Drew went from 1/2 day kindergarten last year to full day 1st grade this year. I think he has finally adjusted to the days being "so long" :). He lost a tooth right before school started, turned 7 since school started, and is excited to finally be eating lunch at school!
Kate started 1/2 day kindergarten this year with the same teacher Drew had last year. This makes for an easy and seamless transition, but sending a child off to kindergarten two years in a row is not for the faint of heart! So many perks of being 15 months apart, but so much happens all at once, in a short span of time when you're that close. I'm sure being one grade apart will have it's challenges come the teenage years!!! No doubt!
I want to remember this image of a front tooth missing, sweet, smart, and playful little person. It has been so much fun watching him grow. I was spoiled to have this guy home for most of his days for 7 years. I'm sure that's part of the bittersweetness of it all, maybe it makes it harder in a way. I knew that when he started school this year, he was officially "gone" all day long, and the reality hit that it would be this way until he graduates from high school. My husband keeps reminding me that he does come home in the afternoons and there is a thing called summer…I don't think he quite gets it :)!
I never realized how much I love this 1/2 day kindergarten option until Drew started full day this year. This one-on-one time with Kate in the afternoons is "bonus" time for us. Time is fleeting, and I don't ever want to take these moments for granted. This girl is sweet and sassy and knows what she wants and is wise beyond her years. She is 5 going on 15, which gives this mom a run for her money
A magical thing happens when kids start school….you realize they no longer really "need" you in a way they once did. They are thriving and will survive all the stuff that can come with being in real school. I'm sure every mother just wants to know they have done everything they can to prepare their child for the unknown, for what lies ahead. I hope that my kids have the tools they need to succeed, to be kind and empathetic little people, to be open minded, to see the glass as 1/2 full, to be good friends, to realize they are not perfect, to have fun, be full of life, and see the good in everyone.