We did it. Made it through day 1.
"Pack-packs" were loaded. New socks and shoes set out.
The time came. I almost started to tear up at this point, but thankfully, these two hyenas kept me smiling.
I love how sweet they can be.
Start the party, Laine. I knew she would.
And, they're both on board the crazy train. Looks about right.
Backpacks on. Yes, they must walk with them to the car, only to take them off while we drive to school. I've stopped trying to reason with short people.
Jack was all smiles and super excited to get started.
Lainey, surprisingly, was the apprehensive one.
Pouty girl. Nice. Isn't her outfit darling, though? A present from Mae Mae. Thought the apple skirt was perfect for day 1.
Please pause a moment and pray for her teachers.
Lovely, Laine. Act like you're going to punch the fundraiser poster kids.
Please pray for her classmates.
The little punks and Mama.
In we went.
First task of the day is to wash hands.
Then, they find their own plate, utensils, napkin and cup. Everyone sits to eat lunch together family style. Children are encouraged to serve their own food and pour their own milk.
I got them settled and then said my "goodbyes". Made it all the way to the car feeling great! Then, I saw their empty car seats. Tears. Lots of tears.
I know this is good for them and me. I know it! But, I've always been very old fashioned about keeping kids home when possible before they start school. Don't judge.
Had a quiet afternoon and then returned to learn that Lainey got to feed the fish and Jack was line leader for the day. That's big time, peeps. What did you accomplish in your day, huh? Huh?!
Returned home for some playtime with neighbors and dinner. After cleaning up, I took note of 3 backpacks hanging on our kitchen chairs rather than the 1 we've grown accustomed to. Times are changing.
It was a busy day, folks. 6:02 and Lainey Caroline was asleep.
Tomorrow's a new day. More to learn, more to paint, more to build.
Life is good!