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Monday, August 26, 2013

You can all breath a sigh of relief now......the long awaited "Carebear Backpack" post is here.   Thanks to those who have asked about it (some of you repeatedly!)      It just took me awhile to dust the cobwebs off the blog so I could get something up.

For those of you who have been able to live your life in carefree ignorance of this Carebear Backpack ritual of mine - I will bring you up to speed (or, you can just read the post right before this one......yes, it has been a year since I have written - don't hate).

Meet Abby, circa 2006:
My preschooler

On her back is THE Carebear Backpack.    Anyone's guess as to where this backpack actually came from. Nevertheless, in this picture it's filled with all the pre-school goodies one little girl would need.   Change of clothes in a Ziploc baggie, a package of baby wipes for the teacher, a snuggle buddy, etc.

The following year, the Carebear backpack was in such good shape that we used it for Jr. Kindergarten. Let's face it, the cardboard noodle art and construction paper turkey didn't really put much wear and tear on the thing.

Junior Kindergarten, 2007

Completely unrelated side-note.   I really miss my flowerbed from our house in California.    

The next year (Kindergarten), she had so much stuff to take to school it wouldn't fit in the little Carebear Backpack, so we had to purchase a new one.    Abby was extremely crestfallen at the notion of having to retire her trusty pack, so I suggested we snap a picture of it like we had the previous years.     Oh......she was SO excited to do that (as evidenced by the picture below, left).     So this was really the beginning of the Carebear Backpack picture ritual.    But for Abby, it was the beginning of the end.....the moments of excited anticipation of my camera capturing the Carebear Backpack were sailing away like a ship towards the horizon.

So.....no need for the school year play by play.....you get the picture (right below, in fact):

(L-R Kindergarten and 1st Grade)

(L-R 2nd grade and 3rd grade)

4th grade

Lest you think that these shots of a smiling cherub are genuine.......I assure you they were moments of feigned excitement. 

Ahhhh, fifth grade.    You know you're in trouble when this is the first picture:


"I'm only grinning because I'm fantasizing about this backpack
having an encounter with a pair of scissors"

My personal favorite out of the bunch:

And if that wasn't bad enough, then came the part where I made her put her real backpack on and pose with a few hundred mosquitoes:

In the end, I got my shot for the year.....the one I can look back on and say, "there's my fifth grader".

And for those of you who stuck it out to the very end, I can explain why my child is dressed so casually for her first day of school.    This year, our family has decided to home school......!   Today was she dressed to attend her enrichment tutorial, which requires comfortable clothes and sneakers.     

I thought I might be pushing my luck asking her to dress up for her Carebear Backpack Picture.

If you are interested in knowing more about our reasons for the change in school strategy, or want to know more about what we're doing for home school, feel free to contact me and I would be happy to fill you in.

Thanks for reading, and sorry it's been so long!!