Yesterday was the first time in fourteen years I didn't go to our elementary school to drop kids off. Even the year we went to China we still started school here first. Fourteen years of sweating in the sun with all the other moms I know and love, catching up across the playground, kissing our kids' cheeks off, sneaking in to watch them through the classroom windows.
Lucy claimed she was just fine to go by herself and Dave asked me on a date to go work out together :)
And I was strangely ok with the whole deal.
Although I'm bugged that school keeps starting earlier and earlier, (August 3rd in the desert heat??...come on!), and I'm already missing those girls of mine, their excitement rules out all the lamenting about summer being over. And I have to admit it felt pretty exhilarating to get so much done yesterday. It was a good day.
We started with rainbow pancakes...
Grace first off to her sophomore year of HIGH SCHOOL:
Claire off to her FIRST year of JUNIOR HIGH.
We wondered if she'd be nervous but I think that face below shows just how she felt:
Then Lucy left on the tail end.
My last strong-hold in elementary school.
I mean, what could get better than a BLUE water bottle (her favorite color), and a BLUE backpack with butterflies on it to top it all off?? (finally convinced to dump the butterfly backpack with a completely broken zipper she insisted on using the last month of school).
The first home were these girls who joined in our traditional first-day-of-school "Cookie Chat."
Right after I took that of those girls it started to POUR!!
And I mean really pour. And it was right out of the blue right as Claire was supposed to be coming home on her bike.
Just as I was debating how the heck I could catch her to give her a ride, I caught this:
That girl was DRENCHED!
Last home was Lucy...the bus was super delayed because of the rain, but it came when it all calmed down.
That night over dinner we had a great little facetime talk with Elle who wanted to know all about it.
She asks the best questions and made her little sisters get a little extra jump in their step they were so excited to tell her all about it.
It's almost time for that college girl of ours to have her second "first day" of college in Hawaii. Crazy!
So far so good on the school thing. This schedule dealio is going to take some work, but we'll get there!