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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday

Today we are traveling to the first day of school. Annie asks, "Do you remember your first day of school? Maybe your first child's first day of school was a memorable day. Did you cry? Did they?"

I don't have any really memorable first day of school stories for myself. I do remember my first day of 9th grade in Germany. The school seemed so huge to me ... 2 stories (well 3 really since there were classes in the basement). I worried how I was going to find my locker, my classes - and make it to each one before the bell rang! I worried if anyone would talk to me, if I would find anyone to sit with at lunch (and it didn't help that I was shy!) First days at new schools are hard, but obviously I survived!

It's fitting that Annie is asking about first days of school today as this is Kayla's first day back to preschool too! This was her first day last year when I picked her up. She did fine that first day, I think because it was all so chaotic and she didn't know what to expect or what was happening really. She didn't cry, just went off to play. But over the next few days she did cry when I would drop her off at school (and stop once they were in the classroom.) All of that stopped when she started taking the school bus...she LOVED the bus and didn't cry once!

I think it'll be a little bit of an adjustment this year. Kayla is 4 now and the 4-year olds go to preschool in the afternoon (12-3). Up until Saturday Kayla still took a nap around 1:30. Yes I know most 4 year olds aren't napping anymore, but she didn't seem to be "weaning" herself from a nap - she would just go right to sleep when I put her down. So we'll see how this goes!

This is her on the first day this year (look at how much she's changed compared to the above picture!) I can see the changes in her face that she looks older; which of course she is, but still!

On our way out the door - she was so excited saying "yay school!" (she really wanted to ride the bus, but I wanted to take her on the first day!)

Hanging up her backpack - she seemed to remember the whole routine.

They color while everyone has a chance to go to the bathroom and then they head out to lunch. She sent me off with a big hug, kiss, "bye mommy! bye bye!" and blew me kisses as I walked out the door.

Heading down the hallway on their way to lunch.

She knew I was in the hallway and kept turning around to wave at me and say "bye mommy!"

It wasn't as chaotic today as I thought it would be (I was the only parent who came in the room) and there were only 5 kids (8 are registered though). They started out with 4 on the first day last year but ended up with 14-16 by the end of the year.

She'll start taking the bus on Friday and I know she is so excited!

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Anonymous said...

she is so cute.
She will love it and she will have a great day of school.
have a wonderful day

Anonymous said...

My daughter was so used to going to pre-school since I had to work, that she was a veteran by kindergarten. She was amazed at the others who cried for their moms.

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annie said...

She is adorable, and looks like she just enjoys school so much. What a blessing. Izzy doesn't say she likes school, but she tells me with her actions. I'm glad she enjoys the other kids. Thanks for your sweet comments!

LauraJ said...

Awwww...a cutie patootie for sure! We have three weeks from today for the first day of school...three loooooooong weeks. I hope I can make it.

Beck said...

Brave little munchkin! I'm sure she'll have lots of fun at school and get used to not having her naps.

Corey~living and loving said...

awwwwwww look at her. :) I love your proud momminess. :)

My daughter started at her new Daycare this week, and it is also part-time preschool starting in Sept. I am so excited. :)
Fun post. I love hearing about mama's and their babes.

Jessica said...

Awww, too cute! Glad to know I'm not the only one who doesn't remember their first day of school, lol!

Renee's Ramblings said...

She is such a cutie! Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

She's growing up! That's fun she likes to take the bus.
How cute she looks, looking back at you!
She looks like she's really enjoying school.
Here's to a fun year for Kayla!!
My 4yo Katelyn still naps, and it's usually after lunch from 1:30 too.

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I love the pictures! What an exciting day! I always loved taking the bus too. Made me feel grown-up, for some reason! It looks like a wonderful school.

I remember not really being able to sleep the night before the first day of school because of nerves and excitement.

I hope Kayla has a fantastic year at school!


Anonymous said...

She has really grown from last year! She just looks so adorable1!!I just love the pictures of her.It's good that she loves school so much. i remember your godchild's first day. I took her to the class room and walked away crying.They don't like parents to hang around to long.Sometimes it makes it hard for the kids.I also cried with Tiffany and Gary.
Keep those pictures coming of Kayla. She is just so adorable.She looks like you in the picture where she is at the table.
love ya,

Misslionheart said...

My eyes are filling up!....

Spud is going to pre-school playgroup thingie(!)in Sept. I just know I'll cry my eyes out.

I'm such a softie at heart!

Sweet little Kayla xxx

K.T. and her family of crafters. said...

Kendall will be starting her first year in the big school this year-and I am SOOOOOOO nervous!

Michelle said...

She is so cute. She has changed her looks too. I agree she looks so much older now. LOL...

Much More Than A Mom said...

Happy back to school, Kayla!

Me said...

Aww how cute! It looks like she's going to absolutley love it. :)

The only thing I really remember about my first day at school was that I already knew everyone!! I lived in the middle of nowhere and went to school of less that 30 farmer's kids. :) It my most favourite school memories. :)


Karen said...

Just so gorgeous :-)

Grandma said...

Love the pictures!! Our little girl is sure growing up fast isn't she? There is a big difference in this year and last year's picture!!

Omaha Mama said...

Oh thank you for sharing that. My Brenna is a four year old who still naps like a champ! I've hated to consider giving it up, since that afternoon break is nice for mommies! I think when she starts preschool in September, they start weaning naps. I'm not exactly sure yet how it works.

Great pictures - looks like it went really well.

chelle said...

She has grown so much!! What a big girl!

Nicole said...

What a cutie pie! :)

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

She is getting so big...hope the first day went well.

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Kathleen Marie said...

I pray all goes well for her. She is such a precious girl. What memories you are saving for her! Hugs!

Amy said...

Oh my, she does look older! I', so happy to see all the pictures today Michelle! And how cool that they get to hang their belongings up with their name on a giraffe ;o)!

Are you enjoying a little bit of free time or are you missing her terribly? probably a little of both, huh?

Tracey said...

She's getting so big! Hope the nap timing works out for her. How are you feeling lately?

Tammy said...

So fun to read, Michelle! Glad her first day went so well.

My oldest daughter did not stop taking naps until she was six! Before we started home schooling, she went to morning Kindergarten, and would come and just crash every day afterwards. But my youngest stopped her naps right before she turned 4. :)

DeAnna said...

She looks so cute. I love the picture where she was turning around and saying bye to you. How sweet! Although Isabella would like for me to send her to preschool, we are doing that here at home. She would have no problem whatsoever. She's already told me "I want to ride a school bus and go to school --- you'll be fine mommy."

The Rocking Pony said...

How cute! I cried on my daughter's first day of school. She was in third grade! (We homeschooled until then.)

amy flege said...

she is getting to be such a big girl now!! how great she loves school. its always harder on us mommys the first day than it is for them! my kids start tomorrow!

Mike said...

Glad Kayla loves school.

When my 4-year old goes to kindergarten next year, he wants me to stay in the parking lot.

"Why?" I asked.

"So I won't be scared," he said.

"What'll I do in the parking lot?" I asked.

My 4-year old looked at me and said, "Sit in the van, close your eyes then snore."


Sue said...

Oh how cute. I can definitely see how much she's changed! It's also making me cry thinking of Kayla's first day in under 3 weeks.

I love how she's like, "See ya Mom". :)

Good luck with her nap change. The way I see it - the longer they nap the better. :)

Anonymous said...

Awwww, bittersweet! She really has changed alot in the 2 pictures. Hope she'll adjust okay without the afternoon nap. :o)

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

So cute, the way she kept turning around to tell you bye. She looks like an old pro in these photos. I remember last year when it was all so new to her. Boy, what a difference a year makes!

A Special Family said...

Oh I am sooo glad that it went well for you and Kayla! Maybe no nap will mean an earlier bedtime :) When my little one son stopped napping, he would be asleep by 7pm - it was superb! We also did something called quiet hour, one hour where he could rest either late morning or afternoon by reading books on his bed etc.
So glad it went well :)

Susie Q said...

What a sweet girl...so pretty.
I always love to hear about good first days! I taught pre-school for quite awhile and also worked in the elementary schools in various states.

LOVE the kids...

Tell Kayla that I send love and congratulations on being such a grown up girl! Happy school year!


Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

she really IS such a big girl now. I look at pics of Sarah's first day of JK and I can't believe how small she was.

Looks like she's having a blast!

Glo said...

Kayla is really grown since I first came across your blog site. She's a beautiful little girl and is going to be the best big sister.

I do remember first days for me going to school and my children too.

My Mom took me to school (we lived in a small town) she went south to mail a letter and I took off north,I was setting on the porch when she got home.

Both of my kids love school and the BIG bus picking them up. I watched my son get on the bus(he looked so small) I cried all the way back to the house and all day.He was fine. 51/2 years I did the same with my daughter. I think it was even worse for me when my twin granddaughters started school.

You and Kayla have wonderful week-end talking about what she learned in school.

{{HUGS}} and God bless

Jann said...

So adorable! I love the turning to say Bye Mommy...such a big girl!