Wednesday, August 10, 2011

abby's 1st day of kindergarten...

this was the day that i have been anxious about for some time now. as a mother, it's hard for me to see my first "baby" start a whole new chapter of her life as she continues to grow up with each day. although i know abby was more than ready...i, on the other hand, wasn't quite there. i thought i was...until i looked at these old pics that blew my mind and built up a tad bit of tears. let's rewind if you will...this was once my firstborn "baby"...see. and just with the blink of an eye, that baby is gone. she is starting BIG "big girl" school. where attendance is mandatory. uniforms are required. longer days, 5 days a week. school assemblies and liturgies with the WHOLE school, not just with her class. see, it's not that i was sad that she would be out of the house and away from me since summer is over...oh no. uh uh. i know she likes her independence, as do i. it was the fact that she will be entering "the big leagues" so to speak. REAL.SCHOOL.


okay so let's begin...alarm clocks were set for bright and early. 5:45am to be exact. i start to get the girls ready. abby wakes up easily and is excited to finally don a uniform as she has always wanted to after seeing the big kids at school in them for the last two years. now she knew she'd be one of them. we took the traditional "first day of school" pics in our driveway and then later more at school. abby looked soo ridiculously cute. although i wanted to put her in a pair of knee-high socks and mary jane shoes, PE only allows tennis shoes. i didn't want her to get into trouble the first day so we stuck with her new gray and pink new balances, just to be safe. oh, and there is something about an over-sized bookbag on a little kid that makes my heart super happy. abby picked hers out. if you couldn't tell by now...she is obsessed with peace signs. here are some pics...once she got to school, abby and brooke walked into their classroom at the same time. they were both very excited to start their first day in kindergarten. some time in between here and there, i tear up throughout the day. not gonna lie, i have been an emotional wreck this week. i don't even know what has become of me. so my game plan was to stay busy and block out all thoughts of allowing flood gates to open. i had plans to meet up with some of abby's fellow classmates' moms (stacy, kathryn, and dawn) where we enjoyed peach mimosas and brunch at the nearby jackson's. i am so thankful that we planned this or else i'd probably be at home feeling pitiful. instead, we toasted each other for a great upcoming school year and already made plans for the school's gala and other festivities. have i mentioned how much i love moms who get involved? brunch was excellent and soon it was time to pick up our girls from carpool since they were having a half day. here are some i picked up abby from carpool where she climbed into the car and excitedly told me about what a great day she had. she reported that:

"we got to play in the big kid playground (homewood park), and then i was the line leader all day (obviously a big deal for a 5 year old), and umm, it was zosia's birthday and we got to eat a cookie cake & oh, how it was delicious! yeah, and i got to color. a lot!"

(all of that was said within one breath, no kidding.) sounds to me like the most perfect first day of school. and with that report, mommy's nerves flew out the window. i'm so very thankful that she is happy.

lastly, jay had the BEST idea that man has ever had (besides choosing to marry me of course)...he wanted to take a picture of abby through his rearview mirror as she sat in the backseat of the car. he said that we'll do this every year on her first day of school and then collectively put them together when she graduates 8th grade to see how much she has grown up. ((sigh)) and that my friends, is why i married that man...he adores and appreciates the sentimental pictures just as much as the woman he married. here is abby's very first one...


A Mom to Two Lil' Ones said...

Awww, that is so sweet. I loved looking back at the pictures of her growing doesn't seem like it was that long ago when we met and she was still just a toddler. They are growing up so fast.

I am so glad she had a wonderful first day of kindergarten.