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.

Throwback Thursday – School Days

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday!  For today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to share a photo of Ian’s first day of preschool.  Since school will be starting on Monday, I thought this was a good choice.

On Monday, he will start 1st grade.  He has grown quite a bit since this photo was taken.  My boy now is pretty tall for his age.

In this photo, he had his first backpack.  It was a Cars backpack.  He is on his third backpack for this upcoming school year.  It is Angry Birds and one that he picked.

It is hard to believe that he is about to embark on 1st grade.  He is excited and so am I.   Well, I am mostly happy, but having a hard time with Ian’s second full year of school.  He is still my baby after all.

I bought all of our school supplies a few days ago.  We will take them on the first day.  Very soon, we will soon find out who his teacher is.  Exciting times!

Now for trying to get his bedtime earlier.  That is the challenge for the rest of the week.  Ian has enjoyed staying up way past his school bedtime this summer.

Last night he went to bed earlier than the rest of the week, but was still tired this morning.  We have to continue to work on the adjustment.

For everyone with children going back to school this week and next and the coming weeks, my prayers are with you for a great school year and safety for your children.

I wonder what the rest of our last few days before school will bring?  I cannot wait to find out!

What The?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA“What The?” This is Ian’s new catch phrase for when he isn’t sure what to think about something.  Or when something shocks or surprises him.

I love that he came up with his own words.  His expression when he says it is absolutely priceless.  “What The?” I always say back to him, “What The, What The?”  His reply is “No Mommy, it’s What The?”

“What The?” also applies to the fact that Ian is almost finished with kindergarten.  Tomorrow starts the last month.  How is that possible?

Before he started kindergarten, I had a hard time adjusting to him being away from home all day.  But, during the year, he has learned to love going to school and I have enjoyed having some time to myself.

This school year has been a great experience for both of us.  He has learned to read, write, add and work with numbers.  I have been able to shop by myself at stores, eat lunch with no interruptions, and have time to write on the computer.  Kirk has also enjoyed the year and seeing Ian learn and grow.

We have loved his school and I have enjoyed being active in the PTO.  I joined the first month and have been serving as the secretary.  I have met some great people and made some new friends.  We are truly part of our school family.

This last month includes a lot of fun stuff — a field study (formerly called field trip), walk-a-thon, spring fling, field day, a kindergarten concert, and then the last day of school.  It will be a whirlwind and will fly be.  And, then he will be a rising 1st grader.  WOW!!

This photo was taken at the beach several years ago.  He looks like he could be saying “What the heck is this wet stuff in the bucket Mommy?”  “Wet sand, which is great to play with,” is my reply.  This makes me think of the summer and the fun we will have with Ian.

I wonder what other things Ian will say “What The?” in response to?  I cannot wait to find out.

Power Outage This A.M.

powerToday’s photo challenge is lost.   How appropriate since we lost power this morning.

I didn’t take a photo of my own today, but instead went with a photo from the clip art in Power Point.

At 7:30 a.m., the power went out.  Thankfully Ian was mostly ready for school by then and so was I.  We finished getting ready and then at 15 minutes to 8 a.m., we walked to school where we found the power was also out.

I wasn’t able to walk him in today (bummer) as I usually can. I had wanted to drop off part of our supplies and talk to his teacher.  But, we weren’t able to do that this morning.

He turned from me and started to walk inside. “Ian, can you give Mommy a hug goodbye?” I asked him.  “Okay, Mommy,” he said, while quickly hugging me.  Then off like a flash, he was ready to go inside.

An hour and 15 minutes later the power was back on at both our house and the school.  We got a call from the principal saying the power has been restored and they are ready to have a great day!

I am ready to have a great day too.  It was, however, funny to me and sad in a way how ready he was to leave and get inside his school.  I was the one to remind him to say bye.

I imagine that is common, but still a little tough on his mommy.  Frankly, I’d prefer that to him dreading school or crying.

I wonder what other adventures today will bring.  With rain in the forecast, there is no telling.  It will be fun to find out.