Wednesday, September 03, 2014

First Day of School - August 25, 2014

As they say, "all good things must come to an end."  Unfortunately, Summer 2014 fell into that category.  :(  On August 25th, the big boys went back to school.  Clayton started his 4th grade year, and Drew became a big Kindergartener.  I can't believe my baby is ready for big kid school!  Drew is still so little to me.  I wasn't ready to let him go!

We are all super excited about our new school!  It is closer to home and seems like a really sweet place.  I think that we will all enjoy it very much!  It is a University Model school - combining a traditional school setting with part-time homeschooling.  That model has worked great for our family thus far, so we are grateful to be able to continue educating our kids using this method.

On August 24th, the uniforms were set out with care...

 backpacks were packed and lunches were made.
 We woke the boys up with breakfast in bed.  They were pretty excited about that special treat!
We took our traditional back to school photos.

 Then we were off to school!
 Drew's teacher is PRECIOUS!  She is exactly what you think of when you think of the ideal Kindergarten teacher.  She has this soft-spoken little voice and loves on those kiddos so well.  Drew LOVES Mrs. M!  She is the perfect fit for our sometimes quiet/shy little guy!
The 4th graders get lockers, which had all of the kids in an uproar choosing who would be where and deciding how they were going to decorate.  My, oh my, it was quite a big deal for the 9 year old crowd!
Clayton has two teachers - one for Math/Science/History and one for Literature/Writing/Grammar.  They are both fantastic!  We really lucked out with teachers this year - we couldn't ask for better!

Mrs. L teaches Math/Science/History.  Clayton loves her!

 Mrs. S. teaches Lit/Writing/Grammar and she is wonderful as well.  She has a Kindergartener as well, so she and I have grown to be friends as well.

I was a little melancholy about Drew going to Kinder.  I knew that he was ready and would do great, but I had a little ache in my heart and butteflies in my tummy.  I needed a distraction, so Leah & I went for a Boo-hoo/Whoo-hoo breakfast at IHOP with our littles.  
Thankfully, our little school only had half days for the first week.  It was awesome to ease our way back into our school routine, especially for Drew!  Leah & I picked up the kids at noon with swimsuits and towels packed in the car.  We surprised them by grabbing a pizza lunch and heading to the pool.  So fun!

The first day of school was a success!  No tears and tons of smiles and laughter!  It looks like the school year is off to a good start!