Day 1 of 2nd Grade

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday, Ian started 2nd grade.  I cannot believe it was his first day of a new school year.  He was excited and ready to go.  Of that I am very thankful.

He has a man for his home room / primary teacher this year.  I too had a male teacher in 2nd grade.  He was one of my all-time favorites!  I have a feeling that Ian will like his teacher as much as I liked mine.

Here is my sweet boy from this morning.  He is looking so grown up now and is ready for school to begin.

Thankfully, a few of his friends are in his class again.  In fact, he and two other kids have been in the same classes for all three years.  Also, there are several new kids who he will also get to know.

I think it will be a great year for us and we are excited.  I am serving again as our PTO secretary.  We have several new people who I look forward to working with.  We hope to have a great and busy year with that as well.

This morning we walked together to school and discussed the day.  Then after school, we walked back home.  This afternoon was quite a bit warmer but not too bad.  We had time to chat about his day.

Today, I am thankful for:

  • A wonderful school that Ian loves
  • A short first day
  • Great teachers
  • A wonderful Principal, Vice Principal, and office staff
  • Being able to walk to and from school
  • A boy who loves to learn
  • Friends who we got to see again
  • A quick but fabulous summer
  • Treats after school
  • Listening to a boy explain today’s science fun

I wonder how the rest of our first week will be?  I hope and pray that it will be a good one.  Hope your first day is good as well.

One Week Until School Starts

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What The? Just one week left of summer? How is that possible? Where did the time go?   How did it get here so fast?  So I have to buy school supplies to buy this week?  No more late nights during the week and sleeping in?

It seems we just started our summer and now it is nearly over.  My time flies when you are having fun!  And we had a lot of fun and a great summer.  Hope your summer has been great as well.

It is hard to believe that one week from today, Ian will start 2nd grade.  He is starting his fourth year of school and that is amazing to me.  He loved preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade.  And, now for 2nd grade.

I wonder who his teacher will be?  We should find that out in a day or two.  I wonder what friends will be in his class?  I hope several that he has known and he can always make more.

We love school so the transition will be good.  I just always want more summer and more time to enjoy one another without our normal commitments and schedules.

We have had a great summer and have done so many fun things.  We have made memories, spent time with many loved ones, and have so enjoyed a relaxing schedule.

This photo was taken in the mountains in California.  Here are Ian and I in the meadow on our amazing visit. That was a great day and one of our many fond memories.

This week we will purchase his school supplies, get back on our school schedule, and get our minds back on school. Still we will enjoy the last few days of summer with games, swimming, and plenty of other activities.

Some of our summer highlights were:

  • Monopoly games that took days to finish
  • Treats from the ice cream truck
  • Flying on a jet plane
  • Singing around the piano with my family and friends as my aunt played for us
  • Swimming with my brother, sister, and our families
  • Holding hands with more than 20 family members before a shared meal
  • Having Ian play with his cousins and friends
  • Completing some great books
  • Pizza at a favorite place in town
  • Going to a minor league baseball game
  • Seeing our skating-in-slow-motion friend and skateboarding dog at the beach
  • Laughs and memories with many loved ones
  • Celebrating the life of a friend who passed away last summer
  • Having Ian finish reading “Charlotte’s Web” and then build a Lego set of the characters in the story
  • Celebrating my parent’s 50th anniversary in two different cities
  • Celebrating my hubby’s birthday and several other loved ones as well
  • Taking time each day to enjoy each other’s company and truly listen to one another
  • Having Ian complete nine books in our library’s summer reading program

I wonder if I can savor this last week of the summer of 2015?  I plan to do just that and enjoy all of the memories that we made.

Kindergarten Begins!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning, Ian started his first day of kindergarten.

Here he is waiting in the line in the gym.  The school does this each morning.  All the kids gather there and then teachers walk the kids to their classrooms.

We walked to the school this morning and that is why he wore his sweatshirt.  This morning was less humid than normal and cool so he needed something to keep him warm.

It’s nice to live close enough to his school to be able to walk!

My mom, who was a kindergarten teacher for many years, said the first day is always hardest on the parents.  I know that is true.  I wasn’t the only mother wiping tears away as the kids left with a teacher.

His school understands that.  The principal announced that after we drop off the kids on Friday (the first full day), there is a reception for the parents.  It is called Coffee and Kleenex!  Isn’t that great?

I walked back by myself from the school — enjoying the sun, hearing the birds, and fighting back my tears of joy that he is starting a great school and sadness that my baby is all grown up.  Well, at least enough to in be school full-time.

I have to remember that he is exactly where he needs to be and that is comfort for me.  Besides he is extremely excited so how can I not be?

The house is so quiet without him here.  I will have to turn on some good music and focus on some other great things.  Can’t wait to hear all about his day!

Yeah Ian!  Mommy and Daddy are proud of you.  KINDERGARTEN ROCKS!!