Our first day of school was yesterday, but our day was a little too busy for me to sit down and write. Sorry for all of you who asked me about pics yesterday! Here is a little rundown of our morning…
This year was a little different in that we decided last year that Gabbi won’t be riding the bus most of the time, especially in the morning. An hour long bus ride is just too much when it only takes me about 20 min round trip to drop her off. Also, those of you who know Gabbi, know that she DOES NOT like to get up early. Driving her lets her sleep in a whole hour later! Its also one of Autumn’s favorite parts of the day, I think because she feels more included in the school routine. So there won’t be any pictures of her getting on the bus this year ….
I got up early to make a big breakfast, just like last year. I forgot the streamers (pregnancy brain??), but I did have ribbon to put bows on Gabbi’s chair. So Autumn and I decorated her seat and got to work making pancakes while the other two slept. I also printed a little good luck sign for her seat, since I thought the bows were a little lack luster….
I also made her favorite spinach, blueberry and strawberry smoothie and put it in a special glass. She ALWAYS wants to drink out of the wine glasses!
She was very excited when she came down…
They all love the camera
After breakfast, we did our devotional. We are using the same one we used for the last school year, Jesus Calling for Kids because I really like it. The little nuggets of info are just enough to open up a dialogue without being overwhelming, and I think its helping hearing it read as though Jesus is actually saying these truths to the kids. If you are looking for a devotional, this one is a pretty good investment .
Afterwards, Gabbi ran upstairs to get dressed and I finished packing her lunch…
I found this lunch container set at Wegmans this year and I am so excited to not go through 1000 bags again. I really hope she doesn’t lose it! She requested peanut butter and butter for the first day with fruits and veggies. I’m so lucky I don’t have to fight my kids to eat healthy foods!
She also gets to bring a snack everyday to class like last year, but our go to trail mix is out because she isn’t allowed to bring nuts into her actual classroom. So we came up with the idea to make a chex mix trail mix using cinnamon chex, sunflower seeds, raisins, mini marshmallows and some M&Ms. It came out tasting pretty good, though I know she missed her beloved walnuts….
I also always make big batches of mini muffins, because for some reason kids love those things and the ones at the store are SUPER expensive and loaded with sugar…this batch was apple cinnamon.
Then Gabbi FINALLY came down, and not in the outfit we had already spent hours picking out (of course), but she was happy with her choice and that’s what matters. She made me strike a deal with her, one smiling picture at home and one at school. Apparently, if she didn’t I would take “37,000” pictures according to her (which probably isn’t that far from the truth)…
So here she was all ready on her first day of SECOND grade…
And then we all got in the car and drove to the school. Normally she would just run in, but on the first day we all got out and walked her to the door….
“Hey – this picture is not allowed…”
Unlike last year, where she was super nervous, this year she promptly walked as far in front of me as she could, went right into school and barely said goodbye …
I was sad for a few minutes, but I did not cry, which was surprising! I am actually really proud of her, and I know that she was looking forward to starting second grade, which made it a lot easier to let her go this year. I do miss having her home during the day, and I know her sisters do too, but I think knowing that she was excited made the beginning of this year way different from last year. (If you want to hear about what a blubbering mess I was on the first day of first grade, you can check out the post from that day here.)
According to Gabbi, her day went great! She loves her new teacher, has a few friends in her class from last year and she can’t wait to meet all of her teachers for her specials in the days ahead. She had homework the first night, but she did it without a fight, so perhaps second grade will be a bit easier than first for that. I am so excited to watch her grow this year and to see how much more she learns!
Watching our kids grow up is never the easiest, I feel like I blinked and she is already in second grade. But on the other hand, I am so in love with the people that my children are becoming, and I am so thankful to be able to experience them growing up.
I hope everyone else had a great first day back to school!! We are praying for all the kids to have a fantastic school year, and I hope that you will join us in that prayer.