We had been long anticipating this day. It finally arrived after a full week of activities including a visit as a family Monday evening to drop off supplies and a parent meeting Tuesday night. They have late starts every Wednesday which was great for the first day, it gives us an hour extra mid-week. We have heard its a nice reprieve to get you through the week. We all woke up, dressed quickly as we laid out clothes the night before and Daddy made his famous pancakes. Due to nerves and excitement, we had to force Solon to eat a 2nd pancake despite chocolate chips hiding inside. Before we knew it, it was time to pray. Mommy started (and why did I think I could do that - insert giant lump in throat) and daddy finished praying for a great year for Solon, to be brave, respectful and learn/grow, sweet friends, and a loving teacher. Then it was time to stand in front of "the tree" to take some photos.
My 6 year old and brave kindergartner!
...and his cheerleader and biggest fan, little sister Vera!
She sure is going to miss her "bubby" while he is away at school!
And we were running out of steam and the sun was bright so this was the best we got of the 3 amigos! Better luck next year mama...
...and one with mom and dad of course!
And then the whole reason we bought this house was happening before my eyes...ready or not mama heart! We were walking to school. It was just as I pictured, neighbors also taking pictures and then trekking up the sidewalk to school. I told Scott, this is what I wanted when we moved here. I praised God the whole way to school. A sweet moment I will cherish always.
We walked into school with Solon, watched as he expertly stowed his backpack and headed to the classroom. The teacher the night before instructed us to make our good-byes brief so there was no anxiety or tears and to ABSOLUTELY not cry in front of our student! We successfully said good-bye to that sweet face, entrusting him to his sweet teacher and knowing God was watching over him and departed.
His teacher also mentioned at orientation not to look back but I did and that's when I teared up (and am again now!). My baby sitting somewhat nervously at his chair just awaiting for the next chapter of his life to begin...
We picked him up after school, after Scott and I texted all day wondering what he was doing, if he ate his lunch, if he had a friend to play with, and if he missed us as much as we missed him. He was all smiles but the first words from his mouth were, "It was too long for me!" It made me smile and heart break at the same time, I couldn't fix that but I encouraged him that he would get used to it and I missed him too. He did mention meeting the "mayor" aka the principal, ate all of his chicken nuggets and even got chocolate milk (a treat since we don't get it at home!), and loved recess. We headed off to home to enjoy chocolate chip cookies, his request, and nachos for dinner, also his request.
The rest of the week we had to wake him up each morning and he needed a brain break with a tv show at the end of the day. He was excited to tell me some of the activities as I walked and he scootered home. He ate cold lunch on Friday but it was a mom fail because he spent the whole lunch period trying to insert his straw into his capri sun and only ate his crackers and drank his drink...needless to say we packed EVERYTHING in baggies and sent a water bottle today! He got nervous during testing and he said he forgot his letters past F (who knows if that's true!) but loved music, especially since she knew how to pronounce his name, I had taught her son! He was a bit upset that he had yet to learn how to read by day 3 but was ready for the weekend. He told me my days are probably pretty boring now that daddy and Solon are gone all day...they are certainly not boring Solon but my heart is going to take some time getting used to this. I MISS YOU lots but I put on a brave face and send you on your way and pray all the while that you will learn and grow and love school. You are a sweet, tender-hearted little boy and I am just so thankful you still insist on a hug and kiss goodbye! And I am always ready to come get you at the end of the day and see your bright smile, hear about your day and enjoy one of your great hugs!