8.21.2007

first school day.












































we made it. the boys had their first day of school today! they are attending our neighborhood public school that is a block and a half down our street. it seems lovely for all of us.

some of you know we've been homeschooling previously, but we felt this community school fits our lives the best this year. at some point, i'd love to write more about our educational choices and experiences (if you all are interested), but for now i will write about today specifically!

nic has been counting the days down until today. a friend of ours asked him the other day if he was excited and he replied with, "yeah, it's my most fun thing to think about." that is him.
this morning, i got up before 7 and heard him awake walking in the hallway. i checked on him and he was fully dressed, bed made, backpack on and lunch box in hand. how cute is that?
he needed no help from me at school either. he lined up and walked into his classroom like he had been going through the routine for years. immediately he found his hook, hung his belongings, found his desk with name tag on it and sat down. i'm not sure that he even wanted me there, but i wasn't deterred. i stayed a moment, threw my arms around him and whispered how much i adored him before walking out.

i was a little more curious how oliver would handle the new routine and situation. he is enrolled in kindergarten this year which at our school is a half-day program~ thankfully! the great thing is that on Sunday afternoon, we were able to come to school, see his classroom and meet his teacher. when we were walking home that day, he said after much prodding by me, "mom, i think i'm gonna like my class and i'm gonna like my teacher." i think he expected dull and boring and was pleasantly surprised by the doctor seuss decor among other things. when we picked him up today, i told him, "oliver, i want to know every detail about your day today." he quickly returned, "ahh, my principal told us that our parents would say that, and he told us to tell them two things: one thing that we learned and one thing that was fun. so, stories and recess." he thought he was going to get off that easy!! i made him tell me everything, like i said. :)

i'm so proud of these boys! and so thankful for the community we live in~ we have many wonderful neighbors that the boys are attending school with.
this is going to be good for them. and good for the rest of us too. we're learning so much through this life God has given us...



12 comments:

keri said...

glad it went so well. super cute that nic was up and ready to go by 7am! the pictures make it seem like its a different era...everyone walking to school,etc...so cool.
the last 2 photos of the boys are super. such cute pretniss boys!

jess said...

you know i love to hear all about your schooling thoughts...so bring 'em on! i LOVE the idea of walking the kids to school. can't wait to hear about their 1st year.

Dado said...

Katie,
Thank you,sweet, thoughtful one, for giving us this glimpse of "first day."
I have been playing a scene in my mind since Nic told us they were "going to Huff." So glad it went according to script!
Keri reads the pics right. Living in a neighborhd w/ your wonderful little school at the end of the street IS from another era. So glad God has plopped you down right in the middle of it!

april b said...

you are a sweet mom!

Amanda said...

Would love to know the reasoning for your educational choices since that looms in our future at some point! Cute pics!

Our Family of Five said...

Your community does sound wonderful. I love the black and whites, it gives such an old fashioned feel. Blessings to you and your adorable little ones! (Oh and I would love to hear more about your educational choices and experiences :-)

Jean Joiner said...

Glad you got Oliver into Kindgergarten! Sounds like everything worked out perfectly. I'm happy for you.

The Hiatt Family said...

What a day! I got tears in my eyes just thinking about the big things that happened today. What a blessing to have a school in walking distance...it does look like something from the old days, doesn't it? Enjoy this new chapter and keep us updated with the great stories and shots.

Lizard said...

Yay Katie!! I'm so happy for you guys and the boys!! I bet Nic loves it-it will suit him so well. He's a little man. Oliver will have a great time too, I will pray that it captures his imagination!!

G, MM and AH said...

Yeah for school!
I can't believe your boys are growing up soo fast :)
MM

Angie Davis said...

i'm sadly behind on commenting here, but i love these. thanks for sharing. i can so easily picture nic getting all packed and ready! i bet that's his favorite shirt? i'm glad that you made this decision - i hope to hear more of how things go.

Laura said...

Such good pictures. But even better boys. I'm glad they are liking school. School IS so fun! (Yes, I am a nerd!) Now, we have to plan a playdate...