|I told him I wanted a picture for his first day of school and this is the stance and expression he chose ... for all 5 pictures.|
Jack isn't super crazy about school this year. He says it's a lot of work and they have to sit.all.day. He does have a desk, with his name on it, which I think is kind of cute, but apparently his own desk just doesn't do it for him.
Trying to get Jack to talk about his day is a chore in itself. Amazingly, not a single classmate of his from last year is in his first grade class, so we're still learning names. Everyone is just "boy" or "girl" at this point. A boy liked his ham-wrapped pickles at lunch. A boy wants to be his friend. A girl got "on the yellow" for talking too much. Not much detail.
|We did manage to get in a day trip to Knoebels before school started!|
|Lia's first roller coaster--and she's in the front seat!|
|She still talks about aunt "ay-chel" and how she painted her toenails.|
|Lia's first time on the flume too!|
|Looks at that face!|
|Jude doesn't do coasters. Go carts are more his style.|
|Do you see how many non-mommy people this girl is allowing to hold her?!? Joci loves to watch videos of "unca ee-kah" on Snapchat!|
But we're very excited that Jack has a new bus buddy each morning--his little brother, Jude!
|No magazine quality poses here.|
|This girl--always runs straight for the camera lens.|
|They both LOVE the bus, it's the best part of their school day!|
Also, I just about fell over when I opened Jude's backpack after he got home and found a HANDWRITTEN note telling me he had a great first day. We've never had a teacher send home positive, encouraging notes before. So I guess I'm more than willing to forgive the colorless room decor. Also, I've got lots of compassion for Jude's teacher this year because, instead of 4 classes of 15 students, they've decided to only do 3 classes of 21 students. That's a 1:21 teacher/student ratio, folks. On a positive note, she's extremely receptive to parent classroom volunteers. On a negative note, some of us have more kids at home that prevent us from volunteering. :(
|[Not so patiently] waiting for our conference.|
|First soccer game of the year!|
|How forgot how HOT these soccer Saturdays can get!|
|He's a BEAST on the field this year.|
I think being away from home has been a bit of an adjustment for him as he's been extra cuddly and loves to curl up by my side and tell me about his day. Sometimes it's stories about [what's my friend's name?] and then I have to remind him it's "Max" from your soccer team. But mostly it's about poor Nevaeh [anyone else get it? "Heaven" spelled backwards!] who seems to spend a lot of her time "on the red." I should add here that I've got loads of sympathy for kids and mamas of kids who find themselves on "the red." But I'm also somewhat relieved that there's another kid or two whose behavior will detract from any of Jude's potential failings.
|Open House at preschool!|
|It really is a hot summer day, but her wool coat is her painting muse.|
Yeah, okay, totally kidding with that last part.
|Downing Shirley Temples at the bar. (Nana's 80th birthday party in NJ, and the only picture I took that night!)|
|Daddy get's a head massage with the magic Disney princess brush.|
|Chipotle--our happy place where mama doesn't have to cook or wash dishes and everyone likes the food!|
|Ready to go! ... except for that whole two legs in one pant opening thing.|
|Lovely mommy-daughter selfie ...|
|Thankfully, she doesn't appear to be suffering any from lack of attention.|
|The part of Virginia Beach I miss the most--sunset walks on the bay beach.|
So you see, this is a new season for us. The kids aren't the only ones getting schooled. We're all learning. Learning is my favorite. And so is fall. So I guess, secretly, back-to-school holds a special place in my heart as well. And I've got high hopes for this semester!