Back to School Ideas

I cannot believe our kiddos are back to school for the 2017-2018 school year. We started August 22nd, when do you start?

Back to school ideas 2017

This year we have four kiddos in school (say what??). Benjamin is in 8th grade, Joseph in 7th, Elizabeth in 2nd and little Nathaniel started Kindergarten. That was though. I was a hot mess taking him into school. I went in with him and then mom didn’t exist once he got to class, sigh. He just went to his desk all grown up and kind of made this expression like mom, why are you still here? You know, the strings of your heart pull something serious and slightly painful cause the realization that he is officially starting school begins to sink in. However, it’s a new season of his life and I have to let him go, regardless how hard it is. I am so excited to see where the Lord leads him.

Back to school ideas 2017

Here is a picture from last year’s back to school picture. Look at how they have grown in one year!

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And here are some back to school pics of this year.

Back to school ideas 2017

Back to school ideas 2017

Back to school ideas 2017

..and of course, when you are taking pictures of five kids, you will have plenty of pictures that are umm, well pictures you get when you take pictures of five kids, lol. I mean we did get a few good ones, or semi-good. 😉 I love these kinds of pictures though. These kinds of pictures bring out the realness of a family. Realness filled with loads of laughter, mess ups, ups, downs, trials, tears, hardships and fun. All combined to make memories.

Back to school ideas 2017

Back to school ideas 2017

..and as we were taking pictures, our little Miss Abigail was having a photo shoot of her own. She loves taking pictures. It’s so hard to choose just one so here they are. (She turned 3 in June.)

Back to school ideas 2017

I loved having them home during the summer, we made so many wonderful memories. That said, we are ready to have a normal schedule. I am especially ready to get back to menu planning and knowing what we are having for meals. Makes life so much easier for me. Those of you that don’t meal plan. Read all about it in this POST. If you are hesitant to start, do it! Give yourself a month to get used to the idea and you will never go back to not having a meal planned. True story!

I thought I’d do a post with some ideas for what to make to enjoy as soon as they get home from school (kind of like a late brunch, if that is even a word). Our kids eat lunch around 11 at school and by the time they get home, they are starved. We usually enjoy dinner around 7 so that’s a long time to go hungry. So we have something simple that doesn’t’ require a ton of in the kitchen time.

IDEAS FOR AFTER SCHOOL EATING (or whatever you would call that?): 



Healthy dinner-


-DESSERT (great to make with kids)


I hope you enjoyed this post! Wishing all of your children a blessed upcoming school year. May God keep them safe! May they be an example to others and shine where God has planted them.

P.S. Would any of you like some idea how we handle mornings, or after noon, how our schedule is set up. Or perhaps you would like to see some lunch ideas? Let me know and I’ll update the post. 

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  • Nadia 09/18/2017, 2:55 am Link Reply

    Beautiful family!!! Valya, Thanks for sharing.

    • admin 09/22/2017, 10:19 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Nadia. You’re so sweet and kind. <3

  • Ilona 09/06/2017, 6:04 pm Link Reply

    I would love to see some lunch ideas. I have 2 kids in school and I only so far have one idea of a sandwich for them.

    • admin 09/07/2017, 10:25 am Link Reply

      What grade are they in, Ilona? I’ll be sure to post some ideas, stop by again. 🙂

  • Sophie 09/03/2017, 12:46 am Link Reply

    Lovely photos!! Yes packed lunch ideas would be great. Do you pack your husband’s lunch too? I’d like to try your crescent roll recipes but we cant buy them around here and don’t know what they are like. Is crescent dough like a more buttery pirozhki dough or is it more like croissant dough? Thanks!

    • admin 09/04/2017, 11:28 am Link Reply

      Thank you, Sophie. They are more like a croissant dough and I have a great recipe you can use, if you haven’t tried it yet (HERE). Yes, I pack his lunch and the kiddos – 5 lunches a day. I’ll add some ideas in the post as well. 🙂

  • Irina 09/02/2017, 5:34 pm Link Reply

    I would love to know ur daily schedules like from the time they wake up all the way to bedtime… and what’s ur bedtime routine? Also u are welcome to come to California! we have an extra bedroom and bathroom u can stay at:) would love to spend time with you and your family:)

    • admin 09/04/2017, 11:09 am Link Reply

      Hi Irochka,
      Thanks so much for the welcome, I wrote down your e-mail. We may just take you up on that. 🙂 🙂
      I’ll update this post next week with some more info, stop back and visit. <3

      • Irina 09/06/2017, 12:56 am Link

        Thank you!!:) u are a Blessing to us!:))

      • admin 09/07/2017, 10:26 am Link

        Thank you, Irinka. You’re always so sweet and encouraging. <3

  • Grace 09/01/2017, 12:04 pm Link Reply

    They are all sooooooo beautiful! Have a blessed year kiddos. May God keep watch over you!! Valentina, what are you going to do when the youngest one goes to school?

    • admin 09/04/2017, 11:05 am Link Reply

      Hello Grace,
      Yes, may God watch over them, indeed. Well, my dream has always been to homeschool, so that is an option or volunteer at the kids’ school. We still have almost 3 years so a lot can change in the meantime. 🙂 Hope you stick around and we will see. 🙂

  • Maya 09/01/2017, 11:13 am Link Reply

    Your youngest is just too stinking cute. Love watching them grow, I feel like we are a part of your family.
    Valentina, how do you guys balance your day after school? I’d love to hear it. We have a big family too and always looking for tips. God bless your family. Come visit the West Coast.

    • admin 09/01/2017, 11:54 am Link Reply

      Hello Maya,
      Thanks, she is something else. I am telling you what, the struggle to discipline her is real. Her innocent eyes and cute smile make it oh so hard and she uses that to her advantage. 🙂
      West Coast, huh? We are actually planning (and budgeting) for a trip around the US heading to the West Coast so you just never know, I may just take you up on that. (E-mail me with where you live and if there is anything to see. 🙂 Blessings to you as well.

  • Anna 09/01/2017, 11:08 am Link Reply

    YES!! I would love to see your schedule is set up. Also if you have any lunch ideas for school/work that would be awesome!

    • admin 09/01/2017, 11:49 am Link Reply

      Hello Annechka,
      I will definitely add our “routines” and maybe they will give you some ideas. 🙂 Kkk. We shall work on the lunch ideas next week and I will add them to the post. 🙂

  • Melania 09/01/2017, 11:04 am Link Reply

    Valentina, they are all soo beautiful and precious. Thank you for sharing them with us. I’ll definitely take some tips on getting them out the door. It seems like we have Hurricane Harvey in our house every morning, lol. Love your personal posts.

    • admin 09/01/2017, 11:48 am Link Reply

      Hi Melania (love your name btw). Your comment made laugh out loud. Mr. Harvey haa? I love it, and I LOVE your honesty. I will add a few tips we have found useful over the years. Stop back and visit next week. 🙂 Thanks for visiting our online home.

  • Mom's Dish 09/01/2017, 9:32 am Link Reply

    You need to have a few more babies. Wow, your kids are too cute!!

    • admin 09/01/2017, 11:00 am Link Reply

      You’re so sweet, my friend. I’ll take another 5 if someone would sponsor them, haha. <3

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