Back to School

Look, I’ll be honest with you–I am so anticipating Monday next week. I don’t usually like Mondays, but the first day of school is the exception. Now I know that next June I will be eating my words and desperately awaiting the mornings I can sleep in past 6:30 am, but for now I just can’t wait until my two oldest are in school and I can quit worrying when the next time will be that someone will pick up a hammer and bust holes in the sheetrock upstairs.

Oh wait. My youngest did that.

Yesterday afternoon was Meet the Teacher night at school. We didnt get much of “meeting the teacher,” but we did get to introduce our middle child to the Kindergarten classroom. He is so excited about starting school! Last year, I actually lost him the first day of school, because he decided he was going to start Kindergarten a year early and hid in one of the classrooms. We fought the entire walk home that morning–he dragging his heels into the concrete and crying.

Our middle child’s feelings about school haven’t changed much this year. We showed him around the school and encouraged him to talk to some of the other children in his class. However the look on his face when I told him it was time to go home couldn’t be beat:

In a desperate attempt to get some Back to School photographs of the children, I pleaded with him to smile and I’d make him cupcakes. He wasnt budging:

Finally exasperated, we had to drag him the two blocks home. I’m hoping this is an early sign he’ll do well in school this year. Gotta look on the bright side, right?

The novel thing for me this school year is only having one child at home with me. I’ve never really got to experience having only one child to devote all my attention and care to as I was pregnant for nearly three years with children all about one year apart. I’m looking forward to grocery shopping during the week, walks with one child, snuggling on the couch without getting smothered in the process, and hopefully what will be smaller messes around the house.

Maybe I can even teach my youngest how to repair sheetrock. Our first trip–Home Depot.

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