Wednesday, August 11, 2010

School Days

Saw this adorable line-up when I went to pick up AGG

Can you believe how grown up and composed she is this year?

I thought I had prepared well.

We were afternoon kindergarten last year.

So knowing school starts before daunting.

We had a back-to-school night meal. Simple, fresh and filling.

simple chinese chicken salad with green beans, salt and pepper garlic olive oil pasta w/rosemary asiago cheese, corn green beans and Parmesan, fried egg, artichoke

Last night I packed a water, half turkey sandwich with Havarti, string cheese, dried mangoes and some natural Cheetos into my 5YO, Avant Garde Gal's lunch box. I planned to cut up an apple for her in the morning.

We picked out her first day of school outfit. Read stories, had a family prayer...We had her back pack filled with her supplies - the house was organized for the big day. She had a father's blessing to start off the school year. We bathed, and got to bed early. We were set.

Bright and early, and on-time!

Then, the iPhone alarm I set for 6:30am did not wake me up. I woke with a start at 7:15am. We needed to leave at 7:35-7:40am to be on-time.

I rushed to get the girls up, while my husband snoozed.

I ran downstairs to prepare a quick breakfast and slice up the apple - as the pancake and eggs had to be shelved for another day.

I reached into the fridge to pull out my daughter's lunch box to find...


*queue panic*

"how do you get to school chart"

I turned to the kitchen island to discover that my husband had left it out all night. He had removed it to get milk after we were all in bed, and as is typical fashion, simply forgot and left something that could spoil out of the fridge. At least it wasn't the milk, or juice, or sandwich meat this time.

*queue irritation*

This year they sit at their own desks!

So - I had to rush to remake a turkey/Havarti sandwich, throw out the cheese as well and then make sure my sweet AGG had a few bites of cereal, bagel and apples as we ran out the door.

Mrs. both their dresses

Thankfully we all made it in time.

*queue relief*

Mrs. N... both are super friendly and kind

Turns out we were also lucky to have the two teachers who allowed the parents to enter the classroom with our kids. Already - I am thrilled. Looks like we'll be blessed a second time with fabulous teachers. In fact, Mrs. D called AGG yesterday afternoon to welcome her to class. Hello extra mile... I am so grateful for mother-heart teachers who pay attention to the small things that make a lasting difference.

AGG did remarkably well. Brilliantly. When we got home I could tell she was exhausted... in the "about to have a breakdown" stage. So we got home, sat on the couch and I rubbed her legs (she gets growing pains now and again). She also ate her entire lunch...except for a few Cheetos and dried mangoes. I was so impressed, that's more than the entire year of lunches I sent last year for her. We chatted...and for the next hour she calmed down and I got to hear all about her first day. I hope this comfortable pace is here to stay.

End of the day... putting my homework (forms to fill out) in her back pack to go home!

Day 1 done.

How many more left?

*queue exhaustion*

AGG's classroom is right next door to our fabulous, brilliant, heroic Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. E. We love Mrs. E.


Holli said...

Wow, what a first day! The older my kids get, the crazier life seems to get and all those "best laid plans" don't always work out. But it's all good. Just makes the ones that do work out that much more glorious! Yeah for great teachers. We've been lucky too. I'll have two in all-day school this year (sigh, where has the time gone?) - 1st and 3rd graders! And a preschooler! And one little guy to keep me company. Life is good.

Queen Scarlett said...

CRAZY how fast time flies. I still consider your oldest, C as still that tiny surfer baby.

I agree Holli - Life IS good.

Greek Goddess said...

I'm already getting nervous about the first day of school: Sep. 2nd.
Yikes. 2nd grade, here we come!
Loved your first day report.

leigh said...

I found you over at Nie's show and tell. I thought that you might enjoy a project that I have going on over at my Blog. Every Tuesday I host The Happiness Project. You simply post a photo of something that makes you happy and then link up.

I'm trying to take over the Blogosphere with happiness. Here is a link to this week's post if you want to see what it's all about.

Queen Scarlett said...

Greek Goddess - can't wait to see yours!

Leigh - sounds like FUN! I think I might have to join in on the HAPPINESS project... LOVE the idea!