The Back to School Feast has become one of the most highly anticipated events for the boys.
I didn't do much to change things up this year from last year,
so we had a similar spread of lunchbox-style snacks, individual drinks, alphabet cookies spread around the table, and markers scattered around to draw on the brown paper that covered the table.
Drawing on the table started on a whim one year, but it is now one of their favorite things about the feast!
There are always some pretty humorous drawings and they are happy to sit at the table for a looong time, drawing and eating their favorite foods.
This year they chose:
Talmage-Wendy's Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers
(I told you they have gone easy on me lately! Easiest feast ever!)
After everyone was stuffed, we sat down in the living room and opened their new books.
This year Talmage, Wesley, and Lincoln each received one book in the Mysteries of Cove trilogy (which they have absolutely loved!!).
Maxwell received Extra Yarn and Benson received After the Fall (one of my personal favorites!).
We then introduced the theme for the year.
We wanted to choose something that would give the boys strength in all the difficulties they would surely face--whether it be challenges within the school (like wearing masks) or in-person school getting cancelled partway through or having to quarantine or having favorite events cancelled.
Ultimately, we decided on a portion of Joshua 1:9:
"Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
I'll expound more on how their school is responding to COVID later,
but for now I'll just say that the boys have not been "dismayed" in the least in spite of the changes.
They have LOVED being back at school.
Well, I guess Lincoln has been a little disgruntled. Today he told me that first grade is boring because they are still doing Kindergarten work. The poor boy loves multiplication story problems and reading chapter books hundreds of pages long but has to sit through lessons on what "th" says.
Hopefully they continue to have a positive experience throughout the year,
but if not I hope they can draw strength from the family theme.
We topped off the evening with our traditional "smart cookies" (cookie/ice cream sandwiches--this year we did salted caramel truffle ice cream with snickerdoodles and they were DE-licious!).
Then we called it a night and we tucked all the boys into bed full of food and anticipation for the coming year.