Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day of Kindergarten!

Well, we survived!

I woke up before my alarm this morning and was a little teary just thinking that today was the day. Drew woke up just before 7 and said "Is it kindergarten today?!" My sweet boy, he was so excited! I intended to make Drew a special first day of school breakfast, but Dan beat me to it and had him eating his typical English muffin with cream cheese before I got done with my hair. I quickly scrambled up some eggs so he would have some protein to give him energy for his first day. He got dressed quickly, brushed his teeth, washed his face and did his hair. He got his back pack on and was all set to go, but we still had twenty minutes before we had to leave!

After I was finally ready (I didn't want to look like a slob in front of all the kindergarten parents and teachers), we took some pictures out front and got in the car to drive to school. When we got there it was a mad house with nowhere to park! After we drove around a few times we parked far away and walked to the school. We were a tiny bit late and when we got to the classroom Drew put his backpack on a hook and tried to just go sit down on the carpet with the other kids without even saying goodbye! I grabbed a quick hug and a kiss and let him go. I stayed to watch for a few minutes, but he was just fine. I don't think he even knew that I was still there. So I grabbed a tissue by the door and quietly stepped out. There were a few tears as I left, so I was thankful for the walk I had to get back to my car.

While he was in school I tried to distract myself by taking Ava with me to the gym. By the time 11:00 rolled around we were ready to go back and pick Drew up. When he came walking out of his classroom he saw me and waved and tried to run over to sweet! But he had to stay in line with the rest of his class and wait for me to pick him up by the fence.

I wanted to start some sort of first day of school tradition, so we decided to go for ice cream at Baskin Robbins. On the way there Drew and I had this conversation:

Mom: Drew, I want you to tell me all about kindergarten.
Drew: Well, I will just tell you one thing.
Mom: No, I want you to tell me lots of things!
Drew: OK, I will tell you five things, but that's all.
Mom: OK.
Drew: Well first I wrote my name. Only four things left...
Mom: (laughing) OK, what else did you do?
Drew: Then I drew a picture of myself and you and daddy and my sister. Then I had a snack and played on the playground. And the last thing I did was go outside to see the grown-ups.

I tried to get more information, but it was hard to come by! He doesn't remember the names of any of the kids in his class, he likes his teacher, he was good but some boys got in trouble for pushing and hitting in line (uh-oh!), and his teacher said he should leave his pencil box at school. That's all I could get out of him today, maybe tomorrow there will be more info.

I think he had a pretty good day and I am so proud of my big boy. Now we will both just have to get used to doing this every day...

Drew eating breakfast

Ready for Kindergarten!

Drew with Mommy

Drew with Daddy

Drew and his spiderman back pack

Walking to school

Drew getting his name tag from Mrs. Geddes

Walking out with his class

Drew giving the thumbs up in front of his school

Celebrating with Ava and ice cream!


Kacie said...

Yay Drew! Love to hear about all your milestones!!

Gina and the Gang said...

Congratulations MOm...oh, and Drew too! He looks ADORABLE and I'm so happy he had such a great day! Don't worry, tears from mommies are very typical on the first day. I'll be seeing some tomorrow in my classroom!

Kate said...

March, children! March to your doom... and at least 13 more years of school! *shudder*

but really, great jobs all around and i love it. that early morning sun and those sleepy eyes made me think of me! :-)

allison said...

oh man, I'll be doing the same thing tomorrow...i'm gonna be a mess. This is so hard, but you survived, so hopefully I will too. Love the pictures! They got me all teary eyed, so you can imagine how I'll react when it's my child in her first-day outfit & backpack.
Anyway...congrats, what a big day for Drew!!!

michelle maddux said...

Yippeee Drew and Mom! So glad the first day was so great! Best of luck.

Leslie said...

i love it! you're such a sweet mom for creating all those traditions for him. hilarious about "only 5 things", really/really funny. and why don't they make backpacks smaller for the little kids??

The Portas said...

Awwww, I'm proud of your boy, too! What a sweetie. I'm so glad he had such a good day. Hopefully the details will start to flow more freely from his mouth. :) I hope day #2 was just as good!!

Amber said...

Oh my goodness...was I ever behind! Great stuff...your get away...the zoo...your flamingo stance...first day of school!
He is such a big boy and a total cutie...I'm so proud of you all...I would have been a total mess!

jennifer said...

Your Drew is such a smart and sweet boy. I love that conversation you had with him about the 5 things he did at school; he sounds so mature for his age. Seeing the pictures and reading your words makes me so happy for your family. I've been following your story for about 2 years, now, and was here when you were going through the emotional turmoil of which surgeon to choose for Drew. This post really shows how far you've come as a family since then. Good luck and God Bless.

devon lorraine ... said...

hi, i'm leslie's friend and i hopped on your blog today. i've seen it a few times over the years, enough to think "oh my gosh, ava is so big now!"

anyway, i don't even have kids or anything, and i teared all up once i got to the picture of the kids walking in line! what is wrong with me!

you're a sweet mom!