It's the First Day of Kindergarten!!
Last night the kids packed their little school bags and chose their special outfits! We did a supply check and everything they need, they have. Woo-hoo!
The boys got a good nights sleep and got up for our family mission of the day! Dad helped them brush teeth and dress while Mommy made lunches and breakfast.
Nathan's into Angry Birds, so I drew him a little doodle on his yogurt pack!
Next, the Big Boy ate Breakfast: (His choice) Honey Buttered Biscuits, Bacon, Eggs and Strawberries!
After breakfast they put their backpacks on, grabbed their lunch boxes and took their officiial first day of school photo!
Off we went... We dropped Nick off at daycare first. I took him in, just me and him. (We were holding hands extra tight!) Today is a special day for him too. He gets to go to his preschool class all by himself without big brother in the neighboring class. This is their first time being split in separate places. Nonetheless, he held his head high and walked in with his backpack and lunchbag. No tears!!
Then it was a quick dash back to the car where Nathan wanted to hear his song. "Karma" by Alicia Keys. He calls it his "goes around" music. LOL - we had a lil dance party, him and I all the way to Boyd Elementary!! Funny stuff!
We got there and got out the car, I put his bookbag on and held my baby's hand tight, we were smiling at eachother as we walked to class. He was all smiles, standing tall when he got there, ready to go inside.
I gave his teacher Mrs. B her honey biscuit in the BEE container and special card we made her with a bee and flowers. It said "Happy 1st day of school Mrs. B! Nathan's so happy to "bee" in your class!". I took some photos of the class/classroom while Rod turned in Nathan's albuterol, tubes and mask to the nurses office. I just adore colorful classroom environments:
I continued to observed a little. Packed his locker with his blanket, school stuff, bookbag, etc. (OMG, he has a locker now and NOT a cubby) *tearjerk* I let it pass. No crying.
All the kids were calm, cool and collected. (That helped me remain calm.) So, I gave a hug and kiss and we left. The bell rang and they did the pledge of allegiance. I welled up a little. Still no crying. We left the building. The floodgate of emotion came over me and I decided on the nice Looong walk home to clear my head. I welled up for various reasons throughout that 3 mile walk home as I thought about life, motherhood and our journey. But didn't cry. I got home in about 55 minutes. Feet kinda hurtin (ugh, should've worn flats today) but its all good.
I went to work and it was THE LONGEST 4 hrs ever! I was thinking about BOTH kiddos braving it on their own. I was so delighted to get a midday e-mail from the Kindergarten teacher saying that the day was great! AWESOME reassurance.
I left work and picked up Nick first. He was excited to tell me how he ran really fast in his new shoes and that he was okay today and didn't cry. Then he said the sweetest thing: He hoped Nathan had a great day at Kindergarten! It was nice to have one on one time, giving him 100% undivided attention and talking. We got to school picked up Nathan. He was right there in one piece with his teacher, smiling with a good repor.
We waited for Dad a bit and walked around campus searching for him then checked out the kids club aftercare where Nathan will start soon. Dad couldn't make it, so once we got back to our car Nathan was able to talk on the phone with him and tell him about his day. We talked about kindergarten the whole way home. It was awesome. He had his "works" to show me!
He said he played on the playground, ate ALL his lunch, took a quick nap and pooped. LOL - He liked his "angry bird" yogurt! He said: Mommy, it was delcious, I mixed it up!
Once we got home to the driveway, Nathan had a sad face and didn't want to get out of the car. I asked what was wrong. He said his Daddy wasn't there and he didn't come to school to pick him up. So... I said let's turn that frown upside down with some first day of school ice cream cones. He said okay, but "Where's Daddy?" So I told him we'll call Dad and invite him out to ice cream with us, and that we did! Then their little smiles were a mile wide wearing their crowns dubbing themselves (King of Preschool and King of Kindergarten) having ice cream with their Pop.