Wednesday, September 03, 2008

First Day of Kindergarten!

This is my baby. However, it does not appear that she is staying my baby. No, my baby had her first day of Kindergarten on August 22nd.

She has been so excited to start school. So when the day came, she of course was up way before she needed to be. She didn’t have to be there until 10:00, so we were able to hang out and play and leisurely get ready for her first day. Hubby and I had of course taken off work as we were supposed to go with her for orientation for an hour.

We took her pictures and then walked her to school. One of the things I love most about our house (and the main reason we chose to build here) is the fact that the elementary school and middle school are right here in our neighborhood. So it literally only takes us five minutes to walk from our door to the front door of the school.

When we got there, the parents sat with their child as the teacher ran through some paperwork. We then helped our child with their school supplies, and then, sadly for us, it was time to leave. My daughter had no problem saying “goodbye.” She was more than ready!

It was weird, because now I had five hours with just my son, and it felt like someone was missing the whole day. I can definitely see how stay-at-home-moms long for school to start…to have some time either by yourself or with a reduced number of children has got to be a welcomed break after a full summer!

My daughter goes to school all day Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then Friday afternoons. I wasn’t sure what I thought about that schedule since every other district around here does either half-days or full day Kindergarten. But now? I love it! I love the fact that she doesn’t go to school on Mondays…it’s hard enough getting hubby and myself back into the work-week routine without having to worry about getting her ready for school as well. I also love that she gets a break every-other-day…she seems to really need that. It also helps on days like today where her allergies are really bad and I don’t have to worry about “should I send her to school or not.” It’s also nice because hubby and I have decided to take her to school here in the beginning. So he takes her Tuesdays and I take her Thursdays. I can’t wait until I’m on maternity leave and can take her and pick her up everyday!

On Tuesdays she has music and computers, on Thursdays she has gym and art, and then on Fridays they have library time. Every day she comes home happy and telling us she had so much fun! So far she has packed her lunch everyday, even though she knows that I’ve filled her school lunch debit card and she can buy her lunch anytime she wants to.

So yes, unfortunately my baby is growing up…but at least she’s having a lot of fun doing it and still makes me so proud every single day!


Anonymous said...

Awww....she's so beautiful!! I'm thrilled to hear she loves it and I love that the school is so close to your house. I also love her schedule--not too much, not too little.


Julie said...

Adorable pictures - love the pigtails. Yes, they are growing up too quickly!

Rachel said...

She looks just adorable!! I knew she would love school!!! I'm so glad she's enjoying herself. And, yep, she's growing up.

Anonymous said...

That's so awesome!! It's great that she's looking forward to it and enjoying school. She'll have so much fun.
BTW, love the pigtails, she looks adorable!

Sherry said...

What adorable pictures of her on her first day of school!!! So glad she likes it and comes home happy every day, see she has had a great upbringing and she knows new things are good casuse at the end of the day she has a happy home to go to. She is secure, happy and will do awesome in school!!!

Daddy Dan said...

It's great to hear she adjusted so well to school. She probably took it much better than Mommy and Daddy, I bet! =)

Amy W said...

Great pictures! She has some full days!

Christy said...

She looks so incredibly grown up in those photos, especially with her backpack on!

It is so hard to watch them grown up, but so exciting at the same time. I can just imagine her coming home each day and telling you all about what she did. Yup, definitely your baby is growing up, at least you will soon have another one ;)

radioactive girl said...

I might be in the minority here, but I HATE when my kids go back to school. I feel like part of me is missing all day without them here!

Your daughter is adorable...and getting so big! I can't believe how fast kids grow up! I feel like I just had my first baby and she will be 11 in January!