Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

We have officially gotten back into a school routine and hopefully I can get into a better blogging routine. School starts in mid-August in Kansas, which seems so early to me! This year brings some changes in our household, which I have bittersweet emotions about. I'm good now, but the days leading up to school starting, emotions were hitting me that were very unexpected.

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 sometimes most of the time. :) I wouldn't have it any other way. I trust that no one will ever get in the way of this girl and her dreams and I couldn't be more proud of her eagerness to learn. Raising a daughter brings different worries, but also brings great joy. We are both loving having some girl time together...I've been told that she might be a bit of a mini-me… ;)

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.

And just like last year, I left them after the first day and every milestone they have ever hit flashed before my eyes. I realized that it would no longer be 3 people sitting at the island for lunch, but only 2. I realized that this is a new phase, changes in the way our days look. I also realized that it's okay. I've been blessed with the gift of time with these two, and I appreciate it now more than ever. I'm also realizing that a quiet house in the mornings is not so bad after all…my coffee has never tasted so good…

 Thanks for letting me get personal and sappy…I will be thankful for these posts one day! xoxo


  1. What a great post. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes because my oldest is off to first grade also and I just dropped my youngest off at preschool for the first time. This is the first time I'll be home alone (thankfully, only two days a week!) and the house is so quiet. We will get through this and you worded my emotions and feelings perfectly :)

    1. HI Angelia! I'm so glad you can relate, and I hope your 1st grader and preschooler have an excellent year at school! xo

  2. Your babies are so stinking cute! Also, you're basically the prettiest mama EVER! :)


    1. You are too sweet! My kids getting older only reminds me of one thing…I'm creeping up there too!! Ha!

  3. I just found your blog through Pinterest (I think) from the Christmas Home Tour..excuse the very late comment! Love your home + style! Your kids are precious- good luck to them this school year!! New follower!

    1. Kate! Hello and welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by! xo


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