Some brilliant people (without Kindergarten students at home) thought it would be a good idea to start school on a Monday this year-- with full days every day. Lovely. Actually, the weather really was lovely. Every day felt like the most desirable fall day you can imagine-- crisp chilly morning air, and that smell that only comes with Midwest autumn mornings. You know exactly the smell, right? I don't even have words to describe it except to say that every morning smelled like fall. So, the smell alone made the first day pretty perfect for me.
Our Get-out-of-the-house-routine still needs some perfecting.... but the "put all the things by the door the night before" policy seems to be helping out.
Charlie was thrilled about going to kindergarten and has been telling people for weeks that he's almost a kindergartner. But Sunday afternoon, his tummy hurt and he only nibbled his dinner. On Monday morning, as I fed Anna in the living room, Charlie called out to me, "Mommy?....I'm a tiny bit nervous....." I think my heart melted on the spot but I held it together all morning.
Finding a donut at his breakfast spot seemed to ease his nerves for a minute or two.... (Sprinkle cake donuts really do make things better for awhile, you know)
And before we knew it, we were taking photos of the first day of kindergarten!
Since it was also AP's first day of school, Charlie insisted that I have my picture taken too (Our school-wide-theme this year is Superheroes-- which justified buying fun knee socks....as if I need an excuse) Oh, and I think I had those same shorts in fifth grade-- just a smidge longer. Seriously, did I wear koo-lots on the first day or do my chicken legs just make it look that way?
And here we are! First day at Grundy Center Elementary. (I kind of love that this is also where I took my first "real" job)
Charlie's principal is a former co-worker from AP! He is amazing and I feel SO good about Charlie attending GC schools with him in the leadership position. They are going to have a great year!
Charlie was so excited to learn that Jenna is in his class...
On the first day, I arrived after lunch (since I'm working afternoons there) and guess who was the very last person eating his lunch? Surprised? I wasn't.
And this: He was so wrapped up in his lunch job that he didn't even see me standing next to him and taking this pic. :)