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First Day of Kindergarten

July 16, 2014 Sarah Coggins

Dylan won’t be 5 for a few more days, but he officially started kindergarten last week! We have year round elementary schools here and were excited to be assigned to one. This means he gets a break every 9 weeks plus holidays and has one week off between school years.

Being the scrapbook/photo book/photography loving mom I am, I knew I wanted to do cute first day photos. I liked the idea of a chalkboard sign and recalled seeing a kit from Hallmark’s Pics ‘n’ Props line last year perfect for school photos. Of course, I’d forgotten to buy it. I asked on a Hallmark Facebook group I’m a part of if the kit even still existed. Yes and no. It’s been discontinued, but can still be purchased if a store has it in stock. Imagine my surprise to find a package on my doorstep last week with the kit and a handwritten note inside!

While we took photos on his first day last Monday, it was also his only day last week as our school system has “staggered entry” for kindergarteners. He eagerly posed again for photos this week as he began his first full week and was excited to do so with the new sign from the Pics ‘n’ Props kit. Big grins before heading to the bus stop for his first bus ride to school (another exciting milestone – he’s been asking us to please let him ride the bus).

Thanks, Hallmark, for the gift! We were all surprised and appreciative. Between Dylan and his sister due to arrive in October, we’ll be using this kit for first day of school photos for many years to come.

*Find tips on taking Picture Perfect Back to School photos from Hallmark here.*

Disclosure: The Pics ‘n’ Props: My First Day of School Kit was sent to me free from Hallmark, but no post requirements or other compensation were made. All opinions are my own.


  • Aubrey Hunt July 16, 2014 at 10:30 am
    Adorable! And how nice of Hallmark. That's good customer service! #typeaparent
    • Sarah Coggins July 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm
      Thanks! It was really kind of them. Totally unexpected.
  • Hint Mama July 16, 2014 at 11:32 am
    So cute - what a great way to make the first day of school:) #typeaparent
    • Sarah Coggins July 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm
      Thanks! Hoping he's this willing every year. ;)

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