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First Day of School!! Kindergarten and Nursery

2016 August 28
by Becky

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Whoo hoo!!! School started!!

No tears from this mama, we were very ready for this day to come. I love spending time with my children, but wow was I ready for our summer fun to slow down. This summer was one of flexibility…every single week was different. We traveled, Ethan had camps, we made the rounds to all our favorite spots like Grant’s Farm, the zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, Suson Farm, the pool, splash pads, and just about every local park. August began and everyone in our household was craving a schedule.

Good thing Ethan was PUMPED to start Kindergarten! He looked so big in his tie shoes and backpack, I don’t know when his legs got so long.

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I swear we got him a hair cut last week, but since he likes it long he was adamant about us only taking off what was necessary. And I just love that shaggy head. He skipped down the hall to his new classroom, at the opposite end of the school from Pre-K, and waltzed right in, no big deal. Sat at a table to started building Legos with a buddy. No sweat.

And speaking of tie shoes? He actually KNOWS HOW TO TIE THEM!! I’m still in shock.
My kid can tie his own shoes.

Adding to our big changes, Finn started part-time Nursery school on the same day!

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Our school’s nursery is just down the street from the elementary building. It’s all tiny and adorable. We’d visited to meet his teachers the week before, so on the big day he walked right in and started playing. I put his lunch in the fridge and backpack on the hook with his name…it was surreal but exciting. This isn’t the first time we’ve left him, he’s been with a nanny two days a week since December and with many babysitters for evenings out. While we loved our nanny and were so grateful he was in the comfort of our home till he was two, he’s ready for this structured social interaction…this is good.

He didn’t shed a single tear, just waved me out the door.

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Pick up came with all good reports. Finn took a 2 hour nap ON A COTEthan learned about all the routines in his classroom, and they were both all smiles.

Since then, things were a little downhill. Finn only went on Wednesday but was clearly tired on Thursday. We definitely have a two year old on our hands because the tantrums are frequent these days, Finn wants to do everything on his own. I was already tired from a girls night out to the Dixie Chicks on Wednesday night. Ethan grew continually weary till Friday afternoon when he was officially wiped. He was pretty excited about his first homework assignment, though, yelling “Mom, I have homework!!”

So it begins.

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The teachers said all the kindergarteners were worn out, so I’m so thankful we had a short week!

I have a funny feeling things will get easier from here, a weekend off has already rejuvenated us all. Some farmers marketing, bellies full of Festival of Nations food, and an afternoon at the pool should make us ready for Monday.

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2 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    August 29, 2016

    Great blog on the grandson’s. Ethan looks so grown up and Finn is adorable.
    Glad to hear they r both adjusting to their new schedules with school.

  2. Vi Spinner permalink
    August 29, 2016

    I remember those happy days & the kids are ready for changes. Your summer was amazing & busy. Free time is nice. Enjoy!!

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