Monday, August 25, 2008

Ode to the 1st Day of 1st Grade

It took all the excitement and energy of a 6 year old to get the day started bright and early, all without the use of an alarm clock. I had it set for 7:15, but what was the point, A was up at 7:00 and came into my room dressed, with her backpack, ready to head downstairs and make her lunch and get on the bus.

Of course the bus doesn't come until 8:35 so we had some time to kill. Plus, I realized while she will still let me, I would like to take her to school (at least on the 1st day) and take pictures of her in her new classroom (she's in a portable this year - I am not happy, she is, so I am trying not to make a big deal about it) and sitting at her new desk, etc.

I am so glad I took her because the school was a scene of pure chaos, controlled as best they could by the staff and teacher's aides directing parents and students on where to go. There were kids and parents and cameras, oh the cameras. At least I am not the only one who wants to document the growth and progression on my child through the elementary halls of education.

A found a friend from Kindergartner right inside the doors to the school who proudly announced that she and A were in the same class, took her by the hand and the two of them ran off - in the wrong direction!! (Reason #2 why I am glad I took her this morning) so I corrected their direction and we headed off to her new class. Her teacher is new to the school this year (but she has taught previously) We will be calling her Mrs. C on the blog and I think her and A will get along just fine. She told A where to hang up her backpack and showed her where she would be sitting. A sat right down and started settling in with her pencil box and school supplies. It was pretty cute to watch her be so deliberate in the placement of her crayons, pencils and scissors. Guess she gets the organizational tendencies from me!

After posing so beautifully for a few pictures (isn't she the cutest 1st grader ever!) and telling her I would see her at home when she got off the bus, she got a little sad and didn't want me to go. But with a few words of encouragement and hugs and kisses, she skipped back to her desk and settled into the coloring assignment on her desk.

I know she will do fine at school. She will be learning new things and playing with her friends, so I am not too worried about her. I just can't believe how fast the summer has gone by. She is growing up so fast and in the blink of an eye she will heading off to Jr. High then High School and while I encourage the growth, I also want to scream out - NOT SO FAST!! Guess I will just have to live in the moment and appreciate everything going on right now, cause in a minute it's going to change.

I think K is really going to miss having her around the house to play silly games with her. We went on a bike ride to the park when we got home. Don't even ask were the idea came from to wear A's swimming goggles, but she looked so cute, I couldn't say no.
Times are a changing, but all for the good.
I start school today as well, so I guess I had better get offline and start reading all about the Human Body and it's inner complexities - Oh the joys of Anatomy!!
Here's to a Great School Year!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy birthday to Me
Happy birthday to MEEEEEE
Happy Birthday to Me!

Yep folks, it's that time of year where I have gained one more year and added 365 days of experiences to my life. If it's true what they are saying that 34 is the new 24, and since thats about how old I feel anyways, I will take it.

Talk about a year where I have done some pretty amazing things. I have been to new places in the world, I have tried new things, I have laughed and I have cried, I have been hurt, and I have screamed and I have yelled, but I have also been loved, I have found friendship and I have been happy - so for all the ups and down, I will take this last year and add it to the rest with pride.

Virtual Birthday Cake and Ice cream for all!