We went on a Tuesday night to the orientation where Ben got to find his desk, put his supplies away, and reacquaint himself with the classroom. He spent about 20 minutes in there, decided he was done, and took off, sprinting for the gym. He helped himself to a ball (there is a rack in the stairwell that leads to the stage, and stared playing basketball. He was already at the free throw line ready to take his first shot when I caught up to him. Mr. Warner the gym teacher was in there and I told him, if Ben ever comes up missing, they should check the gym first. The boy loves any game that involves a ball.
The first day of school was cold for Nebraska in August, so we took our traditional first day of school photos inside. I loved the expression on Ben's face on his solo picture. It think it really captured the joy he was feeling about going back to school.
Noah was not very interested in giving Mom a first day of school smile, so he settled for a "cool" pose.