Jack is officially a Kindergartner!! There were times when we didn’t know if this day would come, but it has and we are so very thankful!! Before I get to the past 2 days of school, I just thought I would say a few more “Happy birthdays” to some more people! July is a VERY busy birthday month for us and this past weekend we were able to celebrate most of them. My mom and dad come in town for the weekend and since my mom’s birthday is coming up in a few days, we combined and celebrated her birthday, my nephew Cole’s birthday, Scott’s late birthday, and we blew out a candle for Shawn for his birthday (my other brother-in-law). I feel very fortunate to have all of my family around so much of the time because we really are those crazy people that are really close and actually enjoy our time together! You all know how much my parents have been so closely involved with us and I couldn’t be more thankful for our relationship with them and for their relationship with my kids. So happy my mom was able to be here for to blow out the candle on her own german chocolate cake (we made 4 cakes…one for each person but Braden had to blow out Shawns since he wasn’t here!) It was so great to have them here and to all celebrate another year together!
So Monday was Jack’s first day of school and he did great! I did much better than I thought I would and that was mostly due to not wanting to break down in front of Jack! We all made the trip to school (I already warned the teacher that we happen to travel in groups and there is usually someone, my dad, with a camera recording the entire event) and Jack showed off his new classroom. He settled in very easy and knew were everything needed to go and then he was ready for us to leave. We gave him kisses and hugs and left the room only to walk back in a few minutes later to give just one more kiss. It was a pretty slow day waiting for 3:00 to come but when it did, we were there standing and waiting for him to walk out the doors! He told us he had a great day and the only thing that upset him was there was more learning than playing games. He said, “I know school is for learning and all, but I thought there would be more games.”
Today I went to drop off Jack and was telling him that today would be the last day that I walked him to his room and starting tomorrow, I would be joining all the other parents in the big drop off line and he would have to walk to his room by himself. He told me he could do it today and when I asked if he was sure he wanted to walk alone he told me, “Sometimes it’s nice to be alone.” Ok…not sure if he is sick of being with me all the time or wanted time to think of some more clever things to say to me later, but I agreed to let him off in the long line and he could walk alone. When we pulled up he jumped out of the car and I asked the teacher who was there if he would make sure to show him what gate to go through. He of course said he would and off he went. I tried to watch as long as I could but I had to get my car moving so the line could continue on. I started thinking, “What if he doesn’t go to the right class? What if he gets lost. Maybe I will just call the teacher to make sure he is there, no that would be nuts. I wonder if the teacher calls if a child doesn’t show up.” Ok, forget it…I parked my car and brought my parent pass with me and walked, quickly, to his class and looked inside…and there he was, sitting at his table and coloring. Just as he should. I walked back to my car, crying, and for that moment I realized that he is changing and growing so much. He just reached a new milestone in his life and he is going to change even more over the school year.
I picked Jack up today in the parent pick up line and it all worked out well. Braden and I got there 40 minutes before school was out and I was the 3rd car in line…how early do these parents get here?!? The teacher walked Jack out to the car and in he climbed telling me he had a fun day and did really well in his music class today getting all the notes right. Not sure what he meant but just happy he had another good day. He is excited to go back tomorrow. He thanked me for his good lunch he ate and for the note I put in his lunch box.
We came home and took a “Second Day of Kindergarten” picture since I goofed up on the “First Day” photo and of course Braden wanted in on the action. He misses his brother when he is gone all day and was very excited to go back and pick him up. It is different being here during the day with just Braden. We get to spend more time together, which is wonderful, but when he is down for a nap and the house is so silent, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I cleaned and then found myself sitting down and watching tv. Very odd to watch an show that isn’t on PBS or Disney during the day. I have to find somthign for Braden and I to do during the day to keep us busy!
One last thing…thank you for all the texts and emails asking how the first day of school went before it even started! I was a little taken back by all the texts that came pouring in before 8 AM on Monday. It is nice to know how many of you are still out there, being supportive of Jack and his journey. Thank you so very much!!
Just a few pics from school…
Yes, I am well aware that it’s spelled wrong. I swear I know how to spell, but Apple autocorrects it this way and I didn’t think anything of it!!
Just one last kiss!!
Showing Braden the ropes…
Braden was not thrilled when he had to leave!
And now I spelled it correct!
And of course my little ham didn’t want to miss out on getting his picture taken, but he told me he wanted to take it like this instead…