Wednesday, August 26, 2009

1st Day of School

Piper's first day of Kindergarten was Monday, August 24, 2009. It is really hard to believe that she is old enough to be in Kindergarten. We went to meet her teacher last Thursday. Mrs. Clonch is her teacher. I did pretty good when meeting her teacher. I did start to tear up a little, but the water works did not flow until Monday when I dropped her off for her first day. I tried my hardest to hold it in, but it just didn't happen. I don't think Piper saw me crying. I did not want her to see me crying because I wanted her to be happy there and not think that something was wrong. The only thing that was wrong was that my Piper, my first born, my only girl, is five years old and starting Kindergarten. She is growing up. I debated about typing anything about me crying on her first day of Kindergarten, but for those of you reading, you might think I was not normal. I am pretty sure every mom cries when their children start Kindergarten. If you don't have a child old enough to be in Kindergarten yet, make sure you take kleenex with you on their first day. No matter how much you prepare yourself for that big day, I don't think you will be prepared enough. I was able to hold it in until I went to ask Mrs. Clonch about picking up Piper when school was out for the day. The tears just started to flow and the only think I could say was "pick up." Mrs. Clonch looked at me with an understanding face and said, "I know it is hard. There is a tissue and treats in the library for you if you would like." I said, "ok," then managed to ask what time to pick Piper up after school. I did not go the the 'tissue and treats' in the libraray. I knew that would not make me feel better. I wiped my tears all the way to the van and the whole 2 blocks home. Yes, we only live 2 blocks from Piper's Elementary school. That is kinda nice. It doesn't take very long to get there, so we don't have to wake up too much earlier than when she needs to be at school. You might ask, why didn't you just walk her to school then? Well, if we didn't have to cross a busy 4 lane street to get to her school, I would have!

Here is my excited little Kindergartener, Piper, on her very first day of Kindergarten! She was so proud of her new Disney Princess lunchbox. I had forgotten to ask Mrs. Clonch about lunches when we had the "meet the teacher", so Piper got to pick out a lunchbox and take her lunch to school. I did not want to send her to school not knowing about lunch. I am sure the school would have fed her lunch, but I wanted to be sure my little big girl would get lunch.Piper did not want me to take her picture at school. So here she is "posing" for the picture that I took against her will. All the students had a picture of Clifford, the Big Red Dog, to color. At the bottom of the paper it said, My First Day of School. When Piper brought it home at the end of the day, she said they had read the story of Clifford and his first day of school.
This picture was on the outside of Piper's classroom. When I left her that morning, I saw another mom taking her child's picture by it. I wished I would have thought to take Piper's picture with it before I left her, but I got a picture of it without her instead. It has her teacher's name and classroom number on it. As I was putting it on my blog, I noticed the star beside the guy's shoulder has Piper's name on it. I thought that was pretty neat that I captured that in the picture unbeknownst to me!
Now we come to Finn's first day of Pre-School...

Finn started Pre-School on Wednesday, August 19, 2009. He started school before Piper. Finn goes 3 days a week; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. He has Mrs. Findley. Piper had her last year and we loved her! So, we requested her this year for Finn. Mrs. Findley thinks Finn is so sweet! If you know Finn, you know how sweet he can be. Since Finn is "Daddy's Boy," Jeremy got the joy of taking Finn to his first day of Pre-School. This also saved me some tears. :)

Here Finn is walking to his class on the first day of Pre-School. I think he must have blinked as the picture was captured. That would explain the funny expression on his face.
About a month before Finn started Pre-School, a package came in the mail for Piper. It was a Cat Pack, an ACU kid sized backpack. ACU sent it to her since she was stating Kindergarten. She decided she still likes her pink one with a cat on it that she used in Pre-School and she planned on using the pink one for Kindergarten. Anyway, Finn was very upset that he didn't get a backpack in the mail, too. So we went to Walmart and he got to pick out a backpack for Pre-School. After we bought it, he said, "Can I go to Pre-School now?" Here he is walking to his class, wearing his backpack!
Finn, Finn, Finn...why does he have to be so difficult sometimes? Another picture with one of his "great"expressions. He was sitting in his chair to color.
Finn's class sitting on the circle rug listening to Mrs. Findley give instructions on classroom etiquette.

Mrs. Findley is finding out what a sweet little boy Finn is. When Jeremy went to pick him up after school the first day, Mrs. Findley told Jeremy that another student, named Kate, was picked up before Finn. Finn said so matter of fact, "I love her." Mrs. Findley said, "I really like her too, Finn." Finn said, "She's pretty. I love her." I just laughed when Jeremy told me. I could hear Finn saying it so matter of fact. Jeremy shared this story with some friends of ours, Arthur and Holly Brant. Their little boy is in Finn's class. They said their son, also said Kate is pretty. I took Finn to school today. I saw Kate. She IS pretty. Finn knows how to pick them!

For dinner, on Finn's first day of school, we ate at Chick-Fil-A. Mrs. Findley and her family just happened to be eating there for dinner too. Mrs. Findley shared another sweet story about Finn with us. She said at recess she has a bottle of water to squirt in the student's mouths when they get thirsty. She said Finn came to her for a drink of water. He got a drink and then told her "If you were in pre-k and I was your teacher, I would squirt the water in your mouth for you." Mrs. Findley thought that was so sweet. I would have to agree!


  1. Sounds like both of their first days went great! I get kind of teary eyed thinking about Jackson going off to school and that's still three years away! LOVE the story about Finn and the water bottle - that is too sweet. :)

  2. Joshua is 21 years old, but I still remember that first day of kindergarten and then first grade. He was completely oblivious to the roiling emotions in his mother and me. He quickly fell under the influence of his teacher, the famously ingenious, Kathy Blair who created a space shuttle with wings and tail fin and almost everything needed for a school-aged child's space exploration out of a mid-size school bus. Kathy later became the Tampa school district science director, I believe. Josh developed a longstanding love of learning that was, in part, germinated that school year by his kindergarten teacher.

    Your blog entry refreshed those memories and also reminds me of how quickly they speed along before us, dragging us behind and only slowing for short glimpses of their lives at such nodal events as the movement to middle school, graduation, college dorms...

    What blessed moments to claim with stories and pictures.