Monday night the school had a back to school bash for all the students to bring in supplies, meet their teacher, and find their classroom. Lilly's book bag was a full of stuffs to drop off. Isaac got the royal treatment with Grandpa and Grandma Hitze! I'm not sure which kid was having more fun!?
The room theme is transportation. The outside of the room had a board full of license plats. We found her name and took the time for a photo opportunity!?
We went into the room and found Lilly's chair. Lilly was pretty open and willing to put her supplies in the appropriate tubs. After we meet Ms. Grimes and got Lilly's stuff settled, we went to Lilly's choice of Steak 'n Shake for dinner. We got home, tried out her new tennis shoes, and then read a new book "The Night Before Kindergarten"!
The next morning Jake and I made Lilly breakfast for Lilly: cheesy eggs, bread with apple butter, and a banana! She was even treated to some Apple Cider! She didn't each much, but she was a bit nervous about what the day.
It was then time for the obligatory First Day of School photo session!?
The difference between last year and this year is crazy.?
We arrived to the school a bit early. We were hanging out in the car waiting to go into the school so I decided to take a quick mommy, daddy, and Lilly pic!
We walked the halls to her classroom and then found her seat.?
Ms. Grimes had a coloring sheet for the kids to color while they waited for things to get going. Meanwhile, I had the fun job of filling out more paperwork.?
During attendance, Ms. Grimes also took the lunch order for the cafeteria. It was the funniest part of the morning. She read off the options and then asked the kids to raise their hands for the option they wanted as it was called. One kiddo asked for both. Ms. Grimes looked at the kiddo and asked if he raised his hand for the first option and he replied yes. He didn't quite understand it was one or the other. A few moments later she decided to go one by one and ask each kid. She asked on little girl what she wanted for lunch and she responded, "but I'm not hungry." Ms. Grimes looked up with a smile. "How about we all pretend we are hungry right now! What would you want to eat?" This still didn't do the trick. She looked at the parents and said usually the first week she has kids go over to different sections of the room to pick out their lunch to avoid any confusion or multiple votes! She asked the parents to help get their kiddo's order to help speed up the process. It was fun watching this whole scene go down. It was also pretty cool to watch how quickly Ms. Grimes adjusted and jumped to a new tactic. Kindergarten teachers are special people!?
All the kids gathered for a quick book; on tap for this morning was "The Kissing Hand". Lilly went right over to the carpet reading spots and didn't ask for us to go with her. Completely unusual for her in new situations. I looked at Jake and told him this book selection would test my emotional state. Seriously. The book is brutal if you are trying to hold what little control over your tears you have. I was watching Lilly listening to the book and as the mom in the book was kissing her kiddo's hand Lilly took her hand to her mouth. She mimicked a couple other little parts as well. My heart swelled. I made it through without any tears. Success!
It was time for a quick craft. The kids traced their hands and cut them out. She cut out a heart I made and then she glued it to the palm of her paper hand. She added her own flair by tracing around the heart.?
One last picture before they kids went to recess and Jake and I stayed for the parent meeting. Lilly went off to recess with a hug and kiss from each of us. She didn't get clingy or want us to go with. She didn't even give us a second glance back. The morning went so smoothly and Lilly made us so proud. I am excited to see her grow and learn over this school year and the ones that follow! As I was tucking her into bed tonight and chatting with her, she looked at me with a sleepy smile and said, "Mommy. I just had a really good day!" Here's to many more "really good days".?