Oh my goodness we made it.
Three weeks into school already, and we're all still alive, we're all still breathing, we've got lunches packed, forms signed, clothes picked out, teachers met and first week fears settled.
And our kindergarten classroom? Well, we have floors now.
Once our floors were finally in, my teaching partners and I were scurrying around literally the day before school started trying to put furniture in the right place, put furniture together and set out activities with the hopes of fooling kids and parents into believing that we didn't just pull this off hours before those school doors opened.
And that very day before school started as I was rushing off to finally be able to put our classroom together, I also rushed our poor baby Sophia to the only walk in clinic that was open on that holiday Monday to find out that she had Hand Foot and Mouth disease. Just for kicks, ya know.
One trial day at daycare gave her a nice little gift that lasted over a week.
So, when I say that we made it...we really did. It's been like a 3 week long marathon of excitement, emotions, anxiety, stress, happiness and everything in between.
And our kindie class? Well, we made it through the first few weeks of peeling scared, crying kids out of their parents arms and snuggling them and distracting them until their tears settled and their smiles came back.
But this little guy...well, he didn't even look back once those school doors closed.
He was thrilled, excited and pumped beyond belief to finally be going to school like his big sister and cousin.
So we packed their backpacks, filled their lunch pails, kissed their cheeks, hugged them tight...
and sent them on their way out into the big big world of school.
And that little monkey in the middle started daycare a few days a week too, while my mom is watching her the other days. So big changes, hard changes, exciting changes all around.
And after school sibling snuggles from kids who now miss each other all day long are a regular occurrence.
Life is changing, life is moving, life is carrying us along and big changes, hard changes, exciting changes are all what this life is really about.
And whenever I've come home from a long, tiring day of 26 kindergarteners, this little baby Batman always makes me laugh.
So even the hard days are still pretty darn good.
Good job parents for pulling it together and getting everyone set over these past few weeks, great job teachers for making it all happen and good job kids for making it through some new, scary, great firsts.
And thanks to my superb teaching partners for a great start to the year.
Happy weekend everyone--enjoy every minute of it!