Tomorrow is it. Tonight I tucked you in for the last time as a pre-schooler or pre-kindergartener. Tomorrow morning, you start elementary school. On one hand, I am so very excited; you're going to a great school, and you are going to learn and grow so much. On the other hand, I am wondering how in the world this happened so fast!
People have asked me if I'm going to be all emotional and junk, and really, I don't think I will be. Not because I am a heartless Mommy, but more because I am simply in AWE of you and everything you've accomplished to this point. I can't wait to see what you're going to do next! I am EXCITED not sad. I get a little mommy misty-eyed when I think of you not being in a classroom across the playground from mine, but I know you're going to do great things, and it's time for you to start spreading your wings. My job as a Mommy is to prepare my Little Bear to grow up and leave the den, which makes one too many animal metaphors, but hey - I'm having a mommy moment.
I had a small freak out last night while laying in bed, listening to the sound of your white noise machine, when I realized that I wasn't going to be around. How was I going to take care of my boy?! How you could you possibly be old enough to go to school with such bigger kids? What in the world was I doing, sending you to such a huge place?! Deep breaths, Me. I did this at your age, and your Daddy did, too. And I'm sure you're going to do it better and with more confidence than the both of us. But never-the-less, my brain kept right on rolling. I panicked a little when I thought of how much LONGER this day was going to be for you. But then I stopped, took a deep breath, and realized that it's only about 40 minutes longer than the hours you spent at Advent last year on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when I covered naps. I stopped, breathed in and out, and reassured myself that I will be only around the corner, and that I can be the first car sitting in the pick up line, waiting to see you come running out from you room. And then, since we've had a little trouble transitioning to no nap, I'm sure you're going to pass out in the nine minute drive home...That's going to be interesting.
But, this Kindergarten-eve has been a long time comin', and it's what we've been training for, so we're going to buck up, have big smiles and celebrate how far you've come!
Two days ago, we attended your school orientation, where we met your teacher, saw your room and, to your joy, got to eat snow cones and play on the playground. We also turned in all the supplies you needed for the year, and holy supply list, Batman, was it a haul! I'm glad we dropped it off that night; there was no way you could have carried all that in tomorrow.
Anyhoo, we found your room, and then we found your table spot, and we filled out a bunch of paperwork. Parents have as much homework as kids when it comes to school paperwork! You met your teachers, Ms. Tricia and Ms. Kristen, and you toured all around your room. You picked out your cubby and book bin, and checked out all the neat things like the Ferris wheel made out of Kinex, and the classroom pet, a bird, that you all will get to name this week. I think you're ready, even if you're a little apprehensive, and I can't wait to hear all about your first day.
As always, I took a few pictures from orientation, and you can bet your hiney that tomorrow we'll be out front taking "First Day of School" photos. Not in our yard, though. Mommy needs to mow...
Sitting all proper and "good student-ish" at your table spot.
I love this little face.
I'm really happy that you already have a buddy in your classroom. Jonathan Perry, a little boy from one of your younger classes at Advent is also in your Kindergarten class! That takes a little stress off this mommy's heart. I was worried that you would be worried about not knowing anyone. Not that that would last long; you're super friendly.
After spending time in your room, it was time to explore the playground!!
This slide is your favorite part, and since you're a thrill seeker, I know why: it's pretty vertical, so you zip down it fast!
Running to do it again.
The smart PTSA had snow cones for you guys. And it's like they knew you; the way to your heart is definitely through your stomach.
So, here I sit. I've made your breakfast casserole for tomorrow morning, and I have the beginnings of your lunch made. Your first day of school outfit is laying on the couch, and your backpack is all packed and ready to go. My first day of school outfit is on the ironing board, and I have a checklist of the things I need to remember to take to school. Oh yeah, it's my first day of school tomorrow, too. We're both ready to go, physically, if not mentally and emotionally. The past almost six years have just flown by, and tomorrow, even thought it's a big day, is just one more that you and I will share and remember.
I am so excited to hear all of your stories tomorrow afternoon, right before you pass out, and I know you're going to have a great day.
I will be thinking of you, loving you and cheering you on from right around the corner. And deep breathing the whole time.
Good luck and lots of love, my Big Kindergartener!!