Back to school! First day was a success! My girls were both so excited. Couldn’t wait to see their teachers and friends. I hardly took any pictures! Can you believe that? I can’t. But we were so rushed in the morning so I figured I’d take some at the school and then of course the school was a zoo! I’m going to have to take some throughout the week for my school pages in their scrapbooks.
Ellie was all over the place hugging friends and socializing. I couldn’t get her to stand still for two seconds. And truth be told, maybe I was a little busy socializing too. It was fun to see so many familiar faces again!
Kenny took Ellie to her class and I took Addison. My little Kindergartner was so brave! We did our usual hug/kiss routine (with Addison there is a routine for everything) and then she walked over to her little desk, sat down, and started coloring. I walked out of the room feeling so happy for her and I wish I would have just kept on walking. But instead, I stopped outside the window and stood there for a while looking in. And I watched her thinking how did this happen? When did she get so big and become so independent? And then the tears started flowing and I couldn’t get them to stop. I turned a few minutes later to face Kenny (who was patiently waiting with Kole in the stroller) and he looked at me like really? Are you kidding me? And then my neighbors walked by, saw me sobbing and said “really Erin? Are you kidding me?” They thought I was crazy to be crying – especially since I still have a baby at home – and especially since I’ve probably been more excited than anyone for child #2 to start Kindergarten. And I AM excited she started Kindergarten. But what can I say. I cried. I’m a cryer. Is that even a word? Kindergarten is a big step. Especially for this sappy/sentimental mom.
My girls were all smiles at the end of the day and couldn’t wait to tell me about everything that happened. Just as soon as they changed into pajamas and checked on their ponies of course (who had been patiently waiting for them all day). Addison was excited because her boots made her the tallest kid in class (an observation she made in the lunch line). Ellie was pumped about their class behavior system, although she only got “good” instead of “fantastic” for the day because she may have talked to a few friends in class… Mmmm hmmm. Sounds like we picked up right where we left off last year with daughter #1.
Last weekend we celebrated Kenny’s birthday. I felt bad because this was NOT my best year as far as planning goes. In past years I have written posts about 33 things I love about him (the age he was turning), thrown surprise parties with friends, and have given him little surprises all week leading up to the big day. This year? I couldn’t even get a babysitter so we could go out! I think I called over ten girls – all busy. Plus the week before was so busy with back to school shopping and I had all three kids at home so his gifts were less than stellar. His birthday came and went and was for the most part like a typical Sunday. (I’m totally linking to past birthday posts in hopes that Kenny will read this and remember that I actually am a good wife, just one who is having an off year…)
I did manage to put together this bulletin board for the kids to give him. He has been saying he’d like some of the kids’ artwork to hang in his office and I thought this would look better than random drawings all over the place.
**Happy Birthday babe! Sorry your day was so lame. The good news is that #1 – I still love you the most and #2 – after the birthday you had this year, things can only go up. ;)