Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Beginnings

Dear Ian,

Hooray!  Today is the second day of school, so that means we officially survived Day One.  And it was a great day.  You are really enjoying your new room, your new teachers, and of course the new toys and friends to play with. 

Monday was your orientation day where you got to first find out all of this newness, and since I was in my classroom, you got to share the fun with Daddy.  You and I arrived early, so I was able to take a couple of quick photos, though. 

Here's our obligatory First Day of School photo.  Our grass was (is?) really tall from all of the rain as of late, so we borrowed Mr. Patrick and Ms. Christina's yard next door.  You look so big and grown up and handsome.  Sniff.  Sorry.
A close-up photo of your cute little self.  I can't believe this is your next-to-last year at Advent.  I'm not going to think about that.
This is a picture of your hook outside your classroom window.  VERY important papers will hang from here.  VERY important.
This is your class list.  Look at all of those kids!  It's a really good group, and you know a whole bunch of these kiddos already.  Ben, Bryce, Avery and Ellasyn were in your class last year, and you know Brooklyn and Spencer from your first year at Advent.  Sarah Payne is the same Sarah that used to come to our house to play.  How fun is that?!  And Ella Stephens is the daughter of Mommy and Daddy's friends Mike and Maria.  Wow!  

So tomorrow is Thursday, day three, and then we are finished with your first week at school.  Already you've had homework; we had to decorate a bag and put a few things you like in it to share with your friends.  You drew a rocket ship on your bag and filled it with a mini John Deere tractor, a magnet from one of our family cruises and a picture of your family.  It was sweet watching you decide what to pack.  The tractor for Grandma and Papa's farm, the magnet from the cruises with Grandma and Grandpa Brooks and then the picture of us.  It made me smile.  On Friday, we need to bring in an ingredient for Friendship Snack.  I have it written down so we don't forget, and I cant wait to hear all about it after school on Friday. 

Our school year is off to a great start, and I know you are going to do so well.  You're teachers are great, you are surrounded by friends, and I get to peek in on you every now and again. It's the perfect combination.  We're very lucky.

Happy New School Year, Buddy.
Love you,

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