Woo-hoo – School is back in session!

It is time for parents to rejoice! Today is the first day of school!

As much as I love spending time with Lexie and Jase, there comes a time when I yearn for my normal routine…and an end to the bickering that began earlier this month.

IMG_1950This morning brought about the usual mix of first-day excitement and nerves. Jase was nervous not just because he is starting fifth grade today but it is his first day as a morning patrol. He will either be monitoring the halls, helping kids out of their cars in the drop off line or holding out the stop signs at the crosswalks. He had two weeks of training at the end of last year but he still worries that he won’t know what to do. I am sure he will be just fine.

I dropped him off this morning with his camo backpack and lunch box from last year. His fifth grade teacher is Mrs. Vandertulip. He actually requested her. And one nice thing is that one of his best friends is in the class. On Meet the Teacher night they chose desks next to each other. I feel better with him having a good friend in class with him.

Lexie and I walked to school later in the morning. She is starting third grade today. Her teacher is Mrs. Reyes. We didn’t know who to request for third grade so we just let the principal pick someone who would be good for Lexie. We have yet to find out who she knows in her class but on Meet the Teacher night she did meet a new girl to her school who will be seating next to her. Lexie is so outgoing and friendly that I am not worried at all about her.

And as always, her backpack carries a letter to her teacher. In it I fill Mrs. Reyes in on Lexie’s eczema, allergies and ADHD. We will have a special meeting with the teacher next month about Lexie’s health issues but I always like the teacher to have the info on Day 1.

So now I am back at home and the house is quiet. People keep saying I will have tons of time on my hands but that isn’t true. In just a few hours I have a PTA meeting. (I am vice president this year.) And before I know it, the kids will be home, excitedly telling me about their days.



So now I am at home, trying to get back into the swing of things without the kids around. All too soon it will be time to go pick them up and listen to them excitedly tell me about their day. I’m looking forward to that.

The excitement and nerves of the first day of school

IMG_1277Today is the first day of school for Lexie and Jase.

Jase is beginning the second grade. He is excited though I am sure nerves will begin to hit as we walk through the door. Last year, I didn’t even walk him to his class. He said good-bye at the front door. But this year, his baby sister starts kindergarten. I figure he will want to walk her to her classroom.

Yes, my youngest is starting kinder today. And while I know some parents will shed a tear as they drop their “babies” off at school, I won’t be one of them. I have never seen this as a sad day. I am excited that she is entering this next stage of childhood. She has gone to preschool for the past two years so really school is nothing new to her. But this year she is at the “big” school with her brother.

Lexie is sure they will see each other throughout the day. All summer she has been asking if they will play on the playground or sit together at lunch time. Jase has patiently been telling her that no, those things won’t happen. He will be with the second graders, and she will be with her kinder class.

I am unsure how this morning will go. For the past two weeks, we have been trying to prepare the kids for getting up early but have yet to make them get up at 6:30. Lexie loves her sleep, so I expect it to be difficult to wake her up. Or she could be excited about Kinder and pop awake.

I don’t imagine getting them ready will be a problem. They will be excited and we walk with friends from the neighborhood, so there is that motivation for getting out the door on time. What I wonder about is how Lexie will do when I leave her in her classroom? She is typically an out-going, friendly girl. She has no problem introducing herself to other children. But when she sees the other nervous kindergartners will this cause her to worry too?

I am not one to stay long at the school. I will walk Lexie to class and see that she is settled in her assigned seat. As I said, I imagine Jase will come with us. After a quick reassurance that I will pick her up on the school patio at the end of the day, I will have to walk away. No, not a tear in the eye but with the knowledge that Lexie is ready for this new challenge.

That isn’t to say that I won’t be a tad sad when I walk in the door to the house and realize the kids are gone all day. Heck, who am I kidding? I have too much to do to worry about the kids.