back to school photo circa sometime around 1988
I distinctly remember the feeling I got when it was back-to-school shopping time. I can remember getting super excited about going to the mall and picking out my new school clothes. My parents always made it a big deal: giving us a budget and letting us choose whatever it was we wanted (within limits...I once only wanted to get 50 t-shirts and one pair of shorts: so from then on, we had to pick out appropriate amounts of tops to bottoms) and I honestly can take myself back in time and put myself in that 10 year old body and feel all the feels from that day. (Heck, my 35 year old body still gets super excited to go clothes shopping!)
Taking back-to-school photos with my sisters and I was always a big deal also. My mom would line us up on the big day and take a picture...it's funny, because back then, I can remember the excitement of getting ready to start a new school year, make new friends, and putting on my first-day-of-school outfit was a big thing to me...but now, as a mom, I can understand how it was also a big deal for my own mom, and I relish in taking back-to-school photos of my own kids.
Sigh...the circle of life, I tell ya.
Below are just a few first-day-of-school photos of my sisters and I, and let's all just say it together now: the hair! The neon! The spandex! The bangs!!
Dear Lord the bangs...
I get to now experience the same phenomenon of back-to-school shopping, only this time, it's a little different as I'm the one who has to pay for it all. Womp womp.
Yet, I get just as much joy out of taking my kids shopping and letting them go to town: they are a little older now (sob) and have a mini little style of their own, and except for everything being Pokemon and Minecraft, I basically let them choose their own clothing.
Gunner and I went to our mall the other day, Columbia Center, and it was pretty cool living my childhood over again through my own little 8 year old. We had a pretty good time and he picked out some stylish clothes.
found some pretty awesome duds at Old Navy
And shoes! Can't forget the shoes. Can never ever forget the shoes...
from Journeys Kidz
And now, I get to keep the tradition going and take back-to-school photos of my own kids.
What about you? Are you excited for back to school shopping? For your kids? Maybe yourself? Comment one thing you love (or hate - I don't discriminate) about back to school shopping and you will be entered to win a $100 gift card to Columbia Center Mall!