Yay, we’re back to school today! Hurricane Irene wasn’t going to stop us! It is a milestone, one I have to admit I wasn’t sure we’d make with all that has gone on. All my kids cared about were the snacks, and the backpacks! I have to say, kindergarten snack ideas were the LAST thing on my mind! Can you say stress? We made it! Thru an earthquake, a hurricane, and now the first day of school! We’re here…..we’ve arrived. Yay!
It was an early start, busy time, and an emotional rollercoaster for everybody. One was excited, one was staying home, one had a sick stomach, and the last only cared about the snacks! lol! Needless to say, somehow we made it out the door, to school, supplies in hand….and we were on time! Got to take our annual picture at the school sign, along with the rest of the 400 kids, eeeek!
Dropping off at middle school was thankfully less eventful than I thought, considering the drama that led up to it. I am so proud of her!!! Heading over to Kindergarten with 3 little ones, people pointing, smiling, and saying I was thinking about you this morning….”how did you get 4 kids out the door on time?” made me laugh….if they only knew the drama, lol!
As I entered the building I saw a few friends and welcoming faces, they hugged me and I started to lose it. Crap I was beginning to crumble. We can’t have that! I was doing so well keeping it all together, maintaining composure, and keeping strong for the kids, that’s what moms do, right?! That is how I have lived my life! So, I had to push on, keep moving, telling the kids to go, go, go…..let’s find your classroom with all the toys and the palm tree! And so we went.
Then came Aunt Bert….someone who has been there since the beginning, someone who knows me, knows the story, knows my kids, and knows just how much this day means to me. She started welling up, tears coming, and I could barely keep it together….BUT we had to push on. Kindgergarten was waiting for us. We got to the class, and as Aunt Bert said, this is a big day….this is a great day. Knowing she is right, I smiled, and said we have been waiting for this day, for a very long time! I am so grateful we are here, and we made it!
Most of you may not know my whole story, but you know that I have a special place in my heart for adoptive and foster kids….and today it really hit home for me. This is what is as all about. Makes me want to do so much more for them. Thinking about how many of them are starting school off, without a loving family to support them. Seeing all the parents with the kids, the cameras, the hugs, the crying, the LOVE. It is all the kids want….to be loved and cared for….and today we were doing that.
On pick up from school, they told me all about snack, who ate what, what containers there were, it was all about food. Its funny, in preschool they didn’t have choices and so we never talked about it. But now, they wanted to tell me about snack ideas for tomorrow, lol! Carrots, peanut butter, popcorn, grapes, the list went on and on! I didn’t care about snack, I wanted to know how it all went!!! But they had other ideas, showing me their sparkly I survived metals/neckalces. Very cute….now get to the important stuff, lol! Did you have a good day? I got different answers…..and the one I liked the best was “today was incredible.” All I could was smile and think….it doesn’t get much better than this! Really! Life is good…especially in Kindergarten! We’re going to complete our First day of Kindergarten activities….and have fun!
Gratefully, we had our first day of school moms coffee, so I met some friends at Panera after drop off and the biggest question they (and the school staff) had is what are you going to do with all your free time? Honestly, I am not entirely sure, but I am looking forward to some ME time, and going to the potty by myself, lol!
Enjoy the time with kids and loved ones, it goes by so fast……hoping your back to school is as great as mine…..even though there were mixed feelings and plenty to tears for me (ALL mine!).
Going to go and make a list of kindergarten snack ideas and start packing for tomorrow….fingers crossed that day 2 goes as smoothly!!!
How was your first day of school? Was it an emotional day? Do your kids have snack, is it still a big deal? Any fun ideas on what to send for snack?