Are you sitting down? My elementary kids (my 2 youngest boys) start school tomorrow. I’m still stewing over it. July 24th is a holiday in Utah, so my thought is that they could at least wait until after the 24th. What makes matters worse for me is that they’re out of school on the 23rd for the holiday and the kids have early out the rest of the week, so they’re actually only attending school 1 1/2 days the first week of school. What a waste! Plus my Jr. High and High School kids (my youngest girls) don’t start school until August. Okay, I think I’m done venting now (but I’m not done stewing).

Anyway, I wanted to make the boys something small for going back to school. I’m not excited, but they actually are. Ammon’s excited to be in 1st grade and meet his new teachers and friends. I think Zach’s ready too, most of his friends at school don’t live in our neighborhood. Here’s a picture of the Survival Kit letter (you can click on it to make it larger). It’s a combination of other letters or tags I’ve seen.

I gathered all the supplies for each kit and placed them in a clear bag. The rubber band is missing from this picture.

Then I trimmed the letter and backed it with cardstock.

Punched a hole in the letter and attached it to the bag with a ribbon. You can see the boys new backpacks in the background. Ammon picked Bakugan and Zach picked a Rock ‘n Roll/Skull one. Whatever.

  

I took just the boys shopping for school clothes, shoes and backpacks. I don’t buy a lot since it’s still Summer, but they got 2 shirts, shorts, shoes and socks each.

Zachary’s

Ammon’s

Then hubby decided we needed to go out to dinner too. Before our food came we had some fun with the mustache Ammon got out of a machine at one of the stores. I think people thought we were crazy.

Love Zach’s eyebrows.

Amanda’s trying to keep it on with her lips. It wasn’t very sticky anymore.

This is so not a good picture even without the mustache. I blame it on lighting.

I’m not sure what that look is. I’m not sure I want to know.

The kids got shakes too and brought most of it home.

It’s time for school. Ready or not. Not!

I’m linking to:

Get Your Craft On Tuesday at Today’s Creative Blog

Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts

Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple

Hookin’ Up at HOH

Home and Family Friday at Home Is Where My Story Begins

Friday Fun Finds at Kojo Designs

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming

Sundae Scoop at I Heart Naptime

DIY Project Parade at The DIY Showoff

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple

Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative

Show Me How at It’s A Blog Party

Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T.

Back to School Categorically Crafting Show at Someday Crafts

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica July 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Love the School Survival kit! I am a teacher and like to give my students a treat for the first day of school. I will be making these this year and adding a bottle of water to “refresh their minds”.

Thanks for sharing!

Amy July 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

wow! I can not believe school is starting back already! The younger kids starting back before the older ones is interesting – I have not heard of that before. Enjoy getting back on routine!

Beverly @ The Buzz July 20, 2010 at 8:38 am

What a great idea! Think I’ll make a couple to send my grandchildren in GA.

Heather July 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

I am doing a back to school week full of tutorials next week and would love to include this in it. Great idea! Let me know if you want to take part in it!

Jalinda July 21, 2010 at 6:32 am

What a cute idea, this has got to make the kids feel ready for the new year!

Chris July 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

dad you look like a member of the Mexican Cartel.

Kim July 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Such a cute idea!

Kindra July 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm

My son would love this! Thanks for your great ideas!

Erin @ Making Memories July 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

This is such a cute idea! I work in a middle school and am going to do this for some of my co-workers! They will love it!

http://www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

nicki July 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Great idea-thank you for sharing. My son is going into 9th grade so he is a bit older, but I think he still would enjoy something like this too!

nicki July 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Great idea-thank you for sharing. My son is going into 9th grade so he is a bit older, but I think he still would enjoy something like this too!

jamie July 26, 2010 at 4:00 am

great idea! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Kimberlee July 26, 2010 at 11:47 am

That is a great idea to make going back to school just that extra special!

Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple July 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm

What a fun idea!! I love it!

Stephanie Lynn July 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

Hi Leanne! What an adorable idea! Such a neat surprise for the kiddies – Love! Wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Sylvia July 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I also will make these for the other science teachers in my department. They will get a kick out these. What a cute way to start the year. As a teacher, I would love to get one of these from a student.

Kasey July 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

What a neat idea! Thanks! New to your blog. Be back to visit soon!

gnee July 30, 2010 at 3:52 am

Hi Leanne,

Congratulations, your survival kit made this weeks Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Come check it out, grab a blog button and have a great weekend!

Liz@Its A Blog Party August 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Such a great idea!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Rose from FineCraftGuild dot com August 4, 2010 at 2:09 am

Leanne, this is darling!! Honestly, it is so loving, it nearly brought tears in my eyes… or maybe it’s just ‘that’ day?!!

I realize you are linking this cuteness to the world at large, so I have one more party to add for you:
http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-8/

And later today, I’m opening a new party, #9, in case you have other tutorials you wish to share with our readers.

Last but not least, I haven’t forgotten your request to guest post for you, and will attend to this and a million other ‘to do’ things in Fall, okay?!

Rose

Maureen Schroeder August 11, 2011 at 8:05 am

Thank you so much for sharing this…it’s going to help many of my middle school students!!!

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