Friday, August 27, 2010

My Little Punky

My Kayla is a very unique individual. She has her own sense of style. This was her outfit for school today. Everything is a different color. She has decided that she does not need to dress cute for school everyday. Her reasoning: "Why should I? We have to go there EVERY day." Little does she know I think she still looks pretty darn cute.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Spoon

This one little spoon has been on my mind all morning. I know it sounds crazy, but I have not been able to get it off of my mind. This is my baby girl's second day of school. This is her first day to take her lunch. She told me exactly what she wanted to take: a sandwich, yogurt, applesauce, and milk. This is the spoon that was to go in her lunchbox. It can be really helpful when trying to eat things like yogurt and applesauce. I found it on the counter after I walked Caroline to school this morning. I have gone back and forth in my mind all day about what to do about the spoon. Should I take it to her? But do I really want to be THAT mom? The one always showing up and disrupting things. Will they notice she needs a spoon? Will she ask for a spoon? It is not like she is going to starve without the spoon. My mom thinks that when they see her drinking her applesauce they will bring her a spoon.

I do realize I am acting like a crazy person. Worrying and over-analyzing something so little and insignificant as a spoon. Despite really wanting to run up there and take care of her, I am staying at home. She is a big girl and will be just fine. Now, I think I need to go and put that spoon away.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Day of School

It was a very exciting morning in our house - the first day of school. Kayla set her alarm for 6:45 and it woke both her and Caroline up. Caroline had her backpack on by 7:00 and was ready to go. She told me she did not need to eat breakfast because they were going to have snack at school. I tried explaining to her that it was over 3 hours until snack time. She did not care and she was not going to eat the pancakes that I got up early to make.

Both girls were very excited. We were out the door before 8:00 to take our annual first day of school pictures.

Caroline insisted I get a picture of her with her new backpack.

Ready for 3rd grade

First day of all day pre-k

We then walked down the street to meet up with Libby and Mallory. Here the girls are watching their friends get their pictures made.

Here they all are ready to go. Caroline, Libby, Kayla and Mallory pose for a quick picture.

It has become tradition for us to all walk to school together on the first day. This is the first year Caroline has not been in her stroller. Is my baby really that big?

This is the main entrance to the school. We are taking Kayla to her class first. There is a chance I might be crying when I drop off Caroline so that comes last.

We ran into Miss Conway in the hall. She was Kayla's second grade teacher. I absolutely love her. Too bad she will be leaving to go be a principal somewhere else before Caroline makes it to 2nd grade.

This is Kayla with Mrs. Keizor. She seems like she is going to be a wonderful teacher. She told Kayla she might cry every time she says Kayla's name. Her daughter is named Kayla, and she just left yesterday for OSU.

Kayla was patient enough to pose for a picture with her teacher, but she could not get out of the door to the playground fast enough!

It was then time to walk Caroline to her class. I just can't believe she is big enough to be in real school. Her backpack is as big as she is!

One more picture before heading in for a day of fun and learning.

Just more!

She put her backpack in her cubby, gave her lunch money to here teacher, picked out a book, and got ready to sit on her place on the rug (the purple triangle).

My baby girl did such a great job doing what she was supposed to do!

I had to take one last picture through the window in the door. She is growing up so fast.

I can't wait to find out how the day went for both of the girls.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Meet the Teacher

We had Meet the Teacher at the school tonight. So hard to believe it is already time for school to start. We went to Caroline's class first. Here she is outside of her classroom. She wanted to look fancy so she brought her purse (which was full of lip gloss).

We put all of her supplies away and found her cubby. The colorful blanket in the bottom of her cubby was actually what Andy used when he was in kindergarten. Kayla used it in kindergarten, and Caroline will use it this year.

Here she is with her teacher, Mrs. Woods. She seems really sweet. I think it is going to be a good year for my little girl. Before she even met her teacher she told me "I got Mrs. Woods, and that's a great thing." I think she is right.

I hope she will sit at her desk longer for her teacher than she did for this picture!

This is Caroline with Mrs. English. She is the aide and we just love her. She was the aide in Kayla's kindergarten class. I was so happy when I walked in and saw her. She is wonderful.

Then it was time to cut through the school and head to Kayla's 3rd grade classroom. We ran into a bunch of her friends in the hall.

Here is Kayla at her desk. This is going to be a different year for her. It just seems like big kid school. Real school. No cute decorations on the wall. All business.

Here she is with her teacher Mrs. Keizor. We requested her, but I did not really know anything about her. She knew who Kayla was when we walked in the room. She is really nice and Kayla is very excited. She has quite a few friends in her class. This picture is kind of blurry, so I may just have to go in with Kayla in the morning to take another one. I wonder when we will get to the age that she does NOT want me walking her to her class on the first day.

After we finished up in Kayla's class we went to the preschool orientation. We ran into Caroline's friend Alex. He is also in pre-k, but he has a different teacher.

Both girls are very excited. Kayla just wanted to walk around the house screaming tonight. She is ready to go back. Caroline is really excited to buy her lunch. They are having popcorn chicken. She informed me that is her favorite. This is the first year for full day preschool. They are going to give the kids snacks around 10:30, and then they will go to lunch at 12:15. The rest of the school will be done with lunch by then. The kids will just sit at the table and someone will bring them their tray. When they are done eating someone will take their trash. They won't have to handle their own tray until the end of the year. I am relieved. I really had a hard time picturing Caroline carrying a lunch tray. It would be all over the floor.

I am sure I will be a mess in the morning. I was a bit of a wreck when we got home tonight. I do know that Caroline is going to have a great time. I can't wait to see how tomorrow goes...for both of my girls.

Last Day of Summer Vacation

This is it. The last day of summer vacation for both of my girls. Tomorrow morning Kayla will be heading of for her first day of 3rd grade, and Caroline will be starting her first day of "big girl school." This is our last morning to lounge around in pajamas while watching TV.

Everyone is excited. Kayla is getting bored and is ready to get back to school. Caroline does not really know what she is getting into. She knows her teacher's name, and she peeked in the window of her class yesterday and could see her name on her cubby. It is just hard for me to believe she is going to school all day. Kayla was almost 5 when she started pre-k. She only went to school M-Th from 8:30-11. Caroline will be there M-F from 8:30-3. It is going to be an interesting day tomorrow.