Friday, September 9, 2016

Audrey's First Day of Kindergarten

After a "slooooooow start" (emphasis added) Audrey finally began Kindergarten on Friday. (Amos and Maggie went Tuesday, and Ward went Wednesday).

It should be noted, that Audrey let me do her hair for the first day of school. My girls never let me do their hair. She even picked the style. There is hope.

Audrey was beyond ready for Kindergarten...I, on the other hand, wasn't. It really caught me off guard how sad I was to see her go. I've never felt that sending a kid off to school. Turns out, she's my little buddy that is really great to have around.

Audrey fell right in line with the big kids. She was going to march right on that bus without even looking back, but the bus driver, Tami, stopped her and made her turn around for me. And that's when the tears started.

As is tradition, we followed the bus to school and watched Audrey line up with her class for the first time. She was all business standing in line, practically shouting, "let's go people!" Still so ready. I was still crying.

And, in case you think the thought of being left alone was making me sad, it wasn't. Ward was with me to drop off Audrey, and then I took him to school. By the time we were to his school, I was happily pushing him out the door =)

Looking at the pictures from our "Ward free" time before her school started, I can see why I felt differently about Audrey going to school than any of the others. She's my little mini me. We ate cookies and got our nails done together. It doesn't get much better than that. Thankfully, there are still Saturdays and summers for our girl time.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ward's First Day of School

For the second year in a row, Ward managed to start school before Audrey. She's still taking it like a champ, but then again, our date for cookies and manicures today might have helped.

Audrey managed to get dressed today, but she's saving brushing her hair for her first day of school. And she's doing that awkward smile on purpose?

Ward was thrilled and so ready to go back to school, but right at picture time he found a way to be upset when I wouldn't let him hold his nerf gun in the photos. He's still cute, even when he's mad.

Things turned around by the time he got to school, and he was so ready! He didn't even look back. He barely stopped for a picture.

And, you can tell he's my fourth child, because I rolled in at 12:07 (well within my 10 minute pick up window) to pick him up and all the other parents, presumably anxious to have their kids back, had come and gone already. Whoops.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back to School Cool

Today, Amos and Maggie went back to school.

We managed to stay pretty busy, and have a lot of fun this summer, but always in the back of my mind was how amazing this fall was going to be. Now that it's here, (don't quote me on this) I'm not sure I'm ready. We've been the five of us going everywhere and do everything together for so long, I'm not sure I know how to go anywhere alone anymore. I may start talking to myself or something...

Back to today though, Amos and Maggie are old pros. They know the drill and they were ready for all of it.

Kindergartners and preschoolers get to wear their jammies for one more day...

This kid is the pickiest ever about what he wears...I won him over with the softest hoody ever. And an elastic waistband on those pants.

This girl has turned her back on skirts and dresses. Leggings and t-shirts or nothing for her. Today she finally got to wear her new school shoes, and they're her first pair of lace-ups. I fully expected to be tying them all year. Last night, just as I was putting her to bed, she asked if I could teach her to tie them. I thought we'd try for a couple minutes and call it good, but she had it in an instant. Turns out I don't have to tie them all year.

They're the most amazing friends ever.

I don't know why, but I found Audrey to be a riot all morning. She was totally chill with it not being her day. Ward was a raving lunatic, but Audrey, she's good. Albeit, a little deranged looking.

When the bus rolled up the kids grabbed their backpacks and were off. They didn't look back or even say goodbye! Their bus driver, told them she missed them this summer and Amos looked at her and said, "Is that true???" She thought that was pretty funny.

And with that they were off!

Just kidding, we followed the bus to school to watch them line up. 

They were already with their classes in their lines ready to go by the time we parked the car. A couple minutes of being lined up, the bell rang and then they were really off! They both came home happy as clams, school owned.