Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Back 2 School

Dang it. Back to school already.

Olivia did not want to wake up. Honey, I feel your pain.

Gabe was super excited. Olivia, although awake and dressed, was still a little nervous. Totally understandable since she was the one heading off to a brand new school. Gabe gets the same school and the same (awesome) teacher as last year. Olivia had an amazing teacher last year and has a new & incredible teacher this year. I know she'll have a great year. Still, butterflies are perfectly understandable. 

Yay! Finally a smile. Madame, your minivan awaits.

And the Gabester, desperate to have the ornamental potted grass as a backdrop, still excited for school. He even tied his own shoes. Let's hope the excitement continues the whole year ... or at least through the first week.

How are the rest of you holding up? If you're a parent with school-aged, school-attending children, I'm curious ... Are you the type who can't wait to get the kids out the door and back to school, or are you sad to see them go? By the way, there is no wrong answer!

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  1. Amy,
    I heard someone say today that there are "Wahoo" parents and "Boohoo" parents on the first day of school! It's so true! I'm a mixture of both. My firstborn headed off to 1st grade today. I will miss him like crazy, but he's sooooooo excited for "all day" school that it's hard to be sad! Hope you guys have a great beginning of the school year.

  2. Oh I love these pics. That first one is my favorite! I so feel that way sometimes and did you quilt that!?

    I love it.
    ~ Wendy

  3. I-gots is only three, but a friend of mine recently pointed out that when you send those kids off to school all day, it's almost like another woman is raising them. That's kind of scary to think they spend as many waking hours with a teacher as they do with you.

    Not sure what kind of parent I'll be. It'll be nice to have a little more writing time (once ALL of them are in school), but it'll be hard to let them go.

  4. Hee-hee. Such DARLING pictures.

  5. I love Olivia's "quilt over the head" picture. Yeah, sweetie, we all have mornings like that :)
    -Aunt Sandi :)

  6. Hey guys, Thanks for all the great comments!

    Jenny, I know what you mean. Full-day is exciting. I hope he does well. Gabe had full-day kindergarten last year and he was really tired. (Prosser just implemented all-day kinder last year for the first time.) I was trying to figure out why he was so crabby and then I realized he needed more rest. One of those duh moments for me. Anyway, hope your boy has a great full-day experience!! :) It's cool that our sons are the same age. I think I knew that before, but when they're little, months apart seems so huge. Then they go to school and they're in the same grade and I'm always surprised. Another duh moment, I guess. Having a lot of those lately!

    Wendy, No, I didn't quilt it. A friend of ours did, though, and it's just beautiful, isn't it? I do make my kids quilts, but they're not as nice as that. I keep it simple because I don't know what I'm doing. :)

    Thanks, Elise!

    Krista, I've thought about that before, too, but then I think, "Did I feel like my teachers raised me?" And for me the answer is no. It's more like learning to fit into an institutionalized setting, not so much a mother-child feel. I felt worse about my children being in school when we were in China because the school days were so long, but here, they only go to school for about six hours a day, so it's really not so bad. I see them in the morning and for most of the afternoon and all evening, so we still have time together. It's different for everyone, but I know if I homeschooled, they wouldn't learn anything (because I am not a teacher-type!!), so I'm personally content with this arrangement. :)

    Thanks, Esther!

    Yes, Aunt Sandi, don't we all!! :)