My daughter went back to preschool today! I did enjoy summer with my family, but my daughter is the type of kid who needs school and structure and lovely, patient people to teach her stuff. Parents, you know it is quite a process just getting to this big day. There is back to school clothes shopping. My daughter loves to shop and ran and spun around excitedly through the aisles of Old Navy wanting to buy practically everything. She was in her glory.
Then there is grocery shopping. I had to go out with the kids to amass a vast arsenal of food for snacks and lunches. I dislike grocery shopping by myself on a good day, let alone with a toddler and a baby. It is difficult to stick to the task at hand because there are a lot of distractions and shenanigans always ensue.
My daughter has been excited about starting school for days. Every morning for the past week she would wake up and then excitedly ask me if it was time to go to school yet. And then, the first day was finally upon us. Mia woke up practically at dawn this morning with a spring in her step, ready for the glorious occasion!
I, on the other hand, could hardly keep my eyes open.
With the assistance of lots of coffee, I snapped out of it, made lunches, and got her backpack ready.
Then it was time for her to get dressed. We carefully planned her first day outfit last night, but this morning she declared it would not suffice and went through her closet to find something more acceptable.
Eventually she got dressed and ready and we got the precious back-to-school photos in:
In the car we went. Drop off went smoothly. In fact, we were 5 minutes early. But of course, as I watched her stroll into school, all the emotions got me. My baby is growing up. Next year she will be starting kindergarten, then before you know it high school and, oh time is flying by so fast!
Then the door to her little school closed behind her overstuffed back pack and I felt good knowing she is in a GREAT place. On the other side of that door is a nurturing environment filled with caring people helping her to learn important life skills.
Then baby and I got home. He took a glorious, undisturbed nap and I was able to do work things in peace. It was eerily quiet in the house and I missed my little girl. I cannot wait to hear how her first day went.