Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Growing Up and Starting School

After a very busy summer I have decided I need to stop neglecting my blog and get a few important pictures up. Here is Gabby's first day of school. She's in year-round school and got track one, so while the other kids started in August, she just started last week. (It did give us a good excuse to take one last trip to Sea World - maybe I'll get some pic's of that up later...we'll see.) She was SOOOO excited to start school. The first day she practically ran to the school. It wasn't until mom had to leave that the tears started. The teacher said after the first 90 seconds she was fine and she came bouncing out of the school at the end of the day saying how wonderful it was. I, on the other hand, cried the whole way home and watched the clock until it was time to go pick her up. So we're in our second week now and she's loving it. No more tears at drop-off time - from either of us. But, sigh, my baby's growing up.

Claire is quite a different story. She saw Gabby cry at drop off one morning and me then told me she wasn't going to cry at preschool because she is "brave like Despereaux." True to her word, we got to her first day of preschool and she reminded me that she was brave and wasn't going to cry and I said,
"Ok, I'll just give you five and you can tell me when you're all set and I'll leave."
"No, Mom, I'm already all set," she informed me.
"Ok, can I give you a hug goodbye?" I asked.
She thought for a moment and then said, "Ok, I guess." (If you need it, Mom.)
With a quick hug she bounded off to preschool and never looked back. I got into the car and looked back and my lone child sitting in the back and again, I cried the whole way home.

At least I've still got one around to keep me company during those hours when the other two are off acting like they're big kids now. And the two of us do have a good time.