Back to School

We’ve been “Back to school” for a week now.  And it was a good week!

Maria loves her new school.  We are so glad we sent her to the school age program this summer, because she knew so many kids before she even started.  (and at Sunday School too!)  When we asked what she liked about her new school, she says she likes that they have a school song!

Charlie is in the same classroom that he started in this summer and with the same teachers but most of the students changed rooms, so it’s kind of new to him too!

Looking forward to a great school year!  Glad it is off to a good start!


2013 – First Day Of School

Here we go again!  More milestones – of the first day of school type!

Charlie had his first day of preschool today and Maria her first day of First Grade.  Both had great days. Both were tired tonight – Especially Charlie!  But his teachers said he just went with the flow and it wasn’t like he was the new kid at all.  Of course, it helps that they all know him as Maria’s little brother!

First Day of Preschool!

Maria declared the new girl in her class her new Best Friend in the car ride home from after school care.  Which is good, considering her Kindergarten BFF is at a different school this year.  And she came home with homework (1/2 page of numbers). She has also been asked to read 20 minutes a day. So we set up a little table in her room, where she can work without Charlie and I showed her how to set the timer to make sure she gets 20 minutes in.

First Day of School - 1st Grade!

All in all, based on the first day. I think it’s going to be a good year!
First Day of School!

More First Day Pictures


Maria is loving school. And I know that Kindergarten is sooo very different than when I attended Kindergarten 30+ years ago, but wow, some of the stuff she tells me is very interesting. This week she has learned what I would refer to as “soft” skills.

Earlier this week when I asked her what she learned at school, she responded “I learned that we are all special in different ways.  Like I’m really good at speaking English!”

Last night I met some friends after work, so came home after the kids had dinner, I snuck up on her and tickled her when I got home.  And a few minutes later when I asked her what she learned about she said “we learned that my feelings can change every second.  Just like when you came home and tickled me, I was surprised, but then I was happy because you were home” 

How about that for melting a Mom’s heart??

Weaving Project!

First Day of Kindergarten

Maria is officially a Kindergartener!

She got on the bus today and rode off to school. Chad and I both took her to the bust stop, which is by our daycare provider.  And once she was on, we were left wondering all day what she was doing!  When she got off the bus this afternoon, she was excited to see me and Charlie waiting for her.

She said the teachers were waiting for the Kindergarteners (they started 2 days after the rest of the school) and had them all line up. Maria made some new friends and some others that she knew that are in other classes.  She had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, because she thought the tacos would be too “hot”.  She had gym class and music class. Tomorrow they have science class.

She was tired. I could tell that.  Tonight tucking her in, she expressed some disappointment that they spent a lot of time “learning” and not much time “playing”.  She is hoping that next week when her teacher is back (she is out sick and they have a substitute), there will be more playing.  In order to keep her calm for bed, I just answered “maybe…”.  I think she is looking forward to Day #2, but I’m not convinced this transition will be super easy for my little over-thinker.  (She may get that from me!) But all in all, a good first day for all of us!


Maria & Daddy
With Daddy

Maria & Mommy
With Mommy

Here Comes the Bus!
Here Comes the Bus!

Getting on the Bus
And she’s off to Kindergarten!

More Pictures

Wrapping up the Summer

Summer. It’s busy.  Nothing terribly exciting, but still lots of fun things going on too.

Right now our focus is on school.  Maria starts school next Thursday.  Last week I started getting a little nervous about it.  I’m not sure why. She is so ready for this next chapter.  She will do great.  I think I’m most nervous for the transition.  I’m a fan of routine.  I think my kids are too.   Maria especially.  Transitions are hard for her.  Last year she had a tough time when she didn’t even switch preschools, but she had new classmates and some went off to Kindergarten.  It was tough.  Tomorrow is her last day of preschool, and it is going to be tough to say goodbye to her teachers and the staff there. 

On the other hand, I have briefly met a few teachers at her new school, although not her teacher.  We meet her tonight. Her backpack is filled with all her supplies. We’ve figured out her bus stop and the times. She will catch it at daycare and get off there at the end of the day too.  (5 years ago, I specifically went looking for a daycare on the same bus route – my planning pays off!)

I’m sure as the next week unfolds I will have pictures for you and hopefully no exciting stories. I’d like this to all go smoothly!  🙂