Tuesday, October 4, 2016

That time my kids went back to school in 2016

It may be a cliche, but that doesn't make it any less true:  the summer FLEW by!!!  One minute, I was planning all these educational activities for the kids, and the next minute, I was planning for back-to-school.  And by "planning for back-to-school," I mean looking up from my calendar to realize they were headed back in less than a week!

I think part of it was that I just wasn't ready for them to go back this year.  Maybe it's their ages (2 and 4), but they were so much fun this summer.  They played well together, and I really enjoyed everything we did.  I'm sure you'll be shocked by this, but... I was kind of dreading them going back to school.

(Disclaimer:  now that we are a few weeks almost two months back into our school-year routine and I finally have time to sit down and blog about back-to-school, I have to admit -- I LOVE it!  It's so nice having the structure of school schedules back.)

I guess I should have been better prepared for school to start, because Emma has been asking about it all.summer.long.  What is the name of my new school?  What is the name of my new teacher?  Will my friends be there again?  There were more, but I heard these three all.summer.long.  We even drove by her new school from time-to-time as summer progressed so that she could see it.  (Lucky for Mom, it's less than 5 minutes from our house!!!)

You may remember me writing last year about Emma's acceptance in the Decatur City Schools' inclusion program, which couples special needs children and their "typical peers" with the intent of enhancing the learning and development of both groups.  Because of her participation last year, she was automatically enrolled again this year in their 4K program.

Baby Sage started school on August 9th and I wasn't the least bit worried about him.  I knew before I dropped him off that he would have a fantastic day.  (I truthfully don't know the last time he didn't have a fantastic day!  He is just always happy.)  When I got him there that morning, he walked in, sat down at the table and started on a puzzle.  When it came time for me to leave, he waved to me, and kept on playing!  Not a single tear was shed -- by either of us!  When I know how happy he is going to be, it's easier on me leaving him behind.  Want to guess what kind of report I got when I picked him up?  That's right:  he had a great day!  He played well, ate well, and napped well.  Yep, that's my boy!

Emma didn't start school until the 10th, so that was my real "back-to-school" day for the kids.  Naturally, they wore matching outfits from Cloud 9!  Just like last year, I spent the night before packing Emma's bag and lunchbox, ironing clothes and worrying like crazy.  I just had so many questions!

Would she be happy at her new school?  Would she love it as much as she did last year?  Would she be scared her first day?  Would she love her new teacher?  Well, the answer to all of those questions was YES! -- except for being scared.  Apparently, her momma was scared enough, and Emma didn't take any of that from her.  She was so excited for her first day -- we walked in with no tears, and total excitement!!!  She shocked me for the second year in a row. (Someday, I'll stop worrying.  You know, when she's like 40.)

Luckily for me, both of Emma's first two days were only half days again.  I honestly don't know what I'll do when she goes for a full day her first day back, because I couldn't wait to hear all about her day!  She walked towards my car with the BIGGEST smile on her face I have ever seen, and once she got it, she couldn't stop talking!  She absolutely LOVED school!  Getting to hold Curious George while Ms. B read a story might have topped off her first day, but she was also very excited about her old friends that were back again, and the new friendships she had already made.

I knew right then that it was going to be a great school year.

(But I might also already be looking forward to next summer, too!)

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