Well, I got through it again, even though I didn't think it was possible. The hardest day of the year for me as a mother is the day before the first day of school. I spend the day double checking school supplies, packing bags, planning lunches, kicking myself for forgetting to buy water or juice boxes of any kind, admiring my children's faces, marveling at how big they're getting, and grabbing them for a hug every time they walk past me. And crying. There is always crying.
But by the time the big day actually arrives, there is so much hustle and bustle, I don't have time to tear up. We got dressed, checked bags again, made lunches, ate breakfast, made lunches, and were out on the lawn for pictures before 7:30. We grabbed last year's picture for the annual frame-within-a-frame shot.
This part always takes a while, because my kids are chronic weird-face-makers whenever they look into camera lens. For example:
I have half a mind to hang this one on his wall all year. It cracks me up. I'll send these to Walgreens and have them printed and hanging in their rooms when they get home from school today.
Of course, the little guys had to get into the picture-taking too.
Oh my gosh. Ethan's face! I'm going to look at this all day long to cheer me up.
We packed up and drove the half mile to school, or at least we tried to. We only got half way there, because every other parent wanted to walk in with every other kid, so we parked at the end of the street and hoofed it the rest of the way, loaded down with six bags of supplies. By the time we got to the front steps, they were saying things like, I'm so tired! and Why does school have to be so hard?! I'm sure the 80% humidity didn't help! But everything got better once we made it to Ethan's class. He has the same beloved teacher that Emma had for first grade, so it was a happy reunion. I can't wait to catch up with her.
He found a seat next to some friends from last year.
(See the bag that Emma is holding in the background above? That's one of the tote bags I made for their teachers. I'm going to put up a tutorial for ya later this week!)
Finally we made our way to Emma's class. I'd never met her teacher before, but I knew that many of Emma's friends from previous years were going to be in her class. Turns out, her teacher is darling. And she seemed to be really excited to meet the kids and the parents. I made sure to give Emma a big sloppy kiss while her friends were watching, and I told her please don't cry, but if you get too scared or sad without me, just call and I'll come pick you up.
She said, "I don't think that will be necessary." Hmph.
So, with seven hours of waiting ahead of us, Esther and I are trying not to look at the clock too much. We are cleaning, working on projects, and watching videos, but really we are just counting down the minutes until carpool time.
And in case you're feeling sentimental, too:First Day of School 2012
Did your kids go back to school yet? I think we're pretty late this year compared to everyone else. If you took first day pics, link them to the comments! I'd love to see them!
Be sure to check back in later this week for the back-to-school tote tutorial!