Monday, August 12, 2013

First Day of School, First Day of School!!!

Last year I decided to start taking pictures of my kids on the first day of school and list all of their favorite things. It was fun to look back and see how much they've changed in just a year. These are their pictures from today!

First Day of 4th Grade!

Zoey was super excited to go back to school today. This girl loves everything there is to love about school! She was a little anxious about knowing kids in her class this year. When she went to back to school night she read her class list and only recognized two names and they were people she didn't really play with last year. But we reminded her that she started last year not knowing a single person and by the end of the year she had a huge group of brand new friends. Her school changed their pick up procedures this year and when I met her after school she was very frazzled and panicked. As soon as I was within ear shot she hollered "I CAN'T FIND GAVIN! I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS!!!" Poor girl was so worried about her brother that she was practically in tears. I told her to take a breath and relax that he probably got confused and was at the car line. Sure enough we found him there!  Zoey is really looking forward to this year and all the new things she'll be learning. She's set a goal for herself to pay less attention to what's going on around her in the classroom and focus more on doing her best work. Um! Can I just say that I have the perfect child??? She makes being her mother so stinking easy. LOVE HER!

1st Day of 1st Grade
 Who would have thought that 1st grade would have been harder on mom then kindergarten. You would think I knew what to expect but man I was a wreck this morning. I'm used to having him here at least half a day and now he'll be gone all day long. It was pretty rough on me! Gavin wasn't as excited to go back to school this year. We finished kindergarten a little rougher than we wanted to and he had WAY too much fun this summer. He loved being able to sleep in until I drug him out of bed at 10:30 and he loved being able to stay up late building forts and watching movies. Getting back into a school routine has been pretty hard for him. He was so tired when I picked him up today. He was happy that his best friend, Weston, is in his class again this year and that his teacher is super nice. He's excited about homework and packing a lunch and all the fun stuff that comes with 1st grade! He did tell me that he missed Mr. Green (his Kindergarten teacher) today but that his classroom is right across the hall so he can stand in the door and wave when he gets lonely. Hahahaha! What a funny little boy I have.

I think Tanner had the hardest time with the kids going back to school this year. For the last year I've been doing child care from my home and Thursday was my last day as I transition into a new job working in a holistic health office. Anyway, Tanner's pretty used to there being other kids around so today when his siblings went to school and there were no day care babies around, he kind of freaked out. We got home from dropping off the big kids and he had two immediate melt downs. By 10am I had given in to a Popsicle AND a chocolate chip cookie. It was that kind of day. Then he kind of figured out he had me all to himself and he was not about to let me out of his sights! I tried to call my mom today and he would NOT get off my lap. Climbing, pawing, whining. I'd slide him off and he'd slide right back on. I'd nudge him towards the toys and he'd grab my hand and pull. I told my mom "He's like a sticky booger!Not matter how hard I flick, I can't get him off of me!!" She just laughed and told me to enjoy it while I can. So I did. We cuddled and watched one of my favorite movies , Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. He played under my feet while I folded laundry and then "helped" me put it all away. Then we had some lunch and walked down to the school to pick up the kids. I'm really looking forward to being able to spend more one on one time with Tanner. He's such a funny little boy!
He loves to pretend he's my husband and will talk on his pretend phone to Jon's boss and drivers. It's pretty cute to watch.

I'm pretty lucky to have such awesome kiddos. I'm going to miss the older ones as they will be gone most of the day but I'm really fortunate in this new opportunity to work less and spend more time with my kids and still be able to provide financially for my family. I love it! More later :)

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