The first day was a success! Everyone made it home from school and were anxious to talk about their days in detail over ice cream sundaes.
Hallie is wishing she had more friends in her classes, but grateful that she has lunch with all her friends
Hunter is wishing his buddy Scott could be there for the first day – but we made sure he was a part of the fun.
Bennett loves his new teacher because she’s so nice, he’s just wondering when basketball starts.
And Cannon…he thought it would be more fun and recess was shorter than he expected. Spoken like an honest 5 year old. He was brave for his first day but there was a moment where he had tear filled eyes and it took a minute to regain his courage. Steve and I both were there to make sure he got in the right line outside the school, waiting for his teacher.
We saw some other kids who were tearing up trying to find their lines so we made sure to get them to their teachers. We made it back to Cannon standing in his line and he was a ball of tears. His nerves had got the best of him but nothing Steve couldn’t shake him of. (Steve is the master at comforting and the master of distraction – both were needed in this moment). His teacher came at just the right time and she held Cannon’s hand as they made their way into the school. He smiled and waved and just like that he was off to new adventures.
And Briggs is wondering why he can’t start school today !
The swimsuits are still wet from all the swimming we’ve done this summer but we’re hanging up beach towels for backpacks tomorrow morning.
We had are annual back to school dinner and I’m happy to report that my kids have taken over the tradition! Steve and I decided on a theme and we passed that information on to Hallie and Hunter and they ran with it. I love having older kids!!
Bennett was a little concerned that it wasn’t going to be up to par with dinners we’ve had in the past but realized how silly of a thought that was as he saw the skittles being dumped on the table. (To add to it, years ago for one of the dinners we had oversized lemon drops on the table and for whatever reason, he can’t seem to get those candies out of his mind. When he found out that I didn’t buy any lemon drops it added to his disappointment of what this dinner could possible achieve. It’s all about managing expectations with that one!) He later reported that this dinner was “magical”. His words, not mine!
Our theme this year is “I can and I will” – First believing we can do what we put our minds to and then working to make it happen. It also pairs with the scripture “I will go and do” which is a favorite.
Hallie and Hunter even included sticky notes on the table for us to fill out individual I can and I will thoughts.
They’re excited and there doesn’t seem to be much anxiousness. Even with Cannon who’s starting kindergarten. He still hasn’t decided which backpack he’s going to go with but he’s got two to choose from tomorrow morning!
We like to bring summer in with a bang and this year that included buckets and buckets and even more buckets of water balloons. We had arranged for all the kids on the bus get off at our stop to get popsicles for the last day of school. They were in for a larger surprise when their parents and the rest of the neighborhood were all waiting ready to ambush them with balloons.
Parents filled balloons and dropped them off. Parents dropped off balloons to be filled (Thank heavens they dropped off the quick fill Bunch-O-Balloons (aff link). If you haven’t seen these in action, they are amazing. We had 1500 balloons filled in no time. If you do try these – note that they need to be filled within an hour of using them. Costco has them in a large party pack!)
I don’t think anyone escaped this event dry (except, of course, for the camera woman!) and I’m convinced Steve enjoyed this more than all the kids. In fact, I think all parents enjoyed throwing balloons at their kids – and the kids had no problem fighting back. It was an epic battle.
Someone had the genius idea to have all the balloons picked up before popsicles were given out and that was probably the best move of the day!
Here are the kids willing to pose for the photo. Happy summer to all!
School is officially out and we’ve got final report cards to prove it.
I’m not sure who grew up the most this year but everyone is looking a little older. Some are missing additional teeth. And some are counting down the days until braces are off. Judging from the first day of school pictures, everyone is in desperate need of haircuts!! Hunter has been trying to keep his hair out of his face for over a month now and I just never made time to cut it. He’s long past due!
Tennis shoes are officially trashed and we’re lucky they made it to the end of the school year (Thank you adidas superstar shoes for passing the 2nd grader test. He wore those shoes every day the whole school year. The rubber toe was a lifesaver this year!) Lunch boxes are officially disgusting and possibly growing something. And we were down to the final pages in their spiral bound notebooks.
It’s a good thing the year is done. We are sleeping in tomorrow!
We have one very excited boy for kindergarten next year, but first he had the pressures of graduating from preschool!
Singing those songs, the dance moves – it was a tough gig and took a lot of practice and patience on part of the teacher. But he sang with all his heart and he was ready. Man I love his smirk!
He worked hard reading his books. Every day he came home from preschool with 15 new books. He’d read them to us on the couch, over breakfast and in his bed. He read and read…and then read some more. Towards the end of the year, he realized there were girls ahead of him that he would never be able to catch up with. We had to remind him, it didn’t matter how many they read because he read so many which was an accomplishment for him. He didn’t realize fourth place (out of 50 kids) would still get a trophy and as you can tell he was proud of that little frog trophy.
He has the same teacher that Hunter and Bennett had and I absolutely adore her. She loves my kids and teaches them so much. Not to mention she’s way more fun than any mom would be!
My parents happened to be in town and I’m pretty sure this is the first preschool program they’ve ever attended!
He is ready for Kindergarten. He’s ready for lunch at school. Riding the bus. And he’s been practicing the monkey bars and he’s confident in the next two months he’ll be ready in that as well. I adore him. And Briggs has no idea the changes that are about to rock his world when his playmate/buddy goes to school all day.