a few rounds of golf, and we accepted an offer on my parents home in Red Bluff! All in all, much is getting accomplished...but blogging!

I look forward to catching up on all of your lives, and hearing what the new school year has in store for you and your children! Happy End of Summer and Beginning of School!

10 comments:

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

My 11 year old bought the paint splattered skirt!!! So cute! I hope it was a great first day!

Anita said...

Ashylyn is just so adorable! Love those shoes........and the jeans.....cute cute.
I hope the first day was good. Looking forward to seeing more of you now.

Lucy Marie said...

Wow, Denise, that is just down right scary. Ashlyn's outfit looks strikingly similar to outfits I wore in the third grade. I can't believe high tops, paint splattered pants and fluorescent colours are making a come back! Next thing I know, I'll be bringing out my scrunchies, crimping my hair and tying my shirt tails through one of those plastic discs I used to wear. I saw these styles all over the place when I was in the UK in May and I prayed that they would NOT find their way back to North America ... looks like I'm out of luck!

I hope the start of the school year goes well for you all.

Beth said...

Is that a scarf Ashlyn is wearing? Lydia has a few that we are experimenting with! Hope she had a great day!

Stephanie said...

Hi Denise!
Wow, already? Back to school. Where did the summer go? I enjoyed all your vacation pictures on Facebook. Hope the kids have a happy, productive new school year.
:-)

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

Happy First Day of School! Ours is on Monday and we are all very excited! I love the scarf she is wearing, what a little fahionista!

Kim said...

Ashlyn is incredible! What a trend setter and definitely with a flair for the dramatic! Congratulations on the house in RB, that went quickly. Kyle and Preston will be getting braces very close in time to each other. It will be fun to see their progress together but separate. Can't wait to talk to you soon!

glitzen said...

What a cutie! The shoes are going to make a splash all by themselves. Hee hee. I love that pic on the bridge, and HOW COOL that Tom gets in on this milestone. Sorry about the hair bows....I know how you feel. My girls at ten and twelve are doing so many "lasts" this summer, I fear.

Bonnie said...

Those are just the cutest shoes. I love her comment about reinventing herself! I have a son who started 3rd grade also.

Sofia Striffler said...

Wow Ashlyn with a new look. That's great but what about that little girl with all the hair bows. I hope she wears the bow every once in a while!. Talk to you soon Love Sofia